This free community event will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 5:30
p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Gaston Middle School, 1100 E. Church Avenue, in
southwest Fresno. Translation, child care and dinner will be provided.
Join us for a conversation and panel discussion on how not-for-profit
hospitals can use their community benefit dollars to create healthy
communities.
Fresno Building Healthy Communities is working to create #OneHealthyFresno!
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*How Not-For-Profit Hospitals Can Invest in the Community*

Today, Fresno Building Healthy Communities and the Central Valley Health
Policy Institute at Fresno State announced the release of *“Community
Benefit Needs Assessment in South Fresno.”
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The report examines how not-for-profit hospitals can respond to the needs
of residents in the Central Valley via targeted investments through their
respective community benefits programs. These specific investments will
improve health outcomes for individuals at the neighborhood level.

With millions of residents across the US at risk of losing basic access to
health care, the report shows that local residents have very clear ideas of
what they need to be healthy and how local not-for-profit hospitals can
partner with community members to support healthy outcomes beyond direct
care.

In the report, residents say that investing in culturally responsive
wellness programs, neighborhood health teams, and in community
infrastructure – like parks and walking trails – will improve the health of
their neighborhoods and residents.

Community benefit investments can help make these ideas a reality.
Not-for-profit hospitals must provide community benefits to retain their
tax-exempt status. Residents are looking to not-for-profit hospitals to
shift their community benefit investments into localized prevention.

“We are encouraged by the findings of the report and hope it will serve as
a bridge to connect residents and local hospitals as they move forward in
implementing community benefits investment strategies that are responsive
and reflective of the community’s stated priorities,” said Sandra Celedon,
Fresno Building Healthy Communities executive director.

Founded on the notion that where you live impacts how you live, Fresno
Building Healthy Communities has been working to change our public health
system to be inclusive of all community members and shift to a culture of
prevention.

“Hospitals, organizations, the Universities and community members can work
together to find new ways to keep children and families healthy, happy, and
away from places like the emergency room,” said Dr. John Capitman,
executive director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno
State. “As this project shows, south Fresno community members have a shared
understanding of what they need for prevention and self-care, and what they
are asking for seems within our shared capacity to provide.”

We invite you to join us to continue the conversation on what specific next
steps not-for-profit hospitals, community-based organizations, and
residents can take to transform the health of local neighborhoods at our
“Can Local Hospitals Invest in Creating Healthy Communities?” Community
Forum.

This free community event will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 5:30
p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Gaston Middle School, 1100 E. Church Avenue, in
southwest Fresno. Translation, child care and dinner will be provided.


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