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Dignity Health recognizes the important role of mental, spiritual and environmental well-being in the overall health of individuals and communities they serve. Below are resources that further explain how they reach beyond their hospital walls to extend their community health strategy.

Mission Investing

California HealthCare Foundation recently interviewed Pablo Bravo, Dignity Health’s director of community grants and investments. He describes how Mission Investing “enables foundations and other mission-driven organizations to invest in for-profit and nonprofit organizations that do work with a positive social impact.”  Says Bravo:

Our first strategy is to invest in community clinics, both directly and through partnerships. Our goal is to provide low-income individuals with access to medical homes. These clinics can reduce hospital readmissions and the inappropriate use of emergency departments, situations that drive up the cost of care.

Dignity Health also invests in “upstream community development activities that impact the community’s health.” These include programs that provide quality housing, access to healthy food, and job creation in low-income communities.

To Better Serve the Poor

dignity health communityEileen Barsi, senior director, community benefit, Dignity Health, San Francisco, has an excellent article, Dignity Sets Strategies to Better Serve the Poor, in Health Progress. Responding to a sudden rise in the cost and number of people served by Medicaid in 2009 and to changes in the Affordable Care Act, Dignity Health leaders developed a strategy for each of the system’s service areas. Writes Barsi:

The tactical response to the uncompensated and under-compensated care crisis fell into distinct categories: reducing the revenue impact, reallocating the cost burden, re-envisioning inpatient medical care and advocacy.

In the article, Barsi gives many examples of how these strategies looked  throughout California. But more important, she says, “the actions we are taking to fulfill the goals of our organization and of health reform are a demonstration of the values of our organization—justice, stewardship, dignity, excellence and collaboration.”

More Helpful Resources from Dignity Health

Image from Health Progress article.