This project is funded as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Understanding and Supporting Anchor Businesses to Build a Culture of Health” program, which seeks to understand the ways that for-profit anchors advance health and well-being in the communities where they are located. The goal of this project is to increase our understanding of the roles for-profit hospitals play in promoting health, economic security, and equity in the communities where they do business. The research team will use secondary data, conduct interviews with hospital leaders, and run community focus groups. This study will demonstrate how for-profit hospitals, a growing segment of U.S. hospitals, integrate anchor activities into their business practices. The findings will have important implications for population health in both rural and urban areas. Deliverables will include case studies of for-profits in six to eight communities that will be disseminated via a public website.

Principal Investigators: 

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Cory Cronin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Ohio University

Cory Cronin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in ... Read Bio

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Berkeley Franz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Community-Based Health - Ohio University

Berkeley Franz is a medical sociologist and health services researcher whose research and teaching focus on he... Read Bio

Grantee Institution: Ohio University

Grant Number: 76912

Grant Period: 10/01/2019-9/31/2021

Grant Budget: $237,966


An Organization's role in anchoring community health: How for-profit hospitals' balance corporate and social responsibility
SSM - Qualitative Research in Health | December 2021

For-profit hospitals as anchor institutions in the United States: a study of organizational stability
BMC Health Services Research | December 2021

For-profit hospitals have a unique opportunity to serve as anchor institutions in the U.S.
Preventative Medicine Reports | June 2021

Study Snapshot: For-Profit Hospitals Have Significant Potential to Impact Population Health and Serve as Anchors in their Communities
AcademyHealth | June 2021