Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities

toolkits to help hospitals and health systems build community wealth through inclusive hiring, investment, and purchasing

Workforce

How can hospitals and health systems create jobs—and careers—for their local communities?

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Purchasing

How can hospitals and health system purchasing create opportunities at scale for their local communities?

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Investment

How can hospitals and health systems leverage their financial resources to lift up communities?

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About the project

Every day, we learn more about how patients’ health outcomes are tied not only to the healthcare they receive but also to the conditions in the communities where they live. Health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Democracy Collaborative is creating these toolkits to accelerate a new model in healthcare that builds community health into core business practices. These toolkits will help health systems integrate community health principles into three distinct business functions: (1) inclusive, local hiring and workforce development, (2) local and diverse sourcing; and (3) leveraging their long-term investment portfolios for community investment.

About the team

David Zuckerman is the Manager of Healthcare Engagement at The Democracy Collaborative. He is the author of Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission and a contributor to Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities? David is also the lead author of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, Building a Culture of Health at the Federal Level.

Katie Parker is a Research Associate at The Democracy Collaborative, where she focuses on how hospitals and health systems can better support their surrounding communities. She is the co-author of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, Building a Culture of Health at the Federal Level.

Tools for community-driven engagement

How to advance the anchor mission with your local hospital or health system

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