May 24, 2024 2:04 am
Leadership Dialogue with David Zuckerman of the Healthcare Anchor Network: Investing in Community Health

In today’s episode, I sit down with David Zuckerman, the president and founder of the Healthcare Anchor Network. Our discussion centers around how hospitals and health systems can contribute to the development of healthier communities through impact investments that focus on improving housing, food access, transportation, infrastructure, and creating economic opportunities in the community.

David explains that the Healthcare Anchor Network collaborates with hospitals and health systems across the country that have adopted an anchor mission framework. The key to this strategy is identifying where business pain points intersect with community priorities and developing a plan that addresses both.

David goes into detail about different approaches, stages, and examples of impact investment and place-based investment. He emphasizes that these investments can serve multiple purposes by providing financial returns while also making a positive social impact on the community.

According to David, research shows that investments in housing and stable employment have a significant impact on community health. Therefore, it is essential to prioritize these areas when investing in order to improve community well-being without using discretionary funds that may be needed for clinical services or other healthcare priorities.

I hope you find this discussion thought-provoking and informative. Join us next time as we continue our series on The Chair File. Tune in now to learn more!

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