Removing scars of domestic violence from its youngest victims

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No child is too young to avoid being scarred by domestic violence or abuse, says Cynthia Arreola, who manages New York Presbyterian Hospital’s program for treating the youngest victims of abuse.

“We know even when very young children are exposed to traumatic events, the effects can be harmful and... read more

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

Beth Greenhouse plants seeds for community's health and wellness

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Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center’s “Beth Greenhouse” is planting the seeds for better health in some of the city’s most food-insecure neighborhoods.

The hospital created an urban garden, farmer’s market and a three-acre hydroponic greenhouse that opened last year as part of its community wellness... read more

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

One hospital's prescription for fighting hunger

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teaching-kitchenOne way Providence Milwaukie (Ore.) Hospital tackles food insecurity and hunger in its community is by writing “prescriptions” for healthy meals and cooking classes.

The hospital last year opened a “community teaching kitchen” and “food pharmacy” on its campus to teach patients how to prepare recipes... read more

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

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

Dusk to Dawn teaches youth that better decisions can save lives

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Omaha’s University of Nebraska Medical Center hopes it can change how at-risk youth think about violence by showing them what happens to gunshot victims inside the emergency department.

The medical center last April teamed up with Nebraska Medicine to launch “Dusk to Dawn,” a program designed for 12- to... read more

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

Hospital-led "Indy HeartBeat" program looks to curb youth violence

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Hospitals don’t need to be the last link in the violence chain and simply patch up victims, says Dannielle Gilyan, Eskenazi Health’s injury prevention coordinator in Indianapolis, Ind. Like her organization, she says they can work in their communities to prevent people from ever becoming victims of... read more

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

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

Project SEARCH opens employers' eyes to what young people with disabilities can do

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project-searchMore than 20 years ago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center nurse Erin Riehle came up with a novel idea for addressing her hospital’s workforce needs.

Riehle, then the emergency department’s (ED) nursing director, wondered if she could train people with developmental disabilities to fill some... read more

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

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

"Street Nurse" brings care to the homeless

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street-nurseAmanda Buccina, R.N., is the “Street Nurse” of Sacramento, Calif. She spends every workday caring for the city’s homeless residents.

The Street Nurse program began in March 2016 as a collaboration between Sacramento-based Sutter Health and WellSpace Health, a community health center.

Some 5,000 city... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Caregivers, access, care coordination

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