Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month


How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.

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Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, leadership

Heroin use disorders triple over decade

AHA News Now

About 1.6% of U.S. adults reported using heroin at some point in their life when surveyed in 2012-2013, with 0.7% meeting the criteria for a heroin use disorder, according to a study published online this week by JAMA Psychiatry. That’s up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001-2002, the study found.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, opioids

ACHI releases enhanced community health assessment toolkit

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement has updated its Community Health Assessment Toolkit to offer a nine-step pathway to a robust and community-engaged health assessment process. All nonprofit hospitals complete community health needs assessments every three years, a systematic process... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

Report: Oregon hospitals contribute $9.6 billion to state's economy

AHA News Now

Oregon community hospitals provide or support 117,000 jobs and contribute $9.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to a report released today by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “Today’s report shows the continued importance of Oregon’s community hospitals to the well-being... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce

Report presents national strategy to eliminate hepatitis B and C

AHA News Now

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a strategy to reduce hepatitis B and C as a public health problem by 2030. The report calls for a coordinated federal effort to eliminate viral hepatitis, including working with states to build a comprehensive system... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

CDC reports on adult risk for hip and other fractures

AHA News Now

An estimated 19% of adults aged 50 and older have an elevated risk for a hip fracture in the next 10 years, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 8% have an elevated risk for a fracture of the spine, forearm, hip or humerus, the authors estimate.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

New AHA Hospitals Against Violence resource available

AHA News Now

In a new podcast hosted by AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals Against Violence initiative, Carilion Clinic Chief Medical Officer Patrice Weiss, M.D., shares how the Roanoke, VA, health care organization is working with others in the community to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. For... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Reminder: Organizations invited to apply for 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize

AHA News Now

The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 7 for the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

CT hospitals report on community benefits

AHA News Now

Connecticut hospitals invested $1.6 billion in community benefit activities in 2015, according to a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The total includes Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, uncompensated care, community services and other programs to advance community health.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Community health, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

AHA News

The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

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Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

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