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

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

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

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

ED intervention for drug abusers who overdose

AHA News

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

Street Medicine volunteers bring care and support to Sioux City's homeless

AHA News

street-medicine-mercy-hospitalHealth care volunteers with big hearts and high hopes last March brought “Street Medicine” to the homeless of Sioux City, Iowa.

Every Monday and Thursday evening the team of 16 volunteers from Mercy Medical Center, Siouxland Community Health Center and Sunnybrook Community Church go to shelters, food... read more

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

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

AHA News

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

Deaconess Health System sees opportunity to help homeless heal and recover

AHA News

deaconess-volunteersDeaconess Health System in Evansville, Ind., grappled with how to get homeless patients the supportive services that could help them stay healthier in the community and reduce their frequent visits to the emergency department (ED). The solution was to partner on a Homeless Medical Respite Program that has... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health

Pioneering program seeks to keep young gun victims safe

AHA News

crossfire-staffThe Oakland, Calif.-based “Caught in the Crossfire” program doesn’t view at-risk youth as the cause of the violence that plagues their distressed urban communities, says program director Kyndra Simmons. Rather, she says they are the solution.

That idea spawned Caught in the Crossfire, started in 1994 as... read more

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

Leading the way on equitable care

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Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members

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