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

AHA News

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

CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

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The combined number of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases reached a record high in 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week. Primary and secondary syphilis cases grew 19% to nearly 24,000, including a 6% increase among newborns, CDC said. Gonorrhea cases grew 13% to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

Memorial Hermann's dental care on wheels gives brighter smiles to underserved kids

AHA News

The number one childhood disease isn’t leukemia or allergies or even asthma. It’s dental disease, according to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

It is preventable, but, of course, only if the child sees a dentist. More kids are in Houston because of a partnership between Memorial Hermann... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

CDC: Breast cancer death rates falling, but disparities remain

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Breast cancer death rates fell an average 1.9% annually for white women and 1.5% annually for black women between 2010 and 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday. While death rates declined at the same pace for white and black women under age 50, they fell faster for white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity

South Dallas center hailed as new model of care for fighting diabetes

AHA News

Diabetes has long been health care enemy number one in the South Dallas neighborhood of Frazier, where 60% of residents are unemployed and 33% live below the poverty level. State health statistics reported in 2010 that Frazier residents were nearly three times more likely to die of diabetes than anywhere... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, awards, care coordination

Providers invest in Oregon project to support affordable housing, health care access

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Six Oregon health care organizations will invest $21.5 million in an innovative partnership to support affordable housing and health care access in Portland: Adventist Health Portland; CareOregon; Kaiser Permanente Northwest; Legacy Health; OHSU and Providence Health & Services – Oregon. The project will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

World leaders agree on action to combat antimicrobial resistance

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Members of the United Nations yesterday committed to concerted action to address antimicrobial resistance. In a draft political declaration to be transmitted to the General Assembly for adoption, they agreed to develop national action plans on antimicrobial resistance in line with the World Health... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

CDC: 28% of adults aged 50 or older get no exercise beyond daily life activities

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About 28% of U.S. adults aged 50 or older reported getting no physical activity outside of work in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday. Inactivity increased with age, from 25% of adults under age 65 to 35% of adults age 75 or older. Inactivity outside work was higher... read more

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

National Academies report calls for action to eliminate avoidable vision impairment

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The number of Americans with uncorrectable vision impairment could double by 2050 unless efforts are made to slow the progression and severity of many common age-related eye diseases and conditions, according to a report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: population health

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