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Volunteers Working to Combat Violence in Communities

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

Community Health Improvement Week

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

A resource for building healthier communities

March 8, 2017


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) provides a resource for people who are building healthier communities across the country. 

ACHI’s national conference takes place this week in Denver. Hundreds of community health,... read more

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

AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

March 2, 2017

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 Washington, D.C.

Today’s announcement brings the number of HAVE Award winners over the years to 161. In the program’s early years, we recognized an award winner from each of the... read more

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

Proud to count veterans among our ranks

November 11, 2016

It makes sense that Election Day and Veterans Day fall so close to one another on the calendar, given that one of our most fundamental American rights – the right to vote and elect our leaders – has been secured for us by the courageous service of our veterans. You can show your deep appreciation for those who have worn the uniform and those who continue to serve the country on our behalf by hiring veterans. They deserve respect for the knowledge and skills gained during their... read more

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

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 innovating to improve behavioral health

May 18, 2016

Hospitals across the country are addressing their communities’ behavioral health needs, often by working with local organizations to coordinate care beyond the walls of a hospital. Examples of these innovative partnerships can be found in AHA’s Community Connections case studies, among AHA award winners and through AHA’s Hospitals In Pursuit of Excellence

In Montana, for example, the Billings Clinic, Riverstone Health, St. Vincent Healthcare and South Central Mental Health Center... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

Building healthier communities

By Rick Pollack
February 12, 2016

Recognizing the work that great hospitals do to help to build stronger communities is critically important. A stellar example is Massachusetts General Hospital, the recipient of the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Services. The prize is one of the most esteemed community service honors in health care, and we’re honored to jointly sponsor it with the Baxter International Foundation. We announced the award winner last month on the heels of the release of our... read more

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

The Spirit of the Holidays

By Rick Pollack
December 18, 2015

During the holiday season, the lives of millions of Americans will be filled with the spirit of giving, the importance of family and friends, and a sense of healing, renewal and new opportunity. That spirit lives year-round in hospitals in every kind of community in every corner of the country. In every season, on every holiday, 365 days a year, your open doors are a beacon of hope for those who need help. It’s why communities take pride in and support the hospitals they helped... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections

Keeping Up With Consumers

By Rich Umbdenstock
January 23, 2015

The ways in which people are choosing to gain access to health care are changing radically – and many hospitals are on the vanguard. A flu shot at the local pharmacy once seemed novel, but it was just the beginning. Telehealth, other retail options and price transparency are just some of the possibilities available to consumers. To examine this trend, the American Hospital Association held a panel on “How Hospitals Are Adapting to a Changing Health Care Landscape” at the National... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Coverage



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