MHA Today | June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020
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In This Issue
COVID-19 Rural Hospital Compendium Available
Community Health Improvement Week: SDOH Factors Drive Connections In Kansas City

Care of the Psychiatric Patient on Medical-Surgical Units
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COVID-19 Updates


For the latest updates and most current information on coronavirus disease 2019, visit MHA's website.

state and federal health policy developments

COVID-19 Rural Hospital Compendium Available

Staff Contact: Dana Dahl

COVID-19 Rural Hospital Compendium MHA released a compendium of COVID-19 resources to identify successes, and establish current and future advocacy and policy priorities, to help rural hospitals navigate COVID-19 response and recovery. The compendium includes information on the status of hospital finance and federal assistance, policy and regulatory matters, and the health care workforce. As Missouri continues to move through the pandemic, MHA remains committed to understanding the challenges that rural hospitals face and providing solutions that meet the discrete needs of rural hospitals.

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Quality and Population Health

Community Health Improvement Week: SDOH Factors Drive Connections In Kansas City

Staff Contact: Stephen Njenga

During Community Health Improvement Week, MHA is highlighting how Missouri hospitals are working to expand the focus of health care beyond the hospital campus. Truman Medical Centers and University Health are reviewing the influence of social determinants of health on patients and community members and helping link these individuals to services.

In 2018, Truman Medical Centers/University Health embarked on a journey to better understand and provide support to its patients by addressing social determinants of health. Nearly 100 patients were individually interviewed to determine which social determinants were affecting them most, as well as which determinants they believed most affected their community. This feedback then was compared with publicly available data sources, such as and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to garner information about health behaviors, and socioeconomic and environmental factors. From this data, the team identified the four areas of greatest need: food insecurity, transportation barriers, financial strain and housing.

Armed with this data, a multidisciplinary team developed and implemented a process to screen and connect patients who indicated a positive need with the appropriate community resources. The team decided to initiate the work within the clinic setting, and they also offer a resource table at one of the main entrances of the hospital for “walk-up” assistance. Currently, TMC/UH screens approximately 4,500 patients per month.

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Consider This ...

Several months of social distancing and stay-at-home orders have resulted in fewer people donating blood. The American Red Cross, which usually has enough blood supplies to meet the nation’s needs for five days, now has less than two days’ worth.

Source: The New York Times