This week’s Community Health Round-Up demonstrates how healthcare is a community-based and community-wide issue.

Promising Practices

Coordinated care model bridges gap between health and social services (Health Affairs)
“Oregon’s recently released mid-year Health System Transformation progress report shows continuing improvements in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes and decreases in emergency department visits and hospital admissions from chronic diseases.”

Churches partner with local stakeholders to address community health (The Dispatch)
“When someone or someone in your family or community develops a health issue, our churches can offer a powerful place of love, care and nurturing support. Local health ministry programs can demonstrate pure love for each other.”

Research & Policy

Study demonstrates home visiting program leads to increase in newborn birth weight (Mansfield News Journal)
“This is the first study to concretely show the effectiveness of home visiting care coordination in addressing poor birth outcomes. It represents at least a 60 percent drop in low birth weight, and at least a 50 percent return on investment.”

Study finds community health workers help improve Latino patients with type 2 diabetes (Healio)
“Patients attending community health worker sessions had improved HbA1c levels at 3 months (–0.42%; –4.62 mmol/mol), 6 months (–0.47%; –5.1 mmol/mol), 12 months (–0.57%; –6.18 mmol/mol) and 18 months (–0.55%; –6.01 mmol/mol) vs. standard care.”

Trends

Community health workers improving and redefining healthcare delivery (Modern Healthcare)
“Patients who were paired with community health workers were more likely to quickly seek primary care after leaving the hospital. They also reported better mental health than patients without that support and were less likely to return to the hospital more than once within 30 days after discharge.”

Surgeon General says violence is a health problem (Detroit News)
“We can clearly see that violence impacts people’s health. It’s obvious to anybody who has worked in a hospital like I have, or who has cared for a patient in any capacity and has seen the injuries, the death, the destruction, distress to families that comes with violence.”