By: Kylie Henkels, HealthyJoCo Volunteer
Health institutions have traditionally viewed their role as providing or paying for clinical services, however some hospitals are broadening their range of strategies to advance health and wellness and considering what role they should play in addressing the social determinants of health. Hospitals can invest financial resources, land and expertise, to address the upstream issues like stable housing, safe places to play or exercise and access to fruits and vegetables. Hospitals can invest in the community by making grants or paying for programs that support theses issues. As well as integrate non-medical services into patient care.
In this paper, the authors examine eight pioneering institutions engaging in community investment to advance the social determinants of health.