Anchor Institutions

Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities?

Ted Howard and Tyler Norris

Healthcare’s role in creating healthy communities through increasing access to quality care, research, and grantmaking is being complemented by a higher impact approach; hospitals and integrated health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.  

Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis

Jessica Bonanno, Steve Dubb, and Ted Howard

Our newest report, Healthcare Small Business Gap Analysis, prepared in partnership with New Orleans based DMM & Associates on behalf of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), outlines procurement practices and supply chain needs of New Orleans healthcare institutions and the capacity local business to fulfill those needs. The report provides recommendations on how to leverage New Orleans’ hospitals’ $1.5 billion in procurement spending to promote greater local procurement and economic inclusion in a city where only 48 percent of African American adult males are in the formal labor force. This report is based on interviews with nearly  50 representatives from area hospitals, additional anchor buyers, technical assistance organizations, small businesses, and other public stakeholders.

The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs

Steve Dubb, Sarah McKinley and Ted Howard

This study seeks to introduce a framework that can assist anchor institutions in understanding their impact on the community and, in particular, their impact on the welfare of low-income children and families in those communities.

Download the report and learn more about our work to help anchors measure their impact on community wealth.

 

The Anchor Mission: Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth

Farzana Serang, J. Phillip Thompson and Ted Howard

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT focuses on the path-breaking Vision 2010 Program implemented in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio by University Hospitals System. Over a five year period, the initiative targeted more than $1 billion of procurement locally to create jobs, empower minority- and female-owned businesses, and create a “new normal” for responsible, community-focused business practices in the region.

Bridging the Two Americas: Employment & Economic Opportunity in Newark & Beyond

Demelza Baer and Ryan P. Haygood

While Newark, New Jersey is home to several major Fortune 500 companies, local residents are largely excluded from this economic growth and hold only 18 percent of all jobs in the city. This new report, published by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, explores the origins of this economic divide, which predominantly affects communities of color, noting a history of discrimination and an absence of pathways to middle-skill jobs. The report calls on the City to implement local hiring provisions for city contracts and calls on anchor institutions to develop local hiring and procurement strategies.

Colorado Impact Report: Will Denver Become America’s First ‘Community Wealth’ City?

Ted Howard
Colorado Impact Report

In cities across America, a new form of local economy is emerging. Many call this growing movement “Community Wealth Building,” a framework for economic development built on principles of democratizing wealth, broadening ownership over capital, leveraging existing institutional assets to benefit place, and preventing money from leaking out of our communities. The goal is to reinforce core values such as equity, inclusion, local stability, and sustainability. A range of corporate and institutional forms, involving millions of Americans as owners and consumers, are part of this movement, including cooperatives, employee-owned companies, community financial institutions, land trusts, municipal and state ownership, impact investing, and social enterprise.

Read Ted Howard's contribution to the Colorado Impact Report

Homestead Hospital

Established in 1940 with just 10 beds, Homestead Hospital is now a full-service, 142-bed facility. To help promote healthier lifestyles, the hospital created a three-acre organic garden on an adjacent vacant plot. With the potential to grow 30,000 pounds of produce a year, Grow2Heal community garden provides fresh, nutritious food to area residents and healthy food that can be served to hospital patients, visitors, and staff.  The garden is also used as a site for educational programs, including school fieldtrips, health fairs, cooking demonstrations, wellness workshops, and support groups. Future plans include the development of an on-site greenhouse, farmers market, and handicap-accessible “healing trail” lined with scented fruits and flowers.

Health Foundation South Florida

Health Foundation South Florida aims to improve the health of all South Floridians. Since its establishment in 1993, the foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants. To help address the social determinants of health, the foundation catalyzed a special Community Building and Economic Prosperity Initiative that is encouraging area anchor institutions to support community wealth building by creating new vehicles for community engagement, supporting local businesses, developing quality educational and health services, adopting mechanisms for local hiring and contracting, and boosting community economic development through direct capital investment.

Yale New Haven Health

Founded in 1862 with just 13 beds, Yale New Haven Health has grown into a 1,541-bed nonprofit teaching hospital with more than 12,000 employees, making it the second largest employer in New Haven.  Committed to diversity and inclusion, the hospital has a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion team focused on promoting and supporting diversity within the hospital’s workforce, patient and community work, and supply chains. Read more about Yale New Haven Health...