University of Wisconsin–Madison

Leveraging Nonprofit Hospital “Community Benefits” to Create Healthier Communities

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Health
Nonprofit hospitals can be powerful allies in helping to create healthier communities. In order to qualify for their nonprofit federal tax exemption, hospitals must be organized and operated for a “charitable purpose” or provide benefits to the community. These benefits are guided by mandatory Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). If the needs identified in CHNAs are addressed strategically, hospitals can effectively improve community health.

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