From 1996 to 2001, the Health Research and Educational Trust evaluated the first phase of its Community Care Network demonstration project.
Community Care Network was established in 1995 by the Health Research and Educational Trust in collaboration with the Catholic Health Association and the Voluntary Hospitals of America (now VHA).
It developed local networks in which health care providers collaborate with public health agencies, schools, businesses and other voluntary community organizations to address a comprehensive range of community health needs.
Twenty-five existing community partnerships from 20 states were selected through a competitive process to develop local care networks.
Each partnership received modest "seed money" designed to leverage existing community capacities and resources rather than underwriting new programmatic efforts.
The evaluation found that: