Health and illness arise from many factors that reach beyond the exam room walls into the community and occur over the course of a lifetime and across generations. Beyond caring for patients with advanced illness, hospitals and health systems can play an important role in addressing these critical community contributors to health. 

The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program seeks to incorporate, beginning in 2021, a community health and health equity measure into its ranking system. IBM Watson Health is working to develop this measure with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the Center for Health Equity at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The draft proposal to measure hospital contributions to community health and equity is available here.

Public input is a critical component of the development of this measure. Here you will have the opportunity to provide detailed feedback. Your comments will inform revisions to the proposed measure and may be summarized in future versions of the proposal and related documents without identifying you or your organization.