Over the next 10 years, deaths due to chronic disease are projected to increase by 17% . In California, 14 million adults (38%) live with at least one chronic condition (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.) and more than half have multiple chronic conditions . In Los Angeles County, 80% of preventable disability and death is associated with chronic disease . In an effort to build a widespread movement to address this critical healthcare issue, the Hospital Association of Southern California and National Health Foundation (NHF) launched the H.O.P.E “Hospitals Offering Prevention for Everyone” for Health Campaign. This Campaign unites hospitals around a shared vision to improve the health of patients and communities by emphasizing preventive care. Through involvement in this campaign, hospitals play a critical role in helping to combat the rise in chronic disease and related medical costs by providing patients and communities access to free chronic disease preventive education, care and services. Participating hospitals are currently implementing the Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program (HELP), a family focused obesity prevention program, developed and piloted by the Los Angeles Chronic Disease Management Consortium. The campaign is facilitated and evaluated by NHF.
Measured or Anticipated Outcomes
HOPE for Health Campaign hospitals demonstrate a visible, measurable and meaningful impact on chronic disease in the communities they serve. Anticipated outcomes include reductions in the number of individuals diagnosed with targeted chronic diseases; improved community awareness about chronic diseases, related risk factors and healthy lifestyles; and reduction in hospital related costs for treating individuals with unmanaged chronic disease and associated preventable conditions.
The HOPE for Health campaign will demonstrate a region-wide effort to build healthy communities and will work to provide disadvantaged and underserved communities much needed prevention-focused services. Results and outcomes from this campaign can be used to inform a broader movement for hospitals to invest in community –based prevention efforts.
Huntington Memorial Medical Center, White Memorial Medical Center, San Antonio Community Hospital, Pomona Valley Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center and California Hospital Medical Center.
For more information, please contact Mia Arias, Program Director at Marias@nhfca.org