Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

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It can be daunting for patients suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD) to figure out how to get into treatment and find the resources that can help set them on the road to recovery.

That’s why Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital – part of Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health –... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, opioids

November is National Diabetes Month

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November is National Diabetes Month, and all kinds of events are planned on the local and national levels to bring attention to the burgeoning epidemic. Hospitals and health systems are working with their communities to sponsor screenings, informational sessions, fund-raising walks and healthy-living... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, chronic conditions

HRSA awards grants for HIV/AIDS care, medications

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The Health Resources and Services Administration this week awarded cities, states and community-based organizations $2.36 billion in fiscal year 2017 grants to support medical and support services, including medications, for people with HIV/AIDS. "The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays a critical role in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: chronic conditions

Boston Medical Center makes healthy food part of patients' medical care

AHA News

Boston Medical Center (BMC) has taken to heart Hippocrates 2,500-year-old dictum: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

BMC’s preventive food pantry makes access to nutritious food part of the medical care for low-income patients and families who don’t always get enough to eat.

Deborah... read more

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

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

AHA News Now

A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

Tackling the opioid crisis in a rural community

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opiod-crisisOne death a day in Maine is caused by an opioid overdose. Bridgton family practice physician Craig Smith, M.D., a member of the Bridgton Hospital medical staff, is on the front line in the battle against the crisis that is harming people of all ages and all walks of life – not just in Maine but in... read more

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

Project Engage seizes 'reachable moment' to treat substance use disorder

AHA News

project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

Patients showed up in Christiana Care Health System’s emergency department (ED) with illnesses caused by substance use disorders. The ED team knew they needed help for more than the strokes, broken limbs, high blood pressure and seizures.... read more

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

ED intervention for drug abusers who overdose

AHA News

project-pointProject POINT – Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone and Treatment – is Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health’s response to the surge in emergency department (ED) patients who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.

Funded by the Eskenazi Health Foundation and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the... read more

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

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

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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

CDC: Over 100 million Americans had diabetes or prediabetes in 2015

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An estimated 12.2% of U.S. adults had diabetes in 2015, including one in four aged 65 and older, according to the latest national estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-quarter of the 30.2 million adults with diabetes were not aware they had it, based on data from... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, chronic conditions, prevention

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