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Community Partnership Uses Lay Health Advisers to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk Factors, Leading to Improvements in Lifestyle and Health in Low-Income African Americans 7/2/2014
A primary care center, county health department, community organizations, and lay health advisers jointly developed and implemented various activities to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in a low-income, largely African-American population, leading to improvements in health-related behaviors and better health.
Donated Care Program Enhances Access to Ongoing Care for Uninsured Patients, Resulting in Significant Reductions in ED Visits, Hospitalizations, and Costs 7/2/2014
CarePartners, a donated care program, matches uninsured Maine residents with primary care physicians who are willing to care for up to 10 patients for free. Case managers help enrollees obtain needed services, including hospital care, specialist services, and free or low-cost drugs through prescription assistance programs.
Policy Major Health Systems Collaborate on Organizational Structures and Policies, Enhancing Access to Care and Reducing Uncompensated Care Costs for the Uninsured 7/2/2014
Large health care systems in Detroit came together to develop an organizational structure and common goals and policies designed to strengthen the safety net for uninsured residents, leading to increased enrollment in public insurance, enhanced access to primary and specialty care, and lower uncompensated care costs.
Teaching Clinic Offers Medical Home for Children With Complex Conditions, Leading to Fewer Emergency Department Visits and Highly Satisfied Families 7/2/2014
A resident education clinic implemented a multifaceted medical home for children with complex chronic conditions, leading to a significant reduction in emergency department visits and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
Six-Month Weight Management Program for African-American Women Church Congregants Improves Behaviors, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index 6/18/2014
With the support of the Ministerial Alliance and local churches, a collaboration between an integrated health system and the YMCA offered a 6-month program combining exercise classes, nutrition and wellness programs, incentives, and case management support, leading to improved exercise and eating habits and lower blood pressure and body mass index among overweight and obese African-American women.
QualityTools
Rural Assistance Center: Tools for Success 7/2/2014
The Rural Assistance Center provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in other rural communities.
A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials 5/7/2014
This 12-page guide aims to assist local and community organizations in making appropriate choices among existing materials and provides recommendations for adapting such materials for use in health promotion efforts.

The guide also includes additional resources on the following topics:

  • General health promotion
  • Assessing materials for low-literacy readers
  • Alternative formats for people with disabilities
  • Creation of materials for diverse populations on a variety of health issues
Whole Health Action Management: Peer Support Training Participant Guide 5/7/2014
The Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Peer Support Training Participant Guide helps WHAM training participants set a concise whole health goal, learn skills for whole health self-management, and understand “5 keys to success” for creating new health habits, with a focus on facilitating weekly WHAM peer support group sessions.
Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/18/2013
This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children.
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 12/4/2013
This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. 

Last updated: July 16, 2014.