• Hospitals and health Systems are vital partners in developing and creating healthier communities.
  • At CHS we provide a proven set of strategy supports to help hospitals and health foundations accomplish their goals for community impact, including community health needs assessments (CHNAs) required by the IRS.
  • Over the past 20 years we have helped dozens of hospitals and health systems accomplish their goals.
  • We invite you to scan our support menu below, and also download our one-page service summary

Download our Quick Guide to Strategy Supports for Hospitals and Health Systems

  • The first step for creating strategies that work for hospitals and health systems is to engage the right stakeholders in the process.
  • Depending on the project, the right stakeholders might include team members, board members, community members, service partners, funders, or other people from outside the organization.
  • We work closely with our clients to identify the key people who need to be involved in the project, and engage them in productive ways.

Community strategy should ideally be informed by timely intelligence on community needs and assets.  CHS can help you:

  • Define the focus for community needs assessment
  • Develop quantitative indicators of community health and well-being
  • Generate qualitative insights about community needs and assets
  • Analyze indicators and insights with a health equity lens
  • Present assessment results in efficient reports and other communication channels

The results of the community assessment can be used to inform development of strategies for engaging and supporting community organizations.  CHS can help you:

  • Identify areas of community need
  • Identify potential community partners
  • Design collaborative strategies for community health improvement
  • Specify intended results and key performance indicators
  • Design a monitoring and evaluation strategy for guiding and managing the effort.

Capacity building supports can help community partners develop essential capabilities for implementing improvement strategies. CHS can help you:

  • Identify community capacity gaps
  • Design collaborative strategies for capacity building
  • Develop tailored support resources (research, data analytics, tools, training, technical assistance, coaching)
  • Deliver supports through efficient channels (online resources, virtual meetings, community collaboratives)
  • Document creation of new or improved community capabilities

A community collaborative is an effective strategy for engaging multiple partners in learning and action for community health improvement. CHS can help you:

  • Define the collaborative focus
  • Design the collaborative structure and activities
  • Engage collaborative participants
  • Develop collaborative content
  • Facilitate virtual group learning sessions
  • Deliver virtual coaching and technical assistance for individual participants
  • Monitor the progress of collaborative participants
  • Evaluate the impact of the collaborative

Demonstrating community impact is essential for hospitals and health systems.  CHS can help you:

  • Identify strategic objectives for evaluation
  • Design an evaluation workplan
  • Develop data collection methods and tools
  • Collect and analyze evaluation data
  • Develop evaluation reports for specific audiences

In today’s funding environment it is essential to define and demonstrate the value of hospitals and health systems and their programs for key stakeholders including funders, service partners, public officials, and community members.  CHS uses model called ‘community value analysis‘ to help nonprofits define and demonstrate value in their own local context.  We can help you:

  1. Define your objectives for demonstrating value to key stakeholders
  2. Identify specific audiences who should know about the value of your organization or program
  3. Create the value messages (what you want them to know) for each audience segment
  4. Develop value indicators (quantitative and qualitative indicators) to support the value messages
  5. Design a communication plan for each audience segment
  6. Execute the communication plan for positive results

Click here to download a more detailed strategy checklist for demonstrating community value. 

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