Making the Case for Collaborative CHI

The community health improvement (CHI) process brings together health care, public health, and other stakeholders to identify and address the health needs of communities—because working together has a greater impact on health and economic vitality than working alone.

Below are examples—organized by initiative type—of how hospitals have successfully engaged in collaborative, innovative work to improve the health of their patients and others in their communities. Hospitals are not doing this work alone; they are addressing critical health issues with public health, social services, and other partners in their communities. Several hospitals initiated these activities as a result of findings from their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). Many undertook community-based initiatives to address the needs of patients who are often clustered geographically and who interact frequently with the healthcare system (super utilizers).

Several of these examples are cutting edge initiatives that are demonstrating promising early results. A few can be found in the CHI Navigator Database of Interventions . Most of these examples highlight the impact of this kind of work on the financial bottom line, which is important as the health care system moves to value-based payments.

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