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Chair File: Building Partnerships and Healthy Communities

Apr 5, 2021
We know that a person’s health is influenced more by their social and economic circumstances than by access to medical services. However, making a real difference for people who struggle with social needs remains a significant challenge. 
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Accelerating the Path to Equity with Population Health Tools

Dec 10, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated health inequities we face as a nation. But we’re also seeing innovation in all aspects of care delivery and community collaboration and partnerships to address these challenges. We know that the homes where people live and their support networks of family and friends influence people’s ability to stay healthy or recover quickly. Access to safe, affordable and stable housing is key to good health. Strong social connections are linked to longer life and better mental health, whereas a lack of such social ties is associated with depression and increased mortality.
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Addressing Societal Factors to Improve Health Equity

Dec 7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed spotlight on health inequities in the United States. It has illuminated that, regardless of access to health care services, social and economic circumstances make some people more likely than others to become ill or have poor health.
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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.