August #HomeHealthChat: Patient Safety & Engagement

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Alliance hosted its second #homehealthchat on Twitter. The topic of the chat was patient safety and engagement, featuring co-host Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (@VNAHealthGroup) and Sherl Brand, BSN, RN, VNA Health Group’s Chief of Business Development and Vice President of External Affairs.

The Alliance hosts a home health-focused Twitter chat on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 pm ET. Be sure to check here for updates on topics, co-hosts, and questions!

If you have topic ideas for future Twitter chats, or are interested in co-hosting a chat, please email C. Grace Whiting, the Alliance’s Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications, at

Below are some of the highlights from the chat:

Patient Safety and Engagement

This month, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation is focused on the importance of patient safety and engagement in health care at home through a series of events and partnerships. Join us for these upcoming Alliance events!

Tues., August 27th: #HomeHealthChat on Patient Safety and Engagement

On Tuesday, August 27th the Alliance will host its second Twitter Chat at 2 pm ET, co-hosted this month with the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and guest host Sherl Brand, BSN, RN, VNA Health Group’s Chief of Business Development, Vice President External Affairs. Questions in the chat will tackle topics such as what home care can do to prevent falls in the home and the community and how to help patients become empowered to be safer at home.  To participate, login to Twitter on August 27th at 2 pm ET and type #homehealthchat into the search box, there you can follow the discussion and participate live using the aforementioned hashtag. For more information on “How To” Twitter chat and a tutorial video, please visit

Wed., September 4th: Innovation Perspectives Webinar with the National Partnership for Women and Families

The Alliance will host a new Innovation Perspectives webinar on Wednesday, September 4th at 2 pm ET featuring speakers from the National Partnership for Women & Families. “Patient & Family Engagement Across the Care Continuum,” the third webinar in the series, will focus on the National Partnership’s model of patient and family engagement and how home health can better partner with patient-centered initiatives. For more information on the webinar, or information on past Innovations Perspectives webinars, please click here.


In addition, the Alliance is on the advisory editorial board of Urgent Matters, which is hosting a Webinar on Friday, August 23rd on Federal Liability Protection for Emergency Care:  Urgent Matters, an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce emergency department crowding and relieve patient flow, will host a 90-minute webinar titled, “Federal Liability Protection for Emergency Care” on Friday, August 23rd at 11 am ET. The Alliance is proud to be a member of the Urgent Matters editorial board and we encourage our members and followers to participate in the important discussion on patient safety, specifically the Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act of 2013. Click here to register for the webinar.


For questions about any of these events, or to feature an event in our blog or e-newsletter, please contact the Alliance’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications, C. Grace Whiting at

Alliance to Guest Host for the Home Health and Healthcare Advocacy Group on LinkedIn

We’re excited to be a guest host this month for the Home Health and Healthcare Advocacy Group on LinkedIn. The group, moderated by Right at Home’s Rob McClenahan, encourages participation of all home care and healthcare professionals who have a genuine interest in improving the quality of patient care. Home Health and Healthcare Advocacy’s works to promote genuine and uncompromised dialogue between professionals on how home care and healthcare can be improved for the betterment of each individual, patients, and the globalized medical community on a domestic and international basis. Topics and discussions typically focus on continuum health care, home care and care transitions.

For the month of August, the Alliance will be a “guest host” and co-moderate a robust discussion on the ever-evolving world of home health care and the ways in which environmental and technological changes allow us to adapt and collaborate in order to continue providing quality health care.


Why Join the Discussion?

Participating in our LinkedIn discussion is a great way to develop new connections with other professionals who share a passion for home health and the work being done to improve patient care. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with new people on-line, gain a new perspective, and build your existing network of home health and healthcare connections.


How to Participate

  1. Login to your LinkedIn account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one for free here.
  2. Join the Home Health and Healthcare Advocacy Group by clicking here and clicking the “Join Group” button.
  3. After you have joined the group, navigate to the Alliance’s guest discussion page by clicking here.
  4. Start by reading the conversation, and then get involved by “liking” the post or sharing a comment with your insight!
  5. Follow the conversation over the month, and feel free to share your thoughts as the discussion progresses.


Still have questions about how to navigate LinkedIn? Feel reach to reach out to the Alliance staff to walk you through your participation. You can reach the Alliance’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications, C. Grace Whiting at or (202) 239-3983 or the Alliance’s Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Jennifer Schiller at or (202) 239-3206.


Connect with the Alliance on LinkedIn!

Follow the Alliance’s Page by clicking here.

Connect with Alliance Executive Director Teresa Lee, by clicking here.

Connect with the Alliance’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications C. Grace Whiting, by clicking here.

Connect with the Alliance’s Special Assistant to the Executive Director Jennifer Schiller, by clicking here.