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

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

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Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

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More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Community conversations

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America’s hospitals take a lot of pride in staying close to their communities. We like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of the people we serve. Much of what we do to stay in touch is centered on “telling our story,” letting people know what we are doing and why.

Given the challenges facing... read more

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

Volunteers Working to Combat Violence in Communities

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The commitment to address and work to end violence in our communities and hospitals is a priority for all members of the hospital staff and care teams. Often, our volunteer workforce is on the front lines confronting these incidences of violence.

With summer now upon us, and as temperatures rise,... read more

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

Advancing health equity is part of Henry Ford Health System's deep-rooted community connections

AHA News

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

 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) commitment to advancing health equity and fostering diversity is one reason why AHA board member Wright Lassiter III joined the organization as system president in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community Connections, equity, culture of safety, governance, leadership

How one hospital is applying public health interventions in effort to curb gun violence

AHA News

Discovering that people treated for gunshot wounds in your hospital are 21 times more likely to get shot again and wind up back in the hospital is a disturbing statistic. It disturbed Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and the city of Seattle enough to launch a pilot gun violence-intervention program at... read more

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

South Philadelphia's immigrants have a bridge to better health - and life

AHA News

Thousands of uninsured Latino and other immigrants in South Philadelphia’s low-income neighborhoods go to Puentes de Salud (Bridges to Health) for health care, wellness – and hope of a better life.

Since 2003, Puentes has provided low-cost primary health care, plus a range of social and educational... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

AHA Honors 2016 Award Winners

AHA News

At last week’s AHA Annual Membership Meeting, the association recognized people and organizations that improve America’s health care. Among the major awards presented at the meeting were:

The Distinguished Service Award. The AHA’s highest honor was presented to William Petasnick, who served as AHA... read more

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

Massachusetts General Hospital receives Foster McGaw Prize

AHA News

Foster McGaw

Foster McGaw Prize recipient. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston received the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service May 3 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. Pictured here are Massachusetts General Hospital President and CEO Peter Slavin, M.D., and AHA Immediate Past... read more

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

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