Ensuring lasting community health and equity calls for innovation, collaboration and a multifaceted approach that addresses underlying determinants of health, including economic conditions. From hospitals and health systems to universities, ‘anchor institutions’ are organizations with deep roots and longevity as major employers in their communities.

Over the past several years, anchor institutions are increasingly stepping up and working outside their own walls to make lasting contributions to the health and wellbeing of the regions they serve. By adopting strategies that include local purchasing, job training, community investment, and other endeavors, anchor institutions are contributing to efforts that create equitable opportunity and better meet broader community needs, priorities, and challenges.

Please join us for an engaging discussion during which leaders and partners from anchor institutions will describe why they have taken this approach and how it benefits not just their organizations but the surrounding areas they serve, and ultimately improves population health.

This Web Forum will feature a keynote presentation by leadership from University Hospitals Cleveland and a moderated panel discussion by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with insights about the benefits they see in this approach. In addition, the Web Forum will:

  • Detail the University Hospitals Cleveland health system’s engagement in the anchor institution approach, and how the community has benefitted, with a focus on intended and unintended consequences.
  • Describe how Kaiser Permanente is working to implement this approach through their health system and why they are convinced this will improve the health of the people in the communities they serve.
  • Provide an overview of how these efforts have been seeded, the current landscape including trends and resources available to support the anchor institution approach, including identifying key partners critical to the success of these efforts.


Tyler Norris, MDiv

Vice President, Total Health Partnerships

Kaiser Permanente

Oakland, CA

Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures.  His three decades of service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity.  Currently, he serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente,…

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Amy Slonim, PhD

Senior Program Officer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Princeton, NJ

Amy Slonim, PhD, is a Senior Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working with the Bridging Health and Health Care and Catalyzing Demand for Healthy Places and Practices Portfolios. From 2007 to 2014, she was the CDC-AARP Liaison, as a consultant to the CDC Division of Population Health,…

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Steven D. Standley

Chief Administrative Officer

University Hospitals Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

Steven D. Standley has served in senior leadership roles at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio since July 2000.  He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer, a position responsible for system-wide master facilities planning, plant operations, biomedical engineering, system-wide sustainability programs, major construction projects, supply chain, shared services, marketing, government affairs,…

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David Zuckerman, MPP

Manager, Healthcare Engagement

The Democracy Collaborative

Washington DC

David Zuckerman joined The Democracy Collaborative team in 2012 and serves as Manager for Healthcare Engagement for the organization’s Anchor Institution Initiative. Zuckerman is the author of Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission. His work focuses on inclusive and equitable economic development strategies that build wealth in low-income communities,…

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Matthew Marsom

Vice President, Public Policy and Programs

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

As Vice President for Public Policy and Programs for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting…

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