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Frameworks for Community Impact - Community Case Study

3 Jun 2020 3:01 PM | Vermont Public Health Association (Administrator)

COMMUNITY CASE STUDY ARTICLE

Front. Public Health, 02 June 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00197

Frameworks for Community Impact - Community Case Study

Laural Ruggles*

  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnbury, VT, United States

The Affordable Care Act of 2008 placed specific community health needs assessment and community benefit reporting requirements on US not-for-profit hospitals. The requirements are straightforward, but come with no expectation for synergy between the needs assessment and the community benefit spending, no direction on how to design systems to improve community health, and with surprisingly little accountability for improving health outcomes. With the help of diverse community partners, one Critical Access hospital in rural Vermont has successfully linked the needs assessment with community benefit dollars to address upstream contributors of health. In 2014, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital lead the creation of NEK Prosper: Caledonia and Southern Essex Accountable Health Community with a mission to tackle poverty as the ultimate root cause of poor health in the region. This article outlines how a hospital community health needs assessment ignited a change in how community partners worked together, aligned organizational strategies, and overcame industry jargon barriers to create regional system change to improve health. And how that same hospital has used community benefit dollars to accelerate action at the community level.

Read the full article here. 

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