This interactive model is designed to provide the flexibility of an asynchronous program, while maintaining the opportunity for ongoing peer-to-peer learning.

Whether you’re part of a hospital, health system, public health department or community-focused organization, the HCC is here to provide the tools, resources, exercises and network needed to take your collaborative efforts to the next level.

The HCC offers six modules featuring video narratives from a network of leading community health experts, as well as readings and resources highlighting the leading practices for effectively managing community health partnerships. Focusing on different topics and themes, each module provides the building blocks necessary to master the process of collaboratively developing solutions with your community health partners.




The HCC program features the following components:

  • Videos: Narratives from a network of leading community health experts.
    • Key concepts, best practices and partnership theory.
    • Practical application examples.
  • Resources: Readings and resources about best practices for community health partnership.
    • Plus Metopio Data Tools: All HCC enrollees receive 90 days of complimentary access to the Metopio population data visualization platform.
  • Exercises: Learning reinforcement in each module that test knowledge with interactive games.
  • HCC Online Community: Access to additional support from leaders in the field through the Hospital Community Collaborative online community partners’ discussion forum within the AHA Living Learning Network.
  • HCC Virtual Coaching Sessions:Feedback from community health experts and your peers during live virtual coaching sessions.
  • Partnership Workbook: Each module includes a tactical and downloadable HCC partnership workbook, to complete in collaboration with your community partner.
  • HCC Digital Badge: Upon completion, program participants will receive a digital badge to be used in email signatures, LinkedIn profiles and more.



The HCC program includes six different content areas and coordinating partner workbooks with distinct learning objectives.

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Module 1: Know Your Partner

  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities of each partner and team member.
  • Recognize where the partnership is aligned and misaligned.
  • Establish a plan for governance and shared transparent and frequent communication between partners.

Module 2: Plan for Success

  • Ensure all partners are aligned on the project vision, mission, goal, objectives and timeline.
  • Articulate how this project contributes to each organization's strategies.

Module 3: Understanding Data

  • Recognize the different types of data and know when to use them.
  • Identify outcome measures and success metrics.
  • Learn how to evaluate and communicate the progress.

Module 4: Know Your Community

  • Recognize new ways of thinking about community engagement and how these principles can be applied.
  • Identify community stakeholders, including new voices, who are ready to be engaged as long-term stewards of the community’s well-being.
  • Identify community strengths and determine how they can be used to meet community needs.
  • Develop a plan to engage your community through authentic stakeholder relationships and leveraging community assets.

Module 5: Build the Business Case and Ensure Sustainability

  • Create a sustainable plan based on new knowledge and resources.
  • Identify key external and internal influencers and partners to continue the initiative.
  • Explore new funding streams to sustain the program.
  • Identify community strengths and determine how they can be used to meet community needs.
  • Learn how to effectively engage and seek the support of management and boards.

Module 6: Telling Your Story

  • Synthesize previous modules into a compelling narrative story that can demonstrate your initiatives’ impact to various audiences, including — but not limited to — funders, media, government, other community partners and your own organization.
  • Learn how to present your narrative and recognize how you should use it to continuously engage and gain support from key stakeholders and make the case to your organization.