Community Benefit 101 - Overview

Community Benefit 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Planning and Reporting Community Benefit

Planning and reporting community benefit are key functions of Catholic-sponsored and other not-for-profit health care organizations. The Catholic Health Association, the leader in the community benefit field for more than 25 years, offers a one-and-a-half day seminar for new community benefit professionals that covers the basics of community benefit programming.

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The Catholic Health Association offers a one-and-a-half day seminar for new community benefit professionals that covers the basics of community benefit programming.

Taught by experienced community benefit leaders, this program, Oct. 2-3, in St. Louis, presents a practical framework for assessing community needs and planning, evaluating and reporting on community benefit programs.

While it is designed for new community benefit professionals, staff in finance, strategic planning and compliance should consider attending to learn how new federal requirements for tax-exempt hospitals around community health needs assessment, planning and financial assistance/billing and collections could impact how they support their organization's community benefit efforts.
Even those who have been working in community benefit should consider attending. Veteran community benefit staff have shared that it is a good refresher course to update them on current practices, inspire future activities and connect with others in nonprofit health care doing this work.

 At this event, participants will learn:

  • How community benefit demonstrates the organizational mission.
  • The latest news on tax exemption/community benefit issues at the federal and state levels.
  • Steps for developing 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.
  • How to get started.

All participants will receive a copy of the latest version of CHA's A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit.


Oct. 2-3, 2018
The Chase Park Plaza, Royal Sonesta Hotel
St. Louis

Registration Fee:
CHA Members: $475* ($445 through Aug. 3)
Other Registrants: $595

* An early registration discount of $30 is available to CHA members through Aug. 3!

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Questions? Email CHA or call (800) 230-7823.


Who Should Attend

  • New community benefit professionals.
  • Staff in mission, finance, strategic planning and compliance should consider attending to learn how federal requirements for tax-exempt hospitals could impact their organization's community benefit efforts.


Michael BiltonMichael Bilton 
Senior Director, Community Health and Benefit
Dignity Health

Conley_Toni_thumbToni Conley
Manager, Community Benefit Compliance
Trinity Health

Afia GriffithAfia Griffith
Director, Community Development & Health Improvement
St. Vincent

Trina HackensmithTrina S. Hackensmith
Vice President
Lyon Software

Hall_Angela_thumbAngela D. Hall
System Director, Mission integration, Franciscan Formation and Community Benefit
Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)

Renee HanrahanRenee M. Hanrahan
Director, Community Benefit
Via Christi Health

Kimberly Peeren, MPH
Senior Public Health Consultant
Conduent Healthy Communities Institute

Brian ReardonBrian Reardon
Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Rev. Michael Rozier, S.J.Rev. Michael Rozier, S.J. 
Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy
Saint Louis University

Julie Trocchio, MSNJulie Trocchio, MSN
Senior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care

Vondie Woodbury, MPA

Gaye WoodsE. Gaye Woods 
System Director Community Benefit
SCL Health


Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

7:00 a.m. Registration Opens and Full Breakfast Available
8:30 a.m. Welcome, Reflection, Overview of the Day
8:30 a.m. Community Benefit: The Mission Imperative
How community benefit expresses not-for-profit health care’s mission and values
9:00 a.m. What Counts?
Criteria for what counts (and doesn't count) as community benefit, IRS definitions, and navigating the gray areas

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Certificate of Attendance

Please note CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.


CHA's Community Benefit 101 program will be held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, 212-232 North Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the special group rate of $165 for a one-bedroom suite which includes Wi-Fi. To reserve your room at the special group rate, please contact the hotel directly at (314) 633-3000 or (877) 587-2427. Please be sure to call to make your room reservation, and mention CHA, in order to receive our discounted rate.

Your reservation must be received by Sept. 10, 2018 to receive the discounted rate. Reservations may be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Be sure to mention CHA Community Benefit 101 when reserving your room.

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