American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations that are committed to health improvement in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care. Founded in 1898, AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. The AHA's Center for Health Innovation focuses on AHA members’ most critical issues to help hospitals and health systems build the capacities and competencies they need to succeed.

AHA initiatives that relate to community health improvement include:

  • Hospitals Against Violence – The AHA is dedicated to combatting violence in our hospitals and communities. Learn more about AHA’s violence prevention efforts.
  • NOVA Awards – These awards honor effective, collaborative programs focused on improving community health status. Learn more about the award winners and consider applying for the award.
  • Foster G. McGaw Prize - The Foster G. McGaw Prize was created to recognize hospitals that have distinguished themselves through efforts to improve the health and well-being of everyone in their communities.
  • Advancing Health in America - Website with information about how hospitals are advancing health through community benefit, coverage and access, and coordinating care.