Essential Communities in Action

The videos below highlight five population health programs from across the country that are reaching beyond hospital walls to understand the social determinants of health and partnering with local organizations to work toward healthier communities.

Bridge to Employment

Einstein Healthcare Network | Philadelphia, PA

The goal of this pilot program, a partnership between JEVS Human Services and Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA, is to place youth on a path leading to career opportunities, financial stability, and personal fulfillment in the health care field.

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The Food Shelf @ HCMC

Hennepin County Medical Center | Minneapolis, MN

The Food Shelf @ HCMC was started to address hunger and food insecurity among patients and families, with a long-term vision of creating a hunger-free hospital where all patients have the healthy food they need for their well-being.

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Housing & Community Development

Bon Secours Hospital | Baltimore, MD

The Housing and Community Development program began 20+ years ago to address disinvestment in the community surrounding Bon Secours Hospital in southwest Baltimore. By emphasizing community engagement and partnerships, the program has been able to develop over 800 units of affordable housing and leverage nearly $120 million in external investment.

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Trauma to Triumph

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center | San Jose, CA

Trauma to Triumph (T2T) began at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in 2012 through a partnership with the City of San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF). Interpersonal violence has increasingly become a public health issue, and the program’s priority is to embrace teachable moments in order to engage patients and help them on their journey to resilience and recovery.

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West 25th Street Community Transformation

The MetroHealth System | Cleveland, OH

As MetroHealth embarks on a multi-million-dollar campus transformation that includes a new hospital, it is focusing on the growth of residential, commercial, and retail development in the area. The five-year goal is to revitalize the neighborhood to attract new residents and commerce by improving public transportation, offering a mix of moderate and market rate housing, and stimulating job growth so current residents can move on up, not out.

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