Community Health Improvement Week

ACHI's Community Health Improvement Week is a national event to recognize community health professionals for their passion and dedication to improving the health of the communities they serve. Community Health Improvement Week is a national event that raises awareness, demonstrates impact and celebrates the individuals and organizations that work to improve the determinants of health in their communities. We need you to help us celebrate.

 

 

Daily Themes & Activities

Each day of CHI week ACHI will release new resources around topic areas of importance to the field. See below for a preview of what’s to come on each day.

  • Monday, June 5 – Kick off CHI week with a focus on the determinants of health. We will share new resources, highlight some of our members’ accomplishments and reflect on why we do community health improvement work.
  • Tuesday, June 6 – Community Health Needs Assessments have become much more sophisticated and community-engaged in the past years, and ACHI will be highlighting advances in the field.
  • Wednesday, June 7 – As hospitals and health systems increasingly work outside their walls to promote health, we need to recognize the impact that community health workers have in our communities. Join ACHI for a webinar on community health workers and share how your organization has leveraged community assets.
  • Thursday, June 8 – Community health improvement aims to meet the needs of our communities’ most vulnerable populations. Thursday’s activities will revolve around strategies to address high need-high cost and vulnerable populations.
  • Friday, June 9 – ACHI will join the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) digital media campaign to raise awareness about violence and hospital-based approaches to combat violence

Why we Celebrate Community Health Improvement

Raise awareness and increase understanding of the vital role of upstream prevention and community-based strategies to improve health at the population health.

  • Share facts about the efficacy of community health improvement. We’ll be sharing them via social media too.
  • Only 20% of health outcomes are attributable to clinical care. Health behaviors, socioeconomic factors and the physical environment account for 80% of health. County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
  • 85% of the nation’s hospitals report strong or total commitment to population health and 90% of hospitals agree that population health aligns with their mission. American Hospital Association 
  • Non-profit hospitals in America spend $62 billion on community benefit activities annually. Health Affairs
  • Every $1 invested in prevention generated a return of $5.60.Trust for America's Health
  • Investing $10 per person each year in community- based public health activities could save more than $16 billion within five years. American Public Health Foundation

Demonstrate the impact of your organization’s community health initiatives.

  • Share your story or photos of your organization’s community health improvement activities by emailing ACHI@aha.org. We will share them in our daily newsletter during Community Health Improvement Week.
  • Post on social media about your community health improvement efforts using #chiweek

Celebrate the work and accomplishments of community health professionals.

  • Share your CHI Week activities on social media
  • Share why you work for healthier communities. Fill out the Why I Do What I Do placard with your team and community partners. Take a picture and post on social media.
  • Plan a lunch and learn with your community partners
  • Publish a press release or article in your local newspaper about Community Health Improvement Week and your organization’s community health improvement efforts.
  • Release a proclamation that your community is celebrating Community Health Improvement Week.
  • Organize a volunteer service day
  • Use the Community Health Improvement Week logo in your publicity.
  • Join ACHI as we release new resources daily throughout the week.

Community Health Improvement Week Resources

Adapt the resources below to support your Community Health Improvement Week activities.

Press release template

Proclamation article template

Community Health Improvement Week logo

Why I Do What I Do placard