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Personal Health Record Facilitates Ongoing Monitoring and Communication, Improving Engagement and Outcomes in Low-Income Diabetes Patients 01/11/11

A free, online personal health record assists diabetes patients and their clinicians in monitoring key clinical indicators, communicating during and between office visits, and sharing information with other relevant individuals, leading to enhanced levels of patient engagement and improved blood glucose control.

Barber-Based Monitoring, Education, and Referral Support Improve Treatment Rates and Blood Pressure Control in African-American Men 12/06/10

Trained barbers provide ongoing blood pressure monitoring, education, and referral support to African-American male patrons, leading to improved treatment rates and blood pressure control in hypertensive patrons.

Breast Examination Center Assists Low-Income, Minority Women in Accessing Colorectal Cancer Screening 11/29/10

An inner-city breast examination center serving low-income, minority women educates patients about colorectal cancer screening and assists them in getting a colonoscopy screening test, leading to enhanced interest in and access to such screening.

Public Health Dental Practitioners Offer Cessation Support to Low-Income Smokers, Leading to Increased Quit Rates 10/04/10

Trained dental practitioners in public health centers offered cessation assistance to low-income smokers as part of routine oral health visits in public health centers, leading to higher quit rates (especially among African-American smokers).

Trauma Therapy and Caregiver Support Improves Coping Skills and Academic Performance of West African Refugee Children 09/21/10

School-based, culturally appropriate therapy focused on dealing with trauma helps West African refugee children improve coping skills and academic performance.

Community Partnership Uses Lay Health Advisers to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk Factors, Leading to Improvements in Lifestyle and Health in Low-Income African Americans 08/15/10

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.

Six-Month Weight Management Program for African-American Women Church Congregants Improves Behaviors, Blood Pressure, and Body Mass Index 06/24/10

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.

Insurer's Multifaceted Approach Facilitates Cultural and Linguistic Match Between Patient and Mental Health Provider, Leading to Higher Member Satisfaction 06/08/10

CIGNA uses a multifaceted approach to facilitate culturally appropriate behavioral health care for members, including the matching of patients to providers who meet desired characteristics; the program enhanced the diversity of the behavioral health practitioner network and increased member satisfaction.

Capitated Health Center Uses Health Coaches to Manage Chronic Illnesses, Leading to Improved Clinical Outcomes 05/12/10

Trained, bilingual medical assistants in a capitated health center serve as health coaches to chronically ill (often diabetic) patients of similar ethnic or racial backgrounds, leading to better disease management and clinical outcomes for those with diabetes, very positive feedback from patients and center staff, and low turnover among medical assistants and coaches.

Culturally Competent Parent Mentors Support Families of Minority Children with Asthma, Leading to Better Health, Less Missed School and Work 03/22/10

Culturally competent parent mentors helped families better understand and care for their children's asthma through home visits, monthly telephone calls, and inperson meetings, leading to reductions in wheezing, exacerbations, missed school and parental work days, and emergency department visits.

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