National Influenza Vaccination Week Twitter chat tomorrow

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The AHA’s United Against the Flu Campaign will host a Twitter chat Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. ET as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Featuring AHA Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O., the chat will emphasize the continued benefit of flu vaccination in December and beyond. Participate or... read more

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

Study: Even light smokers at higher risk of earlier death

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People who smoke an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime have a 64% higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, and those who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk, according to a study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute published ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

Indiana health care, business community join forces to improve public health

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Indiana hospitals today joined with others in the health care and business community to launch the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana, which will work to address key public health challenges, beginning with tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable death in the state. Other key health issues for the... read more

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

Tanner Health's Get Healthy, Live Well grows strong roots in rural communities

AHA News

Fried chicken is out at Antioch Baptist Church’s Sunday and Wednesday night dinners – replaced by lots of vegetables, baked chicken and fruit.

“When you look at your health and spiritual side, if you can get those two in synch, it makes life worth living,” says Rev. Vincent Dortch, pastor of the church... read more

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

CDC: Adult cigarette smoking rate declines over decade

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About 15% of adults smoked cigarettes in 2015, down from about 17% in 2014 and 21% in 2005, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette smoking rates were higher among men than women, Native Americans than other racial and ethnic groups, and those with less... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

Voters approve Medicaid, marijuana ballot initiatives, reject 'single-payer'

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California voters yesterday approved a ballot initiative sponsored by the California Hospital Association to make permanent the state’s Medicaid hospital fee program and the limit on the amount the state can take for the general fund. Voters also approved CHA-supported initiatives to raise tax revenue for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, population health, Community health, Coverage, Medicaid

AHA-IFD webinar Nov. 8 on engaging Native American communities on health

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In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, the AHA and Institute for Diversity in Health Management will host a Nov. 8 webinar on the unique health challenges faced by Native Americans. Leaders from Regional Health in Rapid City, SD, will discuss the health system’s outreach and engagement... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, equity

How one hospital is applying public health interventions in effort to curb gun violence

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Discovering that people treated for gunshot wounds in your hospital are 21 times more likely to get shot again and wind up back in the hospital is a disturbing statistic. It disturbed Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and the city of Seattle enough to launch a pilot gun violence-intervention program at... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections

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