Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service availability, community support service availability, as well as the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy and documentation status.
Many of the barriers to effective emergency care systems are also barriers to effective population health management and the Associations’ vision of an optimally healthy society. Pre-hospital care and services, emergency department crowding, alternate destinations and treatment sites as well as post-acute transfer options impact the effectiveness of emergency departments and the ability of residents to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
Secure, effective exchange of patient health information is critical to increase coordination of care and decrease costly duplication of services. Issues involved include: data ownership; privacy; connectivity; access; and local vs. statewide HIEs.
Without sufficient, well-trained health care professionals at all levels of the care continuum, access, quality, timeliness and safety for patients and staff is compromised. Shortages include specialty nurses, clinical lab scientists, respiratory and physical therapists, radiology technologists and more.
Amid fears of “The Big One” and citing the need for earthquake safety, the State of California has placed a deadline for hospitals to retrofit their buildings — a task that could cost billions of dollars.
A new cancer care center has opened in Chico, staffed by doctors and nurses who worked through the Camp Fire at a hospital in Marysville to continue providing care for more than 100 cancer patients.
The new center in north Chico will provide access for patients who lost their care location when Adventist Health Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise was forced to close after the Camp Fire, and is dually sponsored by both UC Davis Health and Adventist Health. (Enterprise-Record)
A bottle of shampoo. A tube of toothpaste. These are simple things that many folks take for granted.
But they are much appreciated by human trafficking victims on the road to recovery and a fresh start in life.
As part of the hospital’s “No More” campaign, employees of Kaiser Permanente Fresno donated and collected enough personal hygiene products to fill more than 1,000 toiletry bags for Breakings the Chains, a local nonprofit that helps human trafficking victims. (GV Wire)
Upvalley workers and seniors will soon have a better pulse on their health and the means to possibly dodge a hospital visit down the road.
In its latest round of grant-giving to bolster healthcare for underserved populations in Napa County, the Napa Valley Vintners, a wine industry trade group, recently awarded $250,000 to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.
The NVV’s grants tend to take aim at healthcare and education in the county, channeling funds into nonprofits providing services for children and the elderly. (Napa Valley Register)
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