REUTERS/Carlos Barria; A man crosses a street in front of the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland November 4, 2015.

Opinion | Building Healthy Neighborhoods

Can hospitals help create healthy neighborhoods?

November 12, 2015, Stuart M. Butler

In a Journal of the American Medical Association online forum, Stuart Butler writes that "hospitals are usually seen as the last resort in their communities—the place you go when other things fail. Yet they have enormous potential to be partners in improving the general health of the community." Butler discusses several obstacles which prevent hospitals from playing such a role.

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