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United Against the Flu

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
November 8, 2017

Millions of Americans soon will be giving thanks and celebrating Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals also are preparing, but for a different reason. Flu season is upon us.

The AHA again is organizing the United Against the Flu Campaign – a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated during flu season. The online hub, http://www.advancinghealthinamerica.org/flu/, provides... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

Take action to fight the flu

October 12, 2017

One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk for flu complications. This includes people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. And, people who care for or live... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

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 Patient-Friendly Resource on Prescription Opioids Available

June 7, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a new patient-friendly resource on prescription opioids. 

“Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physician issues, Mental health, opioids, prevention

Confronting New Challenges

By Rick Pollack
January 29, 2016

Hospitals and hospital workers stepping up to meet emerging health care challenges is nothing new. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization sounded the alarm about the Zika virus, which poses particular danger to pregnant women and their fetuses. We are closely monitoring emerging information about the virus and its potential impact on patients, hospitals and our health care system. Yesterday, we released an initial advisory detailing... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, prevention

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

Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer

By Rick Pollack
November 13, 2015

Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed to kill them – may be the single most important infectious disease threat of our time. We risk turning back the clock to a world where simple infections can kill people as they did a century ago. Already more than 2 million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics every year – and at least 23,000 people die as a result. If hospitals were to lose antibiotics, we would also... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: prevention

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



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