2016 Webinars Archives

Hospital Community Investment Programs - What Are They and How They Work?

Description: Community health is a core component of many health care systems and has led to some innovative population health initiatives. Community investment is one of the unique ways a health system can aid its community. This webinar focuses on the Dignity Health Community Investment Program. The program provides below-market interest rate loans and other investments to nonprofit organizations whose work align with the health system's core mission and values. Learn about the program and its goals and how some of their investments have been used so far.

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Evaluating the Quality and Impact of Community Benefit Programs

Description: In the past, hospital community benefit has been measured and judge by how much is spent on financial assistance and other community health improvement services. While dollars spent is an easy metric to capture, it doesn't tell us what impact community benefit is having on targeted community health needs. This webinar will focus on telling a new community benefit story in the health reform environment. It will address the questions: Why do we need a new story? How do we assess quality and impact? How do we describe to regulatory and community audiences how our hospitals are making an impact?

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Using Electronic Health Record Data for your Community Health Needs Assessment

Description: Community health is an important priority of hospitals and health systems. Assembling community health data for CHNAs, Implementation strategies, and program evaluation is both rewarding and challenging. How do we find data that is detailed enough to reveal health disparities, geographic variability and change over time? Participants will hear an example from Wisconsin of how electronic health record data played an important role in a local community coalition; and will learn the step-by-step process of how to implement this within their own organization.

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Engaging Patients and Community Stakeholders in CHNAs

Description: Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) have the potential to be powerful drivers to enhance the health of communities. Making community and patient engagement a central component of the CHNA process can be mutually beneficial to hospitals and communities alike. Incorporating patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) also has the potential to support the creation of CHNAs and improvement strategies to address identified needs.

This webinar presented a new comprehensive model for effectively involving patients and community members throughout the entire CHNA process. Representatives from Sharp HealthCare, including a member of their Patient and Family Advisory Council, will share how they have successfully involved patients and community stakeholders in their CHNA process. Presenters: from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will also discuss the importance of patient-centered outcomes research, how it can be useful for CHNAs and improvement plans and how to access this relevant research.

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Collaboration is Key: Addressing Hunger as a Health Issue

Description: The link between hunger, food insecurity and poor health has been clearly acknowledged as a serious health threat, yet it remains largely preventable. At the core, addressing hunger—and other social determinants—goes to the foundation of many health issues that follow individuals through life. To eradicate hunger we must form strong community partnerships and work together if we hope to have a real and lasting impact on those we serve.In this webinar, representatives from the Food and Nutrition Service and The Root Cause Coalition addressed the need for collaborative approaches to hunger in communities across the country, programs available to those most in need and operational solutions being implemented in the clinical setting—from screening for food insecurity to food pharmacies—to address the most basic nutritional needs of patients.

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Using The Community Guide for Community Health Improvement

Description: The Public Health Foundation and the Association for Community Health Improvement came together for a webinar focused on The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) and how it can support community health improvement efforts. The Community Guide is a free resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts. The Community Guide covers many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention, and environmental change; identifies where more research is needed; and complements other decision support tools, such as Healthy People 2020 and The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. During this webinar, participants learned more about The Community Guide and pilot activities underway to help hospitals use evidence-based recommendations and findings found in The Community Guide to take action and implement community health improvement activities in collaboration with health departments and other community partners.

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Collaboration Between Hospitals and Interfaith Organizations to Improve Community Health

Description: This webinar will focus on two hospital-interfaith collaborations, one in Memphis that has been in existence for nine years and another in Maryland that is in its earliest stages. Since these collaborations have enormous potential for promoting health, especially among at-risk populations, and help avoid unnecessary re-hospitalizations, the potential for creating such collaboratives in different communities across the country will be explored.

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