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VA Community Outreach, Suicide Prevention Programs Need Leadership

December 19, 2018 - The Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA’s) community outreach and suicide prevention efforts need better leadership and direction, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. VA designed its community outreach and suicide prevention model in 2010 in an effort to detect and aid veterans at risk for suicide. Suicide is a significant issue in...


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Distinguishing and Defining Top Patient Engagement Keywords

by Sara Heath

As healthcare professionals continue to focus on patient engagement, they face an onslaught of varying and often confusing terminology. Between phrases that sound the same and phrases that sound like they should mean the same thing, it is...

NYU Unveils Dashboard Displaying Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

The Department of Population Health at NYU Langone has recently launched its City Health Dashboard, which aims to display financial and social data about communities in the country’s 500 largest cities. Specifically, this dashboard...

How One Doc Uses Cartoons to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

On social media and in the healthcare space, Anita Ravi, MD, is largely known for her patient advocacy and cartoon work depicting the social determinants of health (SDOH) for vulnerable patients and how providers must address those factors...

Are Providers Responsible for the Social Determinants of Health?

by Sara Heath

Medical professionals and other healthcare industry stakeholders need to develop strategies that allow clinicians to address the social determinants of health without adding to administrative burden and provider burnout, according to a...

Programs Targeting Social Determinants of Health Improve Wellness

by Sara Heath

Policy and wellness interventions addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) at California-based Kaiser Permanente improved health outcomes for the health system’s communities, showed a series of studies published as an...

Using Social Media for Public Health, Patient Behavior Change

by Sara Heath

Social media can be an effective tool for disseminating public health messages and support better patient access to mental healthcare, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. “Given the...

3 Things to Know to Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment

by Sara Heath

As more non-profit hospitals gear up for a new year of addressing the social determinants of health, they have begun issuing notices for completing their community health needs assessments (CHNAs). From Illinois to New Jersey, healthcare...

Assessing the Outcomes, Successes of Community Health Programs

by Sara Heath

Community health program leaders need to develop better measures to assess the success and efficacy of projects that address the social determinants of health, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs. Community health...

Rideshare Deal to Address Patient Access to Care Barriers

by Sara Heath

Ridesharing service Lyft has partnered with Circulation to offer rides to non-emergency care for patients across the country, helping to improve patient access to care. Transportation to care is a significant social determinant of health,...

Overcoming Transportation Barriers to Drive Patient Care Access

by Sara Heath

Hospitals play an important role in addressing transportation barriers, patient care access, and other social determinants of health, according to a recent report from the American Hospital Association. The AHA paper,...

Cancer Care Groups Partner for Better Patient Navigator Services

by Sara Heath

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have formed a strategic national partnership to create comprehensive access to quality patient navigator services. The National Alliance...

How Health Centers Measure the Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Most health centers serving safety net patients measure the social determinants of health in a similar way, making the process uniform and conducive to wide-spread intervention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American...

Using Community Health Partnerships to Address Social Needs

by Sara Heath

In the city of McCook, Nebraska, paramedics visit the homes of patients recently released from the hospital, checking in on their health needs and making sure patients’ homes are suitable for recovery. This community health...

AHA Playbook Details Community Healthcare Partnerships

by Sara Heath

The AHA’s Health Research & Education Trust (HRET) has released a playbook detailing how healthcare organizations can create community healthcare partnerships to drive continuous patient engagement and an overall culture of...

How to Develop Community Health, Patient Outreach Efforts

by Sara Heath

The AHA has published a toolkit to help drive community health and improve patient outreach efforts in rural regions and vulnerable urban communities. As healthcare becomes increasingly value-based, hospitals are working to use their...

Public Health Org Aims to Meet Social Determinants of Health

by Sara Heath

Former HHS Acting Assistant Secretary Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSC, will be co-chairing a new public health institute that will target and engage local health partners to help meet the social determinants of health. The de Beaumont...

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