June 21, 2024

How Healthcare Anchor Network is Revolutionizing Community Health through Impact Investments

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

In this episode, I had the opportunity to speak with David Zuckerman, founder and president of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our discussion focused on how hospitals and health systems are leveraging impact investments to improve their communities.

Impact investments target areas such as housing, food access, transportation, and infrastructure while also creating economic opportunities within the community. The Health Anchor Network collaborates with hospitals and health systems nationwide that have embraced the anchor mission framework. David explains that a key aspect of the anchor strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities and developing a strategy to address both simultaneously.

David discusses 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.

According to David, the impact of such investments on community health is substantial. Research has shown that factors like housing and stable employment play a critical role in overall health. By investing in these areas, hospitals and health systems can improve the well-being of their communities without diverting discretionary funds away from clinical services.

I encourage you to explore these insightful conversations as part of our Chair File series, where we delve into topics related to healthcare leadership and management. Tune in for more information about how hospitals and health systems are making an impact in their communities through impact investments.

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