September 2022 Community Benefit Update


Join us for Community Benefit 101 (Virtual) on Oct. 25, 26, 27
Register by Sept. 30 to receive your Hospitality Box

The CB 101 virtual conference sessions will cover:

  • How community benefit demonstrates the organization's mission.
  • The latest news on tax exemption/community benefit issues.
  • Steps for planning and evaluating community benefit programs.
  • Policies needed to support community benefit programs.
  • What counts and doesn't count as community benefit.
  • Community benefit accounting principles.
  • How to tell the community benefit story.

Learn more about Community Benefit 101, our guest speakers and who should attend here.

New in 2022 – Single Day Registration for
Community Benefit Reporters

Single-day registration with special pricing for community benefit reporters who want to focus on:

  • What counts
  • Accounting
  • How to tell the community benefit story

This session will include an extended discussion on what counts and is reported on the IRS 990 Schedule H and the IRS community benefit accounting guidelines, with plenty of time for questions.

Whether you are new to reporting or need a refresher, you can register for just Day 2, Oct. 26.


Community Benefit and Listening to the Voice of Creation

"Listen to the Voice of Creation" is the theme of this year's Season of Creation which runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4. Consider using Season of Creation activities as an opportunity to share with others in your organization the critical role of community benefit in identifying and addressing health needs caused by climate change and environmental degradation. Or examine how you can bring an environmental lens to your organization’s community benefit efforts, particularly on environmental injustices.


Call for proposals – Accelerating Health Equity Conference
Submission deadline: Sept. 25

The AHA is now accepting presentation submissions for the Accelerating Health Equity Conference in Minneapolis, May 16-18, 2023. Share your success story of improving population health, advancing health equity and creating healthy and equitable communities for all.


White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Sept. 28, 2022 – Livestreamed

A National Strategy will be announced at the Conference that identifies steps the government will take and catalyzes the public and private sectors to address the intersections between food, hunger, nutrition and health.


Raising the Bar: Helping Health Care Improve
Equity and Well-Being

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Raising the Bar provides an actionable framework for the entire healthcare sector — from providers to payers to the public health community — to embed equity throughout its work and help achieve optimal health for all.

Raising the Bar worked with health care leaders and those who experience inequities to craft foundational, central principles that can serve as healthcare’s gravitational force to center equity work continuously. Essential roles healthcare must play revolve around these principles, each with corresponding concrete actions that can improve equity.


Upcoming CHA Events

Sept. 21 – 1 to 2 p.m. ET — Caring for Creation: Making the Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions
In September 2021, top medical journals worldwide issued a joint statement calling climate change the greatest threat to global public health. The U.S. health care sector accounts for 8.5% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and is facing calls to decarbonize. Join this webinar to hear from Health Care Without Harm about how leading health systems measure their climate impact with greenhouse gas inventories, establish targets in alignment with existing pledges, and build action plans. Visit the CHA website to learn more and register.

Oct. 6, 2022 – 1 to 2 p.m. ET — Laudato Si' Action Platform – Answering the Call to Care for Creation
Launched in 2021, the Laudato Si' Action Platform is the Vatican-sponsored grassroots effort mobilizing the global Catholic Church to stop the destruction of our common home and care for those most impacted by environmental degradation and climate change. In this webinar, participants will learn about the platform and its goals, why Catholic health care is a critical partner and how participating in this initiative can strengthen and support your organization's current environmental stewardship efforts. Visit the CHA website to learn more and register.

Oct. 25, 26, 27 – 2 to 5 p.m. ET each dayCommunity Benefit 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Reporting Community Benefit
CHA is going virtual with our highly regarded Community Benefit 101 program. The program will provide new community benefit professionals and others who want to learn about community benefit with the foundational knowledge and tools needed to meet today's challenges. Visit the CHA website to learn more and register.

Community Benefit in the News

View recent articles from Catholic Health World and Health Progress featuring community benefit news and programs from across the ministry.