Partnerships for 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 with protected time 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.

Interested in learning more? To receive the latest news and updates on future cohorts email us at hcc@aha.org.

AHA’s Caring for Family Caregivers Series

In this series, we explore the many facets of the Caregiver Navigators program, a community-partnership driven initiative from HCC alumni in Ventura, California.

Maureen Hodge and Janice Aharon-Ezer

Maureen Hodge, high-risk program manager and Janice Aharon-Ezer, clinical program manager, Community Memorial Health System

AHA’s Nancy Myers, vice president, leadership and system innovation, joins Hodge and Aharon-Ezer for a discussion on the family caregiver role, and how hospital-community partners can support family caregivers.

Dale Harmon

Dale Harmon, family caregiver, Ventura, CA.

Harmon shares his personal experiences as a family caregiver to his wife Gloria, who is battling dementia, and how the support he’s received from CMHS’s caregiver navigator program has made a positive difference.

Maziar Goshtasbi

Maziar Goshtasbi, M.D., gerontologist, Community Memorial Health System

Dr. Goshtasbi discusses the growing rate of patients who rely on family caregivers, and why they need hospital, family and community involvement as part of their holistic care.

Lynette Harvey

Lynette Harvey, clinical services director, Camarillo Health Care District

Harvey discusses how hospital-community partnerships are necessary to innovate patient care and provide family caregivers with greater support today and as they prepare for the future.

Stories from the Field

When Your World Begins to Shrink

Thie eBook tells the story of the stress and strain of caring for the sick and dying, and how a successful partnership between Community Memorial Health System and the Ventura County Community Health Improvement Collaborative in Ventura, California helped make a positive difference.

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Breast Cancer Screening Awareness

Watch this case study video on how HCC member MultiCare Health and partners came together to improve disparities in breast cancer education and awareness affecting African-American women in Tacoma, Washington.


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.