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Updated in 2022 to incorporate equity and social determinants of health as community benefit priorities, CHA's A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit provides a
comprehensive framework for health care organizations desiring to develop a
strategic approach to planning, delivering and reporting on community benefit
This resource includes guidance on meeting federal requirements for tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments and adopt implementation strategies to meet identified needs. The Guide also includes guidelines for reporting
on the IRS Form 990, Schedule H as well as valuable information from community
benefit and public health professionals about leading practices in community
This resource is primarily for staff who plan,
develop, implement, and report community benefit programs. It can also be used
by board and executive leaders, as well as staff in mission, finance, planning,
population health, communications, clinical and social services, compliance,
advocacy, legal, and other offices involved in community benefit planning and
The Guide is
organized around the basic components in community benefit planning,
implementation and reporting:
- Getting Started.
- Understanding What Counts and Does Not Count as Community
- Building a Sustainable Infrastructure.
- Accounting for Community Benefit.
- Planning and Implementing Community Benefit Programs.
- Evaluating Community Benefit Programs.
- Communicating the Community Benefit Story.
The Guide has
numerous links to additional tools, examples and resources that can be accessed
on the CHA website.