HAN member health systems are critical economic engines and mission driven organizations inextricably linked to the longterm wellbeing of those we serve. As such, we as healthcare leaders are uniquely positioned to play an active role in building equitable and sustainable local economies that allow for healthy and thriving individuals, families, and communities.
Collectively, we seek to more intentionally leverage our assets to achieve health equity by improving economic vitality and addressing other social determinants of health. In doing so, we will further catalyze partners across our communities, cities, and sectors to address the root causes of economic and racial inequities that negatively impact individual, family and community health and wellbeing. Together, we will build a movement that seeks to help all achieve prosperity, thrive and be healthy, especially those most impacted by a legacy of disinvestment and discrimination.
HAN has developed commitments which HAN health systems can sign onto in these key issue areas:
HAN member health systems across the country sign the “Impact Purchasing Commitment” (IPC) to build healthy, equitable, and climate-resilient local economies through what and how they spend their dollars. The IPC commitment, designed by the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), in partnership with Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, includes increasing spending with Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) as well as local and employee-owned, cooperatively owned and/or nonprofit-owned enterprises, by at least $1 billion collectively over five years. The participating health systems are making major shifts in their procurement strategies to help address the economic, racial, and environmental disparities that impact community health outcomes.
Health systems sign the Healthcare Anchor Network’s (HAN) Place-based Investment Commitment, and commit to redirecting a portion of their investable assets toward impact investments that are place-based and address community conditions that create racial, economic and environmental disparities. Signatories pledge to allocate at least 1% or $50 million (whichever is less) of long-term reserves or unrestricted investment fund or pool for place-based impact investments to be deployed within five years.
Seventeen health systems across the country, some of the largest employers in their areas, announce signing an “Impact Workforce Commitment” (IWC) to build healthy and equitable local economies through their hiring and workforce development programs and policies. The commitment, designed in partnership with a leadership group of Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN) member health systems and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, includes aligning hiring and workforce power with clinical and community efforts to provide opportunities for individuals who may have faced barriers to employment due to myriad factors. These factors include low income, lack of access to education and training, or other socio-economic challenges. The commitment aims to improve societal health and well-being by creating economic opportunities and addressing racial inequities in the communities the signatories serve.
It is undeniable: Racism is a public health crisis. These HAN member systems are committed to being part of the solution, both within their organizations and in partnership with local community groups. They are focused on improving access to care and eliminating systemic racism, which contributes to poor health outcomes.
Good health requires that all of us live in homes that we can afford. A stable place to live supports the health of all people across the life course, as well as creates thriving communities. These HAN member systems support healthy and affordable housing for all as a foundation for healthy, vibrant communities and inclusive growth.
Good health requires that all of us have economic
security. A good job with benefits and a career ladder
supports individual and family health outcomes
through increased education, income, and social
mobility. These HAN member systems support access to family-supporting employment to foster economic security, improved health and well-being, and stable, thriving communities.