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Jan 14, 2021
Even as we continue to address COVD-19 challenges, let’s consider the experiences of the past year, looking for lessons learned and opportunities for the future. Here are four major areas that changed during the pandemic and are likely to keep transforming health care in the year ahead.
Dec 11, 2020
This year has been unlike any other in our lifetimes. As health care providers, we are always ready to run toward the challenge, to become a place of refuge and heal our communities. None of this is new, but this year has stretched our ability to do this and ensure our own resiliency.
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.
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.
Nov 13, 2020
Combating stigma is the missing element to the nation’s response to the addiction crisis, writes Matthew Stefanko, director of National Stigma Initiative for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S. Read more about how and why our understanding of stigma can save tens of thousands of lives.
Oct 20, 2020
In 2019, the term “burnout” was added to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). According to the ICD, burnout is a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Oct 5, 2020
Stigma leads to discrimination and creates barriers for people to seek treatment and access care, write Richard Bottner, a physician assistant and affiliate faculty member at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, and Rebecca Chickey, AHA’s senior director of Behavioral Health Services. Read this first article in a series about reducing stigma to learn about a new website and training focused specifically on substance and opioid use disorder stigma.
Sep 22, 2020
The RAND Corporation has released the third edition of its hospital price transparency study. The AHA previously highlighted our extensive concerns with the data and methodology used in the last version.
Sep 14, 2020
Americans everywhere have watched with increasing dismay and alarm as 94 major wildfires continue to incinerate wide swaths of our beautiful Western states. As of this writing, the infernos — which are most heavily concentrated in California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho — have scorched nearly 5 million acres, an area approximately the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
Sep 14, 2020
Flu season soon will be upon us. And this year, it will take place in the middle of our ongoing battle against COVID-19.