Key Terms Community Groups and Health Advocates Should Know

Across the country, nonprofit hospitals are beginning to comply with a new federal requirement that they partner with community and public health representatives to identify and develop strategies for addressing community health needs. This requirement, found in the Affordable Care Act, builds on the best practices of leading hospitals and hospital systems that already strategically invest resources and build partnerships with community groups and public health leaders to improve community health. This one-page provides definitions for important terms to know.

  • Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Implementation Strategy
  • Community Benefit

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Community Catalyst.  Key Terms Community Groups and Health Advocates Should Know.  2013.  Available at http://www.communitycatalyst.org/initiatives-and-issues/initiatives/hospital-accountability-project/resources/document/Key_Community_Benefit_Terms.pdf