Return on Investment and Community Health Improvement: An Examination of the Role of Hospitals

The paper describes the concept of return on investment and its traditional application. It is also introduced to the hospital context with particular attention to its influence on investments in community health improvement. The paper then examines the complexities of applying return on investment (ROI) analysis in health care and the broader population health arena, provides examples of innovative approaches, and provides an overview of emerging models grounded in the perspectives of community stakeholders.

Brown, Marisel and Barnett, Kevin, authors. Gunderson, Gary and Cutts, Teresa, editors. “Return on Investment and Community Health Improvement: An Examination of the Role of Hospitals.” Public Health Institute June 2012.