The Wall Street Journal's "Health Care Looks Beyond Medicine to Social Factors" article covered the good work of four Healthcare Anchor Network members in addressing the social determinants of health: Geisinger Health System, Rush University Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Boston Medical Center. The article discusses Geisinger's cost-effective program providing free nutritious foods and other health services to adults with Type 2 diabetes; Rush University Medical Center's use of technology to learn about community social needs; Kaiser Permanente's investment of up to $200 million in affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects; and Boston Medical Center's $6.5 million investment in affordable housing through community partnerships.
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Madeline Bell, CEO of Healthcare Anchor Network member Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), writes for US News & World Report about their work to overcome the negative health impacts of SDOH, particularly for the sake of children. CHOP has teamed with Penn, Drexel and other anchor institutions in West Philadelphia to invest in University City District's West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. This workforce development program connects the un- and under-employed to jobs with local employers.
Through the Spark Philadelphia program, CHOP employees have also provided direct mentorship to middle school students who also get the opportunity to obtain firsthand experience with working in a health care setting onsite at CHOP. CHOP's Homeless Health Initiative provides medical screening, health education and wellness programming for children living in Philadelphia's shelters.
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An in-depth article in Modern Healthcare provides a helpful overview and history of health systems' focus on the role of social determinants. The article details the important work of Healthcare Anchor Network member Kaiser Permanente to engage government agencies, and to leverage its investment funds to address homelessness and promote affordable housing, healthy eating, active living, and early childhood education. HAN member ProMedica's role in co-founding the Root Cause Coalition and addressing food insecurity was also highlighted.
Also detailed is HAN Member Cleveland Clinic's groundbreaking partnership with the Evergreen Cooperatives to create 100 local jobs and build community wealth by allowing employees to share business ownership in the hospital's supply chain. “We see this as an important step we can take to support the health and well-being of our neighbors,” said Ralph Turner, the Clinic's Executive Director of Patient Support Services.
Read the Modern Healthcare article: "Complete care: Hospitals tackling social determinants are setting the course for the industry"
Wellspring Cooperative Greenhouse celebrates its first harvest, thanks to health systems embracing the anchor mission
Wellspring Cooperative Greenhouse in Springfield, Massachussetts planted its first crop in 2018, in a 15,000-square foot facility designed to create employee-owned jobs for nearby low-income community residents—the third cooperative in a growing network. The project's launch was made possible by purchasing commitments from Healthcare Anchor Network members Baystate Health and Trinity Health. (The latter system also helped Wellspring raise the capital it needed to launch by a place-based investment with a local CDFI.)
Read more in WAMC: "Greenhouse Crops Will Come From A Former Brownfields Site"
Thanks to an initial $12 million in support from Healthcare Anchor Network member Intermountain Healthcare, a new statewide alliance will be aligning community groups and state, county, and local agencies in a three-year, two-city demonstration project aimed at tackling the underlying social and economic determinants of community health outcomes.
Read coverage in: Becker's Hospital Review | Fierce Healthcare | Desert News | MedCity News
Read the Intermountain press release.