Many challenging health problems arise from social issues that cannot be addressed effectively by one partner alone. Through a collective impact approach, Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH) gives participants an opportunity to make real progress together in addressing the underlying social needs that give rise to poor health.
What We Do
Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH) is an initiative that brings together hospital/health system, public health, and community partners to address community health needs in southeastern Pennsylvania. Facilitated by HCIF since launching in 2015, COACH has provided a structure for participants to explore collaborative implementation strategies as hospitals/health systems respond to community health needs assessments (CHNA) through implementation plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
COACH leverages a multi-stakeholder collaborative by planning, implementing, and evaluating coordinated strategies to address key community health and social needs.
COACH provides a forum for continual shared learning across member institutions, allowing members of the COACH “collaboratory” to test novel approaches and share emerging best practices with one another in real time.
Current priority focal areas for COACH’s shared implementation strategies include addressing food insecurity and advancing trauma-informed care and organizational practices.
COACH is sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, facilitated by the Health Care Improvement Foundation, and supported by health system contributions.