AHA Initiatives

Since 2003, the AHA has worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and other national organizations — ranging from business and labor groups to consumer and medical organizations —as a national partner and key participant in Cover the Uninsured Week.

Hospitals Caring For Communities is a public web site reporting on what hospitals are doing in their communities to help the uninsured, and keeps the field up to date on the status of classaction lawsuits against not-for-profit hospitals.

With a broad array of national partners, AHA launched the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) at the Health Care Leadership Summit in San Diego in July 2005. The SCIP Project is designed to save lives, prevent harm to patients, and help the health care system be more efficient in caring for patients by reducing harmful and costly complications of surgery.

The Care Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is helping thousands of hospital workers who suffered terrible losses due to Hurricane Katrina. The Fund is administered by the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi hospital associations and supported by the AHA. Hospitals and their employees, community organizations, businesses, and individuals from around the country have donated $2.85 million to more than 6,000 hospital employees who have been identified as needing financial assistance. Fundraising efforts continue …

Communicating with Patients is an initiative to help hopistals do a better job communicating to patients and their families. Resources include the Patient Care Partnership, which replaces the AHA's Patients' Bill of Rights. This plain language brochure (available in multiple langauges) informs patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities.

Put it in Writing - Advanced Directives is an initiative AHA launched in May 2005 to help hospitals better educate both staff and the public about their options at the end of life.  A key part of the campaign is a Web site in both English and Spanish that provides helpful information on advance directives and living wills, a downloadable version of AHA’s question & answer brochure “Put It in Writing” and a downloadable wallet card that provides emergency contact information and alerts health care workers that card-carrying patients have filled out an advance directive.

Health Care Workforce - Ideas in Action  documents examples of innovative strategies and real-world examples of how new thinking, new attitudes, and new ways of providing care are being put to work in health care organizations across America. 


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