Guides/Tools/Case Studies

AHA community health initiatives

Community Health and Equity Resources at the American Hospital Association

September 2019

The AHA is focusing on several areas, including health equity and eliminating care disparities, violence and workplace safety, health system and community collaborations to advance health, and social determinants of health. AHA is working to build on this agenda through innovative campaigns and initiatives, strategic alliances, initiatives, publications and annual awards.

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CHNAFinder

An AHA-member only map based tool, with aggregated information on priority health needs collected from over 3,000 community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and implementation strategies.

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Screening for Social Needs: Guiding Care Teams to Engage Patients

June 2019

This tool from the AHA's Value Initiative helps hospitals and health systems facilitate sensitive conversations with patients about their non-medical needs that may be a barrier to good health.

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Members in Action

The AHA is supporting the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative to study and discusses how hospitals are addressing social determinants through investments in affordable housing.

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Making the Case for Hospitals to Invest in Housing

May 2019

The AHA is supporting the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative to study and discusses how hospitals are addressing social determinants through investments in affordable housing.

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A Trustee’s Guide to Population Health: Building New Foundations Linking Care with Community

February 2019

AHA’s Trustees Services video series is dedicated to increasing understanding and engagement of population health strategies among trustees.

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Social Determinants of Health Virtual Expedition Modules

January 2019

Developed in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation, this case study features WellSpan Health's approach to addressing mental health issues in the community they serve.

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Taking Action: Leveraging Community Resources to Address Mental Health

July 2018

Developed in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation, this case study features WellSpan Health's approach to addressing mental health issues in the community they serve.

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Beyond Clinical Walls: Partnering to Address Mental Health

July 2018

INTEGRIS shares strategies and practices of partnering with organizations outside of the health system to recognize and address mental health. ACHI developed this case study in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health Presentation

June 2018

This presentation deck helps your organization and community better understand how social determinants impact your patients and neighbors, as well as provide examples and strategies of what hospitals are doing to address this important issue.

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Transportation and the Role of Hospitals

November 2017

This guide, part of a series on addressing the social determinants of health, provides strategies and examples to address patients’ transportation issues and improve health and health care access.

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Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

October 2017

This toolkit, released by the AHA, provides guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can partner with patients, clinicians and communities to address the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team of front-line clinicians and subject matter experts, the toolkit includes links to guidelines, training, webinars, reports and other resources

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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies

September 2017

This compendium is a resource developed by the AHA, offers examples of successful hospital-community partnerships from across the U.S. These collaborations are addressing emerging health care issues beyond the four walls of hospitals and improving health outcomes.

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Housing and the Role of Hospitals

August 2017

The second guide in a series on the social determinants of health, “Housing and the Role of Hospitals” provides strategies to address housing instability and improve community and population health. This guide recommends a step-by-step pathway for hospitals to consider when developing housing programs.

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A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

July 2017

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the AHAdeveloped a playbook of effective methods, tools and strategies to create new partnerships and sustain successful existing ones. The playbook also incorporates lessons learned from HRET’s Learning in Collaborative Communities cohort, 10 communities from across the U.S. with strong, successful hospital-community partnerships.

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Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals

June 2017

This guide, released by the American Hospital Association,is the first in a series of forthcoming resources about addressing the determinants of health to improve community health. This guide shares insights on the complex issue of food insecurity and describes how food insecurity can increase the risk for chronic diseases, affect child development and increase health care costs.

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Next Generation of Community Health

February 2017

This report explores what the next generation of community health may look like as hospitals redefine themselves to keep pace with the changing health care landscape.

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Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

November 2016

Recognizing the need for new integrated and comprehensive health care delivery and payment strategies, the AHA Board of trustees created the Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities.The taskforce report outlines nine emerging strategies that can help preserve access to health care services in vulnerable communities.

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Creating Effective Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

August 2016

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), this guidefocuses on how hospitals and communities can develop and sustain partnership

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Applying Research Principles to the Community Health Needs Assessment Process

July 2016

This guide, released by the Health Research & Educational Trust with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, focuses on applying research principles to the community health needs assessments (CHNA) process.

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Engaging Patients and Communities in the Community Health Needs Assessment Process

March 2016

This HPOE guide is a collaboration with the Association for Community Health Improvement and the Health Research & Educational trust, with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, presents a model for engaging patients, their families and community members at each step of the CHNA process.

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Hospital Approaches to Interrupt the Cycle of Violence

March 2015

Hospitals and care systems are uniquely positioned to play an integral role preventing violence in their communities. Evidence shows that hospital-based violence intervention programs reduce violence, save lives and decrease health care costs. This guide offers hospital leaders a model for hospital-based violence intervention that can be tailored to each community’s unique needs.

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Approaches to Population Health in 2015: A National Survey of Hospitals

August 2015

To support hospitals embarking on their population health journey, the Health Research & Educational Trust and theAssociation for Community Health Improvement, in partnership with thePublic Health Institute, conducted a nationwide survey of hospitals and health care systems to assess the state of population health efforts in 2015.

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Hospital-based Strategies for Creating a Culture of Health

October 2014

Hospital-based Strategies for a Creating Culture of Health provides background on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health and discusses how hospitals are contributing to community health improvement. The guide reports the findings of AHA’s review of 300 community health needs assessments, provides strategic considerations for hospital engagement in community health improvement and offers a model of the hospital’s role in building a culture of health.

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Building a Culture of Health

Creating a culture of health requires community partnerships with every major stakeholder contributing to a common good. This infographic presents the diverse roles that hospital leaders canplay in building a culture of health and highlights key points summarized in October 2014 report “Hospital-based Strategies for Creating a Culture of Health”

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Engaging Patients and Communities in Community Health Assessments

When hospitals engage community members and patients in the community health assessment process, both hospitals and communities reap benefits. The infographic, “Engaging Patients and Communities in Community Health Assessments,” illustrates these benefits and describes different levels of community engagement.

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Hospital-Identified Priorities in Community Health Needs Assessments

Working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this infographic summarizes the findings of a review of 300 community health needs assessments related to identifying priority health needs and hospital partners in the October 2014 report “Hospital-based Strategies for Creating a Culture of Health." Additionally, the infographic "Building a Culture of Health" provides a summary of the entire report.

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Population Health Definition

There is often confusion around what is meant by the term “population health.” The AHA offers a definition of the term as well as the goals and processes that hospitals should consider as they implement population health strategies.

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The Second Curve of Population Health

March 2014

This guide builds upon prior American Hospital Association reports that outlined a road map for hospitals and care systems to use as they transition to the second curve of population health. Though the rate and extent to which hospitals and care systems engage in population health may vary, a significant shift toward population health is anticipated in the next three to five years. The tactics described in this guide provide a framework for initiatives that hospitals and care systems could pursue to develop an institutional infrastructure that supports population health.

Trends in Hospital-based Population Health Infrastructure

The American Hospital Association conducted a national survey of hospitals’ organizational infrastructure and staffing as they pertain to population health. Survey results detailed in this report reveal great heterogeneity in how hospitals and care systems structure and implement population health management.