Coming Together for Community Health Improvement Week
Ever had a sore throat, scratchy eyes, or aches and pains that just didn’t seem to go away? How about a headache, a case of hay fever, or a bad bout of the flu? Maybe a broken bone or an injury that needed operating on?
Of course, the answer is yes — at some point or another, you’ve experienced some illness, injury, or disease. But when you were sick, who did you call on for help?
Your family physician. Your community pharmacist. Your local urgent care or clinic, or in the case of emergency, your local hospital staff. In other words, you called on the healthcare professionals in your community, and you trusted them to help you feel better fast. Whether they saved your life or simply helped you achieve better health, these professionals made, and continue to make, an impact on you.
When’s the last time you said thank you?
In the next seven days, you have a unique opportunity to consider the healthcare professionals who have been with you in sickness and in health: who have remained with your family, friends, and community for countless years. They’ve sacrificed their time, their energy, and in the last two years, their lives, to serve you.
Community Health Improvement Week is all about saying thanks.
Community Health Improvement Week, or CHI Week, is a seven-day celebration dedicated to healthcare heroes around the country. CHI Week is led by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and AHA Community Health Improvement.
It is designed “to honor the people working in partnership to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities and advance health equity.”
These people “working in partnership” include healthcare professionals of all kinds: from physicians to pharmacists to the 18 million other people working in healthcare. CHI Week acknowledges these people and their contributions to communities of all kinds.
These contributions include:
As they fight to keep their communities safe, healthcare professionals face a wide range of risks, including injuries, chemical exposure, violence, stress, and an enhanced chance of disease (especially COVID-19).
It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that healthcare professionals face the highest risk of work injury and illness in any industry.
Aside from facing illness, healthcare professionals also work long hours, with few breaks, and carry the physical and mental burden of an entire community’s well-being. It’s safe to say, then, that healthcare professionals take on a lot — to give back even more.
Healthcare professionals are essential, and this Community Health Improvement Week in particular, they are appreciated more than ever before.
This year, Community Health Improvement Week takes place from June 5-11, 2022.
The AHA encourages everyone to take part in CHI Week, regardless of whether you’re a healthcare professional yourself, or whether you’re a patient who’s grateful for the work that healthcare professionals do each and every day.
If you are taking part this week, share your CHI week activities on social media using the hashtag #ChiWeek. You can also tag @ahahospitals and follow along to find out how other patients and healthcare professionals are getting involved.
There are a number of ways that you can say thanks and stay involved during Community Health Improvement Week. Here are just a few ideas to get started:
Community healthcare is the backbone of a healthy society.
Over 18 million healthcare professionals work around the clock to keep this backbone strong, caring for you and your loved ones like you’re their own. Healthcare professionals deserve all the recognition they can get — so this Community Health Improvement Week, make sure you set aside time to say thank you.
A simple gesture or a small act of kindness can go further than you think.