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

AHA to reschedule Sept. 25 Hospitals Against Violence webinar

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Sept. 25 Hospitals Against Violence webinar on “Caring for our Caregivers” will be rescheduled for a later date. The AHA apologizes for any inconvenience and hopes those registered can participate when the event is rescheduled. For more information, contact Laura Castellanos at ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

Beyond the Four Walls

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Helping patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to better health by building partnerships that improve the community’s health will be critical to hospitals’ and health systems’ ability to continue to carry the promise of help, hope and healing. The good news is how population health strategies and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, Behavioral health

AHA guide offers housing strategies to improve community health

AHA News Now

A new resource from the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and Association for Community Health Improvement highlights innovative strategies that hospitals and health systems are using to promote safe and stable housing for vulnerable populations. “The links between housing and health are clear:... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: socioeconomic status, Community health

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

Playbook offers strategies for effective hospital-community partnerships

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a new resource to help hospitals partner with their communities to achieve a culture of health. Developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the “playbook” outlines strategies and lessons learned from 10 strong... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

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

Report examines cost of community violence

AHA News Now

Community violence cost U.S. hospitals and health systems an estimated $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a new report prepared for the AHA by Milliman. Specifically, the authors found that hospitals and health systems spent $1.1 billion on security and training to prevent violence in hospitals; $852... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community health

AHA releases community conversations resource

AHA News Now

The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

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

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