Social Determinants of Health

Feb 13, 2018
Hospital and health system leaders must continue to focus on internal and community partnerships that drive the most affordable, accessible and social changes possible in a population health environment, a panel of hospital and health system leaders said at a recent AHA Executive Forum in Chicago…
Feb 21, 2018
This case study is from “Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals,” which offers strategies and case examples to help hospitals and health systems address food insecurity issues in their communities. For more information and to access the full guide, click here. Introduction  Eskenazi…
Feb 13, 2018
2018 Theme: Be the Bridge Improving the health of communities cannot be accomplished by one person, organization or sector alone. To significantly improve population health, we need to strengthen existing bridges—and build new ones—to foster collaborative action. The ACHI 2018 conference theme,…
Feb 8, 2018
Transitional care strategies can help rural hospitals manage care for medically and socially complex patients, or "super utilizers," panelists said yesterday at the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. AHA Board Member Jason Spring, chief strategic officer of Kalispell (MN)…
Feb 6, 2018
The AHA invites you to a webinar on “Health Behaviors and the Role of Hospitals,” an accompaniment to an upcoming guide in our social determinants of health series. As hospitals and health systems are addressing more population health issues, unhealthy behaviors such as excess alcohol intake,…
Feb 1, 2018
Rural Hospital CEO Turns to Telemedicine Bryan Slaba, CEO of Wagner (SD) Community Memorial Hospital, has implemented a number of new telehealth programs to address the issues that physician shortages and rural climates create. Slaba, who was recently recognized with AHA’s 2018 Rural Leadership…
Jan 31, 2018
The revolving door of homeless patients going through Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) was a source of mounting frustration for the hospital’s emergency department (ED), says hospital social work director Paula Crombie.   “They knew these patients on a first-name basis because the ED was…
Jun 21, 2017
As part of our work to Advance Health in America, the AHA, HRET and ACHI are launching a series of guides on how hospitals can address the determinants of health such as food, housing and education, to improve the environment where people live, work and play. “Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals” is the first guide in this series.
What is food insecurity? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is defined as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food with either disrupted eating patterns or reduced food intake. Food insecurity, a determinant of…