Connecting Care and Community

Improving the health and well-being of our communities cannot be accomplished by one sector alone. Connecting clinical care and communiby is essential in advancing health equity and stengthening partnerships within the field.


Conference Plenary Videos
ACHI continues to share plenary videos from the 2018 ACHI National Conference! Watch Ellie Zuehlke, Director of Community Benefit & Engagement at Allina Health present strategies on clinic-community connections to address social determinants of health.

Bright Spots on Housing Initiatives
In partnership with 100 Million Healthier Lives, you have access to another Bright Spots story! University of Vermont Medical Center shares their journey of developing three different housing initiatives to combat homelessness in Chittenden County, Vermont. View story

Call for Social Determinants of Health Scripts
The AHA is developing a set of standardized screening scripts on social determinants of health for clinicians and staff. We know addressing a patient's social needs is as important as addressing their clinical needs. But 80 percent of physicians do not feel confident in discussing or addressing patients' social needs. Share your hospital's or health system's screening scripts for identifying patients with severe social needs with AHA. The AHA will then share a comprehensive script to the field on ways to best screen patients with social needs. Together, we can reduce barriers and stigmas when identifying and addressing those impacted by social determinants of health. Share your scripts.

Member Stories

Jasmine Moore
Violence Prevention Coordinator, Grady Memorial Hospital

As the Violence Prevention Coordinator at Grady Memorial Hospital, Moore has worked with numerous individuals to combat violence in the city of Atlanta. For example, she leads the Program to Interruption Violence thru Outreach and Treatment (PIVOT), a collaborative response to leverage arms of outreach at the individual and community levels to interrupt the contagion of violence.


PIVOT provides wrap-around services with intensive follow-up through case management while the community policing responds to firearm-related events in the community. The PIVOT taskforce formed in 2016 and has been able to implement PIVOT through funding received the Bureau of Justice Assistance via the Office of Programs’ SMART office. The core of the taskforce consists of members from Atlanta Police Department, Grady, Applied Research Services, Emory School of Medicine, and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The program went live recently, on June 1, 2018.

Stories from the Field

Population Health Initiatives at Darmouth-Hitchcock
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center implemented various population health initiatives to support the growing needs of its patients and community: