Connecticut hospitals play a major role in improving community health – providing outreach and support services for cancer, diabetes, and asthma, financial assistance to the uninsured, mobile vans and clinics delivering primary and preventive care, healthy lifestyle education programs, services for the homeless, clinics for migrant farm workers, crisis intervention services, and many others.
Hospitals in Connecticut spent $1.1 billion on these community benefit initiatives in 2011, including providing services to those who cannot pay and covering the unpaid cost of government programs.
To support hospitals in their community health work, CHA recently worked with the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health, local public health leaders, and Federally Qualified Health Center representatives to collaboratively create and release Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The guidelines offer a common framework for community health assessment and implementation planning. The long-term objective of this collaboration is to develop sustainable partnerships to address public health and community healthcare needs while leveraging existing resources, coordinating initiatives, avoiding duplicative efforts, and demonstrating value and accountability to community stakeholders.
Additionally, CHA offers its member-designed community data analysis product ChimeMaps – interactive GIS-mapping software used to evaluate hospital, health, and population data for the purposes of strategic planning and business development, community analysis, and population health assessment.
|Community Benefit by the Numbers|
In 2011, Connecticut’s hospitals benefitted their communities in many ways.
$831.5 million Unpaid government-sponsored healthcare
$213.1 million Uncompensated care: Charity care/bad debt to provide services for those who cannot pay
$47.2 million Community services to improve the health of the community
$26.7 million Research and other programs to advance healthcare for patients and the community
$13.4 million Donations to help support community organizations
$11.1 million Community building to create stronger, healthier communities
$4.2 million Subsidized health services* to provide care needed by the community
Total community benefit provided by Connecticut Hospitals in 2011: $1.1 billion
* Most subsidized health services funds are reflected in the “unpaid costs of government programs” numbers.