Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

AHA News Now

Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

Report calls for national strategy to reduce drug, alcohol and suicide deaths

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More than 1 million Americans died from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicides between 2006 and 2015, and another 1.6 million could die over the next decade if the trend continues, according to a report released today by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. “Life expectancy in the country... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Behavioral health, opioids

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

Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

AHA News

It can be daunting for patients suffering from an opioid use disorder (OUD) to figure out how to get into treatment and find the resources that can help set them on the road to recovery.

That’s why Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital – part of Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health –... read more

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

AHA webinar Nov. 17 on improving transportation services for patients

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Learn how Taylor Regional Hospital in Kentucky and Denver Health Medical Center improved transportation to health care for rural and urban residents in need during a Nov. 17 AHA webinar on “Transportation and the Role of Hospitals.” Register here for the 2 p.m. ET webinar, the latest in the AHA’s social... read more

Topic: Community Health

Dusk to Dawn teaches youth that better decisions can save lives

AHA News

Omaha’s University of Nebraska Medical Center hopes it can change how at-risk youth think about violence by showing them what happens to gunshot victims inside the emergency department.

The medical center last April teamed up with Nebraska Medicine to launch “Dusk to Dawn,” a program designed for 12- to... read more

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

United Against the Flu

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Millions of Americans soon will be giving thanks and celebrating Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals also are preparing, but for a different reason. Flu season is upon us.

The AHA again is organizing the United Against the Flu Campaign – a collaborative effort by several... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

November is National Diabetes Month

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November is National Diabetes Month, and all kinds of events are planned on the local and national levels to bring attention to the burgeoning epidemic. Hospitals and health systems are working with their communities to sponsor screenings, informational sessions, fund-raising walks and healthy-living... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, chronic conditions

Apply for 2018 AHA NOVA Award

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As hospitals continue to seek new ways to improve the health of their communities, it’s more important than ever for them to partner with other organizations. The AHA NOVA Award recognizes those innovative collaborations in which hospitals are engaged to bring better health to the populations they... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access, awards, leadership

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