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What's New | December 19, 2012

Reducing Health Disparities Among Children Reducing Health Disparities Among Children
Low-income, urban, and minority children often have poor access to appropriate health care and experience higher rates of asthma, obesity, and other chronic health conditions. In addition to lack of adequate health insurance, cultural and linguistic barriers prevent many children from receiving equal care.

The featured innovations describe efforts to reduce health disparities among children, including a program that provided culturally competent asthma care to Latino families, a state policy that increased access to Medicaid coverage for uninsured children, and a medical center’s use of text messaging to increase vaccination rates among low-income minority children.

The featured QualityTools present resources and information to help health care providers and other organizations deliver culturally appropriate services and improve care for at-risk children.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 A Guide To Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community
Developed by Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.; New Jersey Smiles initiative

 Improving Cultural Competency in Children's Health Care: Expanding Perspectives
Developed by National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality

 Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit
Developed by Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

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 Diabetes Self-Management: Resource Toolkit for African Americans With Diabetes
Developed by East Carolina University; Vidant Health

 Million Hearts™ Toolkits
Developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Million Hearts