Chairperson's File

2024 AHA Board Chair Joanne Conroy, M.D., headshot.
Consider these statistics and the impact on health care: By 2035, the number of adults age 65 or older is expected to outnumber children under age 18 for the first time in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Vaccines are powerful weapons against most diseases. Nearly a dozen serious diseases —including polio, smallpox and whooping cough — have been eradicated because of vaccines. That’s important to remember as we observe National Immunization Awareness Month in August.
On today’s episode, I talk with three health care leaders affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB): Terri Poe, chief nursing officer at UAB Medicine; Maria Rodriguez Shirey, dean of the UAB School of Nursing; and Shea Polancich, assistant dean for clinical innovation, UAB…
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” This anonymous quote — which some have attributed to Albert Einstein — sums up one lesson from the pandemic. Looking back 3 1/2 years after the early days of COVID-19, we can better appreciate how the pandemic’s extraordinarily difficult days also…
Each year, the AHA Quest for Quality Prize recognizes hospitals and health systems that have committed to and are making significant progress toward providing exceptional care to patients based on those six “STEEEP” aims.
Assessing the impact of artificial intelligence on health care delivery, managing workforce challenges, addressing environmental sustainability, improving the health care consumer experience: All these topics and more will be highlighted at the AHA Leadership Summit, July 16–18 in Seattle.
On today’s episode, I talk with AHA Board Member Doug Brown, president of UMass Memorial Community Hospitals and chief administrative officer for UMass Memorial Health, which serves patients throughout Massachusetts. We discuss the many ways that hospitals, health systems and care providers…
June 12–18 is Community Health Improvement Week. This annual recognition week focuses on how people at hospitals, health systems, national organizations and community organizations are working together to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities and advance health equity.
On Friday, AHA led the seventh annual #HAVhope Friday, part of its Hospital Against Violence initiative, to focus national attention on ending all forms of violence in our workplaces and communities.
On this episode, I talk with Jesse Tamplen, vice president of behavioral health services at John Muir Health, located east of San Francisco, and a member of the AHA Committee on Behavioral Health.