Alliance Creates Community Health Workers’ Scope of Practice, Training Curriculum, Certificate Program, and Reimbursement Strategy, Expanding Their Integration Into the Health System to Reduce Health Disparities
A statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits aimed to reduce health disparities by developing a standardized scope of practice, creating a training and certificate program and a stable funding strategy to secure reimbursement from Medicaid. Their work resulted in greater integration for these workers in the health care work force.
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Leads to Sustained Increases in Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Whites and Minorities
Boston Medical Center adopted the Baby-Friendly™ Hospital Initiative, a 10-step program that has led to sustained increases in the initiation of breastfeeding.
Comprehensive, Multilingual Social Services Program Brings Valuable Support to the Elderly, Disabled, and Those With Limited English Proficiency
Bi-Lingual International Assistant Services provides psychotherapy, counseling, social support, and citizenship assistance services to frail and disabled elderly who speak little or no English and have no other means of accessing such services.
Disease Management Programs Improve Adherence to Evidence-Based Processes and Outcomes by Targeting Sickest Patients and Working Closely With Physicians
A hospital-based outpatient disease management program serves patients with asthma, chronic heart failure, and diabetes and offers smoking cessation services to smokers. Unlike traditional disease management programs, this initiative heavily involves physicians in the initial referral and throughout the process and targets services toward the sickest patients (rather than to all patients with the condition).
Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Significantly Reduces Health Care–Associated Infections
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.
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Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-to Guide
This how-to guide was designed to support organizations interested in starting a practice facilitation program for primary care transformation.
A Pocket Guide to Adult HIV/AIDS Treatment: Companion to A Guide to Primary Care of People with HIV/AIDS, August 2004 Edition
This 58-page pocket guide is provided as an information resource to assist physicians and other health professionals in the appropriate treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Fact Sheet for Parents
This consumer fact sheet presents information on the symptoms of pertussis, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination.
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action
This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions.
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, What's New from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): Recommendations Statement
This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and the supporting scientific evidence.