CMS provides update on efforts to help those affected by CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has provided an update on a number of actions the agency has taken to help individuals and providers affected by the California wildfires. Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan Oct. 15 declared a public health emergency in California,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

Hospitals treat victims from Las Vegas mass shooting

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Area hospitals treated victims from a mass shooting at an outdoor concert last night in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured. According to news reports, University Medical Center, which has Nevada’s only level 1 trauma center, treated more than 100 patients; Dignity Health-St.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

AHA guide examines 10 successful hospital-community partnerships

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A new resource from AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust shows how 10 hospitals and health systems partnered with their communities to build a culture of health and improve health outcomes. The diverse communities, part of an HRET learning collaborative, range from Chicago and San Diego to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

CDC: Illicit opioids key contributor to overdose deaths

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Death rates involving heroin increased in all Census regions between 2006 and 2015, driven in part by increases in heroin supplies after 2010 and heroin mixed with illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths involving... read more

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

Trump to declare national emergency on opioid abuse

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President Trump yesterday said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, and he is instructing the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis. "The opioid crisis is an emergency and I'm saying officially right now it is an emergency," Trump told... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: opioids

AHA's HRET to host Aug. 24 webinar on fostering hospital-community partnerships

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust Aug. 24 will host a webinar to share actionable strategies and lessons learned for cultivating successful hospital-community partnerships to build a cultural of health. Leaders from Sinai Health System in Chicago and St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, ME,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

ACHI announces call for proposals for 2018 national conference

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The AHA’s Association for Community Health Improvement is accepting proposals for breakout sessions and posters for its 15th Annual National Conference. The conference, to be held March 14-16, 2018 in Atlanta, will focus on the theme “Be the Bridge” and will seek to help participants foster connections... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

FDA to expand campaign to focus on prevention of youth e-cigarette use

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced it would pursue a strategic, new public health education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems by kids. The agency plans to expand its “The Real Cost” public education campaign to include... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community health

SAMHSA reports decline in non-medical use of pain relievers

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An estimated 4.3% of Americans reported using prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year when surveyed in 2012 to 2014, down from 4.6% in 2010 to 2012, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Estimates by state ranged from 3.4% in... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, opioids

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