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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

The Next Generation of Community Health

February 14, 2017

Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will be as important as the high-quality medical care they provide within their four walls.

It’s a journey described in the AHA Committee on Research’s new report, “The Next... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

By Rick Pollack
February 10, 2017

One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative solutions to rescue a facility on the verge of shutdown, and in recognition of his achievements, we honored him this week with the 2016 Rural Hospital Leadership Award at our... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

New Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care in Vulnerable Communities

By Rick Pollack
December 2, 2016

Hospitals serve as essential access points for people from all walks of life to get the care they need. Usually, when we need our local hospital, our local hospital is there—whether it is for emergency care, home health care or all services in between. But one in three hospitals in America is fighting to survive, putting many vulnerable communities at risk of losing their access to local health care services. Rural hospitals may struggle due to their remote location, workforce... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Redefining the H, 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

Counting Down to National Hospital Week

April 16, 2015

Each year, hospitals treat 133 million people in their emergency departments, provide care for 544 million outpatients, perform 27 million surgeries and deliver 4 million babies. But good health is more than a number.

Addressing basic needs such as food, shelter and education, promoting healthier lifestyles, providing health screenings and creating opportunities for people to improve their lives are just a few ways hospitals are going beyond their four walls and improving lives.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H

Always There, Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 13, 2015

How many facilities in your community are ready to serve you every hour of every day of every week – especially in times of emergency? How many are willing and able to take care of anyone who walks in the door? Your first thought, correctly, might be your local police or fire department. But America’s hospitals, especially their emergency departments, are proud to be first responders, too. In many communities, only hospital EDs can care for our neighbors with emergent and urgent... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, Redefining the H, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

By Caroline Steinberg
March 12, 2015

The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the same time hospitals are undergoing a major shift, building collaborative teams that are improving the coordination of health care. They're partnering with other health care... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Building the Future Together

By Rich Umbdenstock
February 6, 2015

What does it mean to be a hospital in a rapidly transforming health care environment?  As hospitals move from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, they increasingly are focusing on improving quality, providing better coordinated care and working to achieve good health in the communities they serve. The AHA’s Committee on Research and Committee on Performance Improvement have issued a new report, “Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, access



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