Tools and Resources

The following tools help hospitals create and maintain programs that benefit their communities.

Community Connections Resources

Resources developed by the AHA for its members.

Reducing Violence in Our Communities
This resource contains a sampling of case examples that illustrate the many ways in which hospitals are leading and engaging in innovative and replicable community outreach programs that focus on violence prevention.

CEO Insight Series: The Importance of Community Partnerships
Resource includes case examples and an executive summary focused on hospital/community partnerships relating to care coordination and prevention and wellness.

CEO Insight Series: The Importance of Community Partnerships 2
This CEO Insight Series is focused on sharing examples and lessons learned from hospitals and health systems that have successfully collaborated with their public health departments to promote health within their communities.

Telling the Hospital Story: Going Beyond Schedule H
Resource designed to help hospitals accurately and effectively reflect their community benefit within the new IRS Schedule H and also to go beyond Schedule H to tell their story.

Community Connections: Community Accountability & Transparency
Helping hospitals better serve their communities.

Care in Action
Hospitals play a unique role in America’s health care system: access to care all day, every day, serving as the medial safety net for the community, being ready when disaster strikes and providing critical services often taken for granted and not explicitly funded.

Community Connections Brochure

Partner Tools

Tools and resources made available to AHA members through a Community Connections Partnership.

Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Case For Hospital Palliative Care; a go-to resource for hospitals and health care organizations looking for step-by-step implementation and resource requirements for a Palliative Care team.

Defense Centers of Excellence

Donate Life America
A not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. Visit to find out more and to access stories and resources.

FDA's Office on Women's Health
Publications and factsheets are available to hospitals in both English and Spanish and feature topics ranging from diabetes, arthritis and heart disease to medication safety and depression. The publications and fact sheets can be downloaded or bulk copies can be ordered via

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA)
AHA joined as a national partner in the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) campaign, a donor registration campaign. Please visit to learn more, to sign up to be a hospital partner or to download materials and resources.

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence
HPOE is AHA's strategic platform to accelerate performance improvement and support delivery system transformation. Visit to access education on field best practices as well as numerous evidence-based tools and guides.

National Consensus Project For Quality Palliative Care
Clinical Practice Guidelines for Palliative Care; for hospitals and health care organizations with a Palliative Care practice underway, tips for building on existing practices and enhancing physician and nurse efforts.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Discussion Guide to Help Clinicians Discuss Treatment Options/Palliative Care with Patients and Families; helpful tips to better communicate with patients and loved ones on the important issue of palliative care as part of broader treatment options.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Clearinghouse for information and materials designed to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug addiction treatment and mental health services.


St. Joseph's/Candler Health System,
Savannah, GA