Center to Advance Community Health and Equity 

A treasure trove of data, tools, and resources to advance community health improvement practices.

April 2018
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Watch us in our most recent: 
Webinars: We held two webinars this month:
  • April 4 - "Novel Approaches to Public Health" highlights innovation in mobile and online platforms to support patient and caregiver interactions. CACHE's own Sue Grinnell hosts innovators from Emocha Health, Care Message, and Bayes Impact. To view the webinar slides, click here.
  • April 11 - "CACHE 101" gives an introduction to who we are, what we're about, and the services we provide. Don't miss out on a demo of how to use the community benefit insight tool as well as resources and data analysis support. To view the webinar the slides, click here
Meet with us at:
The National Network of Public Health Institute Annual Conference 2018 (New Orleans, LA)
Sue Grinnell and Kevin Barnett will be representing CACHE at the upcoming NNPHI conference. Stop by Kevin's breakout session "Charting the Future: Building a Workforce Master Plan in California and a National Strategic Workforce Agenda" on Wednesday May 23 from 3:30pm - 5:00pm or catch Sue as she moderates the breakout session "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Healthcare", happening at the same time. 

NNPHI will also be holding a roundtable about CACHE at the conference. Follow us on twitter or linkedin for details to come.

Read our latest:
FAQ page: Does the 990H provide a complete picture of hospital community benefit contributions? How can I learn more about what is being done with community benefit resources for a particular hospital? Get answers to these questions and more on our website  

The world around us:
Honoring local knowledge, growing health, and improving equity  highlights a case study in Albuquerque, New Mexico: Presbyterian Hospital got involved to support local agriculture, food access, equity, and economic development through community supported agriculture, a mobile market, and a wellness referral center.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is investing in community through its Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Initiative. This is an innovative, place-based approach that brings people in a defined geographic area together and invests in helping them strengthen the infrastructure their community needs to transform systems for healthy living.

Public Health Institute's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program (RAMP) is hosting a webinar on Monday, May 7th, from 10am-11am PT/1pm-2pm ET. Learned more about lessons related to in-home asthma services California, Michigan, New Mexico and elsewhere.

ExploreMOHealth is an online data tool that was created in partnership between Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and the MHA Health Institute, for the non-profit corporation affiliated with the Missouri Hospital Association. ExploreMoHealth provides a unique approach to measuring community health at the ZIP code level, using hospital discharge and census-based data applied to the County Health Rankings model of population health. 
Resources we don't want you to miss:

Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities hosts a number of toolkits to help hospitals and health systems build community wealth through inclusive hiring, investment, and purchasing.

Interested in promoting healthy food access and healthier food systems? Check out the "Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook" for resources, case studies, research reports, and more.

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The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity (CACHE) is housed at the Public Health Institute and has expertise to help nonprofit hospitals, health systems, and other stakeholders translate data into better community investments. CACHE helps users interpret data from Community Benefit Insight, and couple it with existing tools and resources for strategic community benefit implementation. 
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About CBI
Community Benefit Insight (CBI) is a comprehensive, searchable tool for community benefit data, enabling local organizations to assess how hospital resources are allocated. The tool includes community benefit expenditures as reported by tax-exempt hospitals from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Visit to begin searching for, and using, community-benefit spending data.