Norris, T., & Howard, T. (2016). Can hospitals heal America’s communities? “All in for mission” is the emerging model for impact. Washington, DC: Democracy Collaborative.

Year: 2016


This paper examines the possibilities and explores how “all in for mission” is the emerging healthcare model, and discusses how some healthcare systems are expanding their focus to address the social determinants of health. The authors use the term “anchor mission” to describe hospital systems that are working to improve the community surrounding their institutions. Different approaches are described, including a program called “Step up to UH” which connects a community-based organization, local workforce organization, and the human resources department of a hospital provided as an example of a medical system connecting with a community-based organization to improve population health.

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