Health for a Better World starts with our commitment to understanding and serving the needs of the community. In 2018, driven by our Mission and together with our community-focused, innovative partners, Swedish invested more than $237 million in community benefit, building community conditions that promote and transform health and well-being.
We believe health is a human right. This belief undergirds our efforts to support comprehensive access to health and social services addressing the foundational gaps in care for the most poor and vulnerable members in our communities. With each investment we make and partnership we develop, we find ways to best address and prioritize our region’s most challenging needs as identified through our community health needs assessment. The process includes a review of public health data and interviews with key stakeholders and otherwise under-represented populations. This past year, we focused on supporting community programs that addressed:
Ultimately, we want to address the root causes of these conditions and identify community-based solutions that transform the health of our communities. We are working to increase the number of people who have access to health care, connect individuals with resources, and address core issues such as food and housing instability, social isolation, education and other factors that contribute to improved well-being.
Some of the inspiring ways our investments are working in our community include:
We invite you to learn more about how we are working to meet community needs and help people live their healthiest lives and, if called, to get involved with various service opportunities which could be found in the caregiver volunteer portal.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve Seattle and the greater Puget Sound and we look forward to continued partnership as we seek to collectively achieve Health for a Better World.