Recommended Readings

Faith Community Nursing Demonstrates Good Stewardship of Community Benefit Dollars Through Cost Savings and Cost Avoidance, an article in Family Community Health about the impact tool developed by the team at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals.  

Collective Impact by John Kania, Mark Kramer, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  

Protestant Congregations: Aligning and Leveraging Assets for Vulnerable Populations and Governmental Partners Who Care for Them, Gary Gunderson, Teresa Cutts, Summer 2011. 

Return on Investment and Community Health Improvement, An Examination of the Role of Hospitals, by Dr. Kevin Barnett, from the Public Health Institute.  Background paper prepared for the Health Services Learning Group, Loma Linda Meeting June 16, 17. This is an idea that seems to be obviously relevant in these times when every dollar is accountable.  But applying ROI to mission and community impact is an emerging art with challenging implications.  As you read this, you'll feel yourself invited into dialogue with this draft offering prepared as a conversation starter. If so, you are reading it as it was written - an invitation to urgent learning.

Religious Health Assets Mapping 

Cochrane, James R & Gunderson Gary R. Religion and Health of the Public: Shifting the Paradigm.  New York: Palgrave McMillan Press, 2012. 

The Triple Aim: Care, Health, and Cost by Donald M. Berwick, Thomas W. Nolan, and John Whittington

ESRI: Mapping for Everyone

Realizing Possibilities: Effective Action in the Real World, a conversation with James Wilk on the Philosophy, Science and Art of Change

Beyond the Numerical Tally: Uniform Standards and Lessons from the Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit Demonstration, Kevin Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.C.P.

Big Med: Restaurant chains have managed to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. Can health care? Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, August 13, 2012.

Connecting with Communities: Community Health Initiatives Across New York State, 2012 Edition, Healthcare Association of New York, highlights successful examples of hospitals and health systems collaborating with local organizations to enhance the health of their communities. (Including Lutheran HealthCare’s Project Safe peer HIV/AIDS education program and the Sound Shore Medical Center’s Outpatient Pediatric Immunization Center)  

Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects: Top Ten Priorities for Consumer Advocates, March 2012 issue brief for advocates supporting the integration of care for low income seniors and people with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, prepared by Community Catalyst, a national non-profit advocacy organization, 

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Detroit Partnership: Improving Diabetes-Related Outcomes Among African American and Latino Adults, an American Journal of Public Health article describing a culturally tailored diabetes lifestyle intervention delivered by trained community residents which produced significant health improvements. 

Peer Education in HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Miriam Rabkin, International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, on the transfer of knowledge and skills that occurs when members of a social group are trained to provide education and support to others.