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.

If you have questions e-mail us at hpoe@aha.org.


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Arnot Ogden Medical Center – AOMC Poison Prevention Program

Jul 14, 2017
Overview The Arnot Ogden Medical Center (AOMC) Poison Prevention Program empowers young children to take an active role in personal safety through education presented in pre-K, kindergart
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Doylestown Health – Friends of the Heart

Jul 14, 2017
Overview The Friends of the Heart Institute is an all-volunteer organization, founded by heart attack survivors to benefit heart attack victims.
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Samaritan Health Services – Samaritan Maternity Connection

Jul 12, 2017
What is it? Currently operational at four Samaritan Health Services hospitals, the free program provides bilingual, culturally competent, and age-appropriate care and screenings for pregn
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PeaceHealth Oregon West Network – Crisis Mental Health Services

Jul 11, 2017
Overview PeaceHealth is a family of hospitals, clinics, doctors, and laboratories based in the Pacific Northwest.
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UnityPoint Health Robert Young Center – UnityPoint Health Crisis Behavioral Health Services

Jul 7, 2017
Overview In January 2016, UnityPoint Health’s Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health was awarded a contract from the Eastern Iowa Mental Health/Disability Services Region to deve
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Abington-Jefferson Health – Camp Charlie

Jul 7, 2017
Overview Camp Charlie is a free, unique expressive arts bereavement camp run by the staff and volunteers of Safe Harbor, Abington-Jefferson Health’s peer support program for grieving chil
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Telehealth: Delivering the Right Care, at the Right Place, at the Right Time

Jul 1, 2017
Case Examples of AHA Members in Action - July 2017 Report
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Banner Behavioral Health Hospital – Emergency Department Telepsych Triage

Jun 30, 2017
Overview Banner Health recently launched a telemedicine program in which master’s-level therapists, counselors, and other trained clinicians, backed up by physicians and nurse practitione
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PeaceHealth Oregon West Network – Transition Team

Jun 26, 2017
Overview PeaceHealth is a family of hospitals, clinics, and doctors, based in the Pacific Northwest.
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PeaceHealth Oregon West Network – Behavioral Health Integration

Jun 26, 2017
Overview PeaceHealth is a family of hospitals, clinics, and doctors, based in the Pacific Northwest.
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PeaceHealth Oregon West Network – First Episode Psychosis Treatment

Jun 26, 2017
Overview PeaceHealth is a family of hospitals, clinics, and doctors, based in the Pacific Northwest.
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Clara Maass Medical Center – Hospital Elder Life Program

Jun 23, 2017
Overview The United States population of older adults is expected to increase from 12 percent to 21 percent by 2030.
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Memorial Hermann Health System – Psych Response Team

Jun 22, 2017
Overview Houston is struggling with a mental health crisis.
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Northridge Hospital Medical Center – Emergency Department Initiative

Jun 21, 2017
Overview The Emergency Department Initiative (EDI) is a collaboration between Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Tarzana Treatment Center (TTC) that began in 2004.
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Samaritan Health Services – InReach Clinic

Jun 20, 2017
Overview Samaritan Health Services (SHS) believes that everyone in the community deserves quality health care.
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Dixie Regional Medical Center – Doctor's Volunteer Clinic

Jun 20, 2017
Overview In 2006, Intermountain Health designated a system-wide fund for mental health initiatives throughout the state.
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New Tool Improves Diabetes Education

Jun 15, 2017
Nurses at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, introduced a Diabetes Education Qui
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Baptist Health – Adult Mental Health First Aid

Jun 14, 2017
Overview Nonprofit hospitals in Jacksonville, Fla., are teaming up to offer mental health first aid training throughout their community.
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Yale-New Haven Health System – Child First

Jun 7, 2017
Overview In 1995, a group of Bridgeport health, education, and social service providers began meeting to address the challenges of young children and families who were “falling through th
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Munson Medical Center – Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program

May 25, 2017
Overview The goal of Munson Medical Center’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription pilot program – funded by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services grant – was to increase commun
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Sharp Grossmont Hospital – Care Transitions Intervention Program

May 25, 2017
Overview The Care Transitions Intervention (CTI) Program at Sharp Grossmont Hospital (SGH) provides 30-day post-discharge care transition coaching and community resources for underinsured
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Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital – Healthy Smiles for All

May 25, 2017
Overview Healthy Smiles for All (HSFA) is a public/private partnership in east Linn and Lincoln counties in Oregon.
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Hartford HealthCare – Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging

May 25, 2017
Overview The goal of Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Healthy Aging (the Center) is to connect seniors with the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
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Blount Memorial Hospital – Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Alliance

May 24, 2017
Overview The Mental Health Action Team was formed in 1998 after a community health assessment.
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Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines – Girl Power

May 24, 2017
Overview Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, in partnership with the Chrysalis Foundation and the CHI Mission and Ministry Fund developed and implemented Girl Power, an innovative violence p
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Ouachita County Medical Center – Anti-Bullying: Rachel's Challenge

May 24, 2017
Overview Ouachita County Medical Center (OCMC) recognizes the impact that violence has on the health of communities and individuals.
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St. Luke's Hospital – Mental Health Triage Center

Mar 31, 2017
Overview Concerned about a growing number of individuals entering emergency departments (EDs), jail and detox centers in acute mental health crisis, a consortium of local agencies is prop
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Trinitas Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center – Trinitas-St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Network

Mar 30, 2017
Overview In response to the rapidly growing need for more coordinated mental health care services in New Jersey, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and St.
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Infection Prevention

Mar 22, 2017
As many older patients are affected by Clostridium difficile (C.diff) in hospital settings, South Nassau Communities Ho
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Improving Quality of Care

Mar 7, 2017
In 2015, the geriatric and palliative care team at South Nassau Communities Hospital sponsored a continuing education progra
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Advancing Acute Care Surgery

Mar 7, 2017
Stony Brook University Hospital coordinated efforts with its emergency department and ambulatory surgery center to establish th
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Dental Care Services for the Uninsured

Mar 7, 2017
Serious dental problems can affect the overall well-being of an individual. Therefore, Mount St.
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Progress at the Intersection of Patient Safety and Medical Liability

Mar 2, 2017
U.S. health care leaders are continually working to improve care processes while advancing a medical liability system that better serves patients and providers.
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Reducing Electronic Health Record Errors

Feb 2, 2017
Like many hospitals, SBH Health System uses the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system.
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MedStar Health's Partnership with CVS

Jan 19, 2017
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Retail Health at MultiCare Health System

Jan 19, 2017
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Illinois Valley Community Hospital's Walmart Retail Clinic

Jan 19, 2017
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Utilizing Technology Specialists at Ochsner Health System

Jan 19, 2017
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AHA/HRET Guides
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AHA/HRET Guides and Reports--The Complete List

Jan 9, 2017
A complete list of every HPOE/HRET guide created since 2010. This list features nearly 80 guides with brief descriptions of the content.
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Reducing 30-day Readmissions for Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

Jan 6, 2017
Cortland Regional Medical Center's Transitional Care Program is working to reduce 30-day readmissions for patients with congestive hea
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Utilizing Software to Reduce 30-Day Readmissions

Jan 6, 2017
To help reduce 30-day readmission rates, South Nassau Communities Hospital implemented “Right Care,” a proprietar
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Reducing Cather-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Jan 6, 2017
SBH Health System implemented numerous strategies to reduce the number of Cather-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) and the number of i
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John Muir Health – Beyond Violence

Nov 29, 2016
Overview John Muir Health (JMH) recognizes the role violence plays in the health of communities and individuals caught in the cycle of violence.