Memorial Hermann's dental care on wheels gives brighter smiles to underserved kids

AHA News

The number one childhood disease isn’t leukemia or allergies or even asthma. It’s dental disease, according to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

It is preventable, but, of course, only if the child sees a dentist. More kids are in Houston because of a partnership between Memorial Hermann... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

Living its values earns rural hospital the AHA's Living the Vision award

AHA News

CEO Tom Crowley says Saint Elizabeth Medical Center’s efforts to create a culture of wellness throughout rural Wabasha County, Minn., is a way for the 20-bed critical access hospital to achieve its mission and live its values.

“It is a very important part of our ministry,” Crowley says. “It has been... read more

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

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

AHA News

Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

ES teams benefit from AHE's new certification program

AHA News

Health care organizations are giving high marks to the Association for Healthcare Environment (AHE), an AHA personal membership group, for its certification program that validates environmental services (ES) technicians’ competencies and skill. 

They say the certification program – Certified... read more

Topic: Community Health

Hospital leaders share equity and diversity strategies at AHA-Joint Commission forum

AHA News

More than 50 health care leaders discussed strategies to improve health equity and eliminate health care disparities at an AHA-Joint Commission summit Sept. 16 in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.  

“Pinpointing why disparities in care exist and eliminating them must be a priority in every health care... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity

Long-term investment in depressed community brings positive returns

AHA News

When Bon Secours Hampton Roads (Va.) Health System’s healthy community initiative began in Norfolk’s East Ocean View neighborhood seven years ago, the prospects for reviving this coastal southeastern Virginia community of 4,500 residents seemed bleak.

Once a destination for beach and amusement... read more

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

Spectrum Health-led partnership gets infants off to a healthier start

AHA News

Community leaders called the 2003 report a wakeup call for Michigan’s Kent County. The county’s Infant Fetal Mortality Review reported an exceptionally high black infant mortality rate: 22.4 deaths per 1,000 births, the highest black infant mortality rate of any municipality in the state.

“That... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community Connections

Keeping teens from being repeat victims of gunshot, knife wounds

AHA News

Mark Gestring, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center (URMC), was fed up seeing teenagers arrive at the trauma center to be treated for gunshot or knife wounds, only to return weeks or months later with more serious or fatal injuries.

He was fed up, but he didn’t give... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections

2016 AHA award winners honored at Leadership Summit

AHA News

The 2016 Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit, held July 17-19 in San Diego, brought together health care leaders to discuss ways to transform the delivery system for better quality and value; improve alignment between providers, physicians and payers; and achieve greater clinical integration. The... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tag: awards

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