Community Strategy

22 11, 2017

Five Strategic Keys for Effective Community Collaboration

2017-12-01T16:32:46+00:00November 22nd, 2017|

Collaboration is essential for community health improvement.  But experience shows that collaboration can fall short if there are strategy gaps between the partners. We can improve our chances for success by considering five strategic keys at the front end of collaboration

1. Shared Vision

Effective collaboration requires that all partners share a vision of the purpose, scope, culture, design, funding, and success indicators for the project. Ask: How does each collaborating partner view this project? Do we share a common vision, or are there differences to discuss?

2. Compatible Missions

Collaborating partners should have missions that are compatible, and not in conflict. Ask: Are our missions […]

6 04, 2017

Trauma Informed Care

2017-04-06T19:19:36+00:00April 6th, 2017|

4 04, 2017

Health Coaching

2017-05-30T18:30:18+00:00April 4th, 2017|

7 03, 2017

Five Strategic Lessons for Community Health Improvement

2017-03-20T13:57:29+00:00March 7th, 2017|

Community health improvement is a strategic priority for many hospitals, health systems, public health agencies, foundations, and other organizations with a mission for community health.  Experience shows that the work of community health improvement can become costly and complex if it is not guided by a clear strategic vision. At Community Health Solutions, we have supported dozens of community health initiatives over the past fifteen years, and we have learned a lot about what works (and what doesn’t) in community needs assessment and strategy development.  Here are five strategic lessons for community health improvement.

1. Start with leadership support. Community health improvement […]

26 02, 2017

Health Care and Healthy Food

2017-03-20T15:05:04+00:00February 26th, 2017|

Food bank 2Good nutrition is essential for overall health and for management of many health conditions.  Access to health food can also be a challenge for many individuals with low income or lack of mobility.  The following resources describe how hospitals, health systems, and other health care providers are partnering with food banks to help people obtain healthy food.  The list is not exhaustive, and we don’t endorse any particular approach.  Our suggested approach is to scan the resources for ideas that might work in your particular setting.

Strategy Guides

  1. Making Food […]
26 01, 2017

Community Health Funds: Innovative Financing for Community Health Improvement

2017-03-20T16:07:19+00:00January 26th, 2017|

Community Health Funds (CHFs) are a new method for making communities healthier while reducing costs and supporting collaboration. A new project is asking communities to share and spread lessons from CHF and other health partnership experiences. This article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation outlines the current states of CHFs and provides links to several working examples.

Click here to learn more about the potential and challenges of CHFs.




26 01, 2017

A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health

2017-03-20T16:15:29+00:00January 26th, 2017|

The term “social determinants of health” is academic in nature, but the concept is deeply rooted in community and population health. Recognizing this disconnect between terminology and practice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed a white paper – A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health. Not only is the idea of messaging important for clinicians and patients, but also for funders and legislators. In RWJF’s terms, “How do we find a common language that will expand Americans’ views about what it means to be healthy—to include not just where health ends but also where it starts?” […]

13 01, 2017

Dying and Living in the Neighborhood – A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise

2017-03-20T16:15:54+00:00January 13th, 2017|

Dr. Prabhjot Singh is a physician and program director at Mount Sinai Health System.  In this groundbreaking book from Johns Hopkins University Press (2016), Dr. Singh defines how place matters for health in a unique and compelling way.  In summary, Dr. Singh:

  1. Clearly describes the neighborhood dynamics that can shape an individual’s ability to ‘assemble’ health;
  2. Profiles innovative people and programs working to change health at the neighborhood level;
  3. Looks across sectors to identify policy obstacles and other systemic barriers to health promotion; and
  4. Presents creative ideas for collaboration across healthcare, public health, and community development.

We found this […]

29 12, 2016

The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

2017-03-20T14:01:48+00:00December 29th, 2016|

the-playbook-for-complex-care-needsA new website provides curated resources about promising approaches to improving care for people with complex needs.  The content can be used to inform the design of local projects for vulnerable populations.  The Playbook is a collaborative project of The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

The Playbook’s guiding questions include:

  • Why invest in redesigning care for people with complex needs?
  • Who are people with complex needs?
  • What care models are promising?
  • […]

28 12, 2016

Placemaking 101: Creating Communities that Support Health

2017-03-20T14:02:15+00:00December 28th, 2016|

project-for-public-spacesAs we learn more about the power of place as an influence on individual and population health, the question arises:  How can we make places healthier?  One strategy is to take a systematic approach to placemaking.  The Project for Public Spaces defines ‘placemaking’ as

…both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community…With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, […]