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January 13, 2020

Hospitals Building Healthier Communities

A growing number of hospitals are engaging in community economic development, recognizing the importance of environmental hazards, poverty, unemployment, and other social factors in determining health outcomes and the vibrancy of their communities.

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Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission

This report provides an in-depth look at six hospitals in five cities that are rethinking their economic and community engagement strategies.

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Can hospitals heal America's communities?

Can hospitals and health systems heal America’s communities? This paper illuminates the possibilities and explores how “all in for mission” is the emerging healthcare model.

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Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis

This report, prepared in partnership with New Orleans-based DMM & Associates on behalf of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), outlines procurement practices and supply chain needs of New Orleans healthcare institutions and the capacity local business to fulfill those needs.

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The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning institutional practice to meet low-income community needs

This study introduces a framework to assist anchor institutions in understanding their impact on the community and, in particular, their impact on the welfare of low-income children and families in those communities.

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The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at M.I.T. focuses on the path-breaking Vision 2010 Program implemented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by University Hospitals System.

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Going outside the hospital walls to improve health

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

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May 2, 2014
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Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Investing Outside Institutional Walls

This webinar, organized by the Association for Community Health Improvement and the American Hospital Association, outlined opportunities for hospitals to promote health through economic development and community investment. The discussion used the findings of The Anchor Dashboard as a starting
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February 28, 2013
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Hospitals As Anchor Institutions: Linking Community Health and Wealth

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, discussions of healthcare policy in national politics and the mainstream media have overwhelmingly focused on the law’s impact on health insurance rather than public health. For example, the 2 percent of the population that will be affected by the individual mandate provision have received an inordinate level of attention.

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December 5, 2013
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Community Benefit and Anchor Institutions: Linkages and Opportunities

This webinar, organized by Community Catalyst and the Democracy Collaborative, explored how community benefit requirements, especially in the wake of new Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations governing Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), can provide a powerful and effective framework to drive
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March 21, 2014
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Exchanging Ideas for a Just Economy

Last week, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) hosted its annual conference in Washington, DC. Entitled “A Just Economy: Ideas, Action, Impact,” the conference brought together nearly 800 community-based practitioners and policymakers to discuss responsible community investment and share strategies to ensure equal access to credit, capital, housing, jobs, and banking services.

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December 6, 2013
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Key Community Benefit Terms

Across the country, nonprofit hospitals are beginning to comply with a new federal requirement that they partner with community and public health representatives to identify and develop strategies for addressing community health needs. This requirement, found in the Affordable Care Act, builds on

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How Nonprofit Hospital Wealth Can Build Assets for Low-Income Communities

Study after study tell us that socioeconomic factors contribute more greatly to overall health than lack of access to healthcare. And few statistics are more powerful than the fact the zip code you live in is a better determinant of your life expectancy than your genetic code. When eight-and-a-half

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The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Community Development

Even if you have not tuned out of the long-running debate about the future of health care in the United States, you can be forgiven if you’ve never heard of a “community health needs assessment” – which is also often referred to by the even more wonky initials CHNA.Unlike putative “death panels” and

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