Dear Community Leader,
You are invited to participate in a collective impact initiative to improve the health of those who live and work in Glendale. This initiative is spearheaded by the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition and is a game-changer for health in our community. Project leadership includes Glendale’s three hospitals, the City of Glendale, Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and many other business and nonprofit organizations. Working together on a collective impact initiative means we can accomplish goals that none of us can achieve alone.
This process involves multiple steps; at this point, we invite you to initiate participation in your own organization.
We understand that your organization’s commitment may need to include other people in addition to yourself. You can follow the prompts in the attached “Call to Participate” to initiate this conversation with your board or executive committee, etc. Our goal for the collective impact initiative is to enlist 100 leading community organizations, and to align a part of each organization’s mission, vision, and values as well as, specific goals, and objectives with this community-wide health effort.
Your role as a leader, today, is simple. Please read the attached Call to Participate, fill out the prompts, and sign. This will identify you as an initiator of the Call to Participate in your organization.
Also, you are invited to attend the “We Own the Health of Our Community” community kickoff event on November 12, 2015. Please see attached invitation. At the event, we’ll explore examples demonstrating the ways each organization can play a role to help transform the health of our community. The event will be chaired by City Manager Scott Ochoa.
Thursday, November 12th, 5:30 p.m.
Glendale YWCA, Regency Room: 735 E. Lexington St., Glendale, CA 91206
Questions? Contact project team leaders Sharon Townsend at (818) 359-2752, or Bruce Nelson at (818) 409-8008.
Bruce Nelson, Director of Community Services, Glendale Adventist Medical Center- Co-Chair
Irene Bourdon, President, The Healthcare Foundation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Sharon Townsend, CEO, Glendale Healthy Kids – Chair
Job Title: Recreation Leader II and III (After-school Recreation Sports Program)
Opening Date/Time: Mon. 05/18/15 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 06/19/15 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: See Position Description
Job Type: Hourly – Part-time
Location: 613 E. Broadway, Room 100, Glendale, California
Department: Community Services & Parks Department
These classifications organize, lead, coach, referee, and participate in various Youth Sports (flag football, soccer, basketball and volleyball), youth fitness and recreation programs at City parks, playgrounds, elementary schools and other facilities on a part-time hourly basis. Bilingual ability in a language or languages commonly spoken in the Glendale community, such as Armenian, Spanish, Korean, etc, is desirable at all levels. Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following: Knowledge of basic first aid practices. Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of organizing, instructing, and coaching youth sports and fitness at the elementary school-age level and recreational programs. Skill in dealing tactfully, courteously and effectively with public officials, program participants and the general public. Ability to: read, write, communicate effectively and comprehend directions in English; provide good customer service to those using recreational facilities; supervise and take responsibility for small children. May drive on City business depending on the needs of the position. Ensure Department services are provided with the highest customer service and ethical standards. Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe efficient manner. Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leads, organizes, coaches, referees and stimulates interest in a variety of competitive and noncompetitive youth sports, youth fitness, games, contests, and cultural activities.
Assists in various recreational programs including playgrounds, day camps, aquatics, and Civic Auditorium operations.
Checks out playground equipment at the various facilities, dispenses towels, checks clothing, and cares for and cleans buildings and equipment.
Oversees recreational reservations, and supervises the use of facilities as to their proper care.
Performs cashier duties at some City functions.
Keeps routine records of program participants’ progress and drafts written reports.
May have the opportunity to participate in related divisional cross-training efforts.
Experience and qualifications gained in this cross training may apply towards promotional opportunities and transfers.
Plans and conducts arts and crafts, sports, passive and active games and special interest activities.
Supervises children and young adults on excursions.
Acts as site host for facility reservations and assists with City-wide special events.
Directs other recreational staff and volunteers.
Assists with the cleaning of public buildings, including offices, bathrooms, floors and carpets, by performing light maintenance, such as vacuuming, dusting and mopping after recreational activities.
Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe efficient manner.
Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.
FREE Stop Smoking Workshops
Spread the word and share this wonderful opportunity of FREE workshops with your friends, your family, and your doctors. Help others lead a cleaner and healthier life.
Email or call Michael Olivares at Michael.Olivares@ah.org or (818) 409-8000 ext. 5861 to begin or ask any questions.
It is well known that one common asthma trigger in children is exposure to second-hand smoke. We are encouraging those who smoke, especially those with children with asthma, to call us today.
Workshops are given one-on-one or in a group setting at no charge.
If you prefer no cost sessions over the phone, California Smoker’s Helpline offers no-cost help to quit and patches by calling 1-800-NO-BUTTS or 1-800-662-8887.
Be the first to tour our new mobile health van. Enjoy healthy refreshments and learn about exciting health tips and nutritional information.
Community health van is generously funded by the John Stauffer Charitable Trust.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
2:30PM to 4:00PM
Pacific Community Center & Park
501 South Pacific Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
For information, call (818) 409-8547
Saturday, December 20, 2014 to Sunday, December 21, 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown LA, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
What Is a Stand Down?
Stand Downs are events held in cities all over the nation to provide food, clothing, services and referrals to homeless veterans. The name “Stand Down” comes from a term used in time of war. Exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety.
Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 60,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. The “hand-up, not hand-out” philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.
Why Host a Stand Down in Los Angeles?
Although the numbers have decreased since U.S. VETS-Los Angeles opened its doors in 1993, Los Angeles still has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation with the latest homeless count estimating more than 6,300 veterans living on the streets.
Los Angeles County remains the epicenter of homelessness in the U.S. and homeless vets account for nearly 20% of the people living on the streets and in shelters in Los Angeles. For a low-income veteran and family, attaining and maintaining affordable, stable housing is no easy achievement in Los Angeles. The overall cost of living here is 36% above the national average, with housing costs among the top ten most expensive in the nation.
What Is the Goal of the Los Angeles Stand Down?
President Obama and the Department of Veterans Affairs set a national goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. As the second largest U.S. city, Los Angeles is a leader in solving community issues. The proposed Los Angeles Veteran Stand Down will serve 2500 homeless and at-risk veterans in the first year and will continue the effort in subsequent years as Los Angeles attempts to become one of the first major American cities to meet the President’s goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.
Services for Veterans
Services that will be provided to veterans at the Los Angeles Stand Down will include:
- Housing Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- VA Benefits
- VA Enrollment
- VA Medical
- Mental Health
- Legal Assistance
- Military Records
- Dental Care
- Public Health
- Support Groups
- Social Security
- Vision Screening & Free Glasses
- Hygiene Supplies
- And More
Service providers will include federal, city and county governments as well as local nonprofit partners from across LA County and the South Bay.
Partners & Service Providers
The following list represents those who have already expressed support and commitment to the Los Angeles Veteran Stand Down. This list is a small sample of the anticipated broad support.
- LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
- LA City Councilman Curren Price
- USC School of Dentistry
- Angels for Sight
- Team AMVETS
- VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
- LA County Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs
- California Dept. of Veteran Affairs
- California Employment & Development Department
A volunteer force of 400 will provide more than 1600 hours of service. Volunteers will be recruited from established partnerships with the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Vet Hunters, U.S. Army Reserve Sustainment/ Support Battalion in El Monte as well as strong participation from community members.
NOV 15 2014 – Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) and The Center for Living and Learning (CLL) are offering free assistance to families and individuals with questions about insurance plan options through California’s state health insurance marketplace, Covered California.
Open enrollment begins November 15th, and CCHC and CLL are collaborating by offering ongoing support and enrollment assistance at their centers; additionally, the centers are providing community outreach both for those still seeking coverage and for the currently insured. People already covered have one month to make changes or they will be automatically renewed under their current plan for the next year.
“Covered California, CCHC and CLL share a mission. We’re keeping our doors open on Saturday because we’re committed to keeping high quality of care affordable for our community, and there are discounts available for many people who apply,” said Danielle Smith, Ancillary Programs Director at Comprehensive Community Health Center in Glendale. “We’re also reaching out to inform those who are currently covered of the December 15th renewal deadline – if you want to change your plan or shop around, you can. One year is a big commitment and we want to help people make the decision that’s best for them.”
“This is a great opportunity for people who have questions about coverage,” said Maria ‘Alex’ Alexander, Executive Director of the Center for Living and Learning in Van Nuys. “You may be wondering if you qualify for assistance and want some help with the application. Come to the center in your area and we’ll have staff on hand to get you the one-on-one help you need.”
CCHC has four locations: Glendale, Eagle Rock, Highland Park and North Hollywood. The Center for Living and Learning is located in Van Nuys. All centers will be open on Saturday, November 15th for their open enrollment event (hours vary by location).
If you want to apply for coverage at the event, please bring forms for all household members: last year’s W-2 to verify income, social security numbers, immigration cards and health insurance cards if someone in your household currently has coverage.
For more information about enrolling in health insurance or to confirm hours of operation, please call CCHC or CLL directly. You can also access eligibility and enrollment information at www.coveredca.com.
Comprehensive Community Health Centers
Maria “Alex” Alexander
Center for Living and Learning
- Free Complete Health Evaluation
- Flu Shots
- Blood Work
- Cancer Screenings
- CPR Training
- Medical Consultations
- Dental Exams
- Eye Exams
Visit aamsc.com for more information about the event.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center has once again gathered an army of men to kick off the Army of Pink campaign! In an effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and local resources at the hospital, we are partnering with prominent community members in Glendale to help fight cancer through early detection and treatment.
This spirited campaign features six well known community men who will wear pink in order to increase awareness on early breast cancer prevention and detection. To learn more about each of our brave soldiers and our fearless captain, click on their images.
Voting polls will be open from Oct 1 through Oct 26. We encourage you to go online and vote for your favorite candidate who you think best supports the message of the campaign!
Click here to learn more and vote for Army of Pink!
Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) is hosting ObamaCare 201: Essential Updates Before Open Enrollment trainings in Inglewood, South LA, and San Fernando.
This set of trainings will explain everything there is to know about insurance and coverage under the ACA, discuss immigration status and health coverage, address common concerns about Medi-Cal, and provide a host of resources for enrollment workers, providers, and community leaders.
Click here to register
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 (South LA)
1:30PM to 4:00PM
MLK Multi-Service Ambulatory Center
12021 South Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Co-sponsored by MLK Community Hospital
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (Inglewood)
9:00AM to 11:30AM
St. Mary’s Academy
701 Grace Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301
Co-sponsored by MLK Community Hospital
Thursday, November 13, 2014 (San Fernando)
9:00AM to 11:30Am
San Fernando Regional Pool Facility
208 Park Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
On Saturday, September 27, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), along with Walk Bike Glendale, will lead a delicious and bedazzled bicycle ride, “Glendale: The Jewel City Tour.” Riders will pedal to the city’s beloved Porto’s Bakery, the iconic and regal Alex Theater and Golden Road Brewing. Participants will enjoy a sweet treat from Porto’s to jumpstart the ride and will jump into the history of each establishment along the way.
As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders, an EMT, and volunteers. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing. This ride is approximately 7 miles.
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 10 a.m. The ride will return to the start by 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glendale Metrolink Station
400 W. Cerritos Avenue.
Glendale CA 91204
Metro Buses 183, 94
Glendale Beeline Buses 1, 2, 11, 12
What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.
About C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.
About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.
About Walk Bike Glendale: Walk Bike Glendale formed in 2011 and is a local chapter of Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Our vision is to make Glendale a city where everyone feels safe to walk and bike!
Program and Marketing Coordinator
Cyclists Inciting Change Thru LIVE Exchange
Registration is now open for Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) meetings in four regions- Service Planning Areas 3, 4, 7 & 8. If your organization is serving in one of these regions, we do hope you will come out and join us. It will be an opportunity to gather with other community health stakeholders in your SPA and for discussion of region-specific health issues to help develop the county-wide Community Health Improvement Plan, the 5-year strategic plan for improving health in Los Angeles County.
Service Planning Area 3
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 am to noon
Citrus Valley Health Partners, Queen of the Valley Campus
Register for SPA 3 here
Service Planning Area 4
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:00 am to noon
The California Endowment, Redwood Room
Register for SPA 4 here
Service Planning Area 7
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:00 am to noon
Kaiser Permanente Downey
Register for SPA 7 here
Service Planning Area 8
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00 am to noon
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Register for SPA 8 here
In Service Planning Areas 1, 2, 5 and 6, DPH is working with existing regional, cross-sector, community health planning groups who have assessed and prioritized health needs in those areas. To learn more about those efforts or to be added to our mailing list, please email email@example.com.
Also, the draft of the Community Health Assessment (CHA) will be posted in early fall for public comment! There will be upcoming opportunities to provide input into the CHA draft and CHIP online. To find out more about this community health improvement planning effort please click here.
Presented by Valley Nonprofit Resources and Glendale YWCA
Thursday, September 11, 2014 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Glendale YWCA, Glendale, CA
This dynamic workshop will feature national and state nonprofit sector leader Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). Her approaches to board governance and board role in fundraising are both unconventional and creative – she will discuss strategies for recruiting effective Board members, orienting them to their governance role, and engaging them actively in fundraising. The workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.
- California Association of Nonprofits
- Glendale Adventist Medical Center
- Glendale Arts
- Glendale Healthier Community Coalition
- Glendale Healthy Kids
- Glendale Nonprofit Executive Directors Coalition
- Burbank Coordinating Council
- Burbank Council of Nonprofit Executives
- Burbank Cultural Affairs Commission
- Leadership Burbank
- Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center Burbank
- Community Foundation of the Verdugos
In partnership with Cities of Glendale & Burbank
For more information and to register, please contact VNR project coordinator Julaine Konselman at (818) 677-2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our reversing diabetes team is working closely with the Diabetes Education Center of Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) to make sure that you have the resources for addressing diabetes to improve your health and quality of life.
We are excited to share information about the Reversing Diabetes, Obesity& Heart Disease Seminar that is scheduled to be held at GAMC Sept. 19-21. This seminar has been held in the U. S. since 1985 and in the Greater Los Angeles area since 2003 (see enclosed flyer.)
As a result of attending and following the natural lifestyle program shared in this seminar, hundreds of people have lost weight, have seen their numbers normalize and have been able to get off medication (at their doctors’ direction). They now enjoy a greatly improved lifestyle.
We invite you to join the many who have experienced this kind of change in their lives. Plan now to attend the 2014 Reverse Diabetes, Obesity and Heart Disease Seminar Sept. 19-21 that will be held in the GAMC auditorium (lower level, opposite the cafeteria). Learn from Board-Certified physician leaders the “how to” of turning your health around! Register today for this life-changing experience.
Betty Cooney, director
Health Response Steering Committee
Sally Shaw, DrPH, MCHES
Project Director, Glendale Adventist Medical Center
In partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and First 5 LA, Glendale Adventist Medical Center is working in your community to prevent and reduce childhood obesity.
Do you have children age 5 and under?
Learn how to shop, cook, and be involved in your community!
Take Part in Healthy Food Demonstrations
Learn how to make simple, healthy, and delicious recipes for your family.
Food Demonstrations Will Be Held at these Locations:
Pacific Park Recreational Center (Glendale): from 11:30am-1:00pm, 8/12, 8/14, 8/19, 8/21, 8/26, 8/28, 9/9, 9/11
Maple Park Recreational Center (Glendale): from 10:00am-12:30pm on 8/13 & 8/27; from 11:30am-12:30pm on 9/10 & 9/24
For more information, other dates, and to RSVP, please call
Andaye Hill ext. 5870
Karla Cailean ext. 5859
Alicia Tamayac Herrera ext.5858
Ana Christina Maravilla ext. 5866
Everything is FREE for the community!
*The study is now closed for enrollment.
You may be eligible for a research study if you are:
- Age 40-75
- Care for a family member with physically disabling medical or neurological illness
- Are willing to come to Glendale Adventist Medical Center for a blood sample and complete a questionnaire
- Speak and read English
- You do not have significant memory problems or dementia
- The person you care for needs help with:
- (1) at least one physical activity of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, or transferring), AND
- (2) at least three instrumental activities of daily living (i.e., using telephone, shopping, preparing food, keeping house, doing laundry, traveling independently, taking medications, or handling finances)
Qualifying participants receive $100 for this one time participation
To find out more about this study, call Sally Shaw at 818-409-8547 or email: Sally.Shaw@ah.org
The application period for Premier’s annual Cares Award competition is underway until July 31. This is Premier’s annual program to recognize exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need.
We encourage your organization to apply for this prestigious award and/or to forward this information to an eligible organization. See the information below to learn more about how to apply.
If you have questions about the award or the application process, we strongly encourage you to attend an informational call on May 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. We’ll have a Cares Award judge (who is also a former Cares Award winner) and others with Cares Award expertise on hand to answer your questions. Please register for this call at the following link: https://events.premierinc.com/ei/getdemo.ei?id=462&s=_5NG0Y90PG. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email including the dial-in number and other pertinent information.
The cash prize received by the Cares Award winner is $100,000. Five runners-up will receive $24,000 each. Entries must be not-for-profit entities in the public or private sector, be able to show measurable results/outcomes for a full two-year period prior to July 31, 2014, and be replicable.
Since 1991, the Premier healthcare alliance has presented cash awards of over $3 million to more than 100 organizations nationwide that help underserved populations. The program was created by Dr. Monroe E. Trout, former CEO of American Healthcare Systems, one of Premier’s heritage organizations. The competition is open to not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence for more than two years, are providing creative solutions to health status improvement, can provide documentation of outcomes and impact on a specific population, and have programs that can be replicated in other communities.
The deadline to submit entries is Thursday, July 31. The online application, complete details about the award and past recipients are available at www.premierinc.com/caresaward.
We look forward to your application. And if you’re not eligible to apply, we hope you’ll encourage other worthy organizations to apply for this prestigious award.
If you need any other information, please email CaresAward@premierinc.com.
Dear Community Leader,
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center is pleased to announce that we are now accepting Letters of Intent for our 2015 Community Grants Program. Attached please find the Community Grant brochure (with deadlines) and the Letter of Intent form.
Please contact me should you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your submission.
All the best,
Rev. Cassie McCarty, MDiv, BCC
Director of Mission Integration and Spiritual Care Services
A huge sheet cake marked the 20th anniversary of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition. But supporters were encouraged to load up on a healthy buffet of stuffed turkey rounds before digging into the cake. The celebration took place at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center on Thursday. Edna Karinski , chairperson of Glendale Healthier Community Coalition and News-Press columnist, welcomed some 200 supporters and introduced VIPs present including Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa and Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa. Hospital representatives present were Glendale Adventist Senior Vice President Judy Blair, Glendale Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Jack Ivie and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Chief Executive Debbie Walsh. The coalition was formed in 1993 as a collaboration among the three Glendale hospitals.
The Glendale Healthier Community Coalition celebrated the organization’s 20th anniversary and hosted the Tom Miller Awards on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Thank you all for your ongoing support.
The biggest health issue facing the Glendale community is obesity and several conditions related to it, according to a local report released this week. More than a third of Glendale’s residents were overweight in 2011 and 21% were found to be obese, according to the “Community Health Needs Assessment” report. The list of top health issues also included conditions for which obesity is a risk factor, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and high cholesterol. Also at the top of the list were mental health issues, alcohol/substance abuse and poor oral health.
The Glendale Healthier Community Coalition has published the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment report.
The Glendale Healthier Community Coalition plans and implements projects that promote disease prevention, health education, clean and safe environments, adequate housing, affordable and quality education, and community revitalization. The GHCC mission statement embraces a broad definition of health which includes the wider spectrum of environmental influences impacting the community’s well-being. GHCC has brought together 52 organizational and individual community members including 14 from health care, nine from city government, two from education, seven from business/media, 11 from non-profit agencies, several clergy, and the balance made up of other community stakeholders.
Glendale hospitals consider record sharing exchange
System would aid emergency treatment by exchanging records, officials say.
July 31, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal, email@example.com
Glendale’s three hospitals this week took the next step toward building a system to share important patient information, a step they say can be vital if a non-responsive patient arrives in the emergency room and no medical background on them is available.
The Glendale Healthier Community Coalition held its second meeting on Tuesday to gauge local interest in establishing a health-information exchange.
An exchange is a technical framework that would share patients’ electronic medical records among healthcare providers.
Bruce Nelson, director of community services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, led an input-gathering meeting with about 15 healthcare representatives, including local physicians and staff members from Glendale Memorial and USC Verdugo Hills hospitals.
The group also heard a presentation from Chad Baugh, a representative from Allscripts, a company that provides electronic records solutions, about the successes of a health information exchange the company helped build in western Pennsylvania.
Harlan Gibbs, director of the emergency department at Glendale Adventist, said one problem facing Glendale hospitals is the size of the area from which they draw patients.
“L.A. has a lot of hospitals. I know you need to start somewhere, but we need L.A. City and County data as well,” Gibbs said. “Right now, there is no sharing at all, and that’s a tragedy.”
Nelson said 30% of readmitted patients at Glendale Adventist come from other hospitals, highlighting the importance of sharing information necessary for their care.
Another issue is that only 25% of Glendale’s doctors are using an electronic health-records system, compared to 50% nationwide, Nelson said.
The idea for an exchange was first presented at a meeting of the coalition — which includes hospitals and health-care providers throughout the city — in May, and was further defined at a meeting last month.
Nelson said after the meeting that the next step is deciding the specific health issues the system should share. That is expected to be discussed at a meeting in September after the coalition gathers information about available funding.
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Just as the government is ramping up efforts to curb readmissions, hospitals are working to keep discharged patients from bouncing back to the hospital. Marin General and Novato Community hospitals in California, for example, are part of Advanced Care Transitions, one of the 30 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pilots nationwide, aimed at reducing Medicare costs by $8.2 billion by 2019, Marin Independent Journal  reported. The two hospitals target about 700 of the highest-risk Medicare patients with heart failure, pneumonia, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Glendale is one of five California communities to be selected by a state agency to partner in efforts to reduce hospital readmissions. The communities also will study ways to improve patient transitions from hospitals or nursing facilities to home.
More Glendale shops are refusing to sell tobacco to youth, study finds.
By Max Zimbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
GLENDALE – Fewer tobacco retailers are selling to teenagers, according to the latest study released Tuesday – a reflection of tighter controls on vendors and public smoking, officials said. In the Youth Purchase Survey conducted by Glendale Adventist Medical Center, teenage volunteers were enlisted to try to purchase cigarettes from 100 Glendale stores in a sting-like operation. Of those merchants, 10% sold to minors, down from 24% during the last survey in 2006. “We found a very different tobacco retailer environment,” said Guadulesa Rivera, the tobacco control program coordinator at Glendale Adventist. “Youth… you can’t sell them cigarettes, and that’s the environment that’s changing.”
Hospital staff observed every attempted transaction, and Rivera said there were multiple instances of merchants lecturing the teenage customer on the dangers of smoking at a young age.
“We heard this many times, and this was so different from what we experienced four years ago,” she said.
In 2006, there was no Fresh Air ordinance, the anti-smoking ban that forbids smoking on city property, outdoor dining areas and most publicly accessible areas. And beginning in January 2008, retailers had to obtain a tobacco retail license from city regulators, which is another incentive to obey the law, Rivera said.
“People realize this is a new age and it’s not OK to smoke and especially not OK for youth to smoke,” she said.
That’s a message the nonprofit Glendale Healthy Kids tries to instill in its oral health and asthma discussions for parents, especially families with young children, executive director Camille Levee said.
“I think the community is beginning to become a little more aware,” she said. “Whether the parents smoke themselves, I can’t say, but I do know that parents are understanding that this is not good for the kids in any way, shape, or form.”
Despite the progress, a significant number of Glendale residents continue to smoke, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report released last month.
More than 15% of residents smoke, despite being a city that has earned praise from the American Lung Assn. for being a leader in local tobacco control legislation, according to the county report.
The youth purchase survey was conducted through May and June, Rivera said. Participants entered retailers with an adult present and tried to buy cigarettes. In many cases, merchants denied them because they were without identification with a photograph and date of birth, she said.
The data will be shared with the county Department of Public Health, which maintains a tobacco control policy database, Rivera said.
“It helps them share information not only with all of us working in tobacco control, but also in the state and federal level,” she said. “Everyone looks at Southern California very carefully, and the city of Glendale has an excellent reputation.”