Stakeholder Health is a loosely organized learning collaborative of more than 50 health systems and other invested institutions advancing the profound changes needed for just, equitable, and effective healthcare by joining partners at scale. We are defined by our most mature faith and relevant science. We:

  • Convene partners at scale to maximize shared learning and impact
  • Apply the lens of our most mature faith, relevant science, and a fundamental commitment to anti-racism to everything we do
  • Help each other learn, in real time, what matters most in the achievement of health equity, always in partnership with community
  • Share our insights through expansive conversations, published writings, and platforms such as podcasts and webinars


More Background

  • Stakeholder Health, formerly Health System Learning Group, is a voluntary learning collaborative of some 50 plus participating health systems and invested institutions calling for operational transformations that will align with the profound changes occurring in all aspects in the provision of health care.
  • Stakeholder Health partners share a commitment to the optimal fulfillment of their charitable mission, focusing on efforts in communities where health disparities are concentrated.
  • Participants see in the current policy environment the opportunity to address the underlying causes of poor health in their communities by strategically allocating charitable resources, working with diverse stakeholders to deliver the right balance of services and investments that improve health, reduce costs, and contribute to overall economic vitality.
  • The learning collaborative was sparked by a series of stakeholder meetings convened by the White House Office and HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is administered by a secretariat housed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • The first phase of the Stakeholder Health culminated with a convening on April 4, 2013 at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with Chief Executive Officers of health system partners. The purpose was to review the prior 18 months of inquiry and dialogue and to consider a call to action on a specific set of recommendations set forth in the Health Systems Learning Group (HSLG) Monograph, Washington DC, April 4, 2013
  • Rather than promote singular programs based on hospital interventions to address this challenge, Stakeholder Health members are promoting three foundational strategies that will achieve greater health, particularly in the most vulnerable neighborhoods:
    • Engage the social complexity of patients
    • Work with large-scale community partnerships
    • Capture greater value from funds already going to charity care.
    • These practices and a burgeoning body of other evidence-based initiatives shed light on pathways to transform unmanaged charity care into strategic, sustainable community health improvement.
    • The Stakeholder Health members have committed to continue exploring approaches to dissolve the walls between healthcare and health, between hospital and community, and to find true cost savings in the process.
    • Stakeholder Health members have contributed substantial financial and in-kind resources to support the on-going conversation and the writing and development of the April 4 monograph. In addition, a generous grant was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.