2017 Webinar Archives

Transportation and the Role of Hospitals

Description: The AHA webinar on “Transportation and the Role of Hospitals,” is part of the social determinants of health series. Transportation is a significant factor in building and sustaining healthy communities. It determines how easily resources and services, including health care, can be accessed. With 3.6 million people in the U.S. facing difficulty obtaining medical care due to transportation, many hospitals and health systems are developing resources to improve transportation in their communities. Learn how a rural and an urban hospital, Taylor Regional Hospital in Kentucky and Denver Health Medical Center, established programs and partnerships to advance transportation services.

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Housing and the Role of Hospitals

Description: This AHA webinar was on the latest resource in our social determinants of health series, “Housing and the Role of Hospitals,” a guide to address housing instability and its impact on health. With 1.48 million homeless individuals in the U.S., hospitals and health systems are joining together with communities to reduce homelessness. The webinar highlighted strategies Children’s Mercy Kansas City and University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System developed to recognize housing barriers as a priority health issue in their communities. The hospitals shared their journey of implementing programs to assist those in need of stable and secure living conditions.

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Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

Description: It has become widely known that effective hospital-community partnerships are necessary in building healthier communities and promoting a Culture of Health. This webinar, an extension of the latest guide from the Health Research & Educational Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled, “A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health”, featured actionable strategies and lessons learned for cultivating successful partnerships from two strong hospital-community partnerships. Learn how Sinai Health System and St. Mary’s Health System established sustainable partnership structures, addressed many social determinants of health and created a positive impact on health outcomes across the communities they serve.

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Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

Description: The American Hospital Association hosted a webinar that is an extension of the “Social Determinants of Health Series: Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals” guide; which featured innovative practices Arkansas Children’s Hospital and ProMedica implemented to identify and reduce the prevalence of food insecurity in the communities they serve. Because only 20 percent of health can be attributed to medical care, hospitals are recognizing the effects socio-economic factors have on health. Food insecurity is a determinant of health that is affecting more than 15.8 million households in America. It is linked to chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes and can delay child development. Many other physical, behavioral, clinical and socio-economic factors that determine the health and well-being of an individual are associated with food insecurity, making it a significant health care issue that needs to be embraced in any hospital’s population health strategy.

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Impact of Community Health Workers

Description: Though health care professionals at hospitals work tirelessly to help patients get and stay healthy, some patients struggle with real-life challenges, such as job pressures, difficulty paying for medications, hunger or trauma, which can affect their health. To address these issues, University of Pennsylvania Health System researchers partnered with Philadelphia community members and health system leadership to develop IMPaCT—Individualized Management for Patient-Centered Targets—an evidence-based, nationally recognized model for recruiting and training community health workers (CHWs). Community health workers are front-line staff who are trusted members of the communities they serve. They provide tailored support to help high-risk patients achieve individualized health goals.

Hospitals and health systems can incorporate community health workers into their workforce, extending care beyond the hospital or clinic walls to help bridge gaps in care, expand access to care and, ultimately, improve health outcomes for high-risk patients. Despite the potential in using community health workers, many CHW programs have been ineffective or unsustainable due to turnover, lack of infrastructure, and difficulty measuring or achieving desired outcomes. This webinar discussed how the IMPaCT model systematically addresses those challenges and how hospitals can create an effective, standardized and scalable CHW program.

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Highlighting Spirit of the Community Award Honorees

Description: In March, the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) presented the inaugural Spirit of the Community Award to two outstanding community health leaders: Kathy Armijo Etre from CHRISTUS ST. Vincent, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Penrose Jackson from University of Vermont Medical Center. Their leadership and commitment to improving the health and wellness of the communities they serve makes them exemplars of the spirit of their community and ACHI. This webinar showcased two outstanding community health leaders as they shared their stories and insights on their community health improvement efforts. In addition to highlighting her collaborative work with supportive housing, Penrose Jackson shared how her community is addressing the opiate crisis in Vermont. Kathy Armijo Etre provided insight on community health to recognize health care needs across all ages. She also shared results of a successful initiative focused on reducing emergency department utilization among behavioral health patients.

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Moving from Assessment to Action in Community Health Improvement

Description: Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 3-4pm EDT for a webinar focused on taking action in support of community health improvement. Featuring two communities participating in the Using The Community Guide for Community Health Improvement pilot initiative, this webinar offered an overview of the initiative to date and highlight the stories of those participating. Led by WellSpan Health (York, PA) and INTEGRIS Health (Oklahoma City, OK), coalitions involving numerous stakeholders in both communities have been using the population health driver diagram framework to take action and implement community health improvement activities to address behavioral health needs. Representatives from WellSpan Health and INTEGRIS Health shared their experiences with the initiative over the past year, including successes and lessons learned.

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How Hospitals and Health Care Systems Can Address Human Trafficking

Description: As part of the American Hospital Association’s Hospital Against Violence initiative, this webinar addresses how hospitals and health systems can prevent human trafficking. Among many forms of violence, human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, is a global problem and is increasingly being recognized as a public health concern in the United States. Health care organizations and health care professionals can help identify and support victims of human trafficking by being alert to the problem and realizing patients they are treating may be victims. By collaborating with public agencies and community-based organizations, health care organizations can raise awareness in their own communities and advocate for public policies that address human trafficking. As anchor institutions, hospitals can leverage their influence by being aware of the “supply side” of human trafficking globally.

This webinar explored the problem of human trafficking, identified approaches health care organizations can adopt to address human trafficking and provided case examples of hospitals leading the field in human trafficking prevention.

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Substance Use Prevention: How to Make it Work in Your Community

Description: Communities around the country are experiencing challenges in preventing substance use. For some communities prescription drugs and heroin are the major concern while for others it's methamphetamine, synthetics or underage drinking. This webinar with the Association for Community Health Improvement showed research behind substance use prevention and presents a real-life example of how Utah is addressing the opioid epidemic and underage drinking in their state.

Dr. Bethany Deeds, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, provided an overview of how evidence-based prevention can be used to develop policies and interventions to address the needs of our communities. Craig PoVey and Laura Nichols described how a collaborative effort among Intermountain Healthcare, communities and state officials are working to prevent opioid misuse before it starts, increasing physician awareness about prescribing opioids and collaboratively supporting an underage drinking campaign. Jane Sanville from the Executive Office of the President moderated the panel.

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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 focused on the Dignity Health Community Investment Program. The program provided 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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