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HCMC program recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals

HCMC recognized for work to improve health in the Latino community

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has been recognized by America’s Essential Hospitals for its work to reduce health disparities for Latino youth through culturally sensitive, integrated care.

America’s Essential Hospitals, a national organization representing hospitals committed to high-quality care for all people, including the vulnerable, awarded HCMC a 2014 Gage Award honorable mention for population health.

“Health care disparities among minority and other underserved populations is a persistent problem that requires creative solutions, such as those at Hennepin County Medical Center,” said America’s Essential Hospitals President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH.

The Gage Awards, named after association founder Larry Gage, honor and share successful and creative programs that improve patient care and meet community needs. The Gage Award for population health recognizes activities that improve delivery, access, or value for specific populations in the recipient’s community and, as a result, have improved health outcomes. Last year HCMC’s  Coordinated Care Center was recognized for improving population health.

HCMC’s Aqui Para Ti (APT)/Here for You program is a family centered, clinic-based youth development program that seeks to reduce health disparities for Latino youth using a culturally sensitive, bicultural, bilingual, integrated approach. Among other achievements, upon completion of the Beck Depression Inventory – a rating inventory that measures characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression – APT patients exhibited significantly fewer depressive symptoms at their final assessment than at their initial assessment, and those with scores of depression achieved a statistically and clinically relevant improvement at follow-up.

“HCMC is a national leader in population health management because of programs like Aqui Para Ti that are created with the community, not for the community,” said HCMC CEO Jon L. Pryor, MD, MBA. “Dr. Svetaz and her team have developed an approach that works because it is culturally sensitive and it works with the family – both the teens and their parents – to address the factors that influence their health status. That is why it is making a real difference in the lives of these families and our community.”

Hennepin County Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare system that includes a Level l Adult Trauma Center and Level l Pediatric Trauma Center and a comprehensive primary and specialty care clinic system. The campus in downtown Minneapolis includes a 455-bed acute care hospital and many primary and specialty care clinics. Other clinics are located in Golden Valley, St. Anthony Village, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Richfield; and in Minneapolis in the Whittier Neighborhood and on East Lake Street. HCMC also has a retail clinic in Bloomington, an employee clinic in the Hennepin County Government Center, and a Neurology and Specialty Clinic in the 212 Medical Center in Chaska.


Open House to review Health Services Plan on October 22

Community Health Open House to review HCMC’s Health Services Plan and Community Needs Assessment

How does Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) address the health care needs of its community? The results of a new community health needs assessment and information about the programs and partnerships created to address those needs will be available for review at a Community Health Open House on Tuesday, October 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis.

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HCMC receives national award for population health

RIGHT: William B. Walker, MD, secretary of America's Essential Hospitals (formerly NAPH) and director and health officer, Contra Costa Health Services; Dr. Paul Johnson, HCMC; Jerod Loeb, PhD, outside director of the Essential Hospitals Institute (formerly NPHHI) and executive vice president, division of healthcare quality evaluation, The Joint Commission

LEFT to right:  Jerod Loeb, PhD, outside director of the Essential Hospitals Institute (formerly NPHHI) and executive vice president, division of healthcare quality evaluation, The Joint Commission; Dr. Paul Johnson, HCMC; William B. Walker, MD, secretary of America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly NAPH) and director and health officer, Contra Costa Health Services

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has received the National Association of Public Hospitals’ 2013 Gage Award for Improving Population Health for its Coordinated Care Center – a program that has significantly reduced emergency department visits and inpatient stays.

HCMC was honored with the award during the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) 2013 Annual Conference, June 19 to 21, in Hollywood, Fla. Continue reading

New program supports emotional health of moms and babies

First of its kind program in Minnesota offers mental health services to support women and families — including a “Day Hospital” 

MotherBabyimageThe Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is the first of its kind in Minnesota, offering a range of mental health services to support women and families. Only three other programs of this type  exist nationwide.

With a mission to support families by strengthening the emotional health and parenting capacity of mothers, this unique program includes outpatient psychiatry services, a HopeLine triage and resource line, and a day hospital for pregnant women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress. Continue reading

Cooking for Large Groups Is No Easy Task

Poison Prevention Tips for Holiday Cooking
from Hennepin Regional Poison Center

The holiday season has finally arrived. Oftentimes, the best part about the holidays is spending time with family … and eating of course!  However, even for an experienced chef, cooking a feast for a large group can be quite daunting. Continue reading

Housing insecurity associated with poor health

Study finds housing insecurity is associated with poor health, lower weight, and development risk among young children

Dr. Diana Cutts, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota was the lead author of a recent study that examined the association between housing insecurity and the health of very young children. Between 1998 and 2007, Dr. Cutts and her colleagues interviewed 22,069 low-income caregivers with children younger than 36 months who were seen in seven U.S. urban medical centers.  They evaluated food insecurity, child health status, developmental risk weight and housing insecurity for each child’s household. Crowding, defined as more than two people in a bedroom or more than one family in a residence, and multiple moves, defined as more than two moves within the previous year, were the two indicators used for housing insecurity. The researchers also found crowding and multiple moves to be associated with child food insecurity. In addition, multiple moves were associated with fair or poor child health, developmental risk, and lower weight-for-age scores.

“This research proves what we’re already seeing in our clinics,” explains Dr. Cutts. “We now have the data to back up our impression of the negative impact of housing stress on even the youngest children in terms of their poorer health, growth, and development. We simply do not have enough resources to help these families stabilize their households in adequate, affordable, and safe housing. Without the security of a home base upon which to build their lives, children show consequences that are potentially life-long.”

The study is published in the  American Journal of Public Health.

Hennepin County Medical Center is a Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and public teaching hospital repeatedly recognized as one of America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.  The centerpiece of Hennepin County’s clinical health services, Hennepin County Medical Center offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care.