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

'Wraparound' support stops revolving door of violent injuries

AHA News

WraparoundDarius Irvin grew up in violent neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco. Nearly three years ago, he was rushed to the San Francisco General Hospital’s emergency department with nine gunshot wounds.

Irvin survived what was his third shooting in a little more than three years. He still visits the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

AHA News

The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

A... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

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

AHA News

Competitors 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

Street Medicine makes house calls to homeless

AHA News

Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) Street Medicine program includes clinics in a number of area shelters and soup kitchens, a street medicine team, and an inpatient/outpatient consult service that has helped reduce emergency department (ED) visits while increasing the number of... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

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

Aligning missions to better serve a refugee community

AHA News

Vickery Meadow is a slice of Northeast Dallas known as the “Little United Nations” because it is home to some 25,000 refugees who speak more than 50 languages.

The annual median income is about $22,000, with many residents working several jobs to eke out a living. Large, extended families are crammed... read more

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

'Cradle to Grave' helps at-risk youth understand gritty reality of gun violence

AHA News

Temple University Hospital wants to slow the rate of Philadelphia street killings by helping teenagers understand the gritty reality of gun violence.

Its “Cradle to Grave” program immerses at-risk youth in the last 15 minutes of the life of a 16-year-old boy named Lamont Adams. In 2004, he was shot 14... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health

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