HDA and the Chicago Department of Public Health have partnered to create a new initiative that hopes to maximize the health benefits and services that Chicago hospitals can bring to their communities.
Under the Affordable Care Act, charitable nonprofit hospitals are required to conduct community health Needs assessments and to implement community health improvement plans. The collaborative hopes to help hospitals better improve services for the populations they serve by working together and with other partners to implement plans that address common priorities identified in their assessments.
The collaborative will facilitate the efforts of Chicago hospitals’ to collaborate, share data and resources, and coordinate community health interventions for maximum effect. Maps created by HDA help participants visualize and understand the areas of the city where multiple hospitals have identified shared priorities.
The kickoff meeting of the collaborative, held April 23 at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital, brought together 30 representatives from 22 charitable hospitals and hospital systems in the city in the city. To date, 24 hospitals have signed on as participants.
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