Integration of Community Benefit Activities into Faculty and Student Learning


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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires non-profit hospitals to: 1) complete a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and develop a community benefit plan (CBP) every three years by an individual(s) with expertise in public health; 2) formally adopt a community benefit implementation plan; and 3) publicize the CHNA findings and CBP to the public.

A multidisciplinary team of Jefferson faculty conducted Jefferson’s CHNA and identified the following factors in determining neighborhoods to maximize effectivenessgeographic closeness to Jefferson; density of high-risk patients with poor health indicators; poverty rate >20%; and organizations with developed historical relationships with Jefferson.

Multiple teams of faculty and staff have developed an infrastructure to address priority issues and support institutional learning around the role of community benefit at Jefferson in the areas of Institutional Coordination; Access to Care; Emergency Department Utilization; Chronic Disease Prevention & Management; and Community Systems & Policies.


Faculty attending this session should be able to: 1. Identify opportunities to engage their students in community health improvement activities. 2. Describe mechanisms to integrate a community health needs assessment and implementation plan into classroom instructional activities. 3. Identify opportunities to join one or more of the five implementation programs.

Presentation: 54 minutes

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