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HCC is an AHA program housed in the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (Institute), and generously supported in part by the Aetna Foundation.

Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources, and create the next generation of sustainable clinical-community partnerships in the process.

To that end, HCC has created a framework for health care systems and their partners to advance health equity no matter where they are on the journey.

HCC Program Fact Sheet

toolkit cover A shareable overview on how hospitals and community partners are making an impact using HCC experts and resources.

Printable Fact Sheet

Technical Support

The following specialized technical consultants guide clinical program development, community engagement, and program evaluation. They combine years of experience with real-life lessons learned in situations similar to the challenges our participating teams face. Together with our teams, they determine solutions that are applicable and effective.

National Advisory Committee

A national advisory committee of multi-sector community health experts provide unprecedented guidance and decision-making support:

Katie Adamson

Kathleen Adamson
Vice President
Health Partnerships and Policy YMCA of the USA

Joseph Betancourt

Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH
Disparities Solutions Center

Amy Scott

Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

Derek Chapman

Derek Chapman, PhD, MS
Interim Director
VCU Center on Society and Health

Daniel Dawes

Daniel Dawes, JD
Board Director
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Shannon Guzman

Shannon Guzman, MA, MCP
Senior Strategic Policy Advisor
AARP Public Policy Institute

Denise Koo

Denise Koo, MD, MPH
Community Health and Health Systems Consultant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (retired)

Saranya Loehrer

Saranya Loehrer, MD, MPH
Head of the North America Region
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Julia Resnick

Julia Resnick, MPH
Senior Program Manager
AHA Value Initiative

Yolanda Robles

Yolanda Robles
CulturaLink LLC

Ascala Sisk

Ascala Sisk, MPP
Deputy Director
Center for Community Investment, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy

Ted Smith

Ted Smith, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Lucy Theilheimer

Lucy Theilheimer, MA
Chief Strategy and Impact Officer
Meals on Wheels America

John Vassall

John Vassall, MD
Board Member
AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

Winston Wong

Winston Wong, MD, MS, FAAFP
Medical Director, Community Health Director
Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives Kaiser Permanente

Staff & Contact Information

Questions? Thoughts? Let us know! Our HCC team at the American Hospital Association is here to follow up with you.

HCC Team

  • Program Director: Jay Bhatt
  • Program Co-Director: Duane Reynolds
  • Program Co-Sponsor: Garth Graham, Aetna Foundation
  • Communications Director: Kathy Cummings
  • Program Manager: Sean Thornton
  • Program Specialist: Samantha Borow

Get connected with us to learn all about how you can be a part of the HCC program.

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