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Essential Insights

Perspectives on essential people, communities, and hospitals

Imagining Better Health Care … and Better Patient Satisfaction

Vivian Lee

Patients at essential hospitals face bigger challenges than their health, so it’s critical to support their care journey in a digestible, user-friendly way.

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40 Years Essential: Health Equity in Policy and Practice

Susan Ehrlich, MD, MPP, past-chair of the association board, reflects on her personal health equity journey and what she’s learned from essential hospitals.

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40 Years at the Center of Medicaid

I entered the practice of law in late 1991, amid what turned out to be one of the most consequential policy debates of the last half-century for essential hospitals. America’s Essential Hospitals, then and since, has been at the heart of every major Medicaid national debate.

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Henry Ford Therapeutic Choir Helps Patients Find Their Voices

Henry Ford Health System’s therapeutic choir helps patients with Parkinson’s disease, long-term COVID-19 symptoms, and other conditions regain their voices.

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40 Years of Health Equity

As our association celebrates its 40th anniversary, we look back on a long legacy of working to ensure equity in health care, especially for those affected by the public health threat of structural racism.

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Essential Hospitals Support Communities with Disabilities

To recognize Disability Pride Month and the 31st anniversary of Congress passing the Americans with Disabilities Act, we showcase three essential hospital programs to support communities with disabilities.

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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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America’s Essential Hospitals: A Washington Leader

Founding member, past board chair, and corporate affiliate member Tom Traylor reflects on the association’s achievements over the past 40 years.

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America’s Essential Hospitals: Together in Tough Times

The community that held members together in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks continues to hold members together today, Christine Capito Burch reflects.

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