Deaf Community Health Workers Provide Culturally Appropriate Education and Support to Deaf Patients, Improving Patient Knowledge and Engagement
Trained community health workers accompany members of the Minnesota Deaf community on medical appointments and conduct home visits, leading to improved access to culturally appropriate care, improvements in patient understanding, trust and confidence, and better adherence to recommended care.
Low-Overhead Medical Home Leverages Information Technology to Attract Both Providers and Patients in Underserved Rural Areas
A low-overhead medical home leverages information technology to produce a financially viable, high-quality primary care experience that proves to be attractive to both physicians and patients in an underserved rural area.
Medical Center Places Nurses in Schools, Leading to Better Lifestyle Choices and Academic Performance Among Students
Medical center–employed nurses work at elementary and middle schools, providing typical school nurse services, annual health screenings, and periodic classroom presentations, leading to improvements in the ability to identify health issues and in the lifestyle choices and academic performance of individual students.
State Legislation Supports Professional Development of Community Health Workers, Leading to Greater Professional Recognition, Enhancements in Training, and Funding
An alliance of government and not-for-profit agencies aided the passage of various legislative provisions in Massachusetts designed to create a more stable, systemic role for community health workers, leading to greater professional recognition, an expanded workforce and training infrastructure, and increased funding of services.
Increased Reimbursement and Dedicated Funds Allow Remote Primary Care Clinics to Provide Around-the-Clock Care, Leading to Fewer Medical Evacuations and Higher Quality of Care
Five clinics in remote parts of Alaska and Washington state receive additional reimbursement from Medicare and dedicated Federal funds that allow them to provide around-the-clock care, leading to fewer medical evacuations (and associated cost savings), better quality care, and high levels of satisfaction in the communities they serve.
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This bilingual booklet (in Cantonese and English), developed by the Chinese Community Health Resource Center, can help educate Chinese patients about the risk factors and symptoms of diabetes.
National Diabetes Education Program
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a federally-sponsored initiative that involves public and private partners to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Organizational Self-Assessment Tool
This self-assessment tool, developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in conjunction with the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), allows organizations to understand the range and breadth of elements under patient- and family-centered care, and to assess where they are against the leading edge of practice.
Reengineered Discharge Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to facilitate the Project RED intervention.
Dementia Capability Toolkit
The Dementia Capability Toolkit identifies resources that States and communities can use to design initiatives to ensure that programs are dementia-capable.