Tackling the opioid crisis in a rural community

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opiod-crisisOne death a day in Maine is caused by an opioid overdose. Bridgton family practice physician Craig Smith, M.D., a member of the Bridgton Hospital medical staff, is on the front line in the battle against the crisis that is harming people of all ages and all walks of life – not just in Maine but in... read more

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

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

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lots-of-gardens“Food is medicine,” says Bill Monahan, a registered nurse and outreach coordinator for 19-bed Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. The hospital buys nearly 40% of its food from local sources to provide a more nutritious patient diet.

But it’s not just people inside the hospital who benefit from this... read more

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

"Street Nurse" brings care to the homeless

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street-nurseAmanda Buccina, R.N., is the “Street Nurse” of Sacramento, Calif. She spends every workday caring for the city’s homeless residents.

The Street Nurse program began in March 2016 as a collaboration between Sacramento-based Sutter Health and WellSpace Health, a community health center.

Some 5,000 city... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, access, care coordination

Metro Health's trauma center also treats the wounds doctors can't fix

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Cleveland-based Metro Health’s trauma center doesn’t just treat a patient’s gunshot wounds. It also helps the patient avoid getting hurt again.

The health system has partnered with a number of Cleveland social service agencies to counsel victims of gun violence and connect them with services to try to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder

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project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

Patients showed up in Christiana Care Health System’s emergency department (ED) with illnesses caused by substance use disorders. The ED team knew they needed help for more than the strokes, broken limbs, high blood pressure and seizures.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

A hospital's garden helps feed food-insecure families

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hospital-gardenThe community garden at Arkansas Children’s Hospital nourishes not only crops but also hungry families.

The Little Rock hospital collaborated with the local university and community organizations to open the garden in 2016. “We wanted to engage the community and to get produce in the hands of those who... read more

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

ED intervention for drug abusers who overdose

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project-pointProject POINT – Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone and Treatment – is Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health’s response to the surge in emergency department (ED) patients who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.

Funded by the Eskenazi Health Foundation and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the... read more

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

Community conversations

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America’s hospitals take a lot of pride in staying close to their communities. We like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of the people we serve. Much of what we do to stay in touch is centered on “telling our story,” letting people know what we are doing and why.

Given the challenges facing... read more

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

Street Medicine volunteers bring care and support to Sioux City's homeless

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street-medicine-mercy-hospitalHealth care volunteers with big hearts and high hopes last March brought “Street Medicine” to the homeless of Sioux City, Iowa.

Every Monday and Thursday evening the team of 16 volunteers from Mercy Medical Center, Siouxland Community Health Center and Sunnybrook Community Church go to shelters, food... read more

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

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