Dates of Project: August 1, 2012–October 31, 2013
With nonprofit hospitals required to place increased emphasis on community benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Stakeholder Health formed a learning collaborative of health systems to explore ways to shift charity care dollars to proactive investments in neighborhoods and in community-wide disease-prevention efforts.
“The intersection of faith and health is where you can really improve community health.”—Teresa Cutts, PhD, project director
- Held three “field site learnings,” including a summit at the Department of Health and Health Services, Washington
- Produced a monograph detailing project goals and philosophy and case studies; the report contains recommendations for other health systems seeking to expand their community benefits.
- Designate a senior executive leader for community health who reports directly to the CEO
- Develop, monitor, and report community health metrics that support the health system’s strategic goals
- Use automated software to collect, track, and report community benefit information
- Set a system-wide community benefit goal that exceeds federal requirements to serve the community
- Started a webinar series and blog and developed a project website.