Housing with Dignity puts homeless on path to stability, better health

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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

Hallmark Health program bridges OUD patients' 'recovery gap'

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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

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

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.

Deborah... read more

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

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

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

ED intervention for drug abusers who overdose

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project-pointProject POINT – Planned Outreach, Intervention, Naloxone and Treatment – is Indianapolis-based Eskenazi Health’s response to the surge in emergency department (ED) patients who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.

Funded by the Eskenazi Health Foundation and the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, the... read more

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

Children's Mercy Hospital gives checkups to homes of young asthma patients

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mercy-hospital-homeWhen a patient shows up at Children’s Mercy Hospital suffering from a severe asthma attack, the hospital is ready to do more than just treat the illness. The child’s home may get a checkup as well.

A team of environmental health specialists from the Kansas City, Mo.-based hospital’s toxicology and... read more

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

Winona Health's Community Care Network reaches at-risk residents

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Minnesota City resident Tom Ailing’s life turned around when he joined Winona (Minn.) Health’s Community Care Network (CCN) program three years ago.

The 64-year-old retiree suffers from diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and neuropathy – illnesses that used to send him to the... read more

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

Homeless patient's best prescription is permanent housing, says UI-Hospital

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Chronically homeless patients account for most of Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital (UI-Hospital) and Health Sciences System’s so-called “super users” of medical care. Health care costs consumed by super users are five to 15 times the average patient’s cost of care, says CEO Avijit Ghosh, M.D.... read more

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

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