The Leadership Role of Nonprofit Health Systems in Improving Community Health

As our nation’s hospitals and health systems work toward achieving the Triple Aim—increase the quality and experience of patient care, decrease per-capita health care expenditures and improve population health—they are expanding their focus to address multiple issues that affect the health and well-being of the communities they serve.  We now know that the environment, genetics, lifestyle choices and socioeconomic factors account for some 90 percent of the health status of individuals and communities. Together with their community partners, leading health systems are coming to view addressing these factors as central to their core mission and vision.

The Leadership Role of Nonprofit Health Systems in Improving Community Health, builds on earlier reports from the AHA’s Center for Healthcare Governance to discuss the important role health systems and their boards can play in creating healthier communities. This report discusses the complex challenges involved in community health improvement and makes the case for why health systems should take a substantial role in the multi-sector collaborative efforts necessary to achieve significant impact.

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The Leadership Role of Nonprofit Health Systems in Improving Community Health