Community building activities. Describe how the organization's community building activities, as reported in Part II, promote the health of the communities the organization serves.

DISCUSSION: This question provides an opportunity to describe how community building activities provide community benefit. It is important to show the connection between conducting the activities described in Part II and achieving improved health in the community.

SAMPLE NARRATIVES:
This narrative may be approached in one of two ways. The filing organizations could provide a concise narrative summarizing all of the community building activities in a single paragraph, or a description of specific projects could be provided. Both approaches have been used by filing organizations.

Summary of Community Building Activities:

Our hospital is involved in numerous community building activities which promote the health of the communities it serves. Numerous community concerns are addressed, including health improvement, education, poverty, workforce development and access to care. We also encourage our employees to serve on community collaboration boards, health advocacy programs, and physical improvement projects to promote the health of the communities we serve. And, we work with neighborhood programs, including schools, work sites and safety net providers to promote health and wellness and prevent disease. These activities are not included elsewhere on Schedule H.

In order to promote the health of the community we serve, our hospital participates in several community building activities which are not a part of Part I Charity Care and Other Community Benefits, and are not included elsewhere on Schedule H. These activities include collaboration with a neighborhood association and a local college to promote construction and rehabilitation of housing for low income residents to reduce and deter crime, revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood and activate linkages for physical, mental and social services.

Description of Specific Projects:

In order to promote the health of the community we serve, our hospital participates in extensive community building activities which are not a part of Part I Charity Care and Other Community Benefits, and are not included elsewhere on Schedule H. These activities include:
  1. Physical improvements and housing: development and maintenance of parks and playgrounds to promote physical recreation.
  2. Economic development: creating new employment opportunities in an area with traditionally high jobless rates.
  3. Community support: operation of a reduced cost childcare center and public health emergency activities.
  4. Environmental improvements: coordination of an effort to reduce water pollution in water sources near our campus.
  5. Leadership development and training for community members: providing medical interpretation skills training for area residents.
  6. Coalition building: participation in community coalitions aimed at addressing health and safety issues.
  7. Workforces development: collaboration with educational institutions to train and recruit health professionals needed in our traditionally underserved community.
  8. Other: Contributions to area missions of expired equipment and supplies.

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