Former CDC official to lead RWJF

AHA News Now

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today named as its next president and CEO Richard Besser, M.D., a former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who currently serves as chief health and medical editor for ABC News. Besser will succeed Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., who has led... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: leadership

Reminder: AHA webinar Feb. 15 on promoting a safe workplace culture

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative and its American Society for Healthcare Risk Management will co-host a Feb. 15 webinar on practical strategies for promoting a safe workplace culture. For more information or to register for the 3 p.m. ET webinar, click here.

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

Hospitals care for injured from Louisiana tornadoes

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Louisiana hospitals treated at least 39 people injured after several tornadoes yesterday tore through southeastern portions of the state, according to the Louisiana Hospital Association. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state, where the storm system damaged dozens of homes and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

Better health through all phases of life

AHA News

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities Vice President Kenneth Fawcett, M.D., likens the scope of his organization’s community outreach to the “sun passing from horizon to horizon. We offer support to vulnerable populations through all phases of life.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system works... read more

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

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

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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

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