Anchor Institution Resources

Please refer to the following resources cited in the handout for the Nourish panel at NHLC 2018 held on June 4, 2018, Hospitals as Community Anchors: Building health and wealth through their procurement, employment, investment and engagement.


Delivering community benefit: Healthy food playbook

Source: Health Care Without Harm
Year: 2018
Learn from a website brimming with resources to accelerate best practices to promote healthy food access and healthier food systems. 


Embracing an Anchor Mission: ProMedica’s All-In Strategy

Source: HealthCare Anchor Network
Year: 2018
This report offers an in-depth look at how the Toledo, Ohio based health system aligned its institutional operations and clinical practice to better tackle the social determinants of health.


The Future of Health is Local: A Field Guide for Health Sector Leadership

Source: BALLE
Year: 2016
This field guide, produced by The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, connects the dots between the social determinants of health and the framework of strategies that both BALLE and MIT's Presencing Institute have identified as the path forward in building thriving local economies.


Inclusive, Local Sourcing: Purchasing for People and Place

Source: Democracy Collaborative
Year: 2016
This toolkit on local and diverse purchasing showcases examples of how hospitals and health systems are reevaluating their roles as their community’s largest purchasers, understanding that a thriving local economy is fundamental to a healthy community.


Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities

Source: RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University
Year: 2017
A discussion paper exploring how higher education institutions can harness and leverage their assets (financial, physical, relational, research and education) to build social infrastructure that will positively impact communities and advance societal well-being.


Anchor Institutions

Source: Mowatt Centre & Atkinson Foundation.
Year: 2015.
Unlike many corporations that come and go from communities, anchor institutions are public and nonprofit institutions that stay put. This report explores how we can spend our resources and procure services in ways that create opportunities for people who live on the economic margins.