Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit: Toolkit (ASACB)
ASACB was a multi-state research demonstration of the Public Health Institute and a diverse group of hospitals to develop and implement uniform standards to align governance, management, and operations to enhance community benefit practices. The toolkit includes instructional materials and templates for the comprehensive review and enhancement of community benefit programs.
This is early seminal work led by PHI that directly engaged 70 hospitals in four states in the development of principles and institutional policies to enhance CB practices.
Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)
Addressing & Assessing Community Health Needs, February 2012
A comprehensive handbook for tax-exempt hospitals undertaking the Community Health Needs Assessment process. Includes step-by-step guidance for engaging community stakeholders and hospital leadership, structuring the assessment and report, and developing implementation strategies to address prioritized needs.
A Guide for Planning & Reporting Community Benefit (2012)
The Guide provides a comprehensive framework for health care organizations desiring to develop a more strategic approach to planning, delivering and reporting on community benefit programs.
Evaluating Community Benefit Programs
This resource applies the knowledge and experience of public health program evaluation to community benefit programs. It provides a comprehensive overview of program evaluation, including easy to use tools, expert advice, links to helpful resources and examples from the field.
Healing Communities and the Environment: Opportunities for Community Benefit Programs
This document, published as a discussion draft in Spring 2012, encourages and informs health care organization leaders about ways to engage their organization and communities served around improving community health through environmental improvements. While environmental factors include the physical, social and economic environment in which we live, work and raise families, this document focuses on the physical environment, including the quality of our air, water, food and facility and public energy and chemical polices.
Community Benefit State Law Profiles
The Hilltop Institute
The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is a resource created to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to state and local health departments, hospital regulators, legislators, revenue collection and budgeting agencies, and hospitals to develop approaches that suit the unique needs of their communities and work toward a more accessible, coordinated, and effective community health system. We are in discussions with Hilltop to explore partnerships, ranging from supporting an update of their database of state policies to parallel GIS analyses of hospital utilization data from state datasets to further inform and encourage more upstream investments than are typically represented in their CBI data on categories of CB resource allocations.
Community Catalyst's Hospital Accountability Project (HAP) helps community-based organizations, consumer advocates and others working with vulnerable community to analyze hospital and public policies on financial assistance (charity care), billing and debt collection, and community benefit through providing technical assistance, tools and resources to support their work around the country.
An interactive mapping tool that provides GIS datasets at state, county, zip code, block group, tract, and point-levels. Site's forum provides platform for dialogue and learning tools such as webinars and Q&A are available to Commons members with free registration.
Community Needs Assessment Manual, June 2010
Texas Health Resources - Community Health Improvement Department
A handbook guiding institutions through the process of preparing, researching, reporting on, and marketing a community needs assessment. Provides a completion timeframe, suggestions for recruiting external partners, and grid and worksheet templates.
University of Kansas
Resource guide including models, practical skill-building, trouble-shooting, evaluation and best practices for community health development in diverse cultures and contexts. Provides a five point model for community improvement: Assess, Plan, Act, Evaluate, and Sustain.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health project (MATCH)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Population health rankings for counties based on various measures, health factors and outcomes. "Action Steps" page of web site features actions, tools, program examples, and helpful links for health professionals and community leaders.
Healthy Communities Institute
A customizable web-based information system that provides access to data, best practices, and a dashboard of indicators, which can be embedded on a health system's web site.
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Framework
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
http://www.naccho.org/topics/infrastructure/mapp/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=202123 (Fact sheet)
A community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health through six phases: Organizing, Visioning, Assessments, Strategic Issues, Goals, Action Cycles. The site provides technical assistance, stories from the field, related publications and resources, and materials created by experienced MAPP users.
Trinity Health Community Needs Assessment: A Complete and Simplified Guide
for Mission Organizations to Prepare Their Individual Community Health Needs
Assessments, July 2010
Trinity Health, The Muskegon Community Health Project, Inc.
A workbook and guide for implementing community needs assessments, including guidance on institutional processes, gathering data, and engaging stakeholders and support networks.