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Community Cancer Coalition Employs Navigators Who Enhance Access to Free Colonoscopy Screening for Uninsured Rural Patients 8/13/2014
A community cancer coalition employs navigators who work with community health centers in rural areas to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening via colonoscopy and facilitate access to such screening, leading to more referrals and screenings and to more cancers and precancerous polyps being detected and treated.
Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status 8/13/2014
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.
Daily Text Messages and Nurse Followup Improve Self-Management Behaviors in Patients with Diabetes, Leading to Better Glycemic Control and Lower Costs 8/13/2014
Daily automated text messages combined with nurse followup improved self-management behaviors among patients with diabetes, leading to significant improvements in glycemic control, fewer doctor visits, lower costs, and high patient satisfaction.
Family Violence Prevention Program Significantly Improves Ability to Identify and Facilitate Treatment for Patients Affected by Domestic Violence 8/13/2014
Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Family Violence Prevention Program seeks to improve the identification, prevention, and treatment of domestic violence through a coordinated "systems model" approach, which includes a supportive environment that encourages disclosure of domestic violence to providers, routine screening of high-risk patients, referrals to onsite and community mental health services, and linkages to community resources.
Attempt Faxed Physician Reminders Fail to Improve Antidepressant Adherence 8/13/2014
Automatically generated fax alerts did not succeed in improving patients' adherence to their antidepressant treatment plans.
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Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community 8/13/2014
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community provides an interdisciplinary vehicle and forum by which scholars, practitioners, and observers of family violence in the African American community have the continual opportunity to articulate their perspectives on family violence through research findings, the examination of service delivery and intervention mechanisms, and the identification of appropriate and effective responses to prevent/reduce family violence in the African American community.
Latch On NYC 8/13/2014
Latch On NYC is a citywide initiative designed to support mothers who choose to breastfeed; the initiative includes a public awareness campaign highlighting the health benefits of breast milk.
Cancer Clusters: A Toolkit for Communicators 6/18/2014
This toolkit provides resources for public health communicators when dealing with reports of suspected cancer clusters in a residential or community setting.
HospitalBillHelp.org 5/21/2014
This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals.
Community Connections: Linking Primary Care Patients to Local Resources for Better Management of Obesity 5/7/2014
This toolkit is intended to help primary care practices link to community resources for improving the care of patients struggling with obesity.

Last updated: August 13, 2014.