The Healthy Food Playbook

The “Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook” supports hospital professionals and community partners in assessing community food needs and developing initiatives to promote healthy food access and healthy, local and sustainable food systems.

Health Care Without Harm and partner organizations will host events to dive into the playbook, offering inspiration and tools to address food and diet-related community health needs throughout the community health engagement process. These in-person and virtual presentations feature best practices and resources and engage participants in strategizing to put them to work.

Click here to access the playbook.

Scroll down and access the Events tab to see a list of regional roundtables, webinars and meetings. You will want to participate in one of these events to learn more about this excellent resource. Community Benefit Connect is hosting a webinar on the Playbook.

Free Webinars

Log on to the Community Benefit Connect website and register for these free webinars.


Hospital – Community Collaborations to Promote Healthy Food Access

June 6, 2018
11 am PT/12 noon MT/1 pm CT/2 pm ET
One hour in duration

Findings from a National Salary Survey for Community Benefit Professionals

July 24, 2018
9 am PT/10 am MT/11 am CT/12 noon ET
One hour in duration

Share your Information

Community Benefit Connect is looking for information, examples and resources on 340b drug pricing programs and community benefit strategic plans.

340b Drug Pricing Program

For 25 years, the 340B Drug Pricing Program has provided financial help to safety-net hospitals to manage rising prescription drug costs. Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act requires pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in Medicaid to sell outpatient drugs at discounted prices to health care organizations that care for many uninsured and low-income patients.

If your hospital receives 340b drug pricing, is the program connected with community benefit to provide funding for services offered in the community? If your hospital community benefit is working with the 340b drug pricing program, please email Melissa Biel at We would like to hear what your hospital is doing.

Community Benefit Strategic Plan

Does your hospital/health system have a community benefit strategic plan? We are looking for community benefit plans we can share. We are defining a community benefit strategic plan as a document that identifies overall community benefit goals, objectives and measures.
This is not an Implementation Strategy but the Implementation Strategy may have incorporated some components of the community benefit plan. If you have a community benefit strategic plan you are willing to share, please send it to Melissa Biel at

New Bad Debt Accounting Standards May Impact Community Benefit Reporting reported new IRS rules for counting bad debt. This is an important article to share with your Finance Department and discuss if it has implications for community benefit reporting.

“Although the Internal Revenue Service does not consider bad debt a part of community benefits, some hospitals still include the figure in broader categorizations that include things like charity care and Medicaid and Medicare shortfalls.”