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BDT Broadcast: How Can Texting Better Support Health and Equity?

How Can Texting Support Better Health and Equity?

Launched in 2019 in partnership with the College Board, Wyatt is the only nationally available tool that provides both reminders and personalized assistance to students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’re thrilled to share the results of our two-year pilot, which showed — among other key findings — that the more than 18,000 Wyatt users completed the FAFSA at higher rates than non-users and were highly engaged with the chatbot. 

2020-2021 FAFSA Completion Rates

Hear from our Director of Higher Education Innovation, Neeta Sonalkar, in our latest blog where she details findings and student feedback from the pilot and previews our emerging work in higher education.


New Report: Targeted Text Message Outreach Can Increase WIC Enrollment


Over the past decade, a declining share of eligible families has participated in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). As a result, millions of eligible families in need are missing out on the positive diet, health, and developmental outcomes associated with participation in WIC. 

Our new report with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows targeted text messaging offers a promising option to states seeking to carry out outreach, innovation, and program modernization efforts to increase participation and redemption of benefits.

Texting is a viable way of engaging WIC-eligible families

To learn more about the considerable impact this outreach strategy can have on WIC awareness and enrollment, read the full report

Government staff interested in discussing this work with BDT can contact partnerships@bdtrust.org to learn more.


Supporting an Equitable Recovery


We are excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant from The Studio @ Blue Meridian to further scale our impact over the next three years. BDT is one of nine organizations that The Studio invested in this year to help scale and support an equitable post-COVID recovery. This funding will enable BDT to test strategies to help states ensure everyone can easily access the assistance for which they are eligible, thereby improving health, increasing access to opportunity, and driving towards an equitable recovery.  

Few nonprofits have the opportunity to actually figure out a big problem and fix it

In particular, the investment will enable BDT to:  

  • Help two states initiate, accelerate, and/or scale comprehensive improvements to dramatically streamline access to benefits;  
  • Increase the evidence base of solutions that streamline benefits access at scale in different states and for different populations; and 
  • Advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, both as an employer and in benefits access. 

BDT is extremely grateful to be a participant in The Studio @ Blue Meridian, and we look forward to demonstrating how states can make comprehensive improvements at scale. Learn more from leaders of the nine participating organizations, including Trooper Sanders, and their reflections about the experience with The Studio. 


Lending Our Expertise to Advance Equity


On June 6th, BDT responded to the Request for Information (RFI) from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through Government. As a national nonprofit that strives to provide efficient and dignified access to assistance, BDT brings more than 15 years of experience in the following areas that are directly relevant to this RFI: serving diverse populations; using data to target outreach and inform equitable public policy strategies; leveraging technology to advance equity; and incorporating human-centered design to ensure services are informed by — and responsive to — clients’ needs.  

BDT submitted resources and recommendations for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services based on our experience and expertise in three of the areas identified in the RFI: Equity Assessments and Strategies; Barrier and Burden Reduction; and Stakeholder and Community Engagement.  

Read BDT’s full response to the RFI


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