Healthcare Anchor Network
Join a growing national collaboration of 70+ leading healthcare systems building more inclusive and sustainable local economies
You can’t create equitable health outcomes for America’s communities without tackling the underlying economic and racial disparities that drive them—the structural determinants of health. Healthcare Anchor Network members are committed to making sure their institutional and operational resources are aligned with their clinical mission.
It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis
40 health systems in 45 states and Washington, DC have committed to addressing racism and the public health disparities caused by racism. “As members and leaders of many healthcare organizations across the nation addressing the disproportionate Black and Brown mortality of the COVID-19 pandemic, we say without hesitation that Black Lives Matter.”
“Systemic racism results in generational trauma and poverty, while also unquestionably causing higher rates of illness and death in Black and Indigenous communities and communities of color. We must double down on our efforts. We stand united as frontline organizations against racism, injustice and inaction and commit to specific steps to help overcome the healthcare disparities in the communities we serve.”
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With 70+ health systems (and counting) represented in the Network, we bring together anchor institutions from across the country that together employ more than 2 million people, purchase $100 billion annually, and have $200 billion in investment assets.
Featured News: When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine
The New York Times traces the genesis of the Healthcare Anchor Network model for anchor institution engagement with the democratic economy from its origins in Cleveland with the Evergreen Cooperatives. It follows this thread through the creation of the Healthcare Anchor Network, which brings together hospitals and health systems in an increasingly impactful collaboration to align the nonprofit healthcare sector as a whole with what we have called the “anchor mission.”
The latest news from the field
We are excited that Beth Israel Lahey Health has joined HAN. The Massachusetts health system brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, specialty and community hospitals, and has more than 4,800 physicians and 38,000 employees.
Five HAN members—Ascension St. Vincent, Baystate Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Trinity Health Michigan, and The University of Vermont Health Network—were recognized by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions as the 2023 Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions.
HAN member The University of Vermont Health Network received a $1.5 million grant from Vermont’s Agency of Human Services to provide individuals with non-nursing-related training a 15-month pathway to earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) to help address Vermont’s labor shortage.
HAN member Maimonides Medical Center helped to found Brooklyn Communities Collaborative (BCC), a nonprofit that convenes community and institutional partners to strengthen health, wealth, and leadership in Brooklyn communities. BCC just launched a Health Worker Training Program for formerly incarcerated Brooklynites.From the BK Reader article: “Community health workers are trusted advocates for health and wellbeing in their own communities,” said…
Hospital and Health System Members of the Healthcare Anchor Network include:
Affiliate Members in the Healthcare Anchor Network include:
“An anchor mission means sustainably investing in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, addressing not just health disparities, but economic and racial inequities as well.”
–– David Zuckerman, President & Founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network