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Home Visits Using Reflective Approach Improve Functional Health Literacy Among Low-Income Pregnant Women and New Parents 7/2/2014
Reflective questions and conversations integrated into home visitation programs increased the health literacy of low-income pregnant women and new parents, thus empowering them to better manage their family's health and medical care.
Community Coalition Supports Schools in Helping Students Increase Physical Activity and Make Better Food Choices 4/23/2014
A community-based coalition in rural Pennsylvania conducts ongoing marketing, supports schools, and sponsors community events in an effort to promote healthier behaviors by students, leading to more physical activity and better food choices.
Home Visit for All Newborns To Assess Risk of Child Maltreatment Improves Parenting Skills, Reduces Medical Emergencies, and Generates Positive Return on Investment 4/23/2014
Nurses come to the home of families with newborns to perform a comprehensive assessment of risk factors and provide education and support, leading to better connections to community resources, improved parenting skills, higher quality and safety in the home environment, and significantly fewer infant medical emergencies.
Archived Weekly Group Program Improves Health-Related Behaviors, Leading to Stable Body Mass Index in Children and Weight Loss in Adults 11/20/2013
An inner-city clinic hosts a weekly group program with parents and children that includes an individual medical visit, group education, and time for exercise, leading to improved health-related behaviors, stable body mass index in children, and weight loss in adults who participate frequently.
Alternating Group and In-Home Sessions Help Obese Preschoolers and Overweight Parents Improve Eating Habits and Reduce Body Mass Index 11/6/2013
Behavioral health clinicians lead a 24-week program consisting of alternating group sessions and in-home consultations with obese preschoolers and their overweight parent(s), leading to improved dietary habits, less weight gain, and lower body mass index among preschoolers and to greater weight loss and lower body mass index among parents.
QualityTools
Milk Matters: For Strong Bones . . . For Lifelong Health . . . 6/18/2014
This booklet can help parents and caregivers learn more about milk and calcium so they can help their children and teenagers grow into strong, healthy adults.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Risk Calculator 4/10/2013
This calculator predicts the probability of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Building Strong Bones: Calcium Information for Health Care Providers 3/13/2013
This fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate their patients about the importance of calcium consumption in children and teenagers.
Lactose Intolerance: Information for Health Care Providers 2/20/2013
This fact sheet can be used by health care providers to educate patients who are lactose intolerant on how they can get enough calcium each day.
Safe Sleep For Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (African American Outreach) 2/13/2013
This brochure is part of the Back to Sleep campaign, an effort to educate families and caregivers about putting healthy infants on their backs to sleep to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The brochure explains ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and provide a safe sleep environment for infants.
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Last updated: July 16, 2014.