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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Senior Vice President of Community Health
Alisahah Cole, MD
Chief Community Impact Officer
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.
Learn about health equity and its impact on community health from AHA's Duane Reynolds and Nancy Meyers.
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.
The AHA and UnidosUS have developed resources highlighting hospitals collaborating to advance health equity.
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.
AHA’s guide helps hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their nonmedical needs.
ACHI Session Highlights
Learn how to integrate community health workers into your hospital.
AHA’s Marie Cleary-Fishman describes how asking “What Matters” helps build partnerships with patients.
Friday, June 7
Join the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence #HAVhope campaign to raise awareness about violence prevention programs and share your story!
Why celebrate community health improvement?
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
Share your CHI Week activities on social media and tweet using #chiweek.
Email email@example.com your story or photos of your community health improvement activities.
Stories from the field
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.
Over the past two decades, St. Jude Medical Center has helped start and support four community collaboratives to address the needs of today.
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.
California Hospital Association shared a video of Cedar Sinai's COACH For Kids and Their Families program during last year's CHI Week.