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Health isn’t created by doctors and nurses, but by friendships and families … by good air, food, houses, roads and jobs … by good churches and schools. Because improving health means going beyond hospitals and physicians’ offices, the AHA-affiliated Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

CDC: 54 million U.S. adults have arthritis, 43% of whom report activity limitations

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Nearly one in four U.S. adults report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate includes nearly half of adults with heart disease or diabetes and nearly one-third of adults with obesity, CDC said.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, chronic conditions

CDC reports 20-fold increase in birth defects associated with Zika

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The proportion of U.S. pregnancies with Zika-associated birth defects is about 20 times higher than it was before the virus spread to the Americas, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between Jan. 15 and Sept. 22, 2016, the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, infant health, Zika

AHA honors four hospital volunteer programs

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The AHA on May 8 will present its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence to four extraordinary programs for their positive impact on patients, hospitals, health systems and communities. The recipients are: “Camp Charlie,” Abington-Jefferson Health, Willow Grove, PA; “AOMC Poison Prevention Program,”... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

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For 34 years, the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) have honored exceptional volunteer efforts that provide distinguished service to hospitals, patients and communities. Earlier today we announced our 2017 award recipients, who will be recognized May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community Connections, members

CDC announces workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness

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Beginning this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Ebola Training & Education Center will offer two free training workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness for clinicians, health care workers and public health officials. For details and to register, visit ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, Ebola, nurses, preparedness

Tackling hunger as health care helps revitalize a vulnerable community

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Market on the GreenToledo, Ohio-based ProMedica’s attention to hunger as a health issue has spurred on an ambitious effort to end food insecurity and poverty in one of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Near downtown Toledo, ProMedica – supported by philanthropist Russell Ebeid – opened in December 2015 the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

Hospitals add $6.8 billion to Iowa economy

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Iowa hospitals generate more than 127,000 jobs that add nearly $6.8 billion to the state's economy, according to a new report from the Iowa Hospital Association. Iowa hospitals directly employ 72,008 people and create another 55,492 jobs outside the hospital sector, the study found. “Through the many... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce

Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

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Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

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