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Case Management and Home Assessments Reduce Asthma-Related Admissions, Emergency Visits, and Missed School Days in Diverse Urban Children 7/30/2014
Case management combined with in-home environmental assessment and remediation of environmental triggers reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, missed school days, and missed parent work days in diverse, low-income urban children with asthma.
Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Significantly Reduces Health Care–Associated Infections 7/30/2014
An electronic monitoring system confirms that providers conduct proper hand hygiene before patient contact, leading to a 61-percent decline in overall health care–associated infections and a 91-percent decline in non-Clostridium difficile infections.
Hospital Provides Non-English-Speaking Patients With Recording of Discharge Instructions in Native Language, Leading to Improved Comprehension and High Satisfaction 7/30/2014
A hospital makes a telephone-based recording of discharge instructions available to non–English-speaking and low-literacy patients in their native language, leading to improved comprehension of discharge instructions and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
Hospital Revamps Morbidity and Mortality Conferences to Focus on System-Wide Improvement, Leading to Better Identification and Addressing of Quality Problems 7/30/2014
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University transformed its monthly morbidity and mortality conferences from didactic teaching opportunities for residents into interactive, multidisciplinary quality improvement forums.
Policy Medicaid Reimbursement and Training Enable Primary Care Providers to Deliver Preventive Dental Care at Well-Child Visits, Enhancing Access for Low-Income Children 7/30/2014
As part of a comprehensive initiative, State legislation enables trained primary care medical providers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive dental care provided during well-child visits, enhancing access to these services for low-income children younger than 6 years.
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A Family Guide: Integrating Mental Health and Pediatric Primary Care 7/16/2014
This guide for families provides practical information about the integrated care movement and how this approach can improve the quality of care children receive in pediatric primary care settings.
A Guide To Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community 6/18/2014
This guide for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) staff provides information to coordinate and establish dental homes and improve oral health care for high-risk, low-income children.
Give Kids a Smile Toolbox 6/18/2014
The ADA launched the GKAS program as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children.
Implementing the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS) 6/18/2014
These three manuals help State officials, physican practices, and health systems implement, score, and report findings from the Promoting Healthy Development Survey (PHDS).
Milk Matters: For Strong Bones . . . For Lifelong Health . . . 6/18/2014
This booklet can help parents and caregivers learn more about milk and calcium so they can help their children and teenagers grow into strong, healthy adults.

Last updated: July 30, 2014.