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

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Mar 25, 2024

In today’s episode, I have a conversation with David Zuckerman, who is the president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our discussion focuses 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.

The Health Anchor Network collaborates with hospitals and health systems nationwide that have embraced the anchor mission framework. David explains that a key aspect of the anchor strategy is identifying where business needs align with community priorities, and developing a strategy to address both simultaneously.

David discusses various approaches, stages, and examples of impact investment and place-based investment. He notes that these investments can serve a dual purpose by providing financial returns while also making a social impact in the community.

The impact of such investments on community health is substantial, according to David. Research has shown the importance of factors like housing and stable employment on 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, which are part of the Chair File series, and watch the episode to learn more.

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