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 $1.7 Billion in Community Benefits in FY 2015

Charity Care (at cost) $175,922,573
Medicaid Shortfalls $1,075,818,439
Losses on Other Public Programs $27,682,582
Subsidized Health Services $98,280,524
Nursing Home Losses $12,702,521
Community Health Improvement Services $66,713,390
Donations, research, education, operations, activities $296,586,861
TOTAL $1,753,706,890

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.

Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems, and Population Health

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2017 in Chicago, IL

Mark your calendar for a three-day forum that will explore innovative models for transforming the U.S. healthcare system to support the health of Americans. The forum will bring together nearly 300 Midwestern leaders from health care, public health, social services and other sectors to engage in a broad dialogue around integrating clinical, community health and prevention strategies to solve complex health issues. 

Click here for agenda and registration information.




WHA Contact:

For Community Benefit Survey Questions:

Jenna Hanson

Director, Administration


For Submitting Community Benefit Stories:

Mary Kay Grasmick

Vice President, Communications




The 2016 Report


Community Benefits Report Cover 2016

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