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{Past Event} - Healthier Hospitals Initiative: Community Benefit: A Driver for Change

July 29, 2013 - 2:00 pm - July 29, 2013 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


How can community benefit needs assessments uncover your community's most important environmental determinants of health: those of greatest concern to community members and/or health professionals? How can your institution help address those needs, and report it properly under the new IRS guidelines? What can we learn from a case study research project collecting examples of main stream and innovative environmental health community benefit activities nationwide scheduled for publication in mid-2013?  Come learn how community benefit and the Healthier Hospitals Initiative align, and discuss what the next generation of environmental health community benefits should look like.


  • Why include environmental factors in quest for health improvement
  • How health care organizations approach community benefit
  • How environmental and community benefit activities can be integrated
  • What environmental health activities can be reported as community benefit


Paul Lipke, Senior Advisor for Energy and Buildings, Health Care Without Harm
Paul Lipke, Senior Advisor for Energy and Buildings for Health Care Without Harm, has worked in sustainable strategies, green buildings and renewable energy systems for twenty years.  He co-coordinates the Health Care Working Group of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, assisting hospital facility managers in tracking and reducing energy use and GHG emissions.  He has also led the creation of the Healthcare Clean Energy Exchange and the Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator.

Julie Trocchio, Sr. Director, Community Benefit & Continuing Care, The Catholic Health Association of the United States
Julie Trocchio is senior director of community benefit and continuing care for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). She coordinates CHA activities related to planning and reporting community benefits and leads CHA advocacy on the charitable purpose of not–for-profit health care. She also coordinates CHA programs and advocacy related to the well-being of aged and chronically ill persons in need of long term care and home and community-based services.

She is co-author of CHA’s Social Accountability Budget and Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit and CHA/AAHSA’s Social Accountability Program: Continuing the Community Benefit Tradition of Not for Profit Homes and Services for the Aging.

Prior to joining CHA, Julie was director of standards and quality for the American Health Care Association. She has held nursing positions in acute care, long term care, public health and school health programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University and a master's degree in community health nursing from the University of Maryland.

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