Street Medicine volunteers bring care and support to Sioux City's homeless

AHA News

street-medicine-mercy-hospitalHealth care volunteers with big hearts and high hopes last March brought “Street Medicine” to the homeless of Sioux City, Iowa.

Every Monday and Thursday evening the team of 16 volunteers from Mercy Medical Center, Siouxland Community Health Center and Sunnybrook Community Church go to shelters, food... read more

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

Health care champions


This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

Children's Mercy Hospital gives checkups to homes of young asthma patients

AHA News

mercy-hospital-homeWhen a patient shows up at Children’s Mercy Hospital suffering from a severe asthma attack, the hospital is ready to do more than just treat the illness. The child’s home may get a checkup as well.

A team of environmental health specialists from the Kansas City, Mo.-based hospital’s toxicology and... read more

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

How Hospitals Are Benefiting the Communities They Serve


POLITICO’s recent piece on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on non-profit hospitals is an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the situation hospitals currently face and the benefits they provide.

First and foremost, the piece takes a narrow view of community benefits and fails to account for... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers

AHA News Now

An estimated 4.3% of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6% in 2010 to 2012, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4% in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, opioids

Deaconess Health System sees opportunity to help homeless heal and recover

AHA News

deaconess-volunteersDeaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., grappled with how to get homeless patients the supportive services that could help them stay healthier in the community and reduce their frequent visits to the emergency department (ED). The solution was to partner on a Homeless Medical Respite Program that has... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health

Pioneering program seeks to keep young gun victims safe

AHA News

crossfire-staffThe Oakland, Calif.-based “Caught in the Crossfire” program doesn’t view at-risk youth as the cause of the violence that plagues their distressed urban communities, says program director Kyndra Simmons. Rather, she says they are the solution.

That idea spawned Caught in the Crossfire, started in 1994 as... read more

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

Leading the way on equitable care


Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members

Winona Health's Community Care Network reaches at-risk residents

AHA News

Minnesota City resident Tom Ailing’s life turned around when he joined Winona (Minn.) Health’s Community Care Network (CCN) program three years ago.

The 64-year-old retiree suffers from diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and neuropathy – illnesses that used to send him to the... read more

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

Integrated approach to care seen advancing health equity

AHA News

dr-ronald-copelandClose collaboration by physicians, nurses, clinicians and staff across the nation’s largest nonprofit integrated health care system is key to Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente’s success in reducing health care disparities and advancing diversity and inclusion, says Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., Kaiser... read more

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

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