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Cancer Prevention Messages From Cosmetologists Lead to Positive Lifestyle Changes Among Clients 11/05/08

Trained licensed hair stylists delivered cancer prevention messages to their clients during beauty salon appointments, leading to positive behavior change.

Standardized Protocols and Processes Enhance Compliance With Recommended Care, Improve Staff Perceptions of Patient Safety at a Birthing Center 10/24/08

Regions Hospital improved the safety and reliability of labor and delivery care by adopting standardized protocols and processes to guide care, along with strategies to improve communication among providers.

Countywide Partnership Promotes Culturally Appropriate Outreach and Education, Leading to Increased Breast Cancer Screening and Earlier Detection in Underserved Minorities 10/15/08

A community partnership developed culturally appropriate outreach and education, leading to enhanced access to breast cancer screening and earlier detection of the disease in African-American and Hispanic women.

Prenatal and Postpartum Behavioral Counseling Significantly Reduces Health Risks in African-American Women 10/14/08

An inperson and telephone-based behavior counseling program for pregnant African-American women at six prenatal care clinics significantly reduced health risks from baseline to 10 weeks postpartum.

Family Violence Prevention Program Significantly Improves Ability to Identify and Facilitate Treatment for Patients Affected by Domestic Violence 10/02/08

Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Family Violence Prevention Program seeks to improve the identification, prevention, and treatment of domestic violence through a coordinated “systems model” approach, which includes a supportive environment that encourages disclosure of domestic violence to providers, routine screening of high-risk patients, referrals to onsite and community mental health services, and linkages to community resources.

Nurse Home Visits Improve Birth Outcomes, Other Health and Social Indicators for Low-Income, First-Time Mothers and Their Children 08/04/08

A series of home visits conducted by nurses to low-income, first-time mothers during pregnancy and throughout the child's first 2 years of life leads to improved outcomes and lower costs.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Leads to Sustained Increases in Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Whites and Minorities 07/11/08

Boston Medical Center adopted the Baby-Friendly ™ Hospital Initiative, a 10-step program that has led to sustained increases in the initiation of breastfeeding.

Culturally Competent Outreach Programs Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Among Chinese Women 06/18/08

The Chinese Women's Health Project used two approaches to promote cervical cancer screening among Chinese women—mailing Chinese-language written materials to women and home visits by bicultural, trilingual outreach workers.

Program Uses "Pathways" to Confirm Those At-Risk Connect to Community Based Health and Social Services, Leading to Improved Outcomes 03/24/08

The Pathways Model employs community health workers who connect at-risk individuals to evidence-based care through the use of individualized care pathways designed to produce healthy outcomes; implementation of this model in Richland County, OH, resulted in increased services to at-risk women and a decline in the rate of low birth weight babies.

Group Visits Focused on Prenatal Care and Parenting Improve Birth Outcomes and Provider Efficiency 03/19/08

Group prenatal and parenting classes integrate health assessment, education, and support, leading to improved birth outcomes and enhanced provider efficiency.

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