Healthcare Anchor Network
Join a growing national collaboration of 65+ 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 65+ 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 over $75 billion annually, and have over $150 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
Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) is thrilled to announce that it has become an independent 501(c)3 organization. Our network includes 65+ members with over 1000 hospitals that employ more than 2 million people, purchase over $75B annually, and have over $150B in invested assets.
Medical Home Network Accountable Care Organization (MHN ACO), which HAN member Rush University System for Health is a member of, is investing in a 3-year “housing first” pilot program to care for patients without stable housing who are at high risk for poor health outcomes. The program underwrites rent subsidies to help these individuals obtain apartments and…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L44qUKfyUso The American Hospital Association (AHA) organized a series of videos with health system leaders discussing their community investment programs and why these are important strategies for improving individual and community well-being and advancing health equity. HAN’s Executive Director David Zuckerman discussed health anchor social impact investing. Many HAN member system leaders provided insights including: How Executive…
HAN member Advocate Aurora Health developed a pilot program to provide individuals returning from the criminal justice system who reside in the communities it serves with equal access to employment opportunities. The health system hired 22 individuals in the past year and provided individualized support to help them adapt to the workplace and remain in their jobs. …
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“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, Executive Director of the Healthcare Anchor Network