Can Hospitals Heal America’s Communities? (Tyler Norris and Ted Howard)

I’ve been inspired by the work and thinking of Tyler Norris, from Total Health at Kaiser. They have been at the forefront of redefining how a hospital can step out of their traditional “healthcare provider” role and really improve the health and well-being of a community – as a supplier, as an employer, etc. And with the changes from ACA related to community benefit, there’s a strategic advantage to consider the shift. As we all start thinking about the shift from healthcare to health, and consider how we can assist leaders to embrace the shift, I thought this was an inspiring and practical piece to share.

Healthcare’s role in creating healthy communities through increasing access to quality care, research, and grantmaking is being complemented by a higher impact approach; hospitals and integrated health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address the social, economic, and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shortened lives, and higher costs in the first place.