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  • Most nonprofits are expected to demonstrate positive community impact in return for the community investment in their work.
  • Community strategy is focused on creating community impact that is valued by community members and other key stakeholders.
  • At CHS we specialize in helping nonprofits optimize community strategy using a proven support model as outlined below.
  • Learn more about available supports below, and contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Community strategy begins with a shared understanding of community needs and assets.  CHS can help you:

  • Define the community focus
  • Develop quantitative indicators of community health and well-being
  • Generate qualitative insights about community needs, community assets, community gaps, and opportunities for improvement
  • Share results in efficient reports and visualizations
  • Use results to inform community strategy development.

The results of the community assessment can be used to inform development of one or more community strategies.  CHS can help you:

  • Engage key stakeholders as strategy partners
  • Define a shared vision, a set of values, and set of priorities for creating community impact
  • Create strategic goals, an action plan, and a funding plan
  • Specify intended results and key performance indicators
  • Design a collaborative structure for guiding and managing the effort.

Community strategies will fall short if the community partners lack the necessary capacity for execution.  CHS can help Collaborative Members:

  • Define roles and responsibilities for the community initiative
  • Optimize policies, systems, and structures for implementation
  • Support team learning and development for implementation
  • Develop key performance indicators and evaluation plans
  • Define processes for assuring efficient communication and coordination for implementation.

Community initiatives require focused execution aimed at optimizing results.  CHS can help you:

  • Assure that community partners are equipped and ready to execute the initiative
  • Assure that essential inputs and resources are available
  • Assure that key strategies are being executed
  • Assess whether key outputs, outcomes and impacts are being achieved
  • Make strategic adjustments to the community initiative based on feedback and evaluation.

Demonstrating community impact is essential for sustaining the initiative.  CHS can help Collaborative Members:

  • Design efficient evaluations
  • Build internal capabilities for evaluation
  • Meet evaluation requirements of funders
  • Use evaluation to inform strategic learning and improvement
  • Demonstrate community impact to key stakeholders.

Over 20 years we have developed dozens of tools that we can apply to help your organization develop effective community strategies, including:

    • Community health needs assessment
    • Community mapping
    • Community location analysis
    • Community data analysis
    • Community surveys
    • Community interviews
    • Community insight analysis (qualitative)
    • Community meeting facilitation
    • Community strategy design
    • Community collaboration portals
    • Community program design
    • Community program evaluation
    • Community impact analysis
    • Public policy analysis

CHS has supported community strategy collaboratives for a wide ranging of conveners and collaborating organizations.    Here we provided 10 recent examples of strategy collaboratives convened by foundations, associations, and partnerships.

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Foundations

  • 1. Chronic Care. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening the chronic care safety net for low-income community members with chronic conditions. (9 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)
  • 2. Mental Health. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening the mental health safety net for low-income community members with mental health conditions.  (16 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)
  • 3. Older Adults. A regional collaborative focused on strengthening older adult services for community members 65 and older.  (12 organizations, convened and sponsored by a regional health foundation.)

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Associations 

  • 4. PCMH Development. A statewide collaborative focused on patient-centered medical home (PCMH) development for teams of professionals from community health centers.  (24 organizations, convened by a state primary care association.)
  • 5. Charitable Clinic Standards. A statewide collaborative focused on developing a set of performance standards for charitable clinics. (7 organizations, convened by a state charitable clinic association.)
  • 6. Demonstrating Community Value. A statewide collaborative focused on demonstrating the community value of community behavioral health organizations.  (30 organizations, convened by a state association of community behavioral health organizations.)

Strategy Collaboratives Convened by Partnerships

  • 7. Transforming Healthcare Leadership. A statewide collaborative focused on interprofessional teamwork and leadership development, for teams from hospitals, health systems, medical practices, community health centers, community behavioral health organizations, pharmacy organizations, health professions training, and social support organizations.  (40 teams over six cohorts, convened by a partnership between a state medical society, a state association of hospitals & health systems, a state nursing association, and the state public health agency.)
  • 8. Reducing Low-Value Services.  A statewide collaborative focused on reducing low-value health care services for teams of clinical leaders from six large health systems.  (6 organizations, convened by a nonprofit health innovation center, with funding from a national foundation.)
  • 9. Strategic Collaboration. A statewide collaborative focused on helping hospitals and public health agencies work together for community health assessment and improvement.  (20+ member organizations, convened by a partnership between a state association of hospitals and health systems, and the state public health agency.)
  • 10. Expanding Rural Telehealth. A regional collaborative focused on expanding telehealth services in rural communities.  (7 organizations, convened as a partnership between a regional telehealth innovation center, a regional health system, a regional behavioral health organization, a charitable clinic, a community health center, a community college, and a university.  Funding is provided by federal grants.)

Contact CHS to learn more about strategies for elevating community impact:

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