HCIF uses a data-driven and community-engaged approach to address health disparities through our programs. We utilize qualitative and quantitative data to identify the conditions which lead to disparities. We authentically partner with patients, families, and communities to prioritize needs and pinpoint the root causes, such as social needs, that drive disparate outcomes. This provides us with the opportunity to support the development of interventions and initiatives in partnership with our communities.
Launched in 2019, Cities for Better Health (CBH) – Philadelphia integrates community-driven and place-based approaches across multiple sectors to change conditions that contribute to chronic disease in the city’s historically vulnerable and underserved communities. Led by the Health Care Improvement Foundation, CBH – Philadelphia promotes community empowerment and sovereignty, chronic disease awareness, and addresses key social drivers of health through community-based partnerships with more than two dozen organizations.
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.
HCIF launched the Health Equity Data Strategy (HEDS) Collaborative in 2021, bringing together health care organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania with the common goal of decreasing disparities in health outcomes in our communities. HEDS allows hospitals to come together and discuss best practices and challenges related to the collection, stratification, and utilization of race, ethnicity, and language (REaL) and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data in order to identify and address disparities in care and outcomes.
HCIF coordinates the regional, collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment (rCHNA) on behalf of nine area health systems. The rCHNA assesses population health and social needs indicators for geographic communities, and engages community voices in one streamlined process to gain their perspective on community assets, needs, and proposed solutions.