Community Benefits Stories Due Aug. 30

August 19, 2021

WHA thanks all who have submitted stories for WHA’s Community Benefits Report so far. The goal is to have a story from each hospital in Wisconsin. The deadline for submitting community benefits stories for the 2021 Community Benefits Report is Monday, Aug. 30.
 
These stories will appear not only in WHA’s printed report, which will be shared with legislators and other health care stakeholders and decision-makers throughout the state, but also online, providing individual hospitals an opportunity to draw attention to their report submissions. Last year’s report and hospital stories can be viewed here.
 
Stories should be around 250 words. Photos are encouraged, and hospitals can submit one story per category in each of the following four categories for this year’s report:
 
  • Charity care/free clinics: Stories about how your hospital provides free care for those who cannot afford it are especially powerful.
    Hospital-supported initiatives: Identify a priority from your community health needs assessment and explain how the hospital/health system led an effort to address it.
  • COVID-19 Efforts: Describe what your hospital faced as the pandemic hit our state and how you overcame those challenges, continuing to provide safe and high-quality care to your communities.
  • Health Equity: How is your hospital or health system helping to ensure that your services are equally accessible to all members of your community, specifically populations exhibiting health disparities?
As a reminder, grants or donations from staff or the public do not qualify as a community benefit.

Members can submit stories through an online form. Submitters are asked to include a photo with their stories to increase visibility and impact with legislators, the media and the public.
 
Questions can be directed to WHA Communications Manager Shannon Nelson.
 

This story originally appeared in the August 19, 2021 edition of WHA Newsletter