Bridging the Sectors: A Compendium of Resources

Partnering to support individuals with complex medical and social needs

This compendium highlights resources and toolkits for facilitating cross-sector partnerships to improve health, from leading organizations across the country. It was developed by the AHA with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and content assistance from the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare.

Cross-sector partnerships between health care and community-based organizations are essential for improving and maintaining the health of individuals and families living with complex medical and social needs. As organizations continue to evolve their efforts to address societal factors that influence the health of individuals and families, leaders and innovators are focusing on building collaborative teams that bring together clinical providers with community-based providers, such as social service and home care agencies, to meet patients’ functional, social and behavioral health needs.

Navigating partnerships between hospitals and health systems and community-based organizations can be challenging, as these sectors may have different business and service models, client populations and financial structures. The resources highlighted in this compendium — which will be updated periodically — provide guidance, strategies and examples.

View more resources on the AHA Center for Health Innovation population health management webpage.