Hospitals and Health Systems Leverage Impact Investments to Enhance Community Well-being

A Conversation on Community Investment for Health with David Zuckerman from the Healthcare Anchor Network

David Zuckerman, president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network, discusses in today’s episode how hospitals and health systems are leveraging impact investments to improve communities. These investments target key areas such as housing, food access, transportation, and infrastructure while also creating economic opportunities within the community.

The Health Anchor Network collaborates with hospitals and health systems nationwide that have adopted the anchor mission framework. David emphasizes that a crucial aspect of this strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities and developing a plan to address both simultaneously.

David explores various approaches, stages, and examples of impact investment and place-based investment. He notes that these investments can provide financial returns while also making a positive impact on the community.

Research has shown that such investments have a significant impact on community health. Factors like housing stability and employment play a vital role in overall well-being. By investing in these areas, hospitals and health systems can enhance the health and well-being of their communities without having to divert discretionary funds away from clinical services.

I encourage you to tune in to this insightful conversation, which is part of the Chair File series, to learn more about how hospitals and health systems are using impact investments to improve their communities’ quality of life.

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