Best Practices Library

These resources aim help health care leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving their community health goals.

The library’s information is constantly changing as documents are continuously posted. Topics go across all health care issues and cut across all health care settings.

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Webinar Recordings

Webinars and Podcasts

May 3, 2018
Webinars and other educational events about efforts addressing street and gang violence.
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Achieving Patient Well-Being at Lower Cost

May 3, 2018
Intermountain Healthcare Inc.
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AHA Value Initiative Members in Action: Allina Health – Minneapolis MN

Apr 19, 2018
Founded in 2012 by Allina Health, the impetus for LifeCourse was to address the upstream challenges people face when reaching the late stages of serious illness.
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Atrium Health – Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program

Apr 17, 2018
April 2018 - Participating in sports and other outdoor activities brings joy to so many people. Jennifer, at the Atrium Health’s Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program, a community-based sports therapy rehabilitation program, knows firsthand that sports can be life-saving – particularly for people with disabilities.
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Taylor Regional Hospital – Hospitality Van Service

Apr 11, 2018
April 2018 - Located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Taylor Regional Hospital launched its hospitality van service in 2007 when the hospital’s cancer center noticed that patients were missing their routine check-ups and radiation treatments.
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Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New Hampshire – Frisbie Smiles

Apr 11, 2018
April 2018 - Since good oral health habits begin at childhood, the Frisbie Smiles program started by offering dental education and screenings in a local Rochester elementary school.
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Carle Foundation Hospital – The Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Days

Apr 11, 2018
April 2018 - Having grown up on her family’s farm in Illinois, Amy Rademaker knows that farming is more than a job. It’s also a culture, a family tradition and a major driver of the economy.
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Atlantic Health System – Healthy Communities Program

Apr 8, 2018
January 2018 - When Atlantic Health System’s Healthy Communities program coordinator, Alexandra, began her work in northern New Jersey, she started by listening to members of the community.
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ProMedica - Come to the Table

Apr 6, 2018
January 2018 - Randi Ostra and Barbara Petee believe that ProMedica’s mission - to improve health and well-being - begins long before, and extends after, the front door of the hospital.
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Altru Health System - Rehab Autism Screening Clinics

Apr 6, 2018
January 2018 - One in 88 children is born with autism and that ratio is rising. Undiagnosed autism can increase the likelihood of developmental problems later in life, such as language delays, trouble communicating with people, and unusual and repetitive behaviors.
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Value Initiative AHA Members in Action: Winona Health – Winona, MN

Apr 5, 2018
Winona Health’s CCN improves patients’ health and quality of life by focusing not only on the client’s medical health, but also on social determinants. Click here to learn more.
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Telehomecare Monitoring Services - Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems VNA Home Health Hospice

Apr 4, 2018
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems VNA Home Health Hospice | South Portland, ME In 2006, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) began merging its homecare and hospice agencies under one um
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Replay of March 29 AHA Members-only Call

Mar 29, 2018
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The Value Initiative AHA Members In Action: Illinois Rural Community Care Organization

Mar 29, 2018
The Illinois Rural Community Care Organization builds the structure necessary for rural providers to be successful ACOs.
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Montefiore Health System, Bronx, NY: Enhancing Behavioral Health Care with Smartphone Technology

Mar 26, 2018
Held April 11, 2018 Please join Montefiore Health System Executive Henry Chung, M.D., Senior Medical Director, Mo
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Value Initiative AHA Members in Action: Jefferson Health – Philadelphia, PA

Mar 22, 2018
Jefferson Health, in Philadelphia, partnered with GE Healthcare in a shared-risk relationship to improve patient care and efficiencies as well as generate cost savings.
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AIM: Working Together to Make Maternal Safety Bundles/Evidence-based Practices and Tools Available

Mar 22, 2018
Held April 3, 2018 Please join the AHA Section for Maternal and Child Health and our partners in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) to learn of the tools and resources a
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Telepsychiatry Program - PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Mar 20, 2018
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center | Friday Harbor, WA Situated on San Juan Island, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is a 10-bed critical access hospital with primary care and
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Telepsychiatry Emergency Department Services - Acadia Hospital

Mar 20, 2018
Acadia Hospital | Bangor, ME A member of the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), Acadia Hospital is a non-profit acute care psychiatric hospital employing more than
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May 25, 2016 The Safe Passage Initiative: Hospitals & Health Systems Impacting the Opiate Crisis Webinar Audio

Mar 16, 2018
KSB Hospital and the Dixon Police Department partnered with treatment centers in and outside of Illinois to coordinate care and treatment for participants.
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ACO Investment Model - Rural Hospital Collaboration - Case Example

Mar 15, 2018
In January 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 39 Shared Savings Program (SSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will participate in the ACO Investment Model (AIM).
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Value Initiative Members In Action: Sutter Health – Sacramento, CA

Mar 8, 2018
Sutter Health, located in northern California, uses an artificial intelligence platform to reduce inpatient drug spending, decrease lengths of stay and improve quality and safety. Click the resource below to learn more
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Boston Medical Center: Reducing Substance Use Disorder Stigma

Mar 7, 2018
Read more about how Boston Medical Center is Setting a National Example in Reducing Stigma
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AHA Members in Action: Augusta Health – Fishersville, VA

Feb 28, 2018
Augusta Health dramatically improved patient outcomes and reduced readmissions with its own automated sepsis surveillance system. When a patient’s condition triggers an alert, a secure text is sent to the ED charge nurse for immediate assessment. Click here to learn more.
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Mission Health’s Journey to Addressing Increasing Behavioral Health Needs in the Emergency Department

Feb 26, 2018
Pre-Webinar Reading: Understanding the Behavioral Health Crisis, Ronald A.
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Taking Telehealth to the Next Level Nationally: Telehealth Centers of Excellence

Feb 15, 2018
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) In early October 2017, the Health and Human Services Department’s Health Resources and Serv
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Healing Hurt People-Chicago - John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Feb 15, 2018
Chicago saw a spike in violent crime during the past few years, with an all-time high of 771 homicides and 3,550 shootings occurring in 2016. In 2017, those rates decreased, but at 650 homicides and 2,785 shootings, the city still exceeded the number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles combined. In addition, a high percentage of those violent crimes took place on Chicago’s West Side, where John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is located.
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Building Brighter Futures with Youth - UMass Memorial Medical Center

Feb 15, 2018
UMass Memorial Medical Center | Worcester, MA Poverty and lack of access to educational, social and economic opportunities are among the leading social determinants of health.
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Recreation Worcester - UMass Memorial Medical Center

Feb 15, 2018
UMass Memorial Medical Center | Worcester, MA The concept of the “Recreation Worcester” program (formerly Wheels to Water), now in its ninth year of operation, began in 2008 when antiquat
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The Kujichagulia Center Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Feb 15, 2018
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore | Baltimore, MD As Sinai Hospital of Baltimore delved into social determinants of health experienced by its patients, a need to link patients to a broad range
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Summer Youth Employment Program - ProMedica

Feb 15, 2018
ProMedica | Toledo, OH In 2012, then-Toledo Mayor Mike Bell approached ProMedica for help with an initiative to provide meaningful opportunities for Toledo youth during the summer months.
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Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) - ProMedica

Feb 15, 2018
ProMedica | Toledo, OH Established in 1995, Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) is a primary abuse-prevention program that focuses on rape and sexual-violence prevention education as well as
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Tactical Training/Casualty Care Program - Mercyhealth

Feb 15, 2018
Mercyhealth | Janesville, WI School and workplace violence is an increasingly common threat.
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Value Initiative: Members In Action: Edgerton Hospital and Health Services – Edgerton, WI

Feb 15, 2018
Edgerton (WI) Hospital and Health Services is the first critical access hospital in the country to install a geothermal system, which relies on the earth’s natural temperature to heat and cool buildings. The system paid for itself in 6 years – that’s 9 years ahead of schedule. Click here to learn more.
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Using Telehealth to Improve Access to Specialty Care - Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Feb 14, 2018
The organization's initial foray into virtual health care was the creation of a home telehealth service. "Health buddies" visit veterans in their homes to administer and record simple diagnostic information and communicate it back to providers. In 2011, Martinsburg's program grew with the introduction of video telehealth used for retinal imaging. Soon after implementing the retinal program, Martinsburg entered the realm of face-to-screen, real-time telehealth by adding tele-podiatry and tele-mental health services.
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School-Based Telehealth Program - Children’s Health℠

Feb 14, 2018
Children’s Health
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Telestroke Program - Mount Sinai Health System

Feb 14, 2018
Mount Sinai Health System | New York, NY For health care providers lacking stroke care resources, telestroke programs are showing promise in improving acute stroke treatment.
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Virtual Urgent Care - Bryan Health

Feb 14, 2018
Bryan Health | Lincoln, NE Bryan Health, a Nebraska-governed, nonprofit health system in Lincoln, Neb., launched Bryan Health ezVisit as a strategic effort to expand access to care.
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Pediatric Telemedicine Services - Children’s Minnesota

Feb 14, 2018
Children’s Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN In Minnesota, 80 percent of pediatric specialists reside in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, making it difficult for patients in outlying regi
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Behavioral Health Integration - Livingston HealthCare

Feb 13, 2018
Livingston HealthCare | Livingston, MT Many rural counties are experiencing high rates of suicide, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues, compounded by the fact that there i
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Turnaround Ranch - Freeman Health System

Feb 13, 2018
Freeman Health System | Joplin, MO Located on 20 acres of land that used to house an orphanage, Turnaround Ranch is a 71-bed residential treatment facility that provides 24-hour residenti
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Frequent User System Engagement (FUSE 2.0) - Bronson Healthcare

Feb 13, 2018
Bronson Healthcare | Kalamazoo, MI Bronson Healthcare is a regional health system serving nine counties in southwest Michigan.
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Perinatal Depression Outreach Program - Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Feb 13, 2018
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore | Baltimore, MD Services specific to perinatal mental health are sparse in our state, and those that exist are often difficult to access.
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Primary Care—Behavioral Health Integration - Cambridge Health Alliance

Feb 13, 2018
Cambridge Health Alliance | Somerville, MA Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an academic community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north region, has been eng
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Behavioral Health Home - Cambridge Health Alliance

Feb 13, 2018
Cambridge Health Alliance | Somerville, MA Studies have found that Medicaid patients with serious mental illnesses have a significant mortality gap compared with the Medi