June 2016

What’s Your¬†Implementation Strategy for the CHNA?

Implementation Strategy

You may be finishing the Community Health Needs Assessment and starting to think about the Implementation Strategy. The final IRS guidelines issued in December 2014 extended the due date of the Implementation Strategy to be on or before the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the taxable year in which the CHNA was conducted This means a fiscal year end date of June 30, 2016 would be required to have the Implementation Strategy approved by November 15, 2016.

Some things to think about when preparing your hospital’s Implementation Strategy:

  • Develop a process and criteria for how your hospital will select which health needs it will address in the Implementation Strategy.
  • The Implementation Strategy is not limited to address only those health needs identified in the CHNA. It may also describe activities to address health needs the hospital identified in other ways.
  • The Implementation Strategy must be approved by the hospital’s authorized governing body.
  • While there is no specific IRS guidance on the process of obtaining public comment on the Implementation Strategy (other than including it in Form 990 filings), the IRS guidance does require input from the public. The guidance notes that hospitals should include written comments on the most recently conducted CHNA and Implementation Strategy. To comply with this requirement a hospital may wish to develop a process to obtain public comment on the Implementation Strategy.

Click here to check out the CB Connect section on the Implementation Strategy!

Do you have questions about the Implementation Strategy? Join Melissa Biel for a Live Q&A on June 23, 2016, 9-9:30PST / 12-12:30 EST. This is a live phone call to answer your questions. Register here.

Community Benefit Promotes Networking


On May 4, Community Benefit Connect hosted its second annual networking convening for community benefit professionals.

Attendees heard from:

  • Val Agostino, Senior Vice President, Community Impact & Healthcare Partnerships, from Mercy Housing presented how hospitals are investing in housing to improve health.
  • Anita Zamora, COO, from Venice Family Clinic discussed the Westside Health Access Project, an innovative endeavor that links hospitals, the Venice Family Clinic, and community social service agencies to successfully manage patients who are frequent users of the ER.
  • Bridget Hogan Cole, Executive Director, Institute for High Quality Care spoke on Measuring the Impact of Community Benefit Programs.

Speaker slides from the convening are posted here.

Attendees also participated in round table discussions on the following topics:

  • How community benefit can affect social determinants of health
  • Implementation Strategies
  • Communicate community benefit value
  • Funding community benefit efforts

We hope you can join us for this event next year!

FREE Webinar

Join Us for Our Next FREE Webinar!
Enhancing Health Literacy to Improve Community Health
July 28, 2016
One hour duration

Speakers, Tony Collatos, PhD and Doug Leigh, PhD

This webinar has implications for community benefit as it will discuss how access to health literacy impacts the lives of elementary students and their families. Incorporating health literacy into parent support services and education can improve the health of their families, reduce unnecessary ER visits, decrease student absenteeism and caregiver missed work, and improve health self-efficacy.

Register today!

Community Benefit Connect Recommends

Alignment of Governance and Leadership in Healthcare
Nashville, TN
October 29-30, 2016

The Governance Institute, in partnership with Stakeholder Health, and the Public Health Institute (PHI), and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is implementing a national strategy to accelerate population health capacity among health systems.

Dr. Kevin Barnett, Senior Investigator for PHI and community benefit expert, will lead this strategic program and will be joined by a distinguished group of faculty. Senior hospital executives and board leaders are encouraged to participate.

The next program will be held October 29 – 30 in Nashville TN immediately preceding the Governance Institute’s October Leadership Conference.

At the conclusion of the collaborative retreat, participants will have acquired and applied a working knowledge of:

  1. The meaning and key elements of population health management
  2. Innovative strategies to leverage the resources of hospitals through meaningful engagement of diverse communities
  3. Strategies for alignment with other health sector stakeholders
  4. Strategies for engagement of the community development sector and examination of possible returns on investment
  5. Strategies for internal alignment of population health capacity building with community benefit functions/ processes
  6. The roles of governing boards and senior leadership in ensuring optimal quality in the management and oversight of population health initiatives


This program is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a result, there are no registration costs for participants. Participants are responsible for travel, accommodations and related expenses.

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