Aligning missions to better serve a refugee community

AHA News

Vickery Meadow is a slice of Northeast Dallas known as the “Little United Nations” because it is home to some 25,000 refugees who speak more than 50 languages.

The annual median income is about $22,000, with many residents working several jobs to eke out a living. Large, extended families are crammed... read more

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

Hospitals are economic engines

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Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Report: Hospitals support 1 in 9 U.S. jobs

AHA News Now

Hospitals supported one in nine U.S. jobs and more than $2.8 trillion in economic activity in 2015, according to the AHA’s latest annual report on hospitals as economic anchors in their communities. Hospitals were one of the top sources of private-sector jobs, directly employing more than 5.7 million... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

'Cradle to Grave' helps at-risk youth understand gritty reality of gun violence

AHA News

Temple University Hospital wants to slow the rate of Philadelphia street killings by helping teenagers understand the gritty reality of gun violence.

Its “Cradle to Grave” program immerses at-risk youth in the last 15 minutes of the life of a 16-year-old boy named Lamont Adams. In 2004, he was shot 14... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Study looks at tobacco use by adults and youth

AHA News Now

Adults under age 25 were more likely to be current tobacco users than older adults in 2013 and 2014, at an estimated 38% and 26%, respectively, according to a study reported this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Among other findings, nearly one in 10 teens had used a tobacco product in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

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

Study: Cancer death rate down 20% since 1980

AHA News Now

The U.S. cancer death rate declined 20.1% between 1980 and 2014, to 192 deaths per 100,000 people, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For many cancers, the study found clusters of counties with higher mortality. “Clusters of breast cancer were... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Study looks at variance in premature death rates

AHA News Now

Premature death rates declined in the U.S. among adult Hispanics, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islanders between 1999 and 2014, mainly due to fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease and HIV, according to a study reported this week in The Lancet. However, rates increased among white and Native American adults,... read more

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

CDC investigating Seoul virus outbreak associated with pet rats

AHA News Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Seoul virus outbreak in pet rats and people exposed to rats at breeding facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois, the agency said in a health advisory this week. Eight people were infected in Wisconsin and Illinois, two of which were... read more

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

KHA: Kansas hospitals boost state economy

AHA News Now

Kansas hospitals directly employ 84,421 people and support more than 74,000 additional jobs in other sectors, according to a new report from the Kansas Hospital Association. This employment generates nearly $9 billion in income, more than $3 billion in retail sales and more than $200 million in sales tax... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

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