OAK Street Initiative (OSI) knows Opportunity, Access and Knowledge acquisition are the tools needed to solve Pennsylvania's most pressing problems. By providing solutions in these areas we will transform communities by inspiring Americans to reach their potential.
Founded by Kevin M. Baumlin, M.D., and Patrick M. Mahanger, MBA, OSI is a not-for-profit organization born from the idea “we must do better” when tackling the issues that impact our lives. Health care, education, family matters, equity issues, income, housing, infrastructure, and quality of life concerns in our communities touch all of us, regardless of where we live in the Commonwealth or the country. OSI is focused on creating practical, workable solutions for some of Pennsylvania’s biggest challenges and making a difference in the lives of residents.
OSI information and resources will be made available and can be used to educate communities and the public at large on these issues. OSI will also serve as a think tank that can be tapped for legislative initiatives and for decision-makers to employ in the design and development of public policy. OSI is committed to being an independent voice and a thought leader.
We believe that big change can happen by promoting, educating, and advocating for workable solutions - big and small.
To develop and promote workable and balanced solutions and services that improve health and wellness, provide access to education and opportunity, and promote diversity today for a better America tomorrow.
Jobs with a living wage
Affordable childcare to promote equal opportunity in the workplace
Honoring the contributions of immigrants and helping all workers and families succeed
Equity for people of color and LGBTQ communities
Access to Better Health
Improved care for older adults
Decriminalization and treatment for people with substance use disorders
Creative solutions to promote gun safety
Bridge insurance for people as they re-enter the workforce
Excellence in education
Education for people with special needs
Affordable college education for all - grants not loans