Study: ED visits for self-inflicted injuries surge among girls

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Hospital emergency department visits for self-inflicted injury increased 8.4% per year among females aged 10-24 between 2009 and 2015, with the largest annual increase (18.8%) among girls aged 10 to 14, according to a study reported yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ED visits... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Behavioral health, emergency care

Report calls for national strategy to reduce drug, alcohol and suicide deaths

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More than 1 million Americans died from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicides between 2006 and 2015, and another 1.6 million could die over the next decade if the trend continues, according to a report released today by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. “Life expectancy in the country... read more

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

AHA webinar Nov. 17 on improving transportation services for patients

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Learn how Taylor Regional Hospital in Kentucky and Denver Health Medical Center improved transportation to health care for rural and urban residents in need during a Nov. 17 AHA webinar on “Transportation and the Role of Hospitals.” Register here for the 2 p.m. ET webinar, the latest in the AHA’s social... read more

Topic: Community Health

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

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