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Trained Peers Provide Culturally Appropriate Education and Support to Refugees, Improving Access to Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment 02/08/11

The Daylight program uses trained volunteers—recognized and influential women from local refugee and immigrant communities—to provide to their peers culturally sensitive information about breast health and breast cancer, including early detection methods.

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.

Care "Pathway" Connects Pregnant Substance Abusers to Medical and Other Services, Supporting Birth of Babies with Viable Weights Who Are Free of Illicit Substances 07/21/10

A care “pathway” helps pregnant substance abusers obtain health insurance, obstetrics care, substance abuse counseling, and other services, allowing the vast majority of these women to give birth to babies with viable birth weight who are free of illicit substances.

Language Concordant Health Coaches Team with Residents to Help Improve Patients' Self Care Skills, Leading to Better Diabetes Management 05/05/10

Language-concordant health coaches team with residents to improve the self-management skills of patients who have limited English proficiency and health literacy, leading to improvements in the management, documentation, treatment, and clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes.

Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care 01/27/10

Electronic communications between primary care clinicians and specialists enhance access to specialty expertise for patients served by a hospital's referral network of safety net clinics.

Community-Based Provider Training and Education Enhances Access to Oral Health Screenings and Fluoride Treatments for Low-Income Children 11/03/09

Provider training and education enhances access to oral health screening and fluoride applications for low-income and uninsured children.

Interactive Kiosks Enhance Access to Health Care Information for Underserved Women, Leading to Increased Motivation to Adopt Healthier Behaviors 06/23/09

Mobile kiosks enhance access to health information for low-income women with limited literacy, leading to increased motivation to adopt healthier behaviors.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic Offers Testing-Only Express Visit to Eligible Patients, Leading to Shorter Waits, Increased Throughput 12/19/08

A sexually transmitted infections clinic uses a triage system to identify patients eligible for a testing-only “express visit,” leading to reduced waiting times for patients and enhanced throughput for the clinic.

Provider Team Offers Services and Referrals to Frequent Emergency Department Users in Inner City, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Lower Utilization 08/25/08

Teams of providers proactively visit homes, shelters, and the streets to locate frequent emergency department visitors and provide them with preventive care and other social services.

Bilingual, Bicultural Asthma Intervention Program Significantly Improves Outcomes for Poor, Inner-City Youth 04/07/08

The El Rio Inner-City Asthma Intervention Program is a comprehensive bilingual, bicultural program that primarily serves low-income, inner-city Latino children with moderate or severe persistent asthma.

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