AHA’s Challenges and Achievements

AHA’s Challenges and Achievements
American Hospital Association


According to American Hospital Association,  About 1,500 hospital and health system leaders met in San Diego for the 2019 AHA Leadership Summit, where they examined strategies for enhancing the affordability and value of health care; opportunities for advancing quality, patient safety and community health improvement; models for creating cultures of innovation that drive delivery system transformation; leadership competencies and workforce strategies for positive change; and governance excellence.


To further advance health in America, the American Hospital Association has launched the AHA Center for Health Innovation to guide hospitals and health systems in these transformative times. The Center will better equip AHA members to disrupt health care, proactively manage change, make more data-driven decisions, and improve patient care and health in the communities they serve. It will provide forward-looking market intelligence, novel partnerships within and outside of the health care field, unique leadership development opportunities, and enhanced capabilities to spread leading practices at-scale.


Behavioral health disorders have significant impact on individual and community health, utilization of services and costs. Hospitals and health systems are working hard to create one system of care with multiple entry points for patients with multiple medical issues and to integrate behavioral health services into every patient‘s experience when and where patients need them to effectively treat the whole patient - both their physical and behavioral health care needs. By taking an aggressive and proactive approach to behavioral health integration in their communities, hospitals and health systems can see more patients using their outpatient care services and fewer patients using their EDs. This new report from the AHA Center for Health Innovation shares practices from hospitals and health systems that are working to integrate behavioral health into all care settings and collaborate with their communities for better health outcomes.


Examine of challenge of behavioral health services for rural Americans and report the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the field in responding to this challenge. Carrie Henning-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor and deputy director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, and Shelly Rivello, director of integrated care, J.C. Blair Health System, share an evidence-based model to increase access to behavioral health services and an evidence-based practice to integrate behavioral health services into primary care clinics.