Community Health Needs Predict Population Health Partnerships Among U.S. Children’s Hospitals

Berkeley Franz, Cory E. Cronin, Alexandra Wainwright, Alden Yuanhong Lai, José A. Pagán

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Cross-sector collaboration is critical to improving population health, but data on partnership activities by children’s hospitals are limited, and there is a need to identify service delivery gaps for families. The aim of this study is to use public community benefit reports for all children’s hospitals in the United States to assess the extent to which children’s hospitals partner with external organizations to address five key health needs: health care access, chronic disease, social needs, mental health, and substance abuse. Strategies that involved partnering with community organizations were most common in addressing social needs and substance abuse. When adjusted for institutional and community characteristics hospitals in a multilevel regression model, hospitals had higher odds of partnering to address chronic illness and social needs. To encourage hospital engagement with complex social and behavioral health needs and promote health equity, support should be provided to help hospitals establish local population health networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-779
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • hospitals
  • partnerships
  • pediatrics
  • population health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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