Logo, The Hospital Community Cooperative (HCC)

Accelerating Health Equity

Launched in 2019, the Hospital Community Collaborative (HCC) provides proven ideas, insights and resources for creating effective, sustainable collaborations between hospitals and community organizations across sectors to accelerate health equity.

The Hospital Community Collaborative: Join Us

The Hospital Community Collaborative (HCC) aims to make it easier for AHA member hospitals and community organizations to develop and lead grassroots interventions that promote health equity. It involves local people working together to transform the conditions and outcomes that matter to their communities.

  • Hospital and community partner teams align on strategies and resources to address upstream social determinants of health.
  • Curated tools and resources help teams build foundational capabilities and tackle problems together.
  • A network of leading community health experts provide teams with personalized guidance throughout their HCC experience.

We’re looking for hospitals and to join our 2022 HCC cohort. Enrolled teams comprised of health care providers and their designated community partners will take part in a 6-month learning sprint and gain access to tools and resources designed to strengthen and sustain cross-sector community partnerships. This year’s cohort will be focused on initiatives that address community-level behavioral health and well-being.

Enrollment opens April 1st and closes May 25th. Programming begins in June. If additional time is needed to complete the application, please email hcc@aha.org.


2022 Cohort Application

The Hospital Community Collaborative is accepting applications from partnership teams – comprised of an AHA member hospital or health system and a cross-sector, community-based organization (e.g., community-based social service agency, local health department, or business partner). Applicant teams should be currently collaborating (or planning to) to address community-level societal factors to improve behavioral health and well-being.

Learn More and Apply

Interested in learning more, or being added to our notification list to receive updates on future cohorts? Fill out this form or email us at hcc@aha.org.


HCC is made possible by support from the Novartis Foundation. The Novartis US Foundation is a charitable organization established by Novartis to support philanthropic efforts in the United States. The mission of the Novartis US Foundation is to improve health in underserved communities in the United States by creating innovative and sustainable solutions to expand access to healthcare and build trust within the healthcare system.