May 31, 2013


Celebrate Community Health Improvement Week

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 70 percent of premature deaths in the U.S. are related to health behaviors and the community environment. 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 American Hospital Association affiliate, has established Community Health Improvement Week. This year’s third annual event takes place June 2-8. Hats off to the community health professionals who work in all our hospitals, as well as in community health centers, public health agencies and healthy communities coalitions all over the U.S.

Thanks,
Rich

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