U.S. death rate from Alzheimer's disease up 55% since 1999

AHA News Now

The U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased 55% between 1999 and 2014, to 25.4 per 100,000 population, according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Possible reasons for the increase include the growing older population; increases in diagnosis at... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Stable housing for elderly residents

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elderly-housingThe struggle to maintain safe and affordable housing dims the luster of the golden years for many older Americans.

It’s a struggle that “affects seniors’ ability to remain independent and enjoy a high quality of life,” says Janet Hunko, director of the University of Michigan Health System’s Housing... read more

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

HRET infographic highlights 2016 achievements

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a snapshot of 2016 achievements from its work with national, state and regional partners to advance health in America through high-reliability organizations, emerging models of care, population health and team-based care. For more on... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, population health, Community health

A helping hand for elderly patients returning home

AHA News

aurora-westAurora West Allis (WI) Medical Center knew that many of its most chronically ill Medicare patients struggled when they returned home following discharge from the hospital.

The medical center in suburban Milwaukee looked for a way to make sure these frail elderly patients got hands-on coaching and support... read more

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

CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 23 webinar for hospital epidemiologists on resource management and priority setting during infectious disease outbreaks. Part of an Outbreak Response Training Program developed by CDC with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, preparedness

Study estimates potential cost of Zika in certain states, scenarios

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A Zika outbreak that infected from 0.01% to 10% of the population in six U.S. states could cost from $183 million to $10.3 billion, researchers estimate in a study reported last week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study estimates direct medical costs, Medicaid costs and productivity losses for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicaid, preparedness, Zika

CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, population health

More Americans aware of their high blood pressure

AHA News Now

An estimated 16% of adults with high blood pressure in 2011-2014 did not know it, a 46% decline since 1999-2002, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uninsured adults, Asian and Hispanic adults, adults under age 40, and men were more likely to be unaware... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, prevention

Advancing health equity is part of Henry Ford Health System's deep-rooted community connections

AHA News

The AHA Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) commitment to advancing health equity and fostering diversity is one reason why AHA board member Wright Lassiter III joined the organization as system president in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community Connections, equity, culture of safety, governance, leadership

Homeless patient's best prescription is permanent housing, says UI-Hospital

AHA News

Chronically homeless patients account for most of Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital (UI-Hospital) and Health Sciences System’s so-called “super users” of medical care. Health care costs consumed by super users are five to 15 times the average patient’s cost of care, says CEO Avijit Ghosh, M.D.... read more

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

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