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Regional Commission Made Up of Diverse Stakeholders Enhances Access to Coverage and Services for Low-Income Residents, Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits 11/04/14

A regional health commission made up of a diverse group of stakeholders promotes various activities and policies to support the safety-net health system, enhancing access to coverage, medical and dental care, and medical homes, and reducing readmissions and inappropriate use of the emergency department.

Peer Specialists in Federally Qualified Health Centers Enhance Access to Behavioral and Physical Health Support Services for Clients With Co-Occurring Medical and Mental Health Issues 12/13/13

Certified peer specialists provide emotional support, education, links to community services, and other support to individuals with co-occurring medical and mental health diagnoses at two Michigan federally qualified health centers, generating high levels of satisfaction and anecdotal reports of improvements in physical and mental health.

Community Health Workers Known as Promotores Enhance Access to Culturally Tailored Services for Elderly, Low-Income Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Leading to Improvements in Mental Health 12/05/13

Community health workers known as promotores enhance access to culturally competent mental health education and services, leading to improvements in mental health status and literacy for elderly racial and ethnic minorities.

Urban Healthy Start Program Offers Support at Each Stage of Childbearing Cycle, Leading to Fewer Low- and Very Low–Birthweight Babies 08/09/13

A nonprofit organization in Baltimore provides programs and services to support at-risk women (particularly African Americans) throughout each stage of the childbearing cycle, leading to fewer deliveries of low- and very low–birthweight babies and associated cost savings.

Statewide Initiative Combines Policy, Practice-Based Changes, and Social Marketing To Produce Positive Behavior Changes, Help Halt Increase in Childhood Obesity 03/02/13

A statewide initiative combining policy and practice change—supported by tools, technical assistance, and social marketing—has led to favorable behavior changes that have helped to halt the increase in overweight and obesity among Delaware children and youth.

Statewide Policy and Practice Changes in Childcare Settings Promote Healthy Eating and More Physical Activity in Children 03/02/13

As part of a larger statewide, collaborative initiative targeting four key settings, a pediatric health system promotes policy and practice changes in childcare settings, leading to enhanced provider knowledge, policy changes within childcare centers, and improved health-related behaviors in children.

Statewide Collaborative Combines Social Marketing and Sector-Specific Support to Produce Positive Behavior Changes, Halt Increase in Childhood Obesity 03/02/13

A statewide collaborative supports schools, after-school programs, primary care practices, child care centers, work sites, and communities in promoting increased physical activity and healthy eating in Maine youth, leading to favorable behavior changes and a halt in the increase in childhood overweight/obesity.

Statewide Policy and Practice Changes Encourage Schools To Promote Behavior Change in Students, Leading to Better Physical Fitness 03/01/13

As part of a larger statewide, collaborative initiative targeting four key settings, a pediatric health system promotes policy and practice changes in schools and school districts, leading to increased efforts to promote healthier behaviors and to improvements in physical fitness among students.

Alliance Creates Community Health Workers' Scope of Practice, Training Curriculum, Certificate Program, and Reimbursement Strategy, Expanding Their Integration Into the Health System to Reduce Health Disparities 08/12/12

A statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits aimed to reduce health disparities by developing a standardized scope of practice, creating a training and certificate program and a stable funding strategy to secure reimbursement from Medicaid. Their work resulted in greater integration for these workers in the health care work force.

Medical Center Improves Collection and Analysis of Demographic Information, Leading to Better Interpretation Services and Higher Quality Cardiac Care 07/23/12

A medical center uses a standard protocol to improve collection of racial, ethnic, and language data from patients, leading to better interpretation services for patients with limited English proficiency and to more consistent, higher quality care for cardiac patients.

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