Community Benefits Plan FY12

Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits Plan Summary


Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits Plan for FY2012 reflects the continuing priorities established in the three-year Strategic Plan, developed in FY2010.  Those priorities were based on The FY2009 Community Needs Assessment.

The Community Benefits Committee provides oversight and input to the planning process. Staff amends and updates the plan annually to reflect emerging needs.  These amendments ensure that the Plan has incorporated data and findings from national, regional state and local studies, particularly those provided by the Mass Department of Public Health.  In addition, CCHC Staff ensure that the FY2012 Plan complies with Mass Attorney General (AG) Guidelines, Medicare guidelines and IRS requirements.

Goals for FY2012

  1. Expand community-wide collaborations to enhance the health of Cape Cod’s underserve and vulnerable populations.
  2. Partner with the four Cape Cod based community health centers to increase access to primary and specialty care services.
  3. Conduct a formal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and develop or modify Community Benefits services to meet prioritized community health needs. 
  4. Evaluate current services, events and programs for alignment with established priorities, measurable outcomes and cost effectiveness, as well as with CCHC’s overall strategic direction.
  5. Implement a formal RFP process for Impact Priority-Grants.


The Community Benefits Program budget, as part of the corporate Cape Cod Healthcare budget was approved by the CCHC Board of Trustees prior to October 1, 2011, thus activating the FY2012 Community Benefits budget. Staff prepared and submitted a budget to increase funding for annual priority grants by 50% from $100,000 to $150,000.  Continuing programs and administrative costs are essentially level funded, with a 2% inflationary factor.   Determination of Need funding continues as per agreement with the Department of Public Health and the CHNA 27. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) Process

Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits issued a formal RFP announcement in mid-September 2011 for Annual Priority Grant funded programs.  The funding period will be 1/1/2012 through 9/30/2012.  

FY2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The Community Needs Assessment study is currently underway.  The study consists of both primary and secondary research. Findings will be available in the fall of 2012.  This study will become the foundation for planning for FY2013-FY2015.

Community Collaborations

The Community Benefits Division will continue to participate with community coalitions and health and human service organizations across the Cape.  Cape Cod Healthcare is committed to serving the needs of residents and improving their health status.


FY2012 Community Benefits Priorities

  1. Increase health care access through outreach and leadership initiatives resulting in an integrated and coordinated community health care delivery system to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. 
  2. Create strategic collaborations with existing community health providers and partners who will foster healthy lifestyle choices and promote healthier behaviors that can prevent or delay chronic disease thereby increasing the quality of life. 
  3. Improve post hospital discharge and follow-up experience of vulnerable patients, particularly elders and those with chronic disease.
  4. Adopt a more preventative, wellness-oriented care model related to mental health and substance abuse.
  5. Reduce health risks and unnecessary declines in quality of life through wellness and prevention approaches with attention to particularly vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to:
    1.  Persons 65 and over
    2. Persons with or at risk of contracting; HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
  6. Address well documented emerging health issues identified by The MA Department of Health, such as issues related to youth populations (i.e. violence, bullying and suicide).

Community Benefits Reporting:

Annual compliance reports will be submitted to the Massachusetts Attorney General, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Internal Revenue Service.

Additionally, the Staff will provide reports to the Community Health Committee, CCHC Leadership, CCHC Board of Trustees, interested agencies and the community at large.

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