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January 19, 2017

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 Excellence in Community Service. The AHA will present the award to Spectrum Health May 9 at the association’s annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C.

Through the years, Spectrum... read more

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

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

November 29, 2016

In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and conducted listening sessions to speak with hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period.

At a briefing held in Washington D.C. today, Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

New resource available to help hospitals improve behavioral health

February 29, 2016

Improving behavioral health is one of the top priorities for hospitals and the communities they serve.  A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence outlines how hospitals and health systems can address the challenges of integrating physical health with behavioral health, enhance collaboration among community partners and sustain resources for needed services.  Cases studies in the guide provide concrete steps and results so hospitals and health systems can adapt... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

Did you get your flu shot yet?

By John R. Combes, MD
December 10, 2015

As we swing into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) reminds us to make our health a priority this season so we don’t give our loved ones the gift of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created NIVW as a national observance that highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination.

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is the best tool available to protect against this potentially serious... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, prevention

Caring for Our Veterans and Veterans Taking Care of Us All

November 11, 2015

America’s hospitals honor the service of our nation’s veterans and work to provide high-quality care for those who have served in the armed forces.  Working closely with our partners in the Veterans Administration (VA) health system, hospitals strive to address any unique needs veterans may have because of their service.   As the AHA focuses on the importance of integrating physical and behavioral health, we are proud to share resources from the VA that can help hospital caregivers... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Caregivers, Mental health, Behavioral health

United Against Flu

By John R. Combes, MD
October 22, 2015

It’s that time of year again. Football season has hit its stride; the leaves are beginning to turn and young ghosts and goblins are anticipating tricking or treating their friends. It’s also the time of year when health care professionals turn their attention to preventing that annual, unwanted visitor, the flu.

That’s why AHA again is organizing the United Against the Flu campaign. United Against the Flu is a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: patient safety, population health, Caregivers, prevention

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Care at the right place - the BayCare Behavioral Health story

May 13, 2015

When a person  needs behavioral health care, so many questions pop up – who do they turn to, what kind of care do they need, how long it will last, how much it will cost?  These questions can seem overwhelming in such a vulnerable time, but sometimes getting the right care can be as easy as going to your doctor’s office.

BayCare Behavioral Health, serving the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, has developed the Primary Care Integration Program where participating primary care offices include... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community health, access, Mental health, Behavioral health

May is Mental Health Month

By Rich Umbdenstock
May 8, 2015

Our minds and our bodies cannot be separated; a health care system that treats them as if they can be cannot reach the optimal levels of population health to which we all strive. May is Mental Health Month – a good time for hospitals to consider ways to further integrate behavioral health services into their planning and current offerings. It’s clear that no effort to improve population health will be entirely successful until we overcome both the stigma and access issues that keep... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community benefit, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

National Minority Health Month

By Rich Umbdenstock
April 3, 2015

What progress is your hospital making in equity in care? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month,dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Five years ago, the AHA joined several other national organizations in launching a Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. We recommend that hospitals, in particular, focus their efforts on greatly increasing three things: collection and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, diversity, equity, access, governance, leadership

America's Hospitals: There For You When You Need Us

By Caroline Steinberg
March 13, 2015

Hospitals’ unique role as a 24/7 health care provider is never more critical than during a disaster. Hospitals provide more than just care for the ill and injured – they are centers for relief and recovery, offer food and shelter for those in need, and help patients and communities begin the healing process. 

The report “Always There, Ready to Care” highlights hospitals’ role as the center of every emergency and explores challenges that hospitals are facing maintaining 24/7... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Community health, Coverage, access, disaster readiness, preparedness



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