On May 16, 2018, WE ACT held a symposium to bring together hospital representatives, expert researchers, policymakers, community-based organizations and local residents to better understand current policy structures and mandates guiding the Hospital Community Benefit Program required by the IRS and reinforced under the Patient Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). Participants learned how local hospitals are investing in community benefits as well the processes they use to conduct community health needs assessments. We also had lively breakout sessions in which participants collaborated and developed recommendations to enhance future community benefit investments and community engagement for future needs assessments.
WE ACT Symposium Guide (link to PDF)
WE ACT Overview Presentation (link to PDF)
Maureen Byrnes, Lead Research Scientist, George Washington School of Public Health, Presentation (link to PDF)
Amir Bassiri, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Isaac Michaels, Health Program Coordinator, NYSDOH Office of Public Health Practice, Presentation (link to PDF)
Andrew E. Olson, Social Innovation Specialist, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Presentation (link to PDF)