David Zuckerman joined The Democracy Collaborative team in 2012 and serves as Director for Healthcare Engagement. David leads the coordination of the Healthcare Anchor Network—a health system-led collaboration focused on improving community health and well-being by building inclusive and sustainable local economies. The Network includes more than 40 health systems to date.
David is the co-author of the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series. His work focuses on inclusive and equitable economic development strategies that build wealth in low-income communities, with specific attention on how hospitals and health systems can deploy the business side of their institutions to support community health improvement and strengthen their local economies.
David is also the author of Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission and a contributor to Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities. He is the lead author of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, Building a Culture of Health at the Federal Level. He serves as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Consumer Health Foundation.
Every day, we learn more about how patients’ health outcomes are tied not only to the healthcare they receive but also to the conditions in the communities where they live. Social and economic inequities, amplified by race, often emerge as the leading factors explaining differences in health outcomes and life expectancies.
Through local and inclusive hiring, health systems can invest in an ecosystem of success that lifts up local residents; helps create career pathways for low-income, minority, and hard-to-employ populations; and begins to transform neighborhoods. In the process, health systems can develop a more efficient workforce pipeline, meet sustainability and inclusion goals, and ultimately improve the health of their communities. Establishing a local and inclusive hiring strategy is an important first step towards rethinking your health system’s role in the community. This toolkit can help you get started.
The Democracy Collaborative’s latest report, Hospitals Building Healthier Communities, provides an in-depth look at six hospitals in five cities that are rethinking their economic and community engagement strategies. These hospitals have recognized that health is more than just treating the patients that come through their doors and are beginning to adopt an “anchor institution mission” that can help build not only more prosperous, but also healthier communities.
Study after study demonstrates that poverty is a powerful driver of poor health. Many of America's leading hospitals exist in poor communities. Could these powerful institutions (in economic as well as medical terms) help overcome the deeper sources of failing health among the 46 million Americans living in poverty?
A little-known provision of Obamacare provides an unexpected opening.
This report, prepared by the Democracy Collaborative and submitted to the City of Jacksonville, Florida, highlights key strategic opportunities to leverage existing assets to build wealth in a neighborhood facing concentrated poverty and disinvestment.
Healthcare’s role in creating healthy communities through increasing access to quality care, research, and grantmaking is being complemented by a higher impact approach; hospitals and integrated health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.
- Becker's Hospital Review
Fourteen hospitals and health systems have invested $700 million to address economic, racial and environmental resource disparities that affect community health, according to a Nov. 5 news release. The institutions are all members of the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), and are tackling "the structural and economic drivers of poor health through place-based investing, as well as through local, inclusive hiring and procurement," Dave Zuckerman, HAN director, said in the release.
An announcement by 14 health systems on Tuesday to commit $700 million to, among other things, build affordable housing, is obviously less than Apple’s recent $2.5 billion pledge to tackle California’s housing crisis. But it’s a large commitment by a collective of health systems to address environmental health factors known as social determinants of health (SDoH). The 14 health systems, part of the healthcare anchor network (HAN), are often the largest employers in their communities, and are well-positioned to see where the needs are, according to HAN director Dave Zuckerman. In addition to affordable hosuing, the hospitals will invest in small business development and other areas to improve the local economy.
- Modern Healthcare
Fourteen of the country's largest hospital systems on Tuesday pledged to invest more than $700 million toward community-based initiatives aimed at addressing the economic and environmental drivers behind a widening disparity in health outcomes. The funding over the next five years will go toward projects to tackle housing instability, food insecurity and economic revitalization, among other issues. The effort is part of a national campaign organized by the Healthcare Anchor Network, a collaborative of 45 hospitals and health systems launched in 2017 to help providers learn and share ways to implement strategies aimed at economic inclusion of communities.
Fourteen hospitals and health systems are teaming up to address the economic, racial and environmental disparities that can lead to poor health. They’ll have five years to invest the funds in the communities they serve, such as financing affordable housing developments, new grocery stores in food deserts, child care centers and minority- and women-owned businesses. “This is a big shift in the industry,” said David Zuckerman, Healthcare Anchor Network director. The network convenes health systems to share best practices on improving community health and is coordinating the new initiative.
Health System Leaders Announce over $700 Million in Investments to Address Health, Housing & Economic Inequalities through Community Wealth BuildingSubmitted by bpham@democracy... on November 5th, 201914 health systems, some of the largest employers in their states, announced unprecedented investments to help address the economic, racial and environmental resource disparities that impact community health outcomes
Fourteen hospitals and health systems, including national health systems and regional systems, that are the largest private sector employers in California, New York, Massachusetts, Utah, and Wisconsin, along with others that are also among the top 20 largest employers in their states, announced a commitment of over $700 million for place-based investing to create strong and healthy communities. Read more about Health System Leaders Announce over $700 Million in Investments to Address Health, Housing & Economic Inequalities through Community Wealth Building...