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Community conversations

By AHA STAT Staff
July 31, 2017

America’s hospitals take a lot of pride in staying close to their communities. We like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of the people we serve. Much of what we do to stay in touch is centered on “telling our story,” letting people know what we are doing and why.

Given the challenges facing many of our urban and rural hospitals and communities, it may be a good idea for many of us to spend even more time on the other side of the coin: listening.

One in four hospitals in... read more

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

Health care champions

By AHA STAT Staff
July 26, 2017

This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids Care and the Providence Institute for Human Caring will be honored with Circle of Life Awards for their innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.

California’s... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

How Hospitals Are Benefiting the Communities They Serve

By Rick Pollack
July 18, 2017

POLITICO’s recent piece on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on non-profit hospitals is an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the situation hospitals currently face and the benefits they provide.


First and foremost, the piece takes a narrow view of community benefits and fails to account for the full array of programs and services hospitals provide to their communities. Per the June 2016 IRS report to Congress, hospitals’ financial assistance and community benefit... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Leading the way on equitable care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 7, 2017

Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in advancing health equity: the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award winners.

Their outstanding efforts to end health care disparities and promote diversity offer a model for others in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members

Volunteers Working to Combat Violence in Communities

By AHA STAT Staff
June 23, 2017

The commitment to address and work to end violence in our communities and hospitals is a priority for all members of the hospital staff and care teams. Often, our volunteer workforce is on the front lines confronting these incidences of violence.

With summer now upon us, and as temperatures rise, hospitals and health systems are committed to addressing and curbing the summer spike trend in violent crimes. Consider the following from a 2014 Bureau of Justice Statistics report:

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, workforce

Join the Hospitals Against Violence campaign

By AHA STAT Staff
June 7, 2017

All social and community ills seem to eventually find their way to the hospital. Certainly the results of violence do.

On June 9, Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday will focus national attention on hospitals’ efforts to end violence with a digital media campaign – shared tweets, posted photos and other online efforts.

It’s part of the AHA’s effort to raise awareness about how hospitals and health systems are working to reduce violence in their communities and in... read more

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

Community Health Improvement Week

By AHA STAT Staff
May 30, 2017

Keeping people healthy makes a lot more sense than treating them once they become ill. That’s why hospitals are increasingly engaged in health improvement strategies to build healthier communities and complement the health care they deliver.

To raise awareness and increase understanding of community health improvement activities and the people and organizations that lead them, the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), an AHA affiliate, every year sponsors Community... read more

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

Addressing behavioral health

By AHA STAT Staff
May 24, 2017

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, we would like to thank the many hospitals and health systems across the country that are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital.

By offering behavioral health care services in a variety of settings and through a variety of channels – from emergency medical or mental health services, treatment and counseling programs to... read more

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

National Hospital Week

By AHA STAT Staff
May 4, 2017

The hospital. Those two words permeate our national conscience. Think about it.

When Americans talk about the place they rely on at critical times of their lives, they just say the hospital and everyone knows what they mean. In communities all across America, the hospital is the place that cures and cares.

But hospitals are not just places. They are people – the nurses and emergency medical service professionals, doctors and administrators, information management specialists and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, workforce, members

National Healthcare Volunteer Week

By AHA STAT Staff
April 25, 2017

This is National Healthcare Volunteer Week, when the AHA’s Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals celebrates the service, dedication and commitment of hospital volunteers. 

National Healthcare Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers across the country. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit
 

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