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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have forged new—and often non-traditional— partnerships to meet the needs of their patients and communities. The American Hospital Association’s new Joining Hands for Greater Impact series will highlight how hospitals’ innovative partnerships have enabled them to respond to the pandemic.

Learn more about the series in this blog post by Priya Bathija, AHA's vice president of strategic initiatives.

Past Events

Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Your Community

On-demand Webinar

Hospitals and health systems can increase vaccination rates for their patients, employees and communities by focusing on why people are hesitant. Kaiser Permanente and the California Testing Task Force examined what drives attitudes toward vaccines and describes archetypes of vaccine-hesitant individuals in their new report, Human Centered Recommendations for Increasing Vaccine Uptake. This webinar, co-hosted with SHSMD, explores how understanding the roots of vaccine hesitancy allows health care organizations to tailor their vaccine communication strategies to their specific communities.

Advocating for the Asian American Community during COVID-19

On-demand Webinar

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – experiencing high risk of exposure, unemployment and economic challenges, alongside an increase in anti-Asian xenophobia and racism. Watch this discussion, filmed during Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to explore how to address the unique challenges faced by AAPI communities during the pandemic, including in regards to COVID-19 vaccine access and acceptance. Hear from hospital and health care leaders about how they are communicating and collaborating to effectively address the AAPI community’s concerns about COVID-19.


How to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations in Your Community

On-demand Webinar

As part of AHA’s Joining Hands for Greater Impact series, we talk to Atrium Health, American Airlines and Charlotte Douglas International Airport representatives about how they came together to “get shots in arms” in Charlotte, N.C. Atrium also shares lessons learned from its other vaccination efforts, including mobile teams, community clinics and drive-up sites, to ensure equitable administration of vaccines, as well as the health system’s new toolkit, A Leader’s Guide to Safer, Faster and More Equitable Community Vaccination Events.

All Podcasts

Hospital Partnership Enables Streamlined COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

In this podcast, hear from Gordon Oakes, director of clinical support services at Overlake Medical Center, and Jeff Friedman, vice president of operations at EvergreenHealth, discuss their partnership to get their Washington state communities vaccinated.

Esperanza Health Centers

AHA’s Julia Resnick, senior program manager for strategic initiatives, is joined by Esperanza’s CEO, Dan Fulweiler, and Ofelia Figueroa, lead contract tracer, who discuss how Esperanza has engaged their primarily Latino community to increase vaccine confidence and access.

Getting COVID-19 Vaccines to the American Indian, Alaska Native Communities

Leaders from the Indian Health Service discuss plans to reduce the disproportionate COVID-19 infection rates in Indigenous communities through vaccine distribution and an administration strategy with national and local partners.

Hospital Partners with Faith-based Group to Vaccinate Muslim Community

Leaders from Henry Ford Health System and the Islamic Center of America discuss their collaboration to increase vaccinations in the Muslim community around Detroit, and the cultural and logistical factors they considered to make their effort successful.

This event was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number CK20-2003). The CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this resource do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

Featured Podcast: PFACs and COVID-19

In this podcast, moderated by AHA’s Julia Resnick, senior program manager for strategic initiatives, Libby Hoy, founder and CEO of Patient Family Centered Care Partners and Connie Montgomery, a member of the Medical University of South Carolina’s patient family advisory council discuss their experiences engaging with and advocating for patients and families throughout the pandemic.