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Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status 4/9/2014
A community health educator referral liaison receives physician referrals of patients with risky health behaviors; the liaison links patients with community resources, offers counseling and encouragement over the telephone, and provides feedback to the physicians.
Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Counseling Tied To Readiness for Change Helps Underserved African-American Women Reduce Dietary Fat Intake 4/9/2014
Low-income African-American women at risk for cardiovascular disease received culturally appropriate motivational counseling and support tied to their readiness for change, leading to reductions in dietary fat intake.
Policy Health Department Promotes Implementation and Use of Electronic Health Records in Underserved Areas To Improve Clinical Preventive Services in Primary Care 4/9/2014
The health department in New York City uses subsidies, upfront and ongoing technical support, and quality of care feedback to promote implementation and use of electronic health records by primary care practices in medically underserved areas, leading to better care for patients in these practices.
Physician “Prescriptions” Written During Medical Visit and “Filled” by Onsite Volunteers Connect Low-Income Families to Vital Community Resources 4/9/2014
Physicians in inner-city care settings identify the resource needs of low-income families and write “prescriptions” that these families take to a help desk where college student volunteers connect them to needed resources. The program has successfully connected most clients to these resources, leading to high levels of satisfaction and improved health and well-being.
Adoption of Rapid Cycle Improvement Process From Toyota Increases Efficiency and Productivity at Community Health Clinics 3/26/2014
Community clinics use the Toyota "Lean" rapid cycle process improvement system to enhance efficiency and productivity, leading to a significant increase in revenues.
QualityTools
Asthma Health Disparities Collaborative Coalition Guide 12/18/2013
The guide discusses the scientific foundation for the Michigan Asthma Health Disparities Collaborative and provides practical examples, tools, and materials that can be used or adapted in developing partnerships with federally qualified health centers.
Health Information Technology Adoption Toolbox 2/20/2013
This tool is for health centers as well as other safety net and ambulatory care providers seeking to implement health information technology to improve the overall effectiveness of their institutions.
Connecting Those at Risk to Care: A Guide to Building a Community "HUB" to Promote a System of Collaboration, Accountability, and Improved Outcomes 3/30/2011
This guide is intended to help improve the system by which at-risk individuals within a community are identified and connected to appropriate health care and social services.
Electronic Health Record Selection Toolkit for Community Health Centers 9/1/2010
This toolkit describes the differences between commercial and community health centers and identifies the electronic health record system requirements that are unique to community health centers.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.