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

Take action to fight the flu

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One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

Promoting a nutritious diet inside and outside the hospital

AHA News

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

CDC: More adults walking for transportation, leisure

AHA News Now

An estimated 65% of women and 63% of men reported walking for transportation or leisure in 2015, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 57% and 54%, respectively, in 2005. Walking, which like other physical activity can reduce chronic... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, equity, prevention

More Americans aware of their high blood pressure

AHA News Now

An estimated 16% of adults with high blood pressure in 2011-2014 did not know it, a 46% decline since 1999-2002, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uninsured adults, Asian and Hispanic adults, adults under age 40, and men were more likely to be unaware... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, population health, nurses, prevention

CDC updates pre-pandemic planning guidance

AHA News Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday issued updated guidance on using non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease and exposure during a flu pandemic. The guidance incorporates the latest scientific evidence and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, new and updated... read more

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

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

AHA News Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

CDC: Diabetes on rise among children, teens

AHA News Now

New diabetes cases among youths increased 4.8% a year for type 2 and 1.8% a year for type 1 between 2002 and 2012, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. New type 2 cases increased most sharply in Native Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and African... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, population health, equity, prevention

CDC updates HPV estimates

AHA News Now

An estimated 42.5% of adults under age 60 had genital human papillomavirus (HPV) in 2013-2014, while 7.3% of adults under 70 had oral HPV, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. About 23% of genital... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

Report presents national strategy to eliminate hepatitis B and C

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A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a strategy to reduce hepatitis B and C as a public health problem by 2030. The report calls for a coordinated federal effort to eliminate viral hepatitis, including working with states to build a comprehensive system... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, prevention

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