Boston Medical Center makes healthy food part of patients' medical care

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) has taken to heart Hippocrates 2,500-year-old dictum: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

BMC’s preventive food pantry makes access to nutritious food part of the medical care for low-income patients and families who don’t always get enough to eat.

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Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H, chronic conditions

Project SEARCH opens employers' eyes to what young people with disabilities can do

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project-searchMore than 20 years ago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center nurse Erin Riehle came up with a novel idea for addressing her hospital’s workforce needs.

Riehle, then the emergency department’s (ED) nursing director, wondered if she could train people with developmental disabilities to fill some... read more

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

Tackling the opioid crisis in a rural community

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opiod-crisisOne death a day in Maine is caused by an opioid overdose. Bridgton family practice physician Craig Smith, M.D., a member of the Bridgton Hospital medical staff, is on the front line in the battle against the crisis that is harming people of all ages and all walks of life – not just in Maine but in... read more

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

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

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lots-of-gardens“Food is medicine,” says Bill Monahan, a registered nurse and outreach coordinator for 19-bed Grace Cottage Hospital in Townsend, Vt. The hospital buys nearly 40% of its food from local sources to provide a more nutritious patient diet.

But it’s not just people inside the hospital who benefit from this... read more

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

'Behavioral vaccine' for teen depression

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Can an online prevention program keep mental health problems at bay among teens who are already at risk of suffering from severe depression?

A team at the University of Illinois Medical Center hopes so, and has spent more than a decade developing and testing the best way to teach coping strategies to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

"Street Nurse" brings care to the homeless

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street-nurseAmanda Buccina, R.N., is the “Street Nurse” of Sacramento, Calif. She spends every workday caring for the city’s homeless residents.

The Street Nurse program began in March 2016 as a collaboration between Sacramento-based Sutter Health and WellSpace Health, a community health center.

Some 5,000 city... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, access, care coordination

Metro Health's trauma center also treats the wounds doctors can't fix

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Cleveland-based Metro Health’s trauma center doesn’t just treat a patient’s gunshot wounds. It also helps the patient avoid getting hurt again.

The health system has partnered with a number of Cleveland social service agencies to counsel victims of gun violence and connect them with services to try to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, care coordination

Vietnamese Health Project is a bridge to better care

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For more than 20 years, Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center’s Vietnamese Health Project has been a bridge between the city’s more than 5,000 Vietnamese residents and health care.

The project addresses cultural and language differences to break down barriers to better care for an immigrant... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, Community health, equity, access

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

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project-engageTerry Horton, M.D., saw an opportunity for early intervention. 

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.... read more

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

A hospital's garden helps feed food-insecure families

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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

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