CDC: Youth tobacco use down in 2016

AHA News Now

The number of middle and high school students reporting current tobacco use dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current use of electronic cigarettes decreased among middle school students and use... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

NJ hospitals provide $2.75 billion a year in community benefits

AHA News Now

New Jersey hospitals and health systems provided $2.75 billion in community benefits beyond health care services in 2015, according to a new report from the New Jersey Hospital Association. These contributions include free and discounted health care services, community health improvement programs,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

SAMHSA reports on behavioral health, treatment trends

AHA News Now

About 12.5 million U.S. residents reported misusing prescription pain relievers in 2015, according to a report released today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More than half of them obtained their most recently misused pain reliever from a friend or relative, notes the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Health care safety net for the homeless

AHA News

The St. Bernadette Community Clinic is a health care safety net for the homeless and needy residents living in economically depressed neighborhoods of downtown Lafayette, La.

For 22 years, it has provided free primary and dental care to the homeless, those living in shelters, the poor and uninsured or... read more

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

AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D., describes the hospital of the future

AHA News

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

 

The hospital and health system field is moving from its traditional role as a “repair shop for disease” to serving as an agent for building healthier communities, says AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D.

In coming years,... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, governance, leadership, members

Join the Hospitals Against Violence campaign

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All social and community ills seem to eventually find their way to the hospital. Certainly the results of violence do.

On June 9, Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday will focus national attention on hospitals’ efforts to end violence with a digital media campaign – shared tweets, posted... read more

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

Community Health Improvement Week

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Keeping people healthy makes a lot more sense than treating them once they become ill. That’s why hospitals are increasingly engaged in health improvement strategies to build healthier communities and complement the health care they deliver.

To raise awareness and increase understanding of community... read more

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

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

AHA News

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

Addressing behavioral health

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As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

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