Community health and resilience

Virtual cohort group


Nonprofit hospitals’ community benefit programs provide a unique opportunity to align environmental and community health goals for mutual benefit. 

Community benefit and sustainability leads will discuss how to facilitate cross-departmental strategy and ways to leverage assets, such as community benefit, to meet both community health and environmental sustainability goals. Sessions are designed around key themes that encompass community benefit and sustainability objectives and will cover background (to build awareness), research and data (to build evidence), and multi-faceted strategies, with specific examples drawn from the Practice Greenhealth network. 

Target audience: Community health, sustainability leads, and other personnel working to explore initiatives that directly improve public health while reducing environmental impacts 

Level: Intermediate to advanced  

Betsy Skoda Facilitator:
Betsy Skoda


“I continue to learn about innovation, success stories and lessons learned for building strategic community partnerships.” – Cohort participant

Many of the former community benefit cohort participants below saw the opportunity to expand the conversation and invite you to join them.

  • Advocate Aurora Health
  • Allina Health System
  • Aspirus 
  • Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha
  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center 
  • CommonSpirit
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority
  • HealthPartners
  • Henry Ford Health System 
  • IU Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mayo Clinic Health System 
  • NYU Langone
  • OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center 
  • SCL Health System
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center 


2022 Schedule

April 20, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Laying the groundwork on the environmental dimensions of social determinants of health

Discussion questions:

  1. How do you define resilience? 
  2. How do you see environmental factors intersecting with persistent community health needs? 
  3. How can you build off existing assets and efforts to contribute to long-term community health and resilience? 
June 29, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Investing in food for health and resilience  

Discussion questions:

  1. What opportunities exist to leverage your food programming to promote health and resilience?
  2. How do climate events exacerbate food access issues? How do climate-smart strategies support improved health outcomes? 
  3. Who cares about these issues (in your system, in your community) and how can they be engaged? 
  4. What steps could you take to move forward?
August 10, 2022 2:00 PM EST 

Topic: Improving air quality and reducing emissions 

Discussion questions:

  1. How are you working to address environmental dimensions of infrastructure (in your system/facility, in your community)? 
  2. Who cares about air quality, emissions, climate change and how can you collaborate? 
  3. How can you frame the co-benefits of infrastructure investments (e.g. public transit-facilitates access to care, reduces emissions)? 
  4. What data and measures do you collect now and what new data and measures could be incorporated?
October 19, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Topic: Applying new learnings and making the case for next steps

Discussion questions:

  1. What can you do together to move forward on identified opportunities (related to food and/or built environment)? 
  2. What buy-in/support would you need to move forward (raising issues, planning interventions)? 
  3. How can you engage others with aligned priorities? 

Ready to get started? Register today.

Sessions take place on a recurring basis using Zoom as the meeting platform. To join this cohort or any of the other cohorts, please register today. If you have discussion topic ideas or want to invite a peer, please contact the cohort facilitator.

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