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Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook
New Online Resource Published

In our role as a central resource on hospital community benefit, we wanted to share this information about a new tool that can be used to advance the health of communities.  

Health Care Without Harm—a worldwide organization that shares a vision of a health care sector that promotes the health of people and the environment and advocates for the implementation of ecologically sound and healthy health care practices—has just published a new online resource, Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook.

The playbook was created with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to inspire and support hospital community benefit professionals and community partners in developing initiatives to promote healthy food access and healthy, local, and sustainable food systems.

The playbook offers resources to address diet-related community health needs throughout the community health engagement process. The Playbook also seeks to promote promising practices for a multi-pronged effort to increase access to fresh, affordable, and sustainably produced food and promote health equity.


The Hilltop Institute at UMBC is a non-partisan health research organization dedicated to advancing the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluations on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations at the national, state, and local levels. Hilltop is committed to addressing complex issues through informed, objective, and innovative research and analysis.

Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is a central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to assure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are more responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to state and local health departments, hospital regulators, legislators, revenue collection and budgeting agencies, and hospitals, as these stakeholders develop approaches that will best suit their communities and work toward a more accessible, coordinated, and effective community health system.

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