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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.

Comprehensive Evidence-Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Cuts Teen Pregnancies in Half 08/19/10

A comprehensive primary adolescent pregnancy prevention program that provides daily academic assistance, job skills training, family life and sex education, self-expression, lifetime sports, and no cost medical and dental care, leads to fewer teenage pregnancies and births, better academic performance, and improved work readiness.

Peer-Based, Interactive Sessions Empower Individuals to Live Successfully With Serious Mental Illness 07/28/10

Trained peer mentors guide individuals with mental illness through lectures and interactive exercises that increase their knowledge and ability to manage their illness, making them feel more confident and more connected with others.

Health Clinics and Community Organization Coordinate Outreach Workers To Educate and Support Farm Workers, Leading to Healthier Behaviors and Higher Satisfaction 07/26/10

Outreach workers from two community-based organizations coordinate efforts to support Mexican farm workers in navigating the health care system and enhancing their health. The program led to more physical activity, better dietary habits, and higher satisfaction.

Community Addiction Recovery Center Helps Members Remain Drug/Alcohol Free and Find Housing and Employment 07/02/10

A peer-led, community-based recovery center offers a wide array of nonmedical support to help individuals recover from mental health and substance abuse disorders; the program has significantly increased participation in employment/schooling, enhanced the ability to secure permanent housing, and helped to keep the vast majority of those served socially connected, drug- and alcohol-free, and out of the criminal justice system.

Culturally Appropriate Education and Social Support Helps Chinese Immigrants With Diabetes Improve Knowledge, Self-Management Confidence, and Blood Glucose Control 06/27/10

Culturally and linguistically appropriate education and emotional support to low-income monolingual Chinese immigrants leads to improved knowledge and better blood glucose control in a pilot test of diabetes patients. Based on the success of this pilot, the program has been expanded to serve those with coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure as well.

Hospital-Based Postpartum Support Group Reduces Depression and Increases Life Satisfaction 06/05/10

A 10-week, hospital-based support group offers information, education, and support to women suffering from postpartum depression, leading to reduced incidence of depression and increased life satisfaction.

Patient Advisors Participate in Hospital Councils, Committees, Staff Training, and Other Activities, Contributing to Improved Patient Satisfaction and Better Organizational Performance 03/29/10

Current and former patients participate in hospital and department advisory councils, committees, peer support, staff training and education, and other activities related to patient-centered care, contributing to higher patient satisfaction and improved organizational performance.

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.

Sleep Education and Other Support Significantly Reduces Turnover Among First-Year Nurses 03/17/10

A nurse retention program that incorporates sleep education and other support significantly reduced nurse turnover among first-year nurses.

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