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.

Toolkit for Respiratory Illness Prevention

HASC has been closely following the threat of a respiratory illness “tripledemic” this winter and share our member hospitals’ concern about capacity challenges. We’ve put together a social media toolkit for hospitals to help inform communities about avoiding severe illness.

Safe Holidays; Ballot Initiatives Update

Staying Safe During the Holidays As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re reminded to pause and reflect on all that for which we are thankful. I’m grateful for the unwavering commitment of our hospitals to keep Southern California residents healthy and safe, and I’m hopeful that their dedicated staff will spend much-needed time with loved […]

B2B Pricing for Respiratory Illness Prevention Supplies

As hospitalization rates rise for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, HASC has asked our partner bttn to provide a list of medical products to support prevention and mitigation efforts. bttn’s B2B medical supply marketplace offers transparent, instant access to 70,000-plus name-brand products, with even more (2.5 million) available through dedicated […]

In the Spotlight: Felita Jones, EdD

The National Health Foundation (NHF) welcomed Felita Jones, EdD, as president and CEO on Aug. 15. A few weeks into her new role, Dr. Jones shared with HASC’s communications team about what has inspired her life’s work, NHF’s current projects and her vision for the organization’s future. This interview is part of In the Spotlight — a […]

George Greene Discusses Pandemic Response at State of Reform

HASC President and CEO George Greene presented a keynote address with Kim Milstien of Health Management Associates (HMA) at the recent State of Reform Los Angeles policy conference. The two discussed HASC’s forthcoming Pandemic Response and Emergency Planning Report, which studies the Southern California hospital and health care system response to COVID-19. The report identifies […]

Updates: Unequal Pay, NHF Arleta Project, PREP Report

As fall fast approaches, so far this year has again seen new challenges for our member hospitals as they recover from the frenetic and tireless work over the last two-plus years. It’s with pride that I express my empathy and gratitude for this difficult work — and my pleasure in sharing recent accomplishments that wouldn’t […]

Suicide Prevention Month: Stop the Stigma of Seeking Care

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members are united in promoting suicide prevention awareness. This month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is highlighting its “Together for Mental Health” campaign to advocate for enhanced mental health care, including promoting the new 988 Suicide and Crisis […]

Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies Launches Second Cohort

Communities Lifting Communities (CLC), the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) announced the launch of the second Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies (Cherished Futures) cohort, a multi-sector collaborative initiative to improve Black patient experiences and safety for Black birthing people and reduce Black infant deaths in Los Angeles […]

President’s Message From George W. Greene

We’re now racing toward the end-of-year holidays — and are definitely racing against the pandemic and its associated demands. On one hand, COVID-19 continues to accelerate at unprecedented rates. Families are being forever impacted and our hospital professionals continue to be pushed to their limits. At the same time, holiday gatherings threaten to place additional strain on health care workers who have […]