In Schedule H, Part II, you’ll detail community building activities you undertake. Note that it’s possible for some activities could meet the definition of an activity in Part II, as well as an activity reported in Part I. Don’t report in Part II anything that’s already reported in Part I. Review page 16 of the instructions to Schedule H, which describe how to fill out Worksheet 4, which feeds into Part I, line 7e. If you report any activities in Part II, describe in Part VI how the activities promote the health of the community(ies) you serve.

If you give a grant to another organization in order to meet one of the activities listed, report that in Part II. If you give a grant to a joint venture, that you have an ownership interest in, whose purpose is to achieve one of these activities, report the grant but not your share of the amount spent by the joint venture. This is to avoid double-counting those costs.

The table in Part II has the same columns as line 7 of Part I, and you should report the same data in each one. Each row has a type of community building activity that you may engage in.

  1. Physical improvements and housing: This includes providing or rehabilitating housing for vulnerable populations, e.g. removing harmful building materials, neighborhood improvement or revitalization projects, provision of housing for vulnerable patients when you discharge them, housing for low-income seniors, or development or maintenance of parks and playgrounds to promote physical activity.
  2. Economic development:g. assisting small business development in neighborhoods with vulnerable populations, or creating new employment opportunities in areas with high unemployment.
  3. Community support:g. child care and mentoring programs for vulnerable populations, neighborhood support groups, violence prevention programs, disaster readiness and public health emergency activities.
  4. Environmental improvements:g. addressing environmental hazards that affect community health (such as alleviating water or air pollution), removal or treatment of garbage and other waste products, and other activities to protect the community from environmental hazards. Don’t include expenditures to comply with laws and regulations that apply to your activities and those of disregarded entities, joint ventures, and members of group exemptions that you’re a part of. Also don’t include expenditures to reduce environmental hazards caused by the activities of the same organizations.
  5. Leadership development and training for community members:g. training in conflict resolution; civic, cultural, or language skills; and medical interpreter skills for community residents.
  6. Coalition building:g. participating in community coalitions and other collaborative efforts with the community to address health and safety issues.
  7. Community health improvement advocacy:g. efforts to support policies and programs to safeguard or improve public health, access to health care services, housing, the environment, and transportation.
  8. Workforce development:g. recruiting physicians and other health professionals to areas with medical shortages or designated as underserved, and collaborating with educational institutions to train and recruit health professionals needed in the community. Don’t include expenditures that you reported in Part I, line 7f.
  9. Other: Any community building activities you engaged in that weren’t included in lines 1-8, and that protect or improve the community’s health or safety.

Schedule H can be found here, and more detailed instructions for filling it out are provided here. I am covering other parts of Schedule H in additional posts. (Part I | Part III | Part IV)