The following resources are intended to help health systems to advance an anchor mission approach within their health institutions.
The Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities toolkit series is designed to provide hospital and health system leadership and department managers with the steps to begin to harness their everyday operations to drive community health and well-being.
The toolkit series was developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to accelerate a new model in healthcare that builds community health into core business practices.
This toolkit offers a guide for how to leverage hiring practices to advance inclusive, local job creation and career development for communities experiencing the greatest health and wealth disparities.
This toolkit showcases examples of how hospitals and health systems are supporting diverse and locally owned vendors and helping to incubate new community enterprises to fill supply chain gaps and drive local economic growth in their communities.
This toolkit outlines place-based investing strategies that allow health systems to earn a financial return on their investments while producing a positive social, economic, or environmental impact within their geographical service areas.
Written by Rush University Medical Center, with support from Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy, the Civic Consulting Alliance, and The Democracy Collaborative, this playbook offers recommendations drawn from research carried out to help Rush University Medical Center align around its Anchor Mission. These findings are intended to help other hospitals and health systems accelerate their own efforts to drive institutional alignment with community needs.
Written by Randy Oostra, CEO of ProMedica, with the support of David Zuckerman and Katie Parker from The Democracy Collaborative, this report offers an in-depth look at how ProMedica—a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network —aligned its institutional operations and clinical practice to better tackle the social determinants of health. From an innovative hospital-owned grocery store in a food desert to investments in preserving affordable housing, this playbook details the Toledo, Ohio-based health system’s decade-long journey to understand how their resources could be used for the wellbeing of the communities they serve.
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. Can hospitals and health systems heal America’s communities?
Table of Contents
- Case Studies
- Tools for Defining the Organizational Imperative
- Resources for Advancing the Anchor Mission
- More Resources
Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Communities Fund is explored in a new case study. The case study covers the program’s inception and design, strategies employed, partnerships, key stakeholders involved. It also explores several of the program’s projects, including the Housing for Health Fund and the SDS Supportive Housing Fund. Read the case study here.
CommonSpirit Health’s Community Investment Program is explored in a new case study. The case study covers the program’s inception and design, strategies employed, and key stakeholders involved. It also discusses several of the program’s projects, including Stocktonians Taking Action to Neutralize Drugs (STAND), the Hill Country Community Clinic, and California FarmLink. Read the case study here.
Rush University System for Health’s (RUSH) Impact Investing Fund (“the Fund”) is explored in a new case study. The case study covers the Fund’s inception and design, strategies employed, and key stakeholders involved. In addition, it examines Rush’s partnerships with other local anchor institutions through West Side United (WSU) on place-based investing projects. Finally, it discusses several projects that the Fund has supported, including small businesses owned by people of color (like the Corner Store Deli and La Orquidea), and community development initiatives through Foundation for Homan Square (including Nichols Tower and Power House High School). Read the case…
Intermountain Healthcare’s local impact investing work is explored in a new case study. The case study covers the program’s inception and design, strategies employed, and key stakeholders involved. It also explores one of the program’s early initiatives, the Utah Housing Preservation Fund. Read the case study here.
UMass Memorial Health (UMMH)’s Community Investing Program is explored in a new case study. The case study covers the program’s inception and design, strategies employed, and key stakeholders involved. It also discusses several of the program’s projects, including Worcester Common Ground (WCG), Creative Hub Worcester (CHW), the Finally Home Fund, and the Tiny Home Village. Read the case study here.
The RUMC: Collaborating with community stakeholders case study shares how the anchor mission strategy provided an opportunity for RUMC to engage the community in new ways to ensure that its work was in line with the real world experiences of Chicago’s West Side residents. While RUMC had worked with community partners for decades, the idea of being more “community resident centered,” such that residents were involved in decision making, became a new approach.
The HAN case study of the Anchors in Resilient Communities (ARC) FoodService Partners’ Food Commissary details how the collaboration came about and the key role of anchor institutions in investing in healthy and sustainable food systems, as well as procuring healthy produce from a community-based and mission-focused group. This new food production center will build community wealth and model a new way for sustainable, local food production.
Cardinal committed to moving its warehouse operations from a location outside of Detroit into the neighborhood adjacent to Henry Ford Hospital. Distribution Warehouse represents a $30 million investment. Four local entities joined to build the warehouse resulting in the fruition of this place-based anchor mission project: Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Medical Center, Cardinal Health and Kirco. By having each of the partners assume parts of the risk of the investment, the distributed risk paired with the multiple investment flows contributed to the success of the project at large. Read or download the case study here.
This infographic shows how hospitals, health systems and other anchor institutions can improve community health and build community wealth through their everyday hiring and training practices.
This infographic provides a quick overview of how “outside-in” and “inside-up” strategies work together to create a more inclusive workforce.
The infographic below provides a quick overview of how connection-creating and capacity-building strategies can work together to advance local, inclusive sourcing.
The infographic below provides a quick overview of how place-based investing can create sustainable returns and strong communities.
These maps were created to show the central role of hospitals and health systems as significant employers in their local economies.
This infographic shows how hospitals, health systems and other anchor institutions can leverage their everyday building and buying to improve community health and build community wealth.
Tools for Defining the Organizational Imperative
These tools can be used to help articulate the organizational imperative for adopting an Anchor Mission at your hospital or health system.
One-pager on inclusive, local hiring and workforce development with case studies, key strategies, and tips for getting started.
One-pager on inclusive, local purchasing with case studies, key strategies, and tips for getting started.
One-pager on place-based investment with case studies, key strategies, and tips for getting started.
This slide deck can be used to make the case internally for adopting an anchor mission at your hospital or health system. It articulates the moral, business, and community imperative for aligning all assets, including core business practices, to prioritize equity, inclusion, sustainability and community.
Summary of research that connects economic inclusion with improving health outcomes.
Resources for Advancing the Anchor Mission
The Healthcare Anchor Network can facilitate a variety of processes designed to help your institution accelerate your Anchor Mission, ranging from half-day workshops to multi-month engagements that include stakeholder interviews and intensive coaching.
In December 2016, leaders from 40 health systems gathered in Washington, DC to explore the potential to more fully harness their economic power to inclusively and sustainably benefit the long-term well-being of American communities. This report summarizes the events of the convening and presents the health systems’ collective vision of the Healthcare Anchor Network.
Healthcare Anchor Network’s director of communication and policy Bich Ha Pham co-authored the report Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges with Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions, which discusses the role of anchor institutions and collaboratives in leveraging the power of their economic assets to address social and economic disparities and to revitalize local communities. The report focuses on the work of anchor institutions and partner organizations that have joined to form place-based networks, or anchor collaboratives, to develop, implement, and support shared goals and initiatives that advance equitable and inclusive economic development strategies. Anchor mission work is not easy, but our hope is that this…
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.
Hospitals and health systems and other anchor institutions from across the country are adopting an “anchor mission” to tackle the underlying economic and social determinants of community health outcomes and community well being. But how can both the what and the why of this new transformative approach be effectively communicated, inside and outside your institution?
Toolkit Links Below are links to the resources and information referred to in the Anchor Mission Communications Toolkit, produced by the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) in collaboration with Rush University Medical Center (Rush). Rush’s Anchor Mission PlaybookRush’s Chicago Magazine articleRush’s Total Health Collaborative videoEmbracing an Anchor Mission: ProMedica’s All-In StrategyHAN’s Anchor Philanthropy Initiative Group’s table comparing traditional philanthropy with anchor philanthropyCleveland Clinic’s press release on its collaboration with Evergreen CooperativesUMass Memorial Health Care’s Anchor Mission journey in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health journalPowerPoint pitch on healthcare’s anchor missionOne-page Overviews of Anchor Mission Strategies: Inclusive, Local HiringInclusive, Local ProcurementPlace-Based Investment HAN Speaker’s BureauPublic Health Reaching Across…
This roadmap collects common milestones in the Anchor Mission implementation journey and shares examples of how health systems have educated staff on community needs and the Anchor Mission vision, created new staff positions to advance anchor strategies, developed dashboards to track progress, and more.
Authored by CHAN Healthcare for the Healthcare Anchor Network, with input from the Healthcare Anchor Network’s Collaborating with Community Stakeholders initiative group, this document presents best practices for aligning Community Benefit and Community Health Needs Assessment processes.
This document, created by the Aligning to Advance Policy Initiative Group of the Healthcare Anchor Network, outlines the foundational elements of a policy agenda to create equitable, engaged, connected and economically strong communities.
This 2013 report from The Democracy Collaborative explores how health systems are addressing the upstream social and economic determinants of health.
The Healthcare Anchor Network’s (HAN) white paper Reimagining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply Chains calls for national leadership and healthcare sector collaboration to create PPE production capacity for American sourced and manufactured supplies. The white paper was released at the HAN Anchoring Resilience: Aligning Supply Chains and Impact Purchasing for Community Health summit on November 18, 2020. The white paper details the current status of the supply chain of PPE, the market shifts caused by COVID-19, and the potential solutions to ensure capacity within US health systems for the future. It includes interviews with 17 HAN member senior supply…