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Community- and Practice-Based Teams, Real-Time Information, and Financial Incentives Help Medical Homes Improve Care, Reduce Utilization and Costs 09/29/09

As part of a statewide, public-private initiative, a largely rural Vermont community supports its six medical patient-centered medical home practices with a multidisciplinary provider team, real-time electronic information, and insurer-funded financial incentives, leading to more appropriate care and services and lower utilization and growth in health care spending.

Bilingual, Culturally Competent Community Health Workers Increase Insurance Enrollment, Access to Care, and Self-Efficacy Among Low-Income Latinos 05/29/09

Bilingual, culturally competent community health workers increased insurance enrollment, use of preventive care services and a usual source of care, and self-efficacy for low-income Latinos.

County-Wide Collaborative Uses Pathways Model to Enhance Access to Insurance, Primary Care, and Mental Health Services for Low-Income Children 11/17/08

Using the Pathways model, Access El Dorado helps low-income families navigate the health care system, obtain health information, and access appropriate medical and mental health services, leading to fewer emergency department visits.

Culturally Competent Community Health Workers Improve Outcomes and Reduce Inpatient Utilization Among Inner-City HIV/AIDS Patients 09/05/08

The Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment project uses specially trained community health workers to deliver culturally competent, home-based support services to help HIV-positive patients in the inner city.

Community Referral Liaisons Help Patients Reduce Risky Health Behaviors, Leading to Improvements in Health Status 08/11/08

A community health educator referral liaison receives physician referrals of patients with risky health behaviors; the liaison links patients with community resources, offers counseling and encouragement over the telephone, and provides feedback to the physicians.

Community Health Collaborative Reduces Inappropriate Emergency Department Use by Providing Access to Health Care, Social Support for Low-Income Clients 07/18/08

A community health collaborative helps vulnerable populations secure and retain insurance coverage, access primary care, and connect to a medical home, leading to fewer emergency department visits, higher provider revenues, and high levels of provider satisfaction.

Community Coalition Connects Medical Practices to Community Resources, Leading to Improved Asthma and Diabetes Outcomes in At-Risk Populations 07/18/08

King County Steps to Health connected medical practices to community resources by encouraging organizations to work together to identify common messages, leverage resources, and develop programs for populations at risk for diabetes, asthma, and obesity.

Michigan Pathways Project Links Ex-Prisoners to Medical Services, Contributing to a Decline in Recidivism 06/23/08

The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, in partnership with the Muskegon Community Health Project, helps newly released or paroled prisoners access needed health care, contributing to a decline in recidivism.

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.

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