Community Benefits

WHA annually surveys its member hospitals using the Community Benefits Inventory for Social Accountability (CIBSA) statewide survey tool developed by Lyons Software to both collect and report these activities. Wisconsin is one of a handful of states in the country where 100 percent of the hospitals voluntarily report community benefits. Wisconsin hospitals caring for their communities. See how:
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WI Hospitals Provided $1.8 Billion in Community Benefits in FY 2016

Charity Care (at cost) $187,907,925
Medicaid Shortfalls $1,097,007,404
Losses on Other Public Programs $29,512,775
Subsidized Health Services $117,450,745
Nursing Home Losses $14,134,732
Community Health Improvement Services $68,262,132
Donations, research, education, operations, activities $298,609,127
TOTAL $1,812,884,840

UWPHI Website Facilitates Health Improvement Collaboration Statewide

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) has collected and posted the hospital and county health department community health needs assessments to:   

The UWPHI identified eight key health improvement priorities that were featured in more than 30 percent of the health needs assessments, which were:  

  • Access to Care
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption (Alcohol)
  • Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse (Drug Abuse)
  • Mental Health Needs/Issues (Mental Health)
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Tobacco Use

This website is organized to allow people interested in a particular health priority area to identify other communities across the state that are also working on that priority.





WHA Contact:

For Community Benefit Survey Questions:

Jenna Hanson

Director, Administration


For Submitting Community Benefit Stories:

Shannon Nelson

Manager, Communications




The 2017 Report


Community Benefits Report Cover 2017

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