January 2016

Poll Question

Visit the Community Benefit Connect home page and respond to the poll question:

Does your hospital have a community benefit advisory or oversight committee that includes members of the community?

A) Yes
B) No
C) I don’t know

Results will be published in our next quarterly newsletter.


It’s Our First Anniversary!

Thank you for your support in creating a one-stop resource for community benefit information sharing and networking. Some of our milestones from the past year:

  • We launched the site with over 120 pages of community benefit tools
  • We are pleased to have over 360 members in just the first year!
  • 50 community benefit professionals joined us in person in May for a regional networking in Southern California in conjunction with the IHA’s Annual Health Literacy Conference.
  • Maya Dunne, Community Benefit Connect Co-Founder, moderated and presented on Affordable Housing and Hospital Partnerships at the 2015 ACHI conference in Dallas, TX.
  • Over 250 persons joined us on our webinars and Live Q+A sessions
  • Community Benefit Connect partnered with the Healthcare Financial Management Association for a webinar that brought together both community benefit and hospital finance.

Welcome Adventist Health Members!

We are pleased to welcome Adventist Health community benefit staff as our newest hospital-system members. Adventist Health is an integrated health delivery system with 20 hospitals serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Mark Rukavina, principal of Community Health Advisors, LLC, has recently joined Community Benefit Connect as a Team Advisor!

Mark has more than 25 years of experience working on health policy issues. He is recognized for his policy expertise on healthcare affordability, community benefits, & community health improvement. Mark recently testified before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and has testified before House & Senate Congressional committees. To learn more about Mark and the other Community Benefit Connect advisors, visit our Team Advisors page.

SAVE THE DATES – Register Today!

March 9 Webinar: Promising Delivery Models to Address Health Disparities

May 4 Community Benefit Networking in Anaheim, CA

May 11 Webinar: Establishing Standards for Reporting Community Benefit Across Your Hospital – A Training Tool for Counting TC

Social Determinants of Health Resources

A number of helpful resources that focus on the Social Determinants of Health are available. These resources can help as you develop your community benefit plans and Implementation Strategy.

Making the Case for Linking Community Development and Health
This resource summarizes recent research and policy, provides an array of promising examples of collaborative initiatives, and explores barriers to such efforts, as well as lessons learned about how to overcome them. All of the projects highlighted in the report draw from the growing body of research that shows our potential to live long and healthy lives can be shaped by thy physical and social conditions and the services in our neighborhoods.

Centers for Social Disparities in Health
Build Healthy Places Network
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Measuring What Works to Achieve Health Equity: Metrics for the Determinants of Health
The Prevention Institute identifies the determinants of health that must be improved to achieve health equity – including structural drivers, community determinants, and healthcare. Prevention Institute reviewed existing metrics, conducted interviews, and applied health equity principles and other considerations, to identify 35 recommended metrics for the determinants of health that could track progress toward achieving health equity.

Can Hospitals Heal America’s Communities
Tyler Norris, Vice President of Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente
Ted Howard, President and Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative
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.

Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health
This website provides CDC resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, and healthcare systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.

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