Reminder: Organizations invited to apply for 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize

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The AHA, along with Baxter International Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, is accepting applications through April 7 for the 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The prize honors health care organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service. Applicants should... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: awards

CT hospitals report on community benefits

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Connecticut hospitals invested $1.6 billion in community benefit activities in 2015, according to a new report by the Connecticut Hospital Association. The total includes Medicare and Medicaid underpayments, uncompensated care, community services and other programs to advance community health.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, Community benefit, Community health, Medicaid, uncompensated care

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

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The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

A... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

CDC: Infant mortality rates decline over decade for most racial/ethnic groups

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U.S. infant mortality declined between 2005 and 2014 for all major racial and ethnic groups except American Indians/Alaska Natives, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates declined 21% among Asian/Pacific Islander women, 20% among black women, 15% among white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, infant health

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

National Nutrition Month

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The word hunger calls to mind thin starving children. But in America today the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, obese children are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of food – foods that are dense in calories, but nutritionally poor.

National Nutrition... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, members, chronic conditions

Hospitals add 6,300 jobs in February

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Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.12% in February to a seasonally adjusted 5,085,000 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That's 6,300 more people than in January and 104,000 more than a year ago. Without the seasonal adjustment, which removes the effect of fluctuations due... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: workforce

Hospitals come together to make the "healthy choice the easy choice" in Montana's Yellowstone County

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Competitors in Billings, Mont., came together more than 20 years ago to collaborate for a healthier community in what the AHA has described as an example of a “second generation” strategy for improving population health.

Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health – the local health... read more

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

Study looks at dietary links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes mortality

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Nearly half of deaths due to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 were associated with suboptimal intake of certain foods and nutrients, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The largest numbers were related to high sodium,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

Minnesota hospitals report on community benefits

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Minnesota hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.5 billion in programs and services to benefit the health of their communities in 2015, a 3.6% increase from 2014, according to a new report by the Minnesota Hospital Association. “Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems partner with their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

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