With growing health care costs, persistent health inequities, and gaps in care access, there is a heightened focus across sectors on new approaches to achieve better health outcomes. Further, a growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health is resulting in a landscape that better supports partnerships between health care organizations and community-based organizations that leverage each partner’s strength to bend the health care cost curve and improve population health and well-being.

To capture and analyze the lessons emerging in this dynamic space, as organizations explore partnerships to achieve greater outcomes together than they could on their own, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Center on Health Care Strategies launched a national study with generous funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

In January 2017, a national online request for information published by the Alliance asked about partnerships between health care organizations and community-based organizations, and garnered data from a wide range of partners in a wide variety of partnerships with respondents from all 50 states.

The recently released report, Working Together for Better Health Outcomes, features an analysis of the survey’s results, focusing on motivators for partnership, along with their structure, services, and funding models.

Download the full report online.

Key findings of this report were featured in Health Affairs blog on June 29, 2017. Read the article How Health Care And Community-Based Human Services Organizations Are Partnering For Better Health Outcomes here