Healing Communities and the Environment: Opportunities for Community Benefit Programs

Paul Lipke, Patsy Matheny and Julie Trocchio

The Catholic Health Association and Health Care Without Harm have released a booklet that encourages healthcare leaders to engage and partner with individuals, organizations, and communities to improve community health by addressing environmental factors outside the hospitals walls instead of just within. Acknowledging that poor environmental quality adversely impacts vulnerable populations already at high risk for bad health, this publication argues that strategic environmental health programs can help reduce inequities in health, particularly in underserved communities. The booklet offers detailed steps and strategies for integrating programs that address environmental health with broader community benefits compliance efforts.

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