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In partnership with 100 Million Healthier Lives, the American Hospital Association developed case studies highlighting community health and population health.

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UVM Medical Center

Housing is Health Care

University of Vermont Medical Center shares their journey of developing three different housing initiatives to combat homelessness in Chittenden County, Vermont.

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St. Mary's Health Center

From the Ground Up: Improving Community Health Through Collaboration

St. Mary’s Health Center in Lewiston, Maine shares how it invested in the community to develop community gardens in diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. These community gardens have reduced the impact of food insecurity by increasing access to fresh foods and engaging community members in activities to promote better health. 

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Services for children and indigent population

Yale New Haven Health

Know Your Numbers: Teaming up to Help the Greater Bridgeport Community

Yale New Haven Health’s Bridgeport Hospital, in partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center shares valuable programs to better address the needs of patients and communities. Through health screenings, a charitable pharmacy, food pantries and community health workers, the collaborative has increased access to care, education and counseling services to the Bridgeport community.

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Community partnerships

Seton Healthcare Family


Seton Healthcare Family shares the impact of two collaboratives, Community Care Collaborative and Children’s Optimal Health. One serves the needs of the indigent population in Travis County, Texas, while the other is focuses on enhancing health care and social services for children. Read about how Seton has expanded and sustained these initiatives over the years.

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Emotional and psychosocial supportive services

Saint Anthony Hospital

Promoting Holistic Wellness among Community Residents

The Community Wellness Program at Saint Anthony Hospital provides residents of Chicago’s west and southwest side with a wide range of opportunities through its community resource centers, including free mental health and social services. The program has not only improved mental health in the community, but also helped develop trusting relationships between patients and providers.

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Prescription Drug Use

Montage Health

Prescribe Safe: Combating Opioid Abuse

Read about Prescribe Safe, an initiative of Montage Health of Monterey County, California and 20 other organizations that aims to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse, including overdoses. Since its launch, the initiative has helped reduce opioid-related deaths in Monterey County.

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Genetic Testing

Renown Health

Healthy Nevada Project: Ultimate Strategic Plan

Through genetic testing, The Healthy Nevada Project – a collaboration of Reno, Nevada-based Renown Health and Desert Research Institute – is exploring the health risks of both individuals and communities. Learn how The Project encouraged record public participation, tested more than 32,000 Nevadans, and is looking to expand to communities across the U.S.

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Youth Education and Empowerment

Massachusettes General Hospital

Investing in Youth

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) shares its comprehensive approach to addressing educational attainment as a contributing factor to overall health and socio-economic status. Learn how MGH empowers children, youth and young adults to explore new opportunities and adapt healthier lifestyles.

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Baylor Scott & White Health

Growing Together: Reimagining Health Care with CHWs

Community Health Workers at Baylor Scott & White Health are integrated within various points of care, including care navigation, chronic disease education, home health care. With over 100 CHWs, the hospital has seen reductions in emergency department visits and inpatient admissions, and increase in annual wellness and primary care visits.

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Social Work

Amita Health

Social Worker in the Library Chicago

Amita Health's Social Worker in the Library Chicago project, which embeds a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at two library branches to improve the quality of life for individuals who are experiencing homelessness, mental illness and other complex needs in the Uptown community of Chicago. In the first seven months, the social worker interacted with close to 440 patrons, in which more than 250 were referred to programs and services on social determinants of health.