Unlocking the Potential of Impact Investments: How Hospitals and Health Systems Improve Communities

A Conversation on Community Investment for Health with David Zuckerman from the Healthcare Anchor Network

In today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with David Zuckerman, the president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our conversation centered on how hospitals and health systems are leveraging impact investments to improve their communities. These investments target areas such as housing, food access, transportation, and infrastructure while also creating economic opportunities within the community.

The Health Anchor Network collaborates with hospitals and health systems nationwide that have adopted the anchor mission framework. David explains that a crucial aspect of this strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities and developing a plan to address both simultaneously.

David discusses various approaches, stages, and examples of impact investment and place-based investment. He notes that these investments can serve a dual purpose by providing financial returns while also making a social impact in the community.

The impact of such investments on community health is significant according to David. Research has shown that factors like housing stability and employment play a critical role in overall health. By investing in these areas, hospitals and health systems can improve the health and well-being of their communities without having to divert discretionary funds away from clinical services.

I encourage you to listen to these insightful conversations as part of the Chair File series to learn more about how hospitals and health systems are using impact investments to make a difference in their communities.

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