January/February 2007

Commitment to Community Benefit


Commitment to Community Benefit Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations and community health services organizations achieved 100 percent participation in a ministry-wide community benefit initiative sponsored by the Catholic Health Association. All market-based organizations and community health services organizations have confirmed their commitment to community benefit by adopting a resolution; approving a community benefit policy; and using standard definitions and reporting guidelines for community benefit. “The involvement of our market-based organizations and community health services organizations symbolizes their continuing dedication to meeting the needs of the communities they serve, and I commend them,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. Several resources, including a community benefit handbook and a comprehensive communications resource bank, are available to help market-based organizations and community health services organizations ensure consistency in planning, documenting and reporting community benefit. For more information, contact Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president of advocacy, colleenscanlon@catholicheatlh.net; or Richelle Webb, director of advocacy and community health, richellewebb@catholichealth.net.