Research Associate David Zuckerman will present findings from the report Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Investing Outside Institutional Walls.
A massive shift is taking place across the nation: nonprofit hospitals have increasingly become the economic engines of their communities. As a result, a growing number of hospitals are engaged in community economic development, recognizing the importance of environmental hazards, poverty, unemployment, and other social factors in determining health outcomes. This presentation will focus on the findings of the Democracy Collaborative’ s Hospitals Building Healthier Communities, an in-depth report examining six hospitals in five cities that are rethinking their economic and community engagement strategies. The session will cover new community benefit opportunities in the Affordable Care Act and highlight best practices that leverage these anchor institutions' resources to build community wealth.