A mission centered on helping others is the foundation of everything we do at Community Health Network – and extends from the care we provide to the communities we serve through a broad spectrum of community benefit initiatives. We work closely with schools, community centers, places of worship, senior centers, local government and others with first-hand knowledge of community needs, providing support in ways that expand their capabilities and maximize our collective impact.
We welcome your requests, comments or questions. To get in touch, please email CommunityBenefit@ecommunity.com.
What Is Community Benefit?
Community benefit programs or activities provide treatment and/or promote health and healing as a response to identified community need. They increase access to healthcare and improve community health.
A community benefit program must respond to an identified community need and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Improve access to healthcare services
- Enhance public health
- Advance medical or health knowledge
- Relieve or reduce the burden of government or community efforts
Examples of community benefit programs or activities* include:
- Community health improvement services (diabetes health education or health screenings)
- Research (a study in which the results are published in professional journals)
- Health professional education if graduates are free to seek employment at any organization
- Charity care/unpaid cost of Medicaid
- Community building (housing/economic development)
- Financial contributions (cost of staff working in a free clinic while on hospital payroll)
*A program or activity should not be reported as "community benefit" if it is provided primarily for marketing purposes.
The Community Benefit Standard
Community Health Network strives to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves. To fulfill this mission and meet federal requirements, we provide services that are beneficial to our communities to meet the “community benefit standard”. To see how we invest in our communities, please view our Community Benefit Reports below.
Community Benefit Reporting
Community Health Network conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) once every three years. The CHNA assesses the health issues within a community and the community’s access to services related to those issues. This allows a hospital organization to plan and implement a strategy to address the health needs of the community it serves.
Explore current reports below. Click the blue button for all reports.
Community Health Needs Assessment data was analyzed and prioritized using these key factors: feasibility for our hospitals to impact change, health system expertise in the field of the assessed need, and the hospitals' ability to be the most effective with the resources available. The five significant health needs identified in all our communities are:
- Mental health
- Substance abuse disorder
- Food insecurity
- Access to care
Below, explore programs and services that serve Community Health Network's communities, neighbors, schools and more.
Building upon a legacy of volunteerism, Community Health Network has an unprecedented volunteerism initiative to demonstrate its deep commitment to the local communities it serves. Serve360º offers Community caregivers a way to live the network’s mission (to enhance health and well-being) and cultivate the spirit of volunteer service. Watch the video below to see our employees in action.
Community garden beds supply neighborhoods, local schools and food pantries with fresh vegetables, greens, herbs and flowers. Many gardens are managed by students who learn about gardening, volunteering and finance through the programs.
The Faith Health Initiative supports our faith partners by providing a variety of educational services designed to improve health awareness and access to care for faith communities and congregations.
The goal of the Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) is to provide individualized legal services to patients in a manner that has a significant, positive impact on health-harming issues such as access to clean and safe housing, access to food, and income maintenance.
Nurse-Family Partnership partners vulnerable mothers, expecting their first child, with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits aimed at supporting mothers and families. Specially trained nurses make regular visits that start early in pregnancy, and continue through the child’s second birthday. These visits help provide the very best start during the earliest, most developmentally critical years. NFP is an international community health program, widely researched and recognized for increasing health care access and improving health outcomes.
Nurse-Family Partnership is implemented in 30 Indiana counties by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana; five counties by IU Health Community Health in Bloomington Indiana; and one county by Healthier Moms and Babies in Fort Wayne Indiana.
As our mission states, we're dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of our communities and neighbors. Our ongoing efforts to make healthcare easier for everyone to access in all the regions we serve, even when they have trouble affording it, exemplifies our commitment to create Exceptional care. Simply delivered.