How to use this toolkit

The Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series is designed to provide hospital and health system leadership and department managers with the steps to begin to harness their everyday business practices to drive community health and well-being. This toolkit outlines place-based investing strategies that allow health systems to earn a financial return on their investments while producing a positive social, economic, or environmental impact within their geographical service areas.

The toolkit is divided into multiple parts, and provides a look at how place-based investment benefits community health and well-being, and distills lessons learned from leaders in the field. Case studies from six institutions provide an in-depth look at how hospitals and health systems are implementing this work on the ground and the key strategies they are employing. The Strategies section outlines a range of high-impact opportunities across asset classes, themes, sectors, and risk/return profiles that institutions have for place-based investing. An Infographic visualizes the many options across asset classes and the possible positive outcomes. Diving In highlights places to get started, identifying quick wins. The Readiness Checklist allows you to assess where your institution is at, and what steps you can still take. Laying the Foundations focuses on institutionalizing these practices, providing worksheets to begin and guide the conversation at your institution. The Measuring Performance and Impact section provides language and metrics to measure for assessing business impact. And Big Questions and Overcoming Barriers sections provide resources for your team to work through critical program design questions.

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Key Terms

The critical terms needed to build community wealth with place-based investment.