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.

Anchoring Hospitals In The Community

Laurie Larson
Trustee Magazine

Laurie Larson writes the article Trusteee Magazine "Anchoring hospitals in the community." In this article, Larson covers the Healthcare Anchor Network, a project of the Democracy Collaborative: 

Theirs is just one example of the work emerging from the Healthcare Anchor Network, a blooming consortium of nearly three dozen health systems launched in May 2017. The network's overarching goal is to “reach a critical mass of U.S. health systems [that are] strategically improving community health and well-being by leveraging all of their institutional assets, including intentionally integrating local economic inclusion strategies in hiring, purchasing and investing.”

HAN is the brainchild of the Democracy Collaborative, an economic development agency in Cleveland, which was launched as a “democratic renewal” research center at the University of Maryland in 2000. The collaborative has since moved well beyond its research roots, offering field activities to expand community wealth-building, hosting nationwide roundtables to discuss transformative economic development solutions, and advising local governments, foundations and anchor institutions such as health systems on new strategies for addressing the root causes of socio-economic inequity in their communities.

AECF Launches Effort to Help Universities Strengthen Local Communities

Philanthropy News Digest
Philanthropy News Digest

Philanthropy News Digest writes about the education work of The Democracy Collaborative and CUMU in "AECF Launches Effort to Help Universities Strengthen Local Communities:" 

A joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and the Democracy Collaborative, which have been working with the foundation to help "anchor" institutions such as hospitals and universities use their intellectual, social, and financial assets to catalyze economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods, the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative will encourage participating institutions to share insights and lessons learned in areas such as goal setting, data collection, and stakeholder engagement, with the goal of advancing their work as community anchors.

Leveling the Playing Field in City Contracting

Oscar Perry
Next City

Oscar Perry, writing for Next City, highlights the work of the Democracy Collaborative in "Leveling the Playing Field in City Contracting." In this long form piece, Perry writes about why New York City has doubled their contracts with women-and-minority-owned firm. As well as, the work of Democracy Collaborative's thought leadership, direction, and work with anchor instutitons through the Healthcare Anchor Network: 

Corporations and anchor institutions like hospitals and universities are stepping up MWBE contracting commitments and programs, too. The Democracy Collaborative, a nonprofit that does research and builds leadership around equitable, inclusive and sustainable development, has been working with anchor institutions to support more diverse contracting through the lens of building stronger local economies. In January 2017, it formed the Healthcare Anchor Network, consisting of 30 healthcare systems nationwide.

“Healthcare systems are recognizing the need for intentionality to overcome the history of discrimination,” says David Zuckerman, who manages the network. Yet such programs remain in danger of going away when there’s a leadership change, he notes.

“If you can institutionalize it, and build it into your strategic plan, that’s what’s powerful,” he says. “We’re not there yet, but I think in the next year we’re going to see more health systems build this local impact work into their strategic plans.”

One way to institutionalize it: Make it someone’s job.

“There might be an official statement that ‘we’re going to prioritize the effort to increase our spend to MWBEs,’ but it’s not any one person’s job, it’s something extra,” Zuckerman says.

Read more in Next City

Urban Affairs Coalition

The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) unites government, businesses, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues.  Since its start in 1969, UAC has managed over $1 billion in social investments and grown into a partnership of more than 60 organizations. Read more about Urban Affairs Coalition...

University City District

Established in 1997 to address neighborhood disinvestment, University City District (UCD) is a partnership between Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents focused on improving public spaces, addressing crime and public safety issues, boosting commercial corridors, connecting low-income residents to careers, and promoting job growth and innovation. Read more about University City District...

University of Alabama at Birmingham

With more than 23,000 full-time and part-time workers, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest employer in Alabama.  Committed to the broader community, UAB has established the UAB Benevolent Fund, which currently provides support to more than 130 local nonprofits. Through UAB’s Regions Institute for Financial Education, the university also provides financial education to students and the public.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Founded in 1959, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham connects philanthropists, nonprofits, and engaged leaders to build a stronger, more vibrant future for the Greater Birmingham community.  As of December 2016, the foundation held $259.5 million in assets and had disbursed $18.7 million in grants.  Its grantmaking prioritizes efforts focused on ensuring: 1) communities are sustainable, livable, and vibrant; and 2) individuals and families are economically secure.  To maximize its impact, the foundation also develops and implements large-scale, multi-year regional initiatives, which currently include an effort to reform predatory lending and the development of a city Innovation District.

Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation

A partnership between BJC Health Care (a nonprofit health care organization headquartered in St. Louis that serves residents in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions) and Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC) aims to improve the quality of life in Forest Park Southeast and the Central West End—neighborhoods that border the medical campus.  Since its formation in the 1990s, the group is credited with investing more than $35 million in Forest Park Southeast and helping to leverage over $1.5 billion in development.  WUMCTC is currently planning a $27 million mixed-income 150-unit housing project.  To encourage BJC and Washington University employees to live in WUMCRC’s focus areas, the nonprofits offer an Employer Assisted Housing Program, which provides forgivable loans to help employees with down payments or closing costs.

The Alternatives: how Preston took back control – podcast

Aditya Chakrabortty
The Guardian

Presented by  and produced by  and The Alternatives: how Preston took back control – podcast. The Guardian looks at the work of the Democracy Collaborative in Preston England: 

To kick off, we hear from Preston city councillor Matthew Brown about the “Preston model”, a new approach to local procurement inspired by a similar initiative in Cleveland, Ohio. In a time of austerity and cuts, how is it that Preston is now seeing an extra £75m being spent in the city?

Listen to the podcast at the Guardian 

Anchors in Resilient Communities: Case Study on East Bay San Francisco ARC project

Emerald Cities Collaborative
Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC)

Published by Emerald Cities Collaborative, this case study is part of the ongoing series Anchors In Resilient Communities (ARC) which highlights lessons learned from anchor collaboratives working to advance climate resiliency. The Democracy Collaborative is a co-founder of ARC. This case study details work in Richmond and East Oakland, California to leverage local anchor procurement, investment, and hiring capacity to support inclusive and sustainable economic development. Participating institutions are working to launch MyCulitver, a cooperatively owned greenhouse and incubator facility.