NEW YORK, January 4, 2017 — Organizations engaged in healthcare-human services partnerships are urged to join an important research project to help all Americans lead healthier lives.

Along with the increasing focus across the country on healthcare quality and cost comes an increasing recognition of the important role that social determinants of health — such as housing, food security, education, employment — play in the overall well-being of US people and communities.

The growing and widespread effort to improve broad health outcomes by addressing both medical and social needs is driving interest in partnerships between healthcare organizations and community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide human services. These partnerships are often innovative, complex, and nascent, and there is a need to collect and codify the key financial, operational, cultural, and strategic ingredients for success.

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance), with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have partnered to capture and share learnings and emerging best practices for successful partnerships between healthcare and community-based organizations, particularly those that serve low-income and/or vulnerable populations.

Over the course of 12 months, the Partnership for Healthy Outcomes will field a national Request for Information (RFI) to collect data about promising partnerships already underway; select up to five partnerships to feature as case studies illustrating a variety of partnership models, and widely share the broad data, key findings, and case studies via publications, webinars, and other channels. This project will learn from and build on others’ ongoing efforts in this area.

Today, the Partnership invites CBOs (in housing, workforce development, early childhood education, etc.) and healthcare organizations (hospitals, health systems, providers, insurers, etc.) that are engaged in partnerships to share their experiences and help advance this important field. Completing the survey at this link should only take about 30 minutes and will help identify promising models of and challenges to building effective partnerships; inform funding and policy; and advance such partnerships across the nation. This survey will be open until January 27, 2017. If you have any problems with the link, you can copy/paste this URL into your browser: https://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_22X2meRNQkl23lz

Partnership for Healthy Outcomes: Bridging Community-Based Human Services and Healthcare

About Nonprofit Finance Fund®
NFF unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice, and accessible insights. Founded in 1980, NFF helps organizations connect money to mission effectively, and supports innovations such as growth capital campaigns, cross-sector economic recovery initiatives, and impact investing. A leading community development financial institution (CDFI) with over $250 million in assets under management, NFF has provided $620 million in financing and access to additional capital in support of over $2.3 billion in projects for thousands of organizations nationwide. In partnership with others, we've also supported the provision of more than $120 million in grants to nonprofits for recovery, capital and planning grants, and reserves. In 2015, NFF provided more than 30,000 hours of one-on-one support to help build capacity and sustainability in more than 220 organizations. NFF is headquartered in New York City and serves clients from five offices across the country.

About The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization dedicated to achieving our vision of a healthy and equitable society. The Alliance works for systemic change by harnessing the collective power of its network of hundreds of nonprofit human-serving organizations across North America as they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network on leadership, innovation, and advocacy, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty, increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives, and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

About The Center for Health Care Strategies
CHCS is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans. CHCS achieves its mission by working with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. Its work focuses on enhancing access to coverage and services, advancing delivery system and payment reform, and integrating services for people with complex needs. CHCS is recognized for providing actionable technical assistance, training, and policy analysis to improve the quality of publicly financed care and has worked with nearly all 50 states, more than 160 health plans, federal agencies, and community based-organizations, and providers across the country.

About Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.