Dec. 14 is first webinar in Dignity Health-HAV series

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The AHA’s Hospitals Against Violence initiative Dec. 14 will host the first in a series of webinars focused on human trafficking led by Holly Austin Gibbs from Dignity Health. This presentation, titled Human Trafficking 101: Dispelling the Myths, will share Dignity Health’s information on and their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community health, prevention

Beth Greenhouse plants seeds for community's health and wellness

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Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center’s “Beth Greenhouse” is planting the seeds for better health in some of the city’s most food-insecure neighborhoods.

The hospital created an urban garden, farmer’s market and a three-acre hydroponic greenhouse that opened last year as part of its community wellness... read more

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

Chair File: Addressing Health Care Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

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By Gene Woods 

Now that our calendars are turned to December and 2018 is drawing closer, working together to advance health in America is more critical than ever. The AHA recently released the 2018 Environmental Scan, to highlight trends in health care for 2018 and beyond.

The Scan focuses on several... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, Community health, advocacy, access, leadership, care coordination

CDC: HIV diagnoses occurring more quickly

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HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported, according to a Vital Signs report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, the estimated median time from HIV infection to diagnosis was three years, according to the report. In 2011, the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

FDA warns biotin may interfere with lab tests

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning health care providers that biotin, also known as vitamin B7, can significantly interfere with certain lab tests, resulting in incorrect results that may go undetected. Used in hormone tests and tests for certain cardiac health markers such as troponin due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Participate in Dec. 4 United Against the Flu Twitter chat

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As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the AHA will host a United Against the Flu Twitter chat Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-noon ET. Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, an expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other flu campaign partners will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

AHA HAVE Awards are our way of saying thanks to those who give so much to so many

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Are your hospital’s volunteers teaming up with others in your community to help the people you serve become healthier? Are they working to enhance the public’s trust and confidence in your hospital or health system? Are they taking on a major health problem and helping those who suffer regain their normal... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, awards

One hospital's prescription for fighting hunger

AHA News

teaching-kitchenOne way Providence Milwaukie (Ore.) Hospital tackles food insecurity and hunger in its community is by writing “prescriptions” for healthy meals and cooking classes.

The hospital last year opened a “community teaching kitchen” and “food pharmacy” on its campus to teach patients how to prepare recipes... read more

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

Housing with Dignity puts homeless on path to stability, better health

AHA News

Tony Price frequently visited the emergency department (ED) at Sacramento, Calif.-based Dignity Health while he was living on the streets. At that time, his diabetes was out of control and he drank heavily.

His life didn’t begin to turn around until he tried to commit suicide and spent a week recovering... read more

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

Chairman's File: Recognizing Collaboration for Healthier Communities

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By Gene Woods

Through innovation and collaboration, hospitals and health systems across the country are taking the lead in their community and working to help residents overcome economic and social barriers to health. Every day, I have the pleasure to see and read examples of how health care... read more

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

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