Contact: Bich Ha Pham, Director, Communications & Policy, Healthcare Anchor Network, 347-524-5802, email@example.com
Washington, D.C., January 4, 2022 – The Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) is thrilled to announce that it has become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Over the last five years, in partnership with our HAN member hospitals and health systems, HAN has grown in scale and impact. Our network now includes over 65 members with more than 1,000 hospitals that employ more than 2 million people, purchase over $75 billion annually, and have over $150 billion in invested assets. Health anchors can in fact be catalysts for health, economic, and racial equity by leveraging their everyday operations, including hiring, purchasing, and investment for equitable, local economic impact and to build community wealth.
HAN has launched many collective initiatives and are defining leadership in the sector through our anchor mission commitments, including our Place-Based Investment Commitment and Impact Purchasing Commitment.Anchor institutions adopting the anchor mission framework are a critical component of community wealth building (CWB), a much- needed solution to address the root causes of poverty and health inequities. CWB is a community-centered approach to local economic development, which keeps wealth in the local economy, and places control and benefits into the hands of community members.
“As a new organization, we look forward to deepening our network activities and sector impact to reach a critical mass of health systems adopting the anchor mission as an institutional priority to improve community health and well-being,” stated David Zuckerman, Healthcare Anchor Network’s President. “HAN is also aiming to expand our impact and reach through partnerships and affiliate memberships and advisory support to anchor collaboratives,” added Zuckerman.
We want to acknowledge CommonSpirit Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, ProMedica, SSM Health, and Trinity Health for their generous seed funding to support the new organization.