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

Impact Investments: How Hospitals and Health Systems are Improving Communities while Generating Financial Returns

In this episode of the Chair File series, I had a conversation with David Zuckerman, the president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our discussion centered on how hospitals and health systems are working to improve communities through impact investments. These investments target areas such as housing, food access, transportation, and infrastructure while also creating economic opportunities within the community.

David explained that one key aspect of the anchor strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities and developing a strategy to address both simultaneously. He shared various approaches, stages, and examples of impact investment and place-based investment. According to David, these investments can serve a dual purpose by providing financial returns while also making a social impact in the community.

Research has shown that such investments have a substantial impact on community health. Factors like housing and stable employment play an important role in overall health. By investing in these areas, hospitals and health systems can improve the health and well-being of their communities without needing to divert discretionary funds away from clinical services.

I encourage you to explore these insightful conversations further by watching the episode to learn more about how hospitals and health systems are working to improve communities through impact investments.


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