Co-convened with the Chicago Department of Public Health, the collaborative was created to promote the collective impact that hospitals working together could have on population health and related social determinants of health.
Collaborations of this kind reflect a move towards improving population health through focusing resources towards data and prevention, which the ACA strove to promote. Under the Affordable Care Act and as part of the required reporting to the IRS for tax-exempt status, not-for-profit hospitals are required to perform a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years and to subsequently design an implementation plan to address those needs. The collaborative took the idea further by having members share their CHNAs and plans to find areas of synergy and avoid duplicated efforts.
The collaborative’s Access to Care workgroup is partnering with the Lyft rideshare program and National MedTrans Network to develop a model for providing non-emergency medical transportation services to both those covered by Medicaid and those who are either uninsured or have coverage with no transportation benefits. A workgroup exploring housing solutions as a community health improvement tool met with senior executives from 15 hospitals and health systems and the city’s health commissioner to develop a strategy. And the Data workgroup has made population health data available at the hospital service area for what we believe is the first time in the U.S. Through profiles available at the Chicago Health Atlas (chicagohealthatlas.org), hospitals can now review a range of indicators specific to the area they serve, including those related to access to care, birth outcomes, causes of hospitalization, and premature death.
The Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative was made possible by generous support from the Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute and the Polk Bros Foundation. In 2016, the collaborative merged with the Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County, operated by the Illinois Public Health Institute.
- City of Chicago announcement
- Document: Chicago Hospitals and the ACA: More Opportunities for Prevention (2015)
- Document: Housing Solutions as a Community Health Improvement Strategy (2016)
- HCHC Fall 2016 newsletter (describes housing, Lyft and data projects)
- Smart Chicago: Chicago Health Atlas Updates (2016)
- Illinois Public Health Institute on the merger of Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County and the Healthy Chicago Hospital Collaborative