National Nutrition Month

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The word hunger calls to mind thin starving children. But in America today the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, obese children are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of food – foods that are dense in calories, but nutritionally poor.

National Nutrition... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, members, chronic conditions

A resource for building healthier communities

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Health isn’t created by doctors and nurses, but by friendships and families … by good air, food, houses, roads and jobs … by good churches and schools. Because improving health means going beyond hospitals and physicians’ offices, the AHA-affiliated Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI)... read more

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

AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

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For 34 years, the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) have honored exceptional volunteer efforts that provide distinguished service to hospitals, patients and communities. Earlier today we announced our 2017 award recipients, who will be recognized May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community Connections, members

Black History Month and health equity

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“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is the perfect time to ask, “What progress is your hospital making in equity of care? What progress are you making in support of the idea that a person’s fate in... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, equity, access

The Next Generation of Community Health

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Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

Hospitals are economic engines

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Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

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Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

Community service

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Ken Fawcett, M.D., Spectrum Health’s vice president of Healthier Communities in Grand Rapids, Mich., knows what it takes to build healthier communities. Healthier Communities’ outreach to Western Michigan’s underserved residents is why Spectrum Health has received the 2016 Foster G. McGaw Prize for... read more

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Go to your local hospital, and you’ll see the women and men who work there filled with compassion for those under their care. You’ll see them brighten the day of someone in need with the smallest gesture. And you’ll see them strive to give their patients just a little bit more—a little more health and... read more

Topic: Community Health

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