How Hospitals and Health Systems Are Investing to Enhance Community Health Through Impact Investments

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

In today’s episode, I interview David Zuckerman, the president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our discussion focuses on how hospitals and health systems are using impact investments to improve communities. These investments target areas such as housing, food access, transportation, and infrastructure, while also creating economic opportunities within the community.

David shares with us 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 substantial according to David. Research has shown that factors like housing and stable employment have a significant effect on overall health. By investing in these areas, hospitals and health systems can improve the health and well-being of their communities without needing to divert discretionary funds away from clinical services.

David explains that one key aspect of the anchor strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities, and developing a strategy to address both simultaneously. This approach helps hospitals and health systems make a meaningful contribution to their communities while also achieving their business objectives.

I encourage you to explore these insightful conversations which are part of the Chair File series, and watch the episode to learn more about how hospitals and health systems are using impact investments to improve their communities.

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