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Sample MOU: Healthy Hospital Initiative
504HealthNet created the Healthy Hospitality Initiative to increase access to care for hospitality workers in New Orleans. Clinics used this agreement to opt-in for the project, which also includes strengthening their capacity and infrastructure through quality improvement activities so that they can better serve hospitality workers and their families. This MOU serves the pupose of confirming clinic participation and outlines participant expectations.
Sample Strategic Plan: Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) – Strategic Business plan 2018-2020
The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) is a cross-sector collaboration working to improve population health, quality of care and patient experience, cost of care, and provider well-being in the 14-county region it serves. The strategic plan outlines the mission, vision, strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and strategic initiatives and priorities of MiHIA. This is an example of a shorter, yet detailed and highly effective strategic plan.
Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration
“There is mounting recognition that to truly improve health outcomes in the U.S. and curb chronic diseases there must be an interdisciplinary, coordinated, and cross-sector approach to address acute conditions and the upstream social factors that contribute to poor health outcomes.” The Public Health Leadership Forum (PHLF) and Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) developed a framework that “outlines essential elements of collaboration and presents key tactics and strategies for forming or reshaping effective partnerships.”
Meeting Individual Social Needs Falls Short of Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Brian Castrucci, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, and John Auerbach, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, discuss how “hospitals and health care systems have started to address [the] social determinants of health through initiatives that buy food, offer temporary housing, or cover transportation costs for high-risk patients. If this is what addressing the social determinants of health has come to mean, not only has the definition changed, but it has changed in ways that may impede efforts to address those conditions that impact the overall health of our country.”
Local Health Department-Community Health Center Collaboration Toolkit
“Local health departments (LHDs) and community health centers serve similar populations and play vital roles in their communities. Working together, they can better serve their communities as efficiently as possible through better coordination and an increased focus on wellness and prevention. This set of tools is designed to support collaborations between LHDs and community health centers CHCs to increase access to and quality of critical services for underserved populations.”
Partnerships for Health Equity and Opportunity: A Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers
“This playbook guides community developers toward partnerships with hospitals and healthcare systems. Although the community development sector is the primary audience for this playbook, it also has utility for public health departments, hospitals, and healthcare systems that are interested in learning more about the assets community development organizations bring to partnerships and how they can be leveraged for sustained impacts on population health.”
“The Practical Playbook is a stepping stone in the next transformation of health, in which primary care and public health groups collaborate to achieve population health improvement and reduced health care costs. Like a sports playbook, the Practical Playbook defines the role of each team member as well as actions for different situations. Throughout each stage, the Practical Playbook provides helpful resources such as success stories from across the country, lessons-learned from existing partnerships, and further guidance from industry experts.”
Public Health and Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Partnerships in a Changing Health Care Environment
This article by Scutchfield, Prybil, Kelly, and Mays presents their findings from a study of 12 successful partnerships, in order to “investigate characteristics of effective collaboration between hospitals, their parent systems, and the public health community.” They share the lessons learned from site visits and interviews with key partnership participants involved in each of the 12 partnerships.
Social Impact Calculator
“[LIIF] developed the Social Impact Calculator, a new tool that allows you to put a dollar value on the benefits of things like an affordable home, a great school or access to transit—as well as calculate a rate of social return.”
The Health & Housing Starter Kit: A Guide for Public Health Departments, Housing Authorities, and Hospitals Working at the Intersection of Health and Housing
“The Health & Housing Starter Kit is designed to help local institutions take their first steps toward creating bold and innovative health and housing initiatives. The Building Blocks cover a range of issues that local institutions will likely wade through as they start their efforts, and are drawn from themes we pulled from nearly 2 years of field research and interviews with staff at each of our case study sites. These include leadership, financing, how to develop an orientation toward health equity, forming partnerships with communities and other institutions, scaling your work to address population outcomes, developing indicators to understand and evaluate your efforts, and crafting messages to build support.”