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New AHA resources spotlight hospital efforts to address COVID

May 1, 2020
Hospitals and health systems continue to provide care for our most vulnerable communities by addressing social needs, educating on COVID-19 risks and collaborating with community organizations to expand these efforts beyond their walls, writes Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of AHA’s Physician Alliance and interim executive lead of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. This AHA blog shares new AHA resources addressing the social determinants of health and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
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Livability Index offers insights to make communities healthier

Feb 13, 2020
The AARP’s Livability Index acts as a useful tool for health care organizations and communities working on innovative, place-based solutions that improve health outcomes for all, writes Shannon Guzman, senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute.
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How hospitals are helping homeless individuals

Jan 7, 2020
AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Jay Bhatt, D.O. recently was featured on a Fox News story on hospitals in Denver and Chicago are investing in real estate and moving individuals directly from hospital emergency rooms into stable housing with intensive case management. See the story and more on AHA’s efforts to advance health.
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How equity impacts the patient experience

Dec 17, 2019
Hospitals and health systems are improving the patient experience by understanding implicit bias, preparing for sensitive conversations and addressing other factors that impact this part of the value equation.
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Chairman’s File: A Great Opportunity to Advance Health in America 

Dec 16, 2019
For more than two centuries, our nation’s hospitals and health systems have faithfully provided our citizens with the best possible care. With courage, tremendous skill and compassion, America’s caregivers work tirelessly to heal, comfort, alleviate pain and save lives.
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Hospitals offering housing for improved patient care

Dec 12, 2019
Hospitals and health systems investing in housing helps control costs while also ensuring that discharged patients have a safe and clean place to sleep each night, writes Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer.
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Addressing social needs and social determinants of health — what comes next?

Nov 26, 2019
Hospitals and health systems can use data and metrics to guide their strategies on social needs and social determinants, writes Priya Bathija, vice president of AHA’s The Value Initiative.
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How one Kansas hospital is addressing its sustainability challenges and advancing health equity

Sep 26, 2019
Duane Reynolds, president and CEO of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and other AHA leaders recently visited Kearny County Hospital, a critical access hospital in Kansas, where they met with the hospital’s board and community leaders about the organization’s innovative efforts to attract physicians, serve a unique population and improve health equity.
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Chairman’s File: Podcast — driving value by addressing the social determinants of health

Jul 22, 2019
Hospitals and health systems recognize that addressing social determinants of health is central to driving value and advancing overall well-being.
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Chairman’s File: Supporting caregivers on crucial conversations

Jul 8, 2019
AHA resources can help care teams — and their patients — move beyond the awkwardness to engage in honest communication that can transform lives.