The newsroom includes access to CHA News, which provides timely information to members every Monday and Thursday and is at the core of CHA benefits. In addition, it is also home to resources such as toolkits and talking points designed to help member hospitals and health systems communicate with internal and external audiences on a range of current health care-related issues. Links to CHA media statements and press releases can also be found here.  

Posters Honor Hospital and Health Care Workers

This week, the Health Care Heroes appreciation posters should begin arriving at hospitals, with signatures and some of the personal messages received. These posters are a symbol of the collective gratitude for all the health care heroes who continue to selflessly care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients. 

As result of a CHA and Our Health California statewide campaign to recognize our frontline workers, more than 15,000 signatures and appreciation messages were submitted. Hospitals are encouraged to prominently display these posters as inspiration to caregivers during these difficult times. CHA asks hospitals to send photos of their poster displays to [email protected] for use in a social media campaign. 

More Than 15,000 Californians Thank Health Care Workers Through CHA Campaign

Last month, CHA launched an appreciation campaign for health care workers throughout the state, asking Californians to sign digital messages of thanks to hospital staff and their families. So far, the campaign has received more than 15,000 signatures from most ZIP codes in every county statewide.

Those messages will be digitally delivered to hospitals and health systems using targeted social media, and next week every hospital in the state will receive by mail a printed poster with a representative sample of supports from community members. The posters are designed to be displayed in high-traffic staff areas, underscoring public appreciation for their work.

Led by Our Health California — CHA’s digital community of more than 1 million people — the campaign recognizes the hospital employees working day and night to keep our communities safe and healthy through the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Supporters had an opportunity to select their preferred card and message, and include a personalized message of thanks.

CHA’s Coyle Discusses Behavioral Health With Governor’s Mental Health Czar

Tom Insel, MD, behavioral health advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, recently sat down for a one-on-one conversation with CHA’s President & CEO Carmela Coyle to discuss behavioral health care challenges across California’s 58 counties. The two discussed fundamental impediments to access to care, including lack of capacity, behavioral health care workforce shortages, getting patients the right care in the right setting, and hospitals’ role in caring for patients’ physical and behavioral health care needs.

CHA’s new four-part video series with Dr. Insel launched this week with the first two chapters, “Capacity of Behavioral Health Care Across California” and “The Shortage of Behavioral Health Care Workers.”

In the series’ introductory installment, Dr. Insel explains his statewide listening tour through different counties and the central themes that have emerged.

“One of the most profound is the issue of emergency room boarding and crowding, specifically for behavioral health — not entirely, but partially, driven by the increased number of young people who are showing up in the ER with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts,” he said.

According to Dr. Insel, that number has risen 92% nationally for adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17. 

Look for chapter 3 of the video series on Nov. 12, and the fourth and final chapter to be released on Nov. 19.

Our Health California (OHC), a digital advocacy community of more than 1 million Californians, has also released a consumer-focused video and Q&A with Dr. Insel. Supported by CHA, the OHC community has previously engaged in a number of advocacy issues related to improving behavioral health care in California. 

Prep Like a Hospital

Disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s during these types of events that you can look to hospitals to lead by example.

Mary Massey, California Hospital Association’s Vice President of Emergency Management, is a pivotal force in ensuring that California hospitals have everything they need to endure the worst. Here, she outlines those steps for us, and we help you take them into your own home so you can prep like a hospital…click here to read more. 


Know before you go (home)

The goal of any hospital stay is to be healthy enough to go home — and when that moment finally comes, it’s often met with relief and excitement. 

Few things can temper that excitement quicker than being readmitted within the following 30 days. For many of these patients, this can be attributed to a lack of proper aftercare. Don’t let the excitement of going home distract you from getting the information you need to stay at home. 

Ensure you’re on the road to a full recovery by asking your doctor for the following information before you get discharged – Click here to read more. 


Healthy Minds Datagrams

In communities across California, and across the country, mental health conditions are prevalent. But for too many, mental health care is inaccessible — or stigmatized. In fact, of the 6 million in our state that experience mental health issues, only 1 out of 3 will get the treatment they need.

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