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Apply for 2018 AHA NOVA Award

November 1, 2017

As hospitals continue to seek new ways to improve the health of their communities, it’s more important than ever for them to partner with other organizations. The AHA NOVA Award recognizes those innovative collaborations in which hospitals are engaged to bring better health to the populations they serve.

AHA NOVA Award winners address a wide range of important health initiatives, from developing culturally sensitive outreach and education programs for medically underserved... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access, awards, leadership

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

By Rick Pollack
October 13, 2017

Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality care, hospitals deliver enormous value to their communities through programs to promote wellness and prevention, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen community... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

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

National Healthcare Volunteer Week

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

Hospitals are economic engines

February 1, 2017

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 health of the communities they serve.

The health care field has traditionally been an economic lynchpin for the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that health... read more

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

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

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

May 25, 2016

Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete Valley Behavioral Health Network.

Caregivers at Sanpete Valley Hospital, a critical access hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah, knew they had to implement a plan to improve... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Hospitals, not pharmaceutical manufacturers, are preserving and protecting the safety net

By Tom Nickels
May 17, 2016

A group financed by the pharmaceutical industry is hosting a meeting today on the 340B Drug Pricing Program with the goal of “Preserving the True Safety Net.” But what the meeting really will be about is the pharmaceutical industry – with their skyrocketing prescription drug prices and huge profits – discussing how they can continue to disparage a program with a 25-year history of increasing access to medications and health care services for people in vulnerable communities.

Let’s... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Community benefit, access, drug prices

National Hospital Week - a Real Celebration

By Rick Pollack
May 6, 2016

There are more than five million dedicated women and men working in more than 5,000 hospitals in every state and community across America. While those numbers tell an impressive story about the critical role America’s hospitals play in our national life, there’s a better story. It’s a story best told by the women and men of America’s hospitals themselves, and it’s why National Hospital Week is so important. Certainly, every week is National Hospital Week at the AHA, but next week’s... read more

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

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



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