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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Researcher

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