14 healthcare systems invest $700M in community, reducing health disparities

Fourteen hospitals and health systems have invested $700 million to address economic, racial and environmental resource disparities that affect community health, according to a Nov. 5 news release.

The institutions are all members of the Healthcare Anchor Network, and are tackling "the structural and economic drivers of poor health through place-based investing, as well as through local, inclusive hiring and procurement," Dave Zuckerman, HAN director, said in the release.

Below are the 14 health systems involved:

  • Advocate Aurora Health (Milwaukee)
  • Anchorum St. Vincent (Santa Fe, N.M.)
  • Bon Secours Mercy Health (Cincinnati)
  • Boston Medical Center
  • CommonSpirit Health (Chicago)
  • Einstein Healthcare Network (Philadelphia)
  • Henry Ford Health System (Detroit)
  • Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City)
  • Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.)
  • ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)
  • RWJBarnabas Health (West Orange, N.J.)
  • Trinity Health (Livonia, Mich.)
  • UMass Memorial Health Care (Worcester, Mass.)

The health systems are addressing social determinants of health since social, economic, environmental and behavior-related factors account for up to 80 percent of health outcomes. Funds will go toward safe and affordable housing, equitable economic development and small/diverse business development.

"We've committed to invest $200 million to address housing affordability, homelessness and related challenges in our communities across the nation to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve," Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, said in the news release.

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