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Ideas Positive calls on youth to submit innovative ideas for health

Updated: Jul 18, 2022


Ideas Positive, the youth engagement program of Unilab Foundation, invites youth aged 18 to 30 years to form a team of five members and a mentor, and to submit their innovative ideas on solving health issues in communities.

Ideas Positive was founded on the belief that the youth can help build a healthier Philippines.


Based on this, Ideas Positive continues to enable more youth to start movements that can address high-need and high-neglect health gaps across the country.


Ideas Positive, the youth engagement program of Unilab Foundation, invites youth aged 18 to 30 years to form a team of five members and a mentor, and to submit their innovative ideas on solving health issues in communities. The youth teams with the best ideas get the chance to receive up to PHP 100,000 seed money to implement their ideas in their chosen communities.


Youth projects to adapt the WHO Health Systems Framework

Since 2010, Ideas Positive has already transformed a total of 105 communities, engaged more than 16,900 youth, and touched the lives of more than 39,000 individuals.


Now on its seventh run, Ideas Positive will adapt World Health Organization's Health Systems Framework in addressing health concerns in the teams’ chosen communities. The building blocks of the framework are: healthcare financing; health information and research; governance and leadership in health; human resource for health; health technology and products; and health service delivery.

Ideas Positive also welcomes ideas that addressing health issues tackled by the Foundation's advocacies: climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; and the health of Persons with Disability (PWDs) and the elderly.


Ideas Positive pilots ‘iSTORYA’ regional roadshows

In previous runs, most entries to Ideas Positive came from Northern Luzon and the Visayas.


This year, Run 7 hopes youth from all regions in the country can be a part of this mission.


To ensure wider reach, and to provide opportunities to youth in other regions, Ideas Positive Run 7 presents iStorya: Stories of Youth in Action. iStorya events aim to start youth conversations about health issues in each region, and to encourage the youth to come up with solutions to address them. Each iStorya is organized in partnership with a local school or youth organization.


iStorya is scheduled to take place in the following regions, from September to October 2016:

  • Region I: Colegio de Dagupan

  • Region II: Cagayan State University

  • Region III: Ramon Magsaysay Technological University and Tarlac State University

  • Region IVB: Palawan State University

  • NCR: National Institutes of Health

  • Region V: Mabini Colleges

  • Region VI: Capiz State University

  • Region VII: University of Cebu-Banilad

  • Region VIII: Community Center of Tingog Sinirangan, Tacloban City

  • Region IX: Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Western Mindanao State University and Basilan State College

  • Region XII: Cotabato City


Unique, holistic experience for the youth

Ideas Positive makes building a healthier Philippines fun and exciting.


With its new and improved website, joining Ideas Positive is easier than ever. Youth teams are invited to log on to www.ideaspositive.org, create an account, and start creating their proposal. From there, teams will be notified via email if they make it to the live screening. The entire registration and entry submission process is online.

Teams that pass the live screening will advance to the Boot Camp, which will equip them with skills in community development, communications, project management, and leadership. At the end of the three-day Boot Camp, teams will be given seed money to implement their projects within six months. The Ideas Positive team will conduct periodic community visits to monitor the projects.


After six months, teams will present the outcomes of their projects to an esteemed panel of judges during the Ideas Positive National Youth Forum on Public Health (IPNYFPH), a gathering of youth health leaders from all over the country.


The first IPNYFPH was held last August, where Senator Risa Hontiveros was the keynote speaker. Vice President Leni Robredo also sent her congratulations to the teams through a video message.


At least three teams with the most outstanding health outcomes will receive cash prizes of up to P50,000, and awards for the team members, mentors, and their schools or organizations. But the biggest reward of joining Ideas Positive—according to participants of previous runs—is seeing the transformations that have been sparked in their communities.


For more information about Ideas Positive, like their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ideaspositiveph, visit the website: www.ideaspositive.org or contact Judy Santiago at (+63) 917 531-6524 or email judy.santiago@unilabfoundation.org.

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