Deaconess Health System sees opportunity to help homeless heal and recover

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deaconess-volunteersDeaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., grappled with how to get homeless patients the supportive services that could help them stay healthier in the community and reduce their frequent visits to the emergency department (ED). The solution was to partner on a Homeless Medical Respite Program that has... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health

Pioneering program seeks to keep young gun victims safe

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crossfire-staffThe Oakland, Calif.-based “Caught in the Crossfire” program doesn’t view at-risk youth as the cause of the violence that plagues their distressed urban communities, says program director Kyndra Simmons. Rather, she says they are the solution.

That idea spawned Caught in the Crossfire, started in 1994 as... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

Winona Health's Community Care Network reaches at-risk residents

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Minnesota City resident Tom Ailing’s life turned around when he joined Winona (Minn.) Health’s Community Care Network (CCN) program three years ago.

The 64-year-old retiree suffers from diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and neuropathy – illnesses that used to send him to the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: readmissions, population health, Community health, Community Connections, chronic conditions

Integrated approach to care seen advancing health equity

AHA News

dr-ronald-copelandClose collaboration by physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff across the nation’s largest nonprofit integrated health care system is key to Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente’s success in reducing health care disparities and advancing diversity and inclusion, says Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., Kaiser... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, awards

Hospital engages community to help heal young victims of violence

AHA News

praise-danceIn the African-American festival of Kwanzaa, Ujima is a day to celebrate collective work that builds and maintains a community.  

That collective spirit inspires Project Ujima, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s effort to build and maintain a community around young victims of violence.

The Milwaukee... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers

Regional One Health's positive alternatives to youth violence

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Elgin-TunstallRegional One Health in Memphis, Tenn., is showing young victims of knife and gunshot wounds that there are ways to escape the cycle of violence.

The hospital’s Rx for Change violence-intervention program promotes positive alternatives to violence by helping young patients get jobs, training and continued... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

AHA News

The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Health care safety net for the homeless

AHA News

The St. Bernadette Community Clinic is a health care safety net for the homeless and needy residents living in economically depressed neighborhoods of downtown Lafayette, La.

For 22 years, it has provided free primary and dental care to the homeless, those living in shelters, the poor and uninsured or... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, access

AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D., describes the hospital of the future

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

The hospital and health system field is moving from its traditional role as a “repair shop for disease” to serving as an agent for building healthier communities, says AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D.

In coming years,... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, governance, leadership, members

Top-performing CMS project touted for curbing 30-day readmissions

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Sun Health in Surprise, Ariz., knows what it takes to prevent Medicare patients from returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

The health care organization had the lowest 30-day readmission rates of all participants in a recently concluded five-year federally funded demonstration... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, population health, Medicare

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