Hospital engages community to help heal young victims of violence

AHA News

praise-danceIn the African-American festival of Kwanzaa, Ujima is a day to celebrate collective work that builds and maintains a community.  

That collective spirit inspires Project Ujima, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s effort to build and maintain a community around young victims of violence.

The Milwaukee... read more

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

Regional One Health's positive alternatives to youth violence

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Elgin-TunstallRegional One Health in Memphis, Tenn., is showing young victims of knife and gunshot wounds that there are ways to escape the cycle of violence.

The hospital’s Rx for Change violence-intervention program promotes positive alternatives to violence by helping young patients get jobs, training and continued... read more

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

Health care safety net for the homeless

AHA News

The St Bernadette Community Clinic is a health care safety net for the homeless and needy residents living in economically depressed neighborhoods of downtown Lafayette, La.

For 22 years, it has provided free primary and dental care to the homeless, those living in shelters, the poor and uninsured or... read more

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

AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D., describes the hospital of the future

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

 

The hospital and health system field is moving from its traditional role as a “repair shop for disease” to serving as an agent for building healthier communities, says AHA board member Allen Weiss, M.D.

In coming years,... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, governance, leadership, members

Stable housing for elderly residents

AHA News

elderly-housingThe struggle to maintain safe and affordable housing dims the luster of the golden years for many older Americans.

It’s a struggle that “affects seniors’ ability to remain independent and enjoy a high quality of life,” says Janet Hunko, director of the University of Michigan Health System’s Housing... read more

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

A helping hand for elderly patients returning home

AHA News

aurora-westAurora West Allis (WI) Medical Center knew that many of its most chronically ill Medicare patients struggled when they returned home following discharge from the hospital.

The medical center in suburban Milwaukee looked for a way to make sure these frail elderly patients got hands-on coaching and support... read more

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

Advancing health equity is part of Henry Ford Health System's deep-rooted community connections

AHA News

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

 

Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS) commitment to advancing health equity and fostering diversity is one reason why AHA board member Wright Lassiter III joined the organization as system president in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community Connections, equity, culture of safety, governance, leadership

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

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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

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