Report, Webinar

Creating a Culture of HealthIn 2010, as an extension of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health For Life: Better Health. Better Health Care roadmap for improving America's health care system, the AHA's Long-Range Policy Committee (LRPC) focused on the "Wellness" pillar by identifying emerging, successful practices in hospital employee health and wellness.


Health for Life

The Committee has developed a comprehensive report, entitled, A Call to Action: Creating a Culture of Health. This report is a bold call to action for hospitals to be leaders in creating a culture of health.

The report provides:

  • Background on health and wellness programs and how they are incentivized by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Findings from a groundbreaking AHA survey of 876 hospitals on their employee health and wellness activities.
  • Examples of hospital best practices, ranging from a smaller critical access hospital to large integrated health systems.
  • Seven "how-to" recommendations for the field. These recommendations provide goals as well as action steps and examples of how hospitals can meet these goals.

Click here to download the report
Click here to download the appendices
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation

2010 Long-Range Policy Committee Chair

John W. Bluford III, President and CEO, Truman Medical Centers


On February 23 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm EST, the AHA is hosting a national webinar for hospital and health system executives to explore the findings of this report and the role of hospitals and health systems in creating a culture of health among their employees. We invite you to join AHA chairman John Bluford as he presents the major findings and recommendations of this report during this webinar. Executives from three hospitals and health systems, including a critical access hospital, featured in the report will also provide an overview of their organization's health and wellness activities.


John W. Bluford III, President and CEO, Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, MO; and Chairman, AHA Board of Trustees (moderator)

Karen Bray, PhD, RN, CDE, Vice President, Clinical Care Services, Optima Health, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA

Susan Piglia, Director, Corporate Programs, and Dorothy Cain, RN, System Coordinator, Wellness Programs, Ochsner Health System, Jefferson, LA

Paula Thompson, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Nutrition Services, and Jim Root, Vice President of Human Resources, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Wabasha, MN

This webinar is available free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register, simply click here to complete a brief on-line registration form. If you should have any questions, please contact us at


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