Community Care

About Community Care

Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play — things like housing instability, access to healthy foods, and community violence — significantly affect their health risks and outcomes. Hospitals recognize and work hard to address these conditions, often referred to as the social and environmental determinants of health, with a focus on eliminating disparities in care delivery and health outcomes. The community care programs offered by hospitals and their partners, however, may only scratch the surface of deeper social factors that affect individual health outcomes. More focused state and federal policies will be required if progress is to be made in mitigating people’s health care risks before they become critical care needs.

Helping the community during COVID-19

Since the pandemic first hit, daily life has changed in ways we never expected. Parents continue to juggle work and distance learning for their children, others have been laid off from their jobs, and many struggle to afford to pay for rent or put food on the table.

Workforce Challenges Need to Be a Top Priority for Our State and Federal Officials

I’m excited that thousands of athletes ages 7 to 18 — my cousin’s daughter included — are gathering this week in Sacramento for the 2022 USA Track & Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. USATF’s mission is to “drive competitive excellence and popular engagement … in a safe environment for all.” This mission statement reminded me in a really inspirational way of the work hospitals have always done in their communities, and the particular challenges they face today.

Collaboration on Community Health Needs Assessment

Who Hospital Council Monterey County What The hospitals in Monterey County have decided to work collaboratively with the county health department, United Way of Monterey County, and Hospital Council in developing a joint Community Health Needs Assessment. The collaboration has come together and developed a public relations campaign to encourage the community to participate in […]

Reviewing the Findings of the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment 

Who  Hospital Council Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings counties public health departments Hospitals  What On Feb. 2, Hospital Council convened members and public health departments from the four-county area to review the findings of the 2021 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA was the largest collaboration to date to look at the needs of […]

John Muir Health takes test inventories to a new level

Hospitals went above and beyond to care for those in need during the global COVID-19 pandemic — but not every role gets the credit it deserves. At John Muir Health, a comprehensive approach to test processing and materials in the laboratory helped to speed diagnosis and save lives.