KIPP Case Study

KIPP reaches 56% telemedicine utilization with STRIVE within one year


KIPP has traditionally offered excellent employee benefits and covers almost all employee premiums for medical plans.  For the last benefit year, due to increasing costs, the PPO plan introduced a monthly employee premium.  Sensing that employees might want a new benefit that could alleviate the notion of monthly premium payments, KIPP decided to proactively offer STRIVE/Amwell’s $0 co-pay program.


The program has been a resounding success, achieving 56% utilization within 9 months.  The visits have already generated over $23,000 in savings, which are claims that were kept ‘off the books’. The chart below shows monthly visits for an organization with around 150 employees. 


Savings in 8 months

4.79 out of 5

Rating of Clinical Experience

About Kipp

The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. KIPP was founded in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, two Teach For America corps members. In 1995, they opened two KIPP middle schools, one in Houston and one in New York City. Both schools were among the highest-performing schools in their communities by 1999.  Since then KIPP has become America’s largest network of charter schools. KIPP’s head offices are in San FranciscoChicagoNew York City, and Washington, D.C.



STRIVE’s pricing model is tied to utilization. The program starts at a low PEPM that only goes up if utilization is high. This was attractive to KIPP from a financial perspective. But the bigger reason is the STRIVE Benefits mobile application that sits on tops of the telemedicine platform. Through STRIVE, employees can access benefit information, look up ID cards, shop for Rx and much more.


That differentiated STRIVE from the other telemedicine vendors in the market.

Why STRIVE became an instant success


It is hard for teachers to take a day off to see a doctor. And teachers are susceptible to illness in a school setting. Telemedicine just works well for teachers. Through STRIVE, teachers could call a doctor at any time and pick up a prescription – all within an hour.


STRIVE was also marketed in all open enrollment documents, benefit guides, and to new hires. A significant reason for this is also the innovative work done by Melissa O’ Brien of Gallagher Benefits.

“STRIVE is awesome, just a life saver. My husband used it and loved it. I am recommending STRIVE to everyone I work with.”

Adia Hagans-Paige

Human Resources Professional Teacher Certification Specialist