The American Hospital Association celebrated Community Health Improvement (CHI) Week from June 2-8, 2019. CHI Week is a national event to recognize the important role hospitals, health systems and communities have in advancing health and well-being. CHI week raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that are working together to advance the health and well-being of their communities.

AHA released multiple resources aligning with the theme of the week: One Voice to Activate Partnerships. Resources include guides, blogs, webinars and podcasts to help advance your community health improvement and population health work. 

The AHA is continuously collecting community health improvement stories. Email your success story, and share what your organization is doing to improve community health. Your stories will be featured on our website and social media.

Call to Action

AHA encourages activating partnerships with one voice around a common goal. View resources below. 

Monday, June 3

Learn how to ingrain population health goals into a hospital’s mission and values by viewing the webinar, Creating a Culture of Population Health, where leaders from Intermountain Healthcare and Atrium Health shared their hospitals’ respective journeys to integrate population health as an organizational mission.

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Mikelle Moore
Senior Vice President of Community Health
Intermountain Healthcare

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Alisahah Cole, MD
Chief Community Impact Officer
Atrium Health

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The Importance of CHI Week

AHA Board Chair, Brian Gragnolati shares the importance of celebrating Community Health Improvement Week.



Explore the updated CHNAFinder. Find hospitals and health systems you can collaborate with that are addressing similar health challenges.

Tuesday, June 4

Build partnerships to address the social needs of patients and communities and drive health equity. View resources to strengthen capacity and knowledge for health equity and screening for social needs.


Advancing Health Equity

Learn about health equity and its impact on community health from AHA's Duane Reynolds and Nancy Meyers.


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Impact Social Change

Read highlights of Danya Bowen Matthew's keynote from 2019 ACHI conference.


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Finding Value

AHA’s Priya Bathija highlights collaborative ways to address disruption with innovation and value.

Wednesday, June 5

Challenge yourself beyond clinical walls and innovate with your community partners. Learn how you can work with your community to address a population health issue.

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Working at all levels to improve community health

AHA’s Ashley Thompson shares some updates on the association’s advocacy and public policy efforts related to community health

UnidosUS Alliance

The AHA and UnidosUS have developed resources highlighting hospitals collaborating to advance health equity.


Healthy, Equitable and Resilient Communities Initiative

This podcast series explores a community's efforts to address challenges of disparities, violence and trauma.


Lurie Children’s Hospital Community Collaborative Advances Health Equity


Saint Anthony Hospital Builds Resiliency Through Community Wellness

Thursday, June 6

In honor of the national, “What Matters to You” day, integrate the patient’s voice in how you deliver care. The AHA will release a series of educational webinars to guide you in this journey.


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Screening for Social Needs

AHA’s guide helps hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their nonmedical needs.

ACHI Session Highlights

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Benefits of CHWs

Learn how to integrate community health workers into your hospital.


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The Power of Asking

AHA’s Marie Cleary-Fishman describes how asking “What Matters” helps build partnerships with patients.

Friday, June 7

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Join the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence #HAVhope campaign to raise awareness about violence prevention programs and share your story!


Support #HAVhope Friday


Financing Community Health

October 15, 2019



Why celebrate community health improvement?

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Share this resource to celebrate CHI Week in your organization.

How can you celebrate?

CHI Week Digital Toolkit

Download the digital toolkit to learn how you can raise awareness about CHI Week.

Share your Story

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Follow @ahahospitals and @communityhlth for daily CHI Week updates.

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Share your CHI Week activities on social media and tweet using #chiweek.

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Email your story or photos of your community health improvement activities.

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Publish a press release or release a proclamation that your community is celebrating CHI Week.

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Plan a lunch and learn or organize a volunteer service day. Last year, Hospital Menonita Guayama Inc. in Puerto Rico celebrated CHI Week by visiting several elderly residences and care centers and educating them on the quality services the hospital provides.

Stories from the field

Children’s National celebrates CHI Week

Children's National Health System conducted several activities throughout CHI week to celebrate the work in the hospital and in the community to build healthier lives for children.

St. Jude Medical Center's collaboratives improve community health

Over the past two decades, St. Jude Medical Center has helped start and support four community collaboratives to address the needs of today.

"Little Leaps" program fosters engagement and awareness on child development

Southern Illinois University helped created the Little Leaps program with the goals to foster interaction in families, develop awareness around brain development linked to activity and interaction, provide a hands-on communication tool connecting teachers and families, and build a longitudinal, collaborative relationship between the parents, caregivers, and hospital.

Cedar Sinai's COACH for Kids and Their Families Program

California Hospital Association shared a video of Cedar Sinai's COACH For Kids and Their Families program during last year's CHI Week.

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