Boston Medical Center makes healthy food part of patients' medical care

AHA News

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

Homeless patient's best prescription is permanent housing, says UI-Hospital

AHA News

Chronically homeless patients account for most of Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital (UI-Hospital) and Health Sciences System’s so-called “super users” of medical care. Health care costs consumed by super users are five to 15 times the average patient’s cost of care, says CEO Avijit Ghosh, M.D.... read more

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

Hospitals come together to make the "healthy choice the easy choice" in Montana's Yellowstone County

AHA News

Providers in Billings, Mont., came together more than 20 years ago to collaborate for a healthier community in what the AHA has described as an example of a “second generation” strategy for improving population health.

Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health – the local health... read more

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

Tackling hunger as health care helps revitalize a vulnerable community

AHA News

Market on the GreenToledo, Ohio-based ProMedica’s attention to hunger as a health issue has spurred on an ambitious effort to end food insecurity and poverty in one of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Near downtown Toledo, ProMedica – supported by philanthropist Russell Ebeid – opened in December 2015 the... read more

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

Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

AHA News

Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

Better health through all phases of life

AHA News

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities Vice President Kenneth Fawcett, M.D., likens the scope of his organization’s community outreach to the “sun passing from horizon to horizon. We offer support to vulnerable populations through all phases of life.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based health system works... read more

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

Vanessa Ervin advocates for better behavioral health care

AHA News

The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Like hospital and health system leaders across the country, AHA board member Vanessa Ervin has serious concerns about Congress repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without enacting replacement legislation that... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Redefining the H, leadership, members, Behavioral health

AHA task force's strategies for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

AHA News

The AHA Nov. 29 released a report, “Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities,” that offers hospital leaders nine innovative ways to preserve access to essential health services in vulnerable rural and urban communities.

Strategies range from integrating rural hospitals with health clinics in the... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Redefining the H, access

Tanner Health's Get Healthy, Live Well grows strong roots in rural communities

AHA News

Fried chicken is out at Antioch Baptist Church’s Sunday and Wednesday night dinners – replaced by lots of vegetables, baked chicken and fruit.

“When you look at your health and spiritual side, if you can get those two in synch, it makes life worth living,” says Rev. Vincent Dortch, pastor of the church... read more

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

Memorial Hermann's dental care on wheels gives brighter smiles to underserved kids

AHA News

The number one childhood disease isn’t leukemia or allergies or even asthma. It’s dental disease, according to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.

It is preventable, but, of course, only if the child sees a dentist. More kids are in Houston because of a partnership between Memorial Hermann... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Redefining the H

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