Impact & Outcomes

We evaluate our program rigorously in partnership with UCSF and Stanford research teams.

We're driven by data as a part of our commitment to health equity.

We track outcomes to better understand the changes our participants undergo. But even more meaningfully, we track outcomes to revolutionize the standard of care in medicine, a change which has to be data-driven. This commitment is fueled by our drive to make this transformative work accessible to everyone.

We partner with UCSF and Stanford to measure exercise, diet, depression and more, along with Emergency Department visits, biomarkers, and primary care utilization. All of our data come from patients at low-income clinics, who have varied health challenges including diabetes, heart disease, depression, chronic pain, as well as significant socio-economic barriers to health.

Our patient outcomes speak for themselves

Outcomes measures are collected from participants at baseline and each month thereafter. These are analyzed with mixed linear models to make use of the longitudinal nature of the data, to address missing data, and to account for individual variability.

ER Visits Results Graphs
ED Visits/Hospitalizations
77% Reduction in Emergency Dept Visits
ED visits/Hospitalizations in 6 months prior to attending group and 6 months following group, p = .14, n = 49.
Blood pressure results graph
Blood Pressure
19pt Reduction in BP
Systolic Blood Pressure p < .001, Diastolic BP p < .05, n = 85 from a subset of hypertensive patients.
Anxiety, Depression, and Loneliness stats
Mental Health
43% Decrease in Depression, 41% Decrease in Anxiety
All p’s < .001; Mental Health outcomes are measured with PHQ-9 (n = 244), GAD-7 (n = 142), and UCLA 3-item. Loneliness Scale (n = 241), from a subsample of depressed patients.
Exercise Graph
Physical Activity
51% Increase in weekly physical activity
All p’s < .001, exercise measured with Exercise as a Vital Sign (n = 755).
Daily Fruits and Vegetable results
Daily Servings Fruits & Vegs
26% Increase in fruit/veg intake
Diet measured with 2-Item Fruit and Vegetable intake (n = 744).
Connection Measurements and Results graphs
Increase in Social Connection
Connection measured with the Social Connectedness Scale – Revised (SCS-R, n = 320, p < .01).
Wellbeing Results
Increase in Wellbeing
Wellbeing measured with the World Health Organization 5-item Wellbeing Index (WHO-5, n = 617, p < .001).

Hear from our participants directly

We're proud of our impact



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OSW Participant
Family Medicine Associates
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“I have lost about 20 lbs. which is a HUGE accomplishment for me although I still feel a little discouraged at times because I am a compulsive eater some of the time and tend to ‘fall off the wagon’ more often than I'd like. I'm working on it and making some progress.”
OSW Participant
Alameda Health System
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“It has given me the drive to care about myself again and to realize that my health in all forms is important.”
OSW Participant
Alameda Health System
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“I was the one who did not have time for myself for exercise and for meditation and I was not considering how to eat healthy and also drinking water. Since I joined the Open Source Wellness, I really changed, and I’m grateful for getting the opportunity to join the beautiful group.”
OSW Participant
Alameda Health System
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“A source of hope, basically. Encouragement, positivity, forward thinking.”
OSW Participant
Family Medicine Associates
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“OSW has been a lifeline for me. I had a series of work injuries since 2011 that led to a lot of weight gain and deconditioning, so I have really wanted to work toward improving my health to reduce my risk for chronic illness and to have a healthier life in general. I started working with a dietician around the same time I started OSW, but I only see her once a month, so group text chats have been great to help keep me accountable and celebrate my successes with me (especially while sheltering in place by myself during the pandemic). OSW movement on Fridays is also usually the only real exercise I get during the week at this point, although I hope that will improve when I feel safe leaving the house again. Most importantly, the supportive connections both on Zoom on Fridays and throughout the week by text have kept me going at a time when we are forced into isolation. Even when I'm feeling down, the group has really positive energy, and I love hearing about and cheering on other people's successes.”

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