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Hospital Community Benefit Funding: Potential Resources to Meet the Needs of Homeless Populations

Presented by the National HCH Council
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 2-3 p.m. ET

To qualify for tax exemptions as charitable organizations, not-for-profit hospitals are required to engage in activities that benefit their communities, often known as “hospital community benefit.” These activities can mean additional funding for programs, staffing, and other tangible assistance that meet the needs of people who are homeless, often addressing gaps in existing community services.

This webinar complements a recent policy brief and will give an overview of hospital community benefit requirements; describe how community benefit funds are often allocated; provide examples of successful partnerships currently in practice in two states; and share advice for maximizing hospital partnerships with the Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) community.


  • Doreen Fadus, Executive Director, Community Benefit & Health, Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, MA)
  • Brooks Ann McKinney, Director of Medical Respite and Safety Net Provider Relations, Mission Health System (Asheville, NC)
  • Carrie Harnish, Clinical Director Community Benefit, Trinity Health (Livonia, MI)
  • Eli Simons, Intern, National HCH Council Board of Directors (Nashville, TN)


  • Barbara DiPietro, Senior Director of Policy, National HCH Council (Baltimore, MD)

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