June 2015

Poll Question

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

“Does your hospital partner with the local or state public health department to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment?”

A) Yes
B) No
C) We will during the next assessment period

Results will be published in our next quarterly newsletter.


Poll Question Results

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




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Community Health Improvement Navigator – A New Resource for Community Benefit

The CDC launched a helpful new resource available for community benefit practice and community health improvement called the Community Health Improvement Navigator. “Community health improvement (CHI) is a process to identify and address the health needs of communities. Because working together has a greater impact on health and economic vitality than working alone, CHI brings together health care, public health, and other stakeholders to consider high-priority actions to improve community health.” www.cdc.gov/chinav/index.html

Community Benefit Connect Hosts Community Benefit Professionals

Over 50 community benefit professionals joined Community Benefit Connect in May for a Regional Networking event in Southern California. The first of its kind networking effort showcased best practices including:

  • Community Capacity Building – Sheri Bathurst, Kaiser Permanent Downey Medical Center
  • ER Case Worker Program – Ron Sorenson, Providence St John’s Health Center
  • Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment – Shreya Shah Sasaki, Kaiser Permanente San Diego; Jillian Barber, Sharp HealthCare
  • Environmental, Policy and System Changes to Address Obesity – Barry Ross, St Jude Medical Center
  • Countywide Community Collaboration – Dora Barilla, HC2 Strategies

Facilitated roundtable discussions provided participants with opportunities to discuss common issues with their colleagues. Topics discussed: Measuring impact on health needs; Managing community benefit grant makings; Addressing the issue of homelessness; Working collaboratively in the community; and Demonstrating the value of what we do. Future networking meetings are under consideration. If you would be interested in partnering with CB Connect to host a community benefit networking event in your area, please contact Melissa Biel at mbiel@communitybenefitconnect.org.

Community Benefit Cutting Edge

Community Benefit leader, Dr. Kevin Barnett is presenting a webinar series for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This four-part series begins July 30, 2015. Learn how to align resources, form effective partnerships, and improve community health. Created specifically for hospitals and heath systems, public health professionals and community health leaders, the IHI webinars will help you:

  • Move beyond community health needs assessments toward community health improvement
  • Build capacity to improve population health
  • Learn how to target your strategies in a way that reduces health disparities in local communities
  • Leverage your organization’s resources through alignment of your efforts with other stakeholders
  • Learn strategies to move toward a value-based payment model with greater confidence
  • Connect population health to the financial needs of your organization

A fee is required to register for this webinar.


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.

August 11, 10 am PT /
1 pm ET

Community Benefit Strategies and Medical-Legal Partnership: Leveraging Community Legal Resources to Impact Population Health

Ellen Lawton, Lead Research Scientist at George Washington University Woody Thorne, Vice President of Community Affairs for Southern Illinois Healthcare Social determinants of health – the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, play and age, as well as the systems designed to improve health and treat illness – have a significant impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Many of these social conditions can be traced to laws that are unfairly applied or under-enforced, often leading to the improper denial of services and benefits that are designed to help vulnerable people. 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, hospitals, clinics and populations. By partnering together, health care, public health and legal institutions transform the health care system’s response to social determinants of health. This session will describe the medical-legal partnership approach, in which civil legal aid resources are integrated into the health care setting to address the social determinants of health and boost health care workforce capacity. A review of MLP practice in hospital settings, and a case study of medical-legal partnership implementation and practice in a large rural hospital system will explain the role of hospital community benefit programs in advancing medical-legal
partnership and improving population health.

Past webinars available in the archives:

Telling the Community Health Story with Maps and Data

Angelica Baltazar, MSW, Health and Human Services Industry Specialist, Esri and Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES, HC2 Strategies and Este Geraghty, MD, MPH, MS, Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director, Esri

In this webinar, attendees were 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.

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.


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Health Care Without Harm is an internal coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental health organizations, and religious groups. “First Do No Harm:… Together with our partners around the world, Health Care Without Harms shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and healthy alternatives to health care practices that pollute the environment and contribute to disease.

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