Partnerships for Community Health Improvement

An issue brief from The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, explores how several hospitals have collaborated with local community or health agencies to improve health in their communities.

Going forward, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require nonprofit hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments and create implementation strategies to address those needs. Successful partnerships among many stakeholders will be necessary to create initiatives to improve health and leverage resources.

This brief describes several different types of partnerships, ranging from collaboration between hospitals and local health departments with expertise in carrying out community health assessments to broad collaborations among hospitals, community organizations, and health departments to address specific social, economic, and environmental factors known to negatively affect health.