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Church-Health System Partnership Facilitates Transitions From Hospital to Home for Urban, Low-Income African Americans, Reducing Mortality, Utilization, and Costs 9/10/2014
A partnership between a large health system and 512 churches supports the transition from the hospital back into the community, leading to lower mortality, health care utilization, and health care costs and to higher satisfaction with hospital care.
Community Partnerships Target High-Risk Populations, Leading to More Effective, Lower-Cost Hepatitis Screening 9/10/2014
The St. Luke's Texas Liver Coalition revamped its strategic approach to screening for hepatitis C, shifting away from screening the general population at health fairs to forming partnerships with various community-based organizations that work with high-risk populations.
Policy Inclusive Design Process and Extensive Promotion and Support Generate Widespread Use of Health Information Exchange, Leading to Improvements in Health Outcomes 9/10/2014
Use of an inclusive design process and the investment of significant time and resources in promoting and supporting use of a health information exchange generates widespread participation by providers, which in turn leads to more patients having an electronic health record, better management of high cholesterol, and increased provision of tobacco cessation counseling and screening for depression and breast cancer.
Updated Transition Home Program Reduces Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients 9/10/2014
The Transition Home program incorporates a number of components to ensure patients a safe transition to home or another health care setting, leading to fewer readmissions.
Emergency Department–Based Asthma Clinic Improves Self-Management Behaviors and Reduces Acute Episodes for Low-Income, Inner-City Children and Teenagers 9/10/2014
An asthma clinic located within the emergency department of a children’s hospital provides education, nonurgent medical care, referrals to primary care providers, and followup support to low-income, inner-city children and teenagers, leading to improvements in self-management behaviors, fewer acute asthma episodes, and better quality of life.
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POWER Program Curriculum 9/10/2014
The POWER Program is an innovative project designed to help participating veterans manage high blood pressure and other chronic conditions.
Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 8/27/2014
This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.
IMPaCT™ Model Tool Kit 8/27/2014
The IMPaCT™ model is an evidence-based system for community health worker recruitment, training, and care. This toolkit is designed to help other organizations adapt and implement this model. 
Envisioning My Future: A Young Person's Guide to Health Care Transition 8/13/2014
This guide, written for youth with special health care needs, helps them prepare for their transition from pediatric health care or service to adult care or service.
Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 8/13/2014
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety.

Last updated: September 10, 2014.