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

AHA News

project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., called it a “missed opportunity.”

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. But it... read more

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

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

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After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize,... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

CDC issues national, state-level data on epilepsy

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An estimated 1.2% of Americans, including 3 million adults and 470,000 children, had active epilepsy in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2.3 million adults in 2010 and 450,000 children in 2007, CDC said. Total estimates by state ranged... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse

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President Trump yesterday said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, and he is instructing the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis. "The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency," Trump told... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

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

AHA's HRET to host Aug. 24 webinar on fostering hospital-community partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust Aug. 24 will host a webinar to share actionable strategies and lessons learned for cultivating successful hospital-community partnerships to build a cultural of health. Leaders from Sinai Health System in Chicago and St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, ME,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

ACHI announces call for proposals for 2018 national conference

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The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement is accepting proposals for breakout sessions and posters for its 15th Annual National Conference. The conference, to be held March 14-16, 2018 in Atlanta, will focus on the theme “Be the Bridge” and will seek to help participants foster connections... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

A hospital's garden helps feed food-insecure families

AHA News

hospital-gardenThe community garden at Arkansas Children’s Hospital nourishes not only crops but also hungry families.

The Little Rock hospital collaborated with the local university and community organizations to open the garden in 2016. “We wanted to engage the community and to get produce in the hands of those who... read more

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

FDA to expand campaign to focus on prevention of youth e-cigarette use

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced it would pursue a strategic, new public health education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems by kids. The agency plans to expand its “The Real Cost” public education campaign to include... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

Partnerships for building a culture of health

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) affiliate recently released a resource that points the way towards building those types of partnerships. HRET’s “playbook,” developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, outlines strategies and lessons learned from 10 strong... read more

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

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