In an opinion piece in the Grantmakers In Health "News from the Field" newsletter, David Zuckerman and Bich Ha Pham make the case for funders to support expansion of anchor mission work as a strategic priority.
"Funders have a pivotal role to play in encouraging adoption of the anchor mission in health care and other nonprofit and public sectors so that the health sector can increasingly focus upstream and leverage its resources to support local economies.
Because funders are so well-respected and viewed as trusted, knowledgeable, connected, and strategic leaders, they can be game changers in this arena. They can put the anchor mission approach on the agenda, reach strategic champions in these institutions, connect key players with the experts to show them how to adopt and implement an anchor mission, and help provide seed funding to initiate the work."
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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's "Student fieldwork helps anchor Worcester-based health care system in community" article discusses how two doctor of public health (DrPH) students, Ahmad Al Kasir and Eric Coles, worked with Healthcare Anchor Network member UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts to develop its ambitious new anchor mission strategy:
"Last year, to fulfill their DrPH field immersion requirements, Coles and Al Kasir spent the winter and summer sessions on the project at UMMHC. By June, the health system’s board had unanimously approved the plan, and by the fall, Al Kasir and Coles had identified first steps for implementing it. Since then, Al Kasir and Coles have continued to work with UMMHC as consultants, and co-wrote a case study about the project that was first taught this spring to over 100 graduates of the Harvard Chan master in health management program and will be taught in several courses this coming academic year.
Douglas Brown, UMMHC’s chief administrative officer, called the students’ work pivotal. “We had this great idea but no way to assess it and implement it,” he said. “They helped us operationalize it. They were instrumental at every phase.”"
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network, has started the CHOP Cares Grant Program, a unique program to help its employees improve community members' health by applying for grants for projects seeking to address a broad range of health and wellness concerns. Most grants are intended to serve children in the communities where they live. To date, CHOP has awarded 155 grants for a total of close to $500,000 to support employees’ projects.
Read the Becker's Hospital Review article now.
Report: "Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges With Place-Based Partnerships & Anchor Institutions"
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