The Foundation for Healthy Communities works closely with non-profit hospitals to advance knowledge in the community benefits field and promote the charitable activities of hospitals among our partners and the public.


What are Community Benefits?

Community Benefit is the legal term that refers to the broad spectrum of charitable activities and investments that non-profit hospitals undertake to improve health in the communities they serve. As part of their community benefit strategy, these charitable programs, initiatives and resources are in direct alignment with their organizational mission to provide high quality healthcare and advance the health and well-being of their community.


What is health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (adapted from World Health Organization).


What is well-being?

Well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression,anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning (Centers forDisease Control:


Among Hospital Charitable Investments

Hospital Charitable Activities


For more information contact Beth Gustafson Wheeler at (603) 415-4278 or by email at