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This week [June 3 – 9, 2018], we celebrate National Community Health Week.

Community health is a multi-sector approach to provide access to preventive health services for all, deliver health education and connects people to resources, and help to ensure the health and safety of the environment in which people live, work and learn. Community health complements medical care by striving to help people maintain and improve their health every day. Hospitals are increasingly focusing their efforts on reaching their population health goals by identifying and addressing the social determinants of health. By connecting clinical and community issues and partnering with multi-sector community stakeholders, America’s hospitals are making a huge impact on the health and well-being of their communities.

During this observance, hospitals, healthcare systems, public health organizations, community-based organizations and health improvement coalitions across the country will engage their communities to raise awareness and understanding of community health and demonstrate its benefits by holding forums, educational events and distributing communications about the community health programs they and their organizations run.

The Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) will release new resources during the week to support the field on their community health improvement journeys. Visit the ACHI Web site for more information and a schedule of events.

Great Plains QIN works with healthcare providers and communities across the region to implement quality initiatives to improve healthcare. We offer technical assistance, tailored education, best practices, tools and resources on clinical topics as well as topics of community health, including diabetes care, immunizations, prevention and screenings and improved care coordination. Through these efforts, we intend to improve patient safety, reduce harm and improve clinical care at the local and regional levels.

Source: Association for Community Health Improvement; May 31, 2018