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Perspectives on essential people, communities, and hospitals

Building Healthy Communities

Essential hospitals work to improve population health and patient and family engagement

Premier Health Partners with Professional Society for Vaccine Equity

The Dayton, Ohio, health system has built a valuable partnership with a community organization of Black health care professionals to confront disparities.

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Hurley Medical Center Helps Community ‘Activate their Health Care Power’

Tarnesa Martin, RN, BSN, brings care from the hospital into the community as association member Hurley Medical Center’s inaugural patient resource and community advocate.

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RWJBarnabas Health Empowers Staff, Community with Food Equity Challenge

Association member RWJBarnabas Health’s food equity challenge encouraged staff and community members to examine the intersection of structural racism, food insecurity, and health outcomes.

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Bolstering Resilience in Health Care by Investing in Energy Efficiency

It’s time to become more intentional about reducing the impact of waste emissions on the health of our communities.

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Essential Hospitals Have Pride: Improving LGBTQ Care

For 40 years, America’s Essential Hospitals and its members have championed care for underserved communities, including LGBTQ people. As we celebrate Pride Month, the association reflects on members’ efforts to improve care for this population and recent administration actions to support this goal.

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Eskenazi Health Builds Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines with Community Town Halls

Eskenazi Health in February launched a virtual town hall series to share information about the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Essential Hospitals Fight Human Trafficking

Often serving populations targeted by traffickers, essential hospitals are in a unique position to address this problem. Two association members — Henry Ford Health System and Harris Health System — offer examples of education and best practices for identifying and caring for those affected.

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Students Step Up: Integrating Social Determinants Screening into Medical Education amid COVID-19

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University students and faculty developed a tool to screen patients for social determinants of health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Essential Hospitals Get Out the Vote

Communities essential hospitals serve often face barriers to voting, but essential hospitals can help by facilitating voter registration and emergency absentee ballots.

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Webinar Recap: Interventions to Decrease Food Insecurity

During a one-hour webinar, participants learned how health systems nationwide are exploring ways to help mitigate food insecurity.

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Bridging Health Equity at an Essential Hospital: Takeaways from VITAL2019

In a VITAL2019 session, speakers from Navicent Health discussed their organization’s plan to identify health disparities and build community partnerships.

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Sinai Health System Pioneers ‘Next Generation’ of Gun Violence Research

Through community outreach and the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative, Sinai Health System works to find place-based solutions to gun violence.

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Barriers to Success in Population Health Management, Value-based Care

Team-based, standardized care can help academic medical centers mitigate barriers to success in population health management.

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Opening the Door for Cost of Care Conversations

In a recent webinar, presenters shared research and tools to break down barriers to having cost conversations with patients.

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Social Responsibility in Surgery

At essential hospital Boston Medical Center, the Socially Responsible Surgery program educates and engages future generations of physicians about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health to provide holistic care.

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Hunger as a Health Issue: Essential Hospitals Fighting Food Insecurity

Essential hospitals face the challenge of food insecurity daily; nationwide, they serve more than 10 million patients who lack access to healthy food. Association members UMass Memorial Health Care and Hurley Medical Center shared initiatives to address this issue at a Capitol Hill briefing.

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Essential Hospitals Tackle Housing Instability

JPS Health Network and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System recently visited Capitol Hill to tell their stories of innovative housing and care coordination programs to help the chronically homeless.

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Revitalized East Lake Neighborhood Shows Value of Targeting Social Determinants of Health

Purpose Built Communities and the East Lake Foundation have worked to transform this neighborhood to a place where individuals can achieve higher education, financial success, and better health outcomes.

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Christiana Care Program Helps Young Adults SEARCH for Their Passions

Christiana Care Health System works with Project SEARCH to provide internship experience and educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities.

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HRSA Recognizes Essential Hospitals for Organ Donation Outreach

Eighty essential hospitals received recognition for their organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration efforts between October 2016 and April 2017.

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Orlando Health Doctors Take Cross-Country Drive for Men’s Health

Two Orlando Health urologists visit gyms, bars, and community events around the country, combining social and fitness events with health awareness lectures

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Author Discusses Continued Importance of Essential Hospitals

Essential hospitals strive every day to close the health care equity gap and provide quality care to all, including the most vulnerable. A new book, A Spirit of Charity, highlights the important role these hospitals play in the United States health care system. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles

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New Book Highlights Essential Hospitals’ Role in U.S. Health Care System

Public hospitals have always played an important role in the United States health care system and their contributions are emphasized in a new book, A Spirit of Charity. In the book, Mike King, a reporter for nearly 40 years, profiles three members of America’s Essential Hospitals — Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Parkland Memorial Hospital

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The 140-Character HCAHPS Survey?

Nearly all members of America’s Essential Hospitals use social media to reach out to their communities. But social media is a two-way street, and essential hospitals also understand the value of social platforms, such as Twitter, to monitor and respond to patient feedback and use those interactions to improve care and the care experience. The

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Essential Hospitals Prepare for Zika Battle

Essential hospitals in Florida, New York and Texas — the three states with the highest incidences of Zika cases as of March 9 — are working to educate patients and providers about the virus before warmer weather brings the potential for a spike in the number of cases. Florida had the highest number of Zika cases

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