Connected Community Network

At Dignity Health, we are working on several key initiatives designed to meet these health challenges faced by many of the most vulnerable people in our underserved communities.


What does a person need to be healthy?

There are many factors that contribute to individual health, and some of the most important ones exist outside the clinical setting. These social determinants of health include safe housing, nutritious food, and access to education and transportation – all of which people need to get healthy and stay healthy. 

About our program

The CCN is built around a network of community partners working together to coordinate communication and implement processes to provide referrals and support for vulnerable populations

What it is
Why it's needed
How it works
What we've accomplished
What's next

What it is

The Coordinated Community Network Initiative (CCNI) was launched by Dignity Health in 2016 as a pilot in Nevada and then replicated at additional Dignity Health sites starting in 2017.

Why it's needed

A recent study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that only 20 percent of health outcomes are the direct result of clinical care, while 40 percent are tied to social and economic determinants.

How it works

A key element of the CCNI is a technology solution that streamlines the referral process and electronically links health care providers to organizations that provide direct services to their communities. 

What we've accomplished

Among the 18 facilities up and running with CCNI, more than 4,200 electronic referrals were made to 240 programs.

What's next

Our goal is to implement the CCNI in all 34 Dignity Health hospitals by 2020, and ultimately to identify a more sophisticated technology solution that enables multi-directional referrals with the ability to track outcomes across the continuum of care. 

More ways we've served communities

Project C.U.R.E.

This year alone, Dignity Health donated $450,000 to send medical supplies to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, and partnered with MedShare and Project C.U.R.E. to support earthquake disaster-relief efforts in Nepal.

Day on the Beach

Every year, we help people with disabilities to enjoy a full day of adventure on the beach. Since its founding in 1994 by Foster Andersen, a quadriplegic survivor of a spinal cord injury, this program has provided hundreds of life-enriching recreational and social activities for people with special needs. Through it’s partnership, Dignity Health helps create opportunities to enjoy arts, social interaction, and the outdoors, filling the gap with positive experiences on the coast for everyone.

Mercy House

Mercy Housing increases access to affordable living and supportive programs for those in need. Watch the Logan's full story here.

Hope Street Family Center

Hope Street Family Center has helped countless children learn to read, succeed at school, and see a brighter future—along with giving scores of parents the support they need to work and raise healthier families.

Contact Us

To find out more about CCN, please email us at the address below.

[email protected]