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Field-Based Outreach Workers Facilitate Access to Health Care and Social Services for Underserved Individuals in Rural Areas 4/9/2014
Rural and Urban Access to Health, an integrated network of field-based workers, connects vulnerable populations to health, human, and social services in nine largely rural counties in central Indiana.
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.
Policy New York State Legislation Leads to More HIV Testing and Linking of HIV-Positive Patients to Followup Care 4/9/2014
A New York State law requires hospitals and primary care providers to offer an HIV test to all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 years, streamlines the consent process, and requires providers to schedule patients with positive results for followup care; the law increased testing rates and helped link HIV-positive patients to care.
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.
Policy State-Mandated Tracking and Public Reporting Reduce Incidence and Costs of Common Hospital-Acquired Infections 4/9/2014
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
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A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, 2004 Edition 4/9/2014
This 180-page guide addresses several important aspects of primary care and treatment for patients with HIV/AIDS.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution 3/12/2014
This guide describes the knowledge and core competencies necessary for potential overdose responders trained as part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health opioid overdose prevention pilot program to respond to an opioid overdose event.
Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit 12/18/2013
The Public Health Performance Improvement Toolkit is an online collection of tools such as archived trainings, sample quality-improvement products, templates, and related resources.
Hispanic Diabetes Disparities Learning Network in Community Health Centers 10/9/2013
This report describes the Decreasing Disparities Strategy Workgroup's development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population.
Clinical–Community Relationships Measures Atlas 9/25/2013
AHRQ developed the CCRM Atlas to identify ways to further define, measure, and evaluate programs based on clinical-community relationships for the delivery of clinical preventive services.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.