Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment:
Roles for Hospitals and Health Systems (March 2017)
By thinking broadly and investing strategically, hospitals and health systems can be better partners in solving the most pressing issues in their community. This report offers examples of health care organizations that are experimenting with this new approach to community investment, and lessons they have learned. These lessons are then incorporated into our capital absorption framework for community improvement. This framework, and the lessons shared here, can help cultivate common ground between those who have long participated in community development outside health care institutions, and those within health care institutions who are now discovering the potential impact of community improvements on health.
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