April 2015

Poll Question

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

“In the past year, available resources (staff, financial support) for community benefit at my hospital have:

A) Increased
B) Decreased
C) Stayed the same.”

Results will be published in our next quarterly newsletter.

ACHI Conference

Community Benefit Connect founding partner, Maya Dunne, recently presented at the ACHI conference in Dallas.

She was a part of the panel presentation Health and Housing Partnerships – Reducing ER Visits and Homelessness.

Click here to access the presentation slides.


Community Benefit Connect BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER

The purpose of Community Benefit Connect is to support nonprofit hospitals by building a learning community of practitioners who will translate into action community benefit planning, implementation, reporting and evaluation. By creating a number of opportunities for sharing information and asking questions we wish to encourage community benefit professionals to share experiences and make connections. Together we are an online community of practice.

Share Documents
Community Benefit Connect invites you to share your tools and resources. Share the content that matters to you with your Community Benefit colleagues. As a member of Community Benefit Connect, you can upload, search, and download posted community benefit documents. It’s easy… just click the shared documents link, and explore the documents shared by Community Benefit Connect members.

Interest Groups Online Forum
Community Benefit Connect offers online forums for you to collaborate, share ideas and gather information. The Interest Groups are free and available to Community Benefit Connect members.

Ask CB Connect
The purpose of this electronic discussion forum is to encourage professional discussions among individuals interested in community benefit. This forum focuses on ideas, questions, and concerns specific to community benefit and community health improvement.


IRS issues final regulations for charitable hospitals. Community Benefit Connect has the resources you need to understand and comply with the final IRS rules.

On December 29, 2014, the IRS and Treasury Department released final regulations for Hospital Community Benefit. You can access the final rules here.

Notable changes in the final IRS rules for charitable hospitals specific to conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment and adopting an Implementation Strategy can be found in our CB Blog and in the webinar archives presented February 11 by Mark Rukavina.

Resources and tools in our CB Process section have been updated to reflect the new regulations. We will keep you informed as new commentaries and references are made available.


As a member of CB Connect you can access our bimonthly webinars free of charge. All webinars are saved in the archives where you can access them at any time.
Register now for this upcoming webinar. Log in to the site with your member ID and password and then go to  the webinar page.

June 17, 11 am PT/2 pm ET

Telling the Community Health Story with Maps and Data

Angelica Baltazar, MSW 
Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES 
Este Geraghty, MD, MPH, MS 

Now more than ever, health systems need to have accurate and up-to-date data that help us better understand and visualize the challenges and assets in a holistic manner. In this webinar, attendees will be exposed to the lessons learned from within a health system implementing a real-time community health management system to provide geographically enabled health utilization information to influence strategic resource, patient care, and population health decisions.
Past webinars available in the archives: 
Data and Scientific Resources to support Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and the Community Health Improvement (CHI) Process – Vickie Boothe, MPH
This webinar focused on practical, user-friendly tools and resources designed to assist not-for-profit hospitals, health departments, and community based organizations with assessing community health status, identifying disparities, prioritizing health needs, and evaluating health impact.
Connecting Mission and Margin through Hospital Community Benefit – IRS and Treasury Regulations in an Era of Heightened Transparency –  Mark Rukavina
This session provided an overview of the final regulations released by the IRS and Treasury Department on December 29th, and explored how the required reporting on IRS Form 990 Schedule H can bolster community reputation when margin and mission are in alignment.


Community collaboration provides an effective process for working on community health needs by engaging people, organizations and community resources. One of the ways that we can demonstrate community need is through the involvement of collaborative tax-exempt or government organizations as real partners in activities or programs that improve community health.

Community Benefit Connect Advisor and recognized expert on collaborative practice, Arthur T. Himmelman writes about Community Collaboration that Creates Results.


Fresh Advantage helps institutional health care providers plan and implement effective CHNAs and community benefit programs that address food as a central component of health.

Legal problems are health problems! The goal of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership is to improve health by helping to clear away legal barriers. Medical-legal partnership (MLP) integrates the expertise of health care, public health and legal professionals and staff to address and prevent health-harming social and legal needs for patients, clinics and populations and transforms the health care system’s response to social determinants of health. MLP offers a toolkit for starting a new medical-legal partnership; 135 hospitals have already developed a partnership.
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