Report examines cost of community violence

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Community violence cost U.S. hospitals and health systems an estimated $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a new report prepared for the AHA by Milliman. Specifically, the authors found that hospitals and health systems spent $1.1 billion on security and training to prevent violence in hospitals; $852... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

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

AHA News

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

Children's Mercy Hospital gives checkups to homes of young asthma patients

AHA News

mercy-hospital-homeWhen a patient shows up at Children’s Mercy Hospital suffering from a severe asthma attack, the hospital is ready to do more than just treat the illness. The child’s home may get a checkup as well.

A team of environmental health specialists from the Kansas City, Mo.-based hospital’s toxicology and... read more

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

SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers

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An estimated 4.3% of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6% in 2010 to 2012, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4% in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, opioids

Deaconess Health System sees opportunity to help homeless heal and recover

AHA News

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

AHA News

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

AHA NOVA Award winners announced

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Five hospital-led partnerships to improve community health will receive AHA NOVA Awards July 29 at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The winning programs are: Palmetto Health’s Dental Health Initiative in Columbia, SC; Memorial Healthcare System’s Healthy Youth Transitions in Hollywood, FL.; CHI St.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, awards

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

AHA News

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

CDC: More adults walking for transportation, leisure

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An estimated 65% of women and 63% of men reported walking for transportation or leisure in 2015, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 57% and 54%, respectively, in 2005. Walking, which like other physical activity can reduce chronic... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

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