iStock 000011596239Large web versionAt Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, our mission is to champion the special health needs of children and their families. That work extends beyond our hospital doors and into the community. Children’s supports services, programs, policies and collaborative efforts dedicated to improving the health of children in our region.

Community benefit

As a not-for-profit pediatric healthcare provider, a measureable portion of Children’s annual expenses fund community benefit programs and services that promote health and increase access to care. These services include financial assistance, the unreimbursed costs of Medicaid, community health programs and advocacy, medical professional education and more. We report the costs associated with community benefits on an annual basis.

Contributions in 2013

2013 community benefit pie chart

Assessments and reports

Every year Children’s reports the costs associated with community benefits to the IRS. In 2011, Children’s invested nearly $100 million on community benefit activities to improve the health and well-being of children in our service area. For descriptions of selected programs, read our most recent annual report.

Community benefit by the numbers

2011 2010 2009

Under the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals like Children's must conduct a community health needs assessment every three years. This assessment identifies health needs in the community through review of secondary data and collection of primary data from community members and leaders.

The 2013 CHNA conducted by Children’s focused on the seven-county metro area and identified significant health needs in the following areas:

  • Access to care
  • Maternal and child health
  • Mental health
  • Childhood obesity
  • Asthma
  • Families/caregivers of children with complex needs

The complete 2013 CHNA is available for download.

In response to the community health needs assessment, tax-exempt hospitals are required to develop an implementation strategy that discusses how the significant health needs identified in the assessment will be addressed.

Children’s provides or supports a number of services and programs that address community health needs. The complete 2014 – 2016 implementation strategy is available for download.

Do you have feedback? If you have comments on the implementation strategy or our community health needs assessment, please contact Katie Rojas-Jahn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .