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PA Hospitals Have Much to Celebrate During Community Health Improvement Week June 2-8

May 31, 2019

HAP joins the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association for Community Health Improvement in celebrating Community Health Improvement Week, June 2–8, 2019. This national event recognizes the important role hospitals, health systems, and communities have in advancing health and well-being.

During this week, Pennsylvania hospitals are encouraged to recognize and share their efforts to improve the health of patients and communities by addressing social determinants such as food insecurity, housing, transportation, and health literacy.

The AHA has prepared a digital toolkit to help raise awareness of this important work. Resources include graphics and other support for social media as well as guides, blogs, webinars, and podcasts to help advance community health improvement and population health initiatives. 

For nonprofit hospitals across the nation and here in Pennsylvania, community health improvement efforts are informed by a community health needs assessment and planning process conducted every three years. Through this process, hospitals identify and determine how to tackle their community’s most pressing health needs and challenges—as well as the underlying health behaviors and socioeconomic and environmental factors contributing to those issues.

HAP supports these efforts through its commitment to assist in identifying strategies for addressing social determinants of health in Pennsylvania communities. HAP has formed a collaborative and convened a group of health care and community leaders and stakeholders on the front lines of initiatives aimed at improving the economic and social conditions that impact health.

During 2019, the collaborative, led by a steering committee of hospital leaders, aims to develop:

  • The strategies to address at least two social determinants of health, with the main focus on housing and food insecurity
  • The measures used to address the effectiveness of these strategies

HAP also supports:

  • Collaborative, regional efforts to address food insecurity and the opioid epidemic
  • Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model, designed to help hospitals continue to their mission of patient care while also developing new services and initiatives to improve community health well and well-being  

For more information about HAP’s work regarding community and population health, please contact Rob Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health.

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