Chairperson&#039;s File https://www.aha.org/ en Chair File: Ensuring a Culture of Safety to Protect our Patients and Care Teams https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-09-20-chair-file-ensuring-culture-safety-protect-our-patients-and-care <span class="title">Chair File: Ensuring a Culture of Safety to Protect our Patients and Care Teams</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Sep 20, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>News coverage continues to show that many hospitals have been stretched beyond capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each wave has brought incredible pressure on our health care workforce, and the physical and emotional exhaustion is leading to ever greater staff shortages at hospitals.&nbsp;</p> <p>Supporting our workforce is a top priority for me, and I know many health care leaders share this concern. Across the field, we are taking every possible step to ensure our health care teams have the support and tools they need to stay safe and healthy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hospital work is teamwork, and right now we need the most efficient ways to provide the best care for our patients. That’s why I’m recommending a look at <a href="https://www.aha.org/center/project-firstline">Project Firstline</a>, a national training collaborative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that is committed to stopping the spread of infectious diseases by preparing front-line health care workers to protect themselves and their patients. AHA is a partner in this important national initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p>AHA Team Training recently released an on-demand video tool based on TeamSTEPPS —Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety — and funded by CDC’s Project Firstline. The <a href="https://teamstepps-video-toolkit.aha.org/">TeamSTEPPS Video Toolkit</a>&nbsp;is available online at no charge and features nine modules on teamwork and communication tools. Each module uses three short videos: one explains the tool; one illustrates how to use it; and a third shows opportunities for improvement. The tools include SBAR, CUS and huddle, and are for clinical and nonclinical professionals. &nbsp;</p> <p>Through Project Firstline, AHA is offering hospitals and health systems a host of other tools and resources to engage professionals across all health care roles and settings. From bedside nurses to administrators to environmental staff, teams can enhance their ability to identify areas of improvement, commit to an action plan, monitor practices and adjust as needed. Many of these resources are focused on COVID-19. You can find more information on AHA’s <a href="https://www.aha.org/center/project-firstline">Project Firstline</a> webpage.</p> <p>I invite you to also take a look at the <a href="https://www.aha.org/center/team-training">AHA Team Training</a>&nbsp;webpage. It offers courses and workshops, webinars, customized coaching and other resources to “transform teams of experts into expert teams.” The goals are to improve process and outcomes as well as patient and staff safety and satisfaction.</p> <p>Let’s care for the caregivers during this public health crisis by ensuring each team member has the tools to be confident speaking up, and that our teams have the right tools to communicate and work together effectively. In this way, we are strengthening and maintaining a culture of safety that protects our health care professionals and our patients. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/novel-coronavirus-sars-cov-2covid-19" hreflang="en">Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-protecting-health-care-workers" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:23:37 +0000 tjordan_drupal 679603 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: We Must Keep Sharing Our Stories as We Continue to Battle COVID-19 https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-09-13-chair-file-we-must-keep-sharing-our-stories-we-continue-battle <span class="title">Chair File: We Must Keep Sharing Our Stories as We Continue to Battle COVID-19</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Sep 13, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>More school-age children have returned to in-person learning during the last few weeks. More employees are returning to their workplaces. Sports stadiums are filling with spectators again, and theaters and concert venues are welcoming back audiences.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although these welcome changes point to a return to “normal,” the current resurgence of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is troubling and disheartening. The pandemic’s ongoing toll on our hospital and health system employees has been particularly devastating. The AHA’s new e-book “<a href="https://www.aha.org/center/living-learning-network/pandemic-year-reflection">The Pandemic: A Time of Challenges and Champions</a>” opens a window to stories of those serving on the front lines.</p> <p>As COVID-19 variants spread, health care workers remain on the front lines fighting this difficult battle, with flu season just around the corner. Hospitals are doing everything possible to manage staff shortages and provide our teams with the physical supplies and emotional support they need. One of my greatest concerns is that it’s hard to predict the pandemic’s continued impact and the long-term prognosis for our health care organizations and workforce.&nbsp;</p> <p>During my recent <a href="https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-08-23-chair-file-leadership-rounds-talking-public-health-and-covid-19">Leadership Rounds conversation</a> with Trinity Health CEO Mike Slubowski, he advised that amid these pressures, we need to keep telling our stories and sharing experiences. I see many hospitals and health systems and their caregivers doing that very effectively.&nbsp;</p> <p>Clinicians are sharing their stories through online videos, virtual town halls and news interviews. Their candid accounts of intense experiences trying to save patients with COVID-19 have real impact, as they urge community members to help stop the spread by getting the vaccine, if they haven’t done so, and masking up. Hospital websites are posting videos of patients sharing their harrowing yet hopeful experiences as they recuperate from the virus.</p> <p>Be sure to keep checking AHA’s <a href="https://www.aha.org/vaccineconfidence">COVID-19 vaccination communications resources</a>. New resources include “I’m a Physician/I’m a Nurse” and “On the Fence” public service announcements with clinicians encouraging COVID-19 vaccination. All PSAs are available in English or Spanish, and AHA can help organizations add their own branding. &nbsp;</p> <p>Together, we must keep encouraging our communities to get vaccinated and stay the course. We must keep supporting our health care teams. We must keep sharing stories of challenges, hardship, hope and resilience. We must do everything we can to make the “new normal” a safe and healthy place for our patients, their families, our communities and our heroic health care workforce.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-vaccines-and-therapeutics" class="topic" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Vaccines and Therapeutics</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-effective-communications-resources" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Effective Communications Resources</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:33:51 +0000 tjordan_drupal 679461 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Public Health and the COVID-19 Response with Trinity Health President and CEO Mike Slubowski https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-08-23-chair-file-leadership-rounds-talking-public-health-and-covid-19 <span class="title">Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Public Health and the COVID-19 Response with Trinity Health President and CEO Mike Slubowski</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Aug 23, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-08/banner-leadership-rounds-hochman-slubowski-900x400.jpg?itok=WfVC5iq9" width="900" height="400" alt="Chair File Leadership Rounds " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>On this episode, I discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and public health infrastructure with Mike Slubowski, president and CEO at Trinity Health, a Catholic health system that serves communities in 25 states.</p> <p>Mike relates how Trinity Health has become the “de facto public health system” in its communities during the COVID-19 crisis — vaccinating people, sharing information, responding to social needs, among other activities — and the challenges and opportunities to improve public health and public health coordination.</p> <p>During our conversation, we talk about the tremendous — and sometimes unrecognized — impact that the pandemic is having on the health care workforce. “We have to tell our story … to share some of the experiences and bravery that our people are exhibiting,” Mike says. “We have to be really clear on those areas of opportunity around infrastructure and why they would be helpful.”</p> <hr /> <iframe allow="accelerometer; 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text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Advancing Health">Advancing Health</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth/leadership-rounds-with-mike-slubowski" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Leadership Rounds With Mike Slubowski">Leadership Rounds With Mike Slubowski</a></div> <p>Look for more of my conversations on trending topics with health care leaders from around the country, released as part of the Chair File.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/novel-coronavirus-sars-cov-2covid-19" hreflang="en">Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leadership-rounds" hreflang="en">Leadership Rounds</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 23 Aug 2021 15:29:11 +0000 tjordan_drupal 679144 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Working with Our Communities to Stem the Opioid Crisis https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-08-16-chair-file-working-our-communities-stem-opioid-crisis <span class="title">Chair File: Working with Our Communities to Stem the Opioid Crisis</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Aug 16, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>The opioid epidemic has been an incredibly challenging public health crisis in communities across our country. And it’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>You likely have seen these recent statistics: According to <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm">preliminary data</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths in the United States rose 29.4% in 2020 to an estimated 93,331, including 69,710 involving opioids. These numbers represent devastated lives and profound pain for families all over our country.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though the scope of this urgent issue is enormous, our nation’s hospitals and health systems are responding to the crisis head-on, including raising awareness, getting harm reduction tools in patients’ hands and reducing the <a href="https://www.aha.org/system/files/media/file/2021/04/PMWM-compassionate-SUD-language.pdf">stigma that people with substance use disorder</a> experience. Hospitals and health systems also are improving access to treatment in many ways, such as integrating care with physical health services, offering patients medications for opioid use disorder while they’re at the hospital and working with community partners to develop and provide a full continuum of care after hospital discharge.</p> <p>The AHA has published a <a href="http://www.aha.org/opioids">variety of resources</a> to advance this work. Two key resources are from the <a href="https://www.aha.org/guidesreports/2017-11-07-stem-tide-addressing-opioid-epidemic-taking-action">Stem the Tide series</a>:</p> <ul> <li><strong>The Opioid Stewardship Measurement Implementation Guide</strong> provides an effective and actionable list of measures to implement successful practices in using data, addressing potential gaps in patient care and identifying opportunities for continued improvements in opioid stewardship.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Toolkit</strong> includes guidance for hospitals and health systems to share with clinicians and patients and use to enhance partnerships within their communities. Information is organized into eight topic areas, including prescribing practices; nonopioid pain management; patient, family and caregiver education; and care transitions.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>In addition, a newly released AHA Transformation Talk <a href="https://www.aha.org/aha-transformation-talks/ep9-opioid-stewardship">video</a> features AHA Chief Nursing Officer Robyn Begley and two health care leaders discussing how to advance opioid stewardship strategies to save lives. And a recent piece in the AHA Center for Health Innovation blog series highlighted how the “B” (buprenorphine) team at <a href="https://www.aha.org/news/healthcareinnovation-thursday-blog/2020-12-02-addressing-opioid-crisis-hospital-b-team-sets">Dell Seton Medical Center</a> is setting up patients with opioid use disorder for successful treatment and recovery.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> At Providence, we established the Well Being Trust as a national foundation focused on the mental health and well-being of the nation. The trust’s <a href="https://wellbeingtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/PainNationExecSumm-2021-FINAL-1.pdf">ongoing research</a> echoes the CDC findings: Drug overdose deaths are rising at an alarming rate. The Providence family of organizations is committed to being catalysts for change. Our providers screen for substance use issues to help identify patients struggling with opioids.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to systemwide best practice protocols, during 2019 we saw more than 37,000 opioid-dependent mothers reduce or completely eliminate use of opioids, a 20% increase from 2018. We have numerous community-based programs, such as our hospital in Eureka, Calif., recognized this year for its <a href="https://blog.providence.org/regional-blog-news/st-joseph-hospital-in-eureka-makes-cal-hospital-compare-s-2020-honor-roll-for-maternity-care">program supporting mothers with opioid use disorder</a>. Another program in northeast Washington operates a <a href="https://blog.providence.org/washington/confronting-the-opioid-crisis-facing-rural-washington">rural opioid treatment program</a> that has helped more than 300 patients. Like many other hospitals and systems, we do this work because the need is great and growing.&nbsp;</p> <p>As hospital leaders, we need to be aware of how the opioid crisis is affecting our communities. We must ensure our clinical teams are appropriately prescribing opioids or nonopioid alternatives. We need to continue collaborating and partnering with local organizations and other hospitals to connect patients with treatment options. And always, we must understand and work to reduce the stigma of opioid use disorder and treatment to ensure that patients and families have the support they need.&nbsp;</p> <p>As healers, let’s lead with compassion and be a source of hope for those struggling with substance use disorders. &nbsp;Together, we can save lives and stem the opioid epidemic.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> <p><br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/opioids" class="topic" hreflang="en">Opioids</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/substance-use-disorder" hreflang="en">Substance Use Disorder</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/rural-issues" hreflang="en">Rural issues</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 16 Aug 2021 15:53:27 +0000 tjordan_drupal 679029 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Words Matter in Providing Compassionate Care https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-08-09-chair-file-words-matter-providing-compassionate-care <span class="title">Chair File: Words Matter in Providing Compassionate Care </span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Aug 9, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>Words matter in compassionate care. This is particularly true in caring for patients with behavioral health disorders, but our words matter to every patient in every care setting.&nbsp;</p> <p>And it’s not only what we say to patients and their families that matters but how we talk with care teams in private. Many times we may not even realize we are being insensitive or spreading stigma.&nbsp;</p> <p>Earlier this year, the AHA launched a series of posters called <a href="https://www.aha.org/people-matter-words-matter">People Matter, Words Matter</a>&nbsp;with the aim of reducing behavioral health stigma in and beyond health care settings. These downloadable and printable documents were developed with the help of subject matter experts. They provide examples of stigmatizing statements we might encounter and offer guidance on how to respectfully respond — that is, words and phrases that do not stigmatize.</p> <p>Studies show that many people with psychiatric or substance use disorders (or both) feel they are being judged both outside and inside the health care system. Sadly, this can lead people to avoid, delay or stop seeking treatment.&nbsp;</p> <p>The inaugural People Matter, Words Matter poster calls on us to <a href="https://www.aha.org/system/files/media/file/2021/03/PMWM-people-first-language.pdf">see the patient as a person first</a>, not an embodiment of mental illness. We wouldn’t say someone is heart disease. Likewise, we should say someone has schizophrenia, not the person is schizophrenic. And while it may seem simple and straightforward when examples are in front of us, it takes time to train our brains to correct words we’ve used for years. We are in a compassionate profession of constant learning and evolving science, and this area of care must continue to advance. Accountability and mindfulness are key.</p> <p>As health care providers, we must lead the way in reducing harmful stigmas that burden behavioral health patients — and sometimes hinder our clinical effectiveness. Choosing the right words can have a positive, and even lifesaving, impact on a person’s life.</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/behavioral-health-care-delivery" hreflang="en">Behavioral Health Care Delivery</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 09 Aug 2021 15:03:18 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678921 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Circle of Life Awards Recognize Innovation in Palliative Care https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-08-02-chair-file-circle-life-awards-recognize-innovation-palliative <span class="title">Chair File: Circle of Life Awards Recognize Innovation in Palliative Care</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Aug 2, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>With the remarkable advances in health care, treatments for serious illnesses like cancer and diabetes are saving millions of lives each year and helping people live longer.&nbsp;</p> <p>People who have a serious illness want to live in a way that is meaningful to them. They want to work together with their health care providers to create a care plan that helps them live their best life.&nbsp;</p> <p>That’s where palliative care teams can really make a difference. Their goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative care can be provided along with other medical treatments — and at any age and any stage of illness. As of 2019, <a href="C:\Users\cgreising\Downloads\2019-state-by-state-report-card-on-access-to-palliative-care-in-our-nations-hospitals.pdf">72% of U.S. hospitals</a> with more than 50 beds had a palliative care team. Patients can graduate out of palliative care, and as clinicians, we celebrate when they do.&nbsp;</p> <p>To recognize innovation in palliative and end-of-life care and provide models for the field, the Circle of Life Awards are given annually. Honorees have demonstrated effective, patient- and family-centered, timely, safe, efficient and equitable palliative and end-of-life care.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s really been an honor for organizations in the Providence family to have received this award in the past. We believe that palliative care is an integral part of <a href="https://www.instituteforhumancaring.org/About-Us.aspx">whole person care</a>, and we offer it across our footprint of seven states. It is team-based care, pulling in clinicians, social workers and chaplains to partner with patients in their care planning. Those discussions include <a href="https://www.instituteforhumancaring.org/Advance-Care-Planning.aspx">advance care planning</a> that empowers patients to make decisions about their future treatment.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> If your hospital or health system has an innovative program that is serving people with serious and life-limiting illness, I encourage you to apply for the 2022 awards. There’s still plenty of time to submit your application before the Aug. 16 deadline.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can learn more and find inspiration by viewing a video about the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W7qINOI44Y&amp;t=4s">2020 Circle of Life Award winners</a> — Novant Health, Spectrum Health Lakeland, Four Seasons The Care You Trust, and Morrison Medical Center. My congratulations to each of the honorees! In addition, the AHA, in partnership with the Center to Advance Palliative Care, offers a <a href="https://www.aha.org/center/palliative-care">comprehensive online resource</a> hub on palliative care for health care providers, including <a href="https://www.aha.org/center/palliative-care/patient-stories">patient success stories</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Providing innovative, high-quality palliative care means building a care plan centered on each patient’s clinical, emotional and cultural needs and goals. This care model is meaningful and important to patients and their families, and is another way hospitals are transforming care for people living with serious illness.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/palliative-care" class="topic" hreflang="en">Palliative Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/long-term-care" hreflang="en">Long-term Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/recognition-and-awards" hreflang="en">Recognition and Awards</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 02 Aug 2021 15:16:45 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678740 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Supporting Hospitals on the Journey to Strengthen Diversity and Health Equity https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-07-26-chair-file-supporting-hospitals-journey-strengthen-diversity-and <span class="title">Chair File: Supporting Hospitals on the Journey to Strengthen Diversity and Health Equity </span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 26, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity has been working for more than 25 years to advance health equity, diversity and inclusion by supporting hospitals, health systems, patients and communities. While the health care field has made some progress, we still have a long way to go.&nbsp;</p> <p>The AHA recently released a <a href="https://www.aha.org/2021-07-14-statement-racism-public-health-issue">statement</a> on the importance of “confronting and eradicating structural racism” to achieve a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. The statement noted: “The cumulative effects of racism and discriminatory practices lead to generational trauma, higher rates of illness, overall poorer health and lower life expectancy for people of color.”&nbsp;</p> <p>To help propel the field forward, IFDHE continues to develop new resources, share evidence-informed practices and offer programs that spark innovations and lead to sustainable transformation in health care.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://ifdhe.aha.org/health-equity-resources"><u><strong>Health equity resource series</strong></u></a>. To support hospitals and health systems wherever they are on their journey to strengthen health equity, IFDHE has released a series of toolkits highlighting four compelling strategies to prioritize health equity:</p> <ul> <li>Data collection, validation, stratification and application of patient information to address disparate outcomes (released March 2021)</li> <li>Cultural competency and implicit bias training and education (released May 2021)</li> <li>Diversity and inclusion in leadership and governance roles (released June 2021)</li> <li>Sustainable community partnerships focused on improving equity (coming soon)&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://ifdhe.aha.org/fall-enrichment-program-fep"><u><strong>Fall Enrichment Program</strong></u></a>. IFDHE partners with hospitals and health systems (host sites) across the country to provide a 20-week paid internship for academically strong, diverse students who have completed a health care-oriented degree and are interested in hospital administration. Host site registration will remain open until Sept. 6, 2021.</p> <p><a href="https://ifdhe.aha.org/health-equity-diversity-inclusion-measures-hospitals-and-health-system-dashboards"><u><strong>Heath equity dashboard</strong></u></a>. This dashboard from IFDHE offers measures on health equity, diversity and inclusion across four domains. Supporting tools and resources help hospitals and health systems make progress toward engaging stakeholders across their organizations to achieve specific measures. &nbsp;</p> <p>Strengthening diversity, health equity and inclusion efforts in our hospitals and health systems leads to better health outcomes for our patients and communities. I am proud that the AHA and IFDHE are committed to increasing access to care, enhancing the diversity of our workforce, providing care with cultural humility and empowering patients and families to achieve their best health.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/disparitiesequity-care" hreflang="en">Disparities/Equity of Care</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:04:56 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678603 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Mental Health and Well-being with Robert Trestman, M.D., Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Carilion Clinic https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-07-19-chair-file-leadership-rounds-talking-mental-health-and-well-being <span class="title">Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Mental Health and Well-being with Robert Trestman, M.D., Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Carilion Clinic</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 19, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-07/leadership-rounds-hochman-trestman-900x400.jpg?itok=5XKamCYl" width="900" height="400" alt="Leadership Rounds 7.19.21 900x400" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>On this episode, I have an important conversation with Robert Trestman, M.D., chair for psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Carilion Clinic and a professor at the Viriginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Va. He serves as 2021 chair of the <a href="https://www.aha.org/news/headline/2021-01-12-aha-behavioral-health-services-council-names-2021-chair-chair-elect">AHA Behavioral Health Services Council</a>.</p> <p>Dr. Trestman and I reflect on the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and well-being of health care professionals, patients and families. During our conversation, he emphasizes that to improve behavioral health care, “overcoming the stigma of asking for and receiving help is the single biggest challenge we all face.” He is passionate about helping health care professionals “to realize that we are human beings … with limits … and it’s OK to ask for help.”&nbsp;</p> <p>We also talk about the best measures to assess the effectiveness of interventions, the necessity to better integrate physical and behavioral health services, and Dr. Trestman’s ideas to overcome funding and compensation challenges for behavioral health care. <strong><a href="https://youtu.be/mGSIOE73wq4">Watch the episode here</a></strong>. And visit <a href="https://www.aha.org/advocacy/access-and-health-coverage/access-behavioral-health">AHA’s webpage</a> for resources on behavioral health.&nbsp;</p> <p>Look for more of my conversations on trending topics with health care leaders from around the country, released as part of the Chair File.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mGSIOE73wq4" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><iframe allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1097020888&amp;color=%2324507d&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <div style="font-size: 10px; color: #cccccc;line-break: anywhere;word-break: normal;overflow: hidden;white-space: nowrap;text-overflow: ellipsis; font-family: Interstate,Lucida Grande,Lucida Sans Unicode,Lucida Sans,Garuda,Verdana,Tahoma,sans-serif;font-weight: 100;"><a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Advancing Health">Advancing Health</a> · <a href="https://soundcloud.com/advancinghealth/leadership-rounds-with-trestman" style="color: #cccccc; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="Leadership Rounds With Dr. Robert Trestman">Leadership Rounds With Dr. Robert Trestman</a></div></div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/behavioral-health-care-delivery" hreflang="en">Behavioral Health Care Delivery</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leadership-rounds" hreflang="en">Leadership Rounds</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 19 Jul 2021 14:13:48 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678476 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Protecting Each Other by Getting Our Communities Vaccinated https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-07-12-chair-file-protecting-each-other-getting-our-communities <span class="title">Chair File: Protecting Each Other by Getting Our Communities Vaccinated</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 12, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/Hochman_Rod_2021-900x400.jpg?itok=mhUdSIB8" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Rod Hochman " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>As summer moves along, the U.S. is marking a pivotal point in the pandemic. A majority of Americans — nearly 55% — now have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 48% are <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations">fully vaccinated</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our nation has made significant progress in getting people vaccinated, which has led to fewer COVID-19 cases and deaths. According to <a href="https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases">data</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cases have been decreasing steadily since mid-January, even dipping below 10,000 for a handful of days in June. These are incredible statistics to see after a year-and-a-half of devastatingly large numbers.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the same time, these statistics are sobering. Every death is a loved one — a spouse, parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, sibling, cousin or beloved friend. There’s more to do. The AHA continues to work on a number of resources to support the field so we can keep those vaccination numbers climbing and COVID-19 cases on the decline.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you haven’t recently checked AHA’s webpage with <a href="https://www.aha.org/vaccineconfidence">COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Resources</a>, I encourage you to do so. You’ll find a variety of toolkits, social media graphics, public service announcements and more — much of it customized for specific audiences — that your teams can use.&nbsp;</p> <p>You’ll also find inspiring <a href="https://www.aha.org/vaccine-stories">VacciNATION case studies and stories</a> highlighting best practices and strategies from hospitals and health systems as they vaccinate patients and people in their communities. A couple of great examples:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.aha.org/vaccine-stories/allegheny-health-network-strives-equitable-vaccine-rollout">Allegheny Health Network</a> has been working to ensure equitable vaccine distribution to people in Western Pennsylvania. AHN teams are reaching marginalized populations or patients who rank high on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index through specialized, invitation-only and walk-in clinics. AHN used data from its information technology system and affiliated health plan to identify people with limited access, and also has partnered with local churches, organizations and leaders to set up vaccination events.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.aha.org/atrium-health-multipronged-approach-reduce-vaccination-barriers-and-promote-vaccine-readiness">Atrium Health</a>, based in Charlotte, N.C., developed a multipronged approach with mass vaccination events, mobile vaccination teams, community vaccination clinics and more. The health system has used two roving units that travel to select urban and rural neighborhoods using a geographic information system-mapping tool that identifies COVID-19 hot spots in the city. In addition to vaccinating people in the community, these mobile teams can screen for health conditions, medication issues and social needs.</li> </ul> <p>It’s still a precarious time in this pandemic as we watch the highly contagious delta variant begin to take hold and COVID-19 cases in the U.S. increase in certain communities. Hospitals and health systems have been trusted public health leaders during this ongoing emergency, so let’s continue the good work and get more people in our communities vaccinated. For hospitals dedicated to healing and hope, it’s the right thing to do for our country.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/novel-coronavirus-sars-cov-2covid-19" class="topic" hreflang="en">Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-vaccines-and-therapeutics" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Vaccines and Therapeutics</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-effective-communications-resources" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Effective Communications Resources</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 12 Jul 2021 15:12:08 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678380 at https://www.aha.org Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Public Health Preparedness and Population Health with Mount Sinai Health System CEO Kenneth Davis, M.D. https://www.aha.org/news/chairpersons-file/2021-06-28-chair-file-leadership-rounds-talking-public-health-preparedness <span class="title">Chair File: Leadership Rounds — Talking Public Health Preparedness and Population Health with Mount Sinai Health System CEO Kenneth Davis, M.D.</span> <span class="uid"><span>tjordan_drupal</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 28, 2021</span> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/900x400/public/2021-01/banner-leadership-rounds-hochman-900x400_0.jpg?itok=W6k9qOpw" width="900" height="400" alt="Dr. Hochman Leadership Rounds " /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="body"><p>On this episode, you’ll hear from Kenneth Davis, M.D., president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System in New York, a system that was on the front lines of the first wave of COVID-19. He is a neurobiologist and a pioneering researcher in the field of brain disease, notably Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p>Dr. Davis discusses lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to better prepare for further surges or another virus. In our conversation he says, “We just need to be ready,” emphasizing the necessity for the U.S. to be a leader in responding to a future global pandemic, including on diagnostic testing and vaccines.</p> <p>Responding to a public health emergency of this scale reveals the benefits of working and collaborating in a large, integrated health system. Dr. Davis reflects on his system’s experience and on a range of related topics including health care inequities, social determinants of health, and using a population health model to provide care and keep people well.</p> <p>Look for more of my conversations on trending topics with health care leaders from around the country, released as part of the Chair File.</p> <p>Rod Hochman, M.D.<br /> AHA Chair</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QZGHy-PP_z8" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field_author"> <span>Rod Hochman, M.D. </span> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/leadership" class="topic" hreflang="en">Leadership</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/populationcommunity-health" hreflang="en">Population/Community Health</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/novel-coronavirus-sars-cov-2covid-19" hreflang="en">Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leadership-rounds" hreflang="en">Leadership Rounds</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type">Chairperson&#039;s File</div> Mon, 28 Jun 2021 16:45:44 +0000 tjordan_drupal 678159 at https://www.aha.org