In communities across America, our health is our common thread. At CommonSpirit Health, we know that the conditions in which our patients were born, grow, work, live, and age impact their health status and our ability to effectively care for them.
That’s why we partner with a variety of community service organizations to help us address the social and economic needs of our patients, aided by advanced technology and dedicated community health workers. Together, we can care for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
CommonSpirit’s Community Investment Program (CIP) is an expression of our commitment to promote the total health of the community by channeling financial resources to institutions or projects that address the social determinants of health.
Through the CIP, we provide financial resources in the form of below-market rate loans and guarantees to organizations or projects to promote access to jobs, housing, food, education, and health care for people of low-income communities.
Since 1990 the CIP has issued 372 loans and approved $365 million in funding for local communities. In FY22, as of 6/30/2022, the CIP consisted of $103 million in disbursements to 89 organizations (101 loans) supporting affordable housing, health clinics and social services, arts and education, environment, small business and microlending, and other community service organizations.
The CommonSpirit Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) works to co-locate, coordinate, and integrate health care, behavioral health, safety, and wellness services with housing and other social services. Across California, we have committed to invest a minimum of $20 million through FY 2024 in programs that address two focus areas:
CommonSpirit Health is working with many other organizations to build networks of health care and social services that increase access to community resources for any patient in need. We call this model the Connected Community Network (CCN).
A CCN is a network of community service organizations that have the ability to make referrals using a shared technology platform among hospitals, clinics, and the social service and government agencies that provide vital services. These resources meet a variety of social and economic needs, including stable and affordable housing; maternal, infant, and child health; chronic disease management programs; healthy food; and mental health and substance abuse counseling.
The Total Health Roadmap helps us understand and address the impact of social determinants of health in order to provide equitable, effective, and high-quality health care.
Within pioneer communities in Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota, we have developed a model for universal screening for social needs and the integration of community health workers in primary care teams to help individuals and families find the resources they need. What we learn from this effort informs enhanced collaborations to address needs in the fabric of our local communities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, Dignity Health has provided nearly $2.6M in support across California. With our support, our community partners have been able to provide the following services and resources during the past 18 months:
Dignity Health’s Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) stays dedicated in our efforts to serve California communities alongside our local partners as the impact of COVID-19 persists. We will uphold our stance in supporting our communities right to housing, food security, and other needed resources during this unprecedented time.
CommonSpirit Health is working with community partners to launch the Pathways Community HUB (PCH) Model that bridges clinical and social care to support underserved populations in our communities. The PCH Model is an outcomes-based payment infrastructure that provides standardized community-based care coordination.
The PCH model brings together everyone involved in community health–hospitals, clinics, health plans, community-based organizations, community health workers, and others–to identify individuals with needs–medical, social, behavioral–and connect them to services, track outcomes and contract with payers that directly tie payment back to those outcomes.