Hospitals, health systems and community partners work on a daily basis to address health inequities and promote better health and well-being for individuals and communities. To elevate this impactful work, please consider submitting examples of the many ways your hospital or health system benefits your community. ACHI will share select stories.

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Community Health Improvement in Action

Discover how organizations across the U.S. are improving community health and advancing health equity.

Stormont Vail Health’s Prescriptive Food Pantry Improves Health and Builds Trust

Learn how Stormont Vail Health developed a robust prescriptive pantry to address food insecurity and help patients manage diabetes. Watch.

PSH Gardening

Penn State Health has partnered with community organizations in over 80 locations to increase access to healthy food, reaching over 30,000 people in 2023. Read more.


Elevating Voices of LA County Youth Through Photos

Children's Hospital Los Angeles engages youth through photovoice to help identify health needs and assets in the community.


Rebuilding a New Minneapolis

Two short videos from the AHA feature conversations with Minneapolis hospital and community leaders about how civil unrest following George Floyd’s murder has shaped their organizations’ work.


Focusing on Community Needs to Improve Health

Houston-based Memorial Hermann, winner of the 2023 Foster G. McGaw Prize, focuses on four pillars to improve community health.


Supporting a Local Business to Ensure Health Equity

Boston Medical Center supports Nubian Markets, a local business that caters to diverse communities’ needs.


Celebrating CHI Week

Memorial Health in Illinois marks Community Health Improvement Week by assembling culturally appropriate food packages and cleaning up roadsides, among other activities.


Expanding Access to Health Care and Social Services

A mobile platform used by Essentia Health in Minnesota connects people to resources for food, housing, transportation and more.


Caring for Community Outside Hospital Walls

Norman Regional Health System in Oklahoma runs a food pharmacy, staffs a community call center and uses a community health navigator to link patients to services.


Breaking Down Barriers to Address Health Equity

Monthly dialogues on health issues are facilitated through a partnership between VCU Massey Cancer Center and black faith-based organizations in Virginia.


Launching a Community Health Needs Assessment

Maricopa County Public Health Department in Arizona highlights how it uses data collected during its collaborative CHNA process to improve community health.

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Community health improvement initiatives go hand-in-hand with the work that hospitals and health care workers do in communities. Check out the AHA’s Telling the Hospital Story webpage to learn more about the vital role hospitals play in our society to keep communities healthy.