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County, City, and Community Agencies Support Childcare Centers and Parents in Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Habits of Preschoolers 08/02/11

Local government agencies and nonprofit groups improved the nutrition and physical activity practices of childcare centers by refurbishing a local park, training staff on healthy eating and exercise, and planting gardens at each center.

Educational Materials Enhance the Ability of New Parents To Understand and Cope With Infant Crying 07/28/11

Providing new parents and other caregivers with an educational video and booklet improves their ability to understand and cope with infant crying, the most common trigger for shaken baby syndrome.

Mental Health Patients Track Moods Through Web Application, Generating Greater Adherence to Daily Tracking, Better Treatment Decisions, and High Satisfaction 07/25/11

Individuals with depression and/or other mood disorders log and track their daily mood through a mobile phone application, leading to higher adherence than with paper-based tools, better treatment decisions, and positive feedback from patients and clinicians.

Tobacco Cessation "Quitline" Staff Proactively Call Patients Referred by Trained Providers, Leading to Greater Satisfaction With Services and Higher Quit Rates 07/20/11

Trained health care providers educate patients who use tobacco about the state's free tobacco cessation phone counseling service (called a “quitline”) and then fax a referral form to quitline staff who proactively follow up with the patient; the program led to higher quit rates than among those simply informed about the quitline by their providers.

Hospital Systematically Screens and Initiates Treatment for Depression and Anxiety in Cardiac Patients, Improving Cardiac Symptoms and Mental Health 07/10/11

A hospital screens all cardiac inpatients for depression and anxiety and initiates treatment for them as appropriate, leading to improvements in cardiac symptoms and mental health.

Protocols, Task Specialization, and Case Reviews Virtually Eliminate Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 07/09/11

A comprehensive set of protocols and practices virtually eliminates catheter-related bloodstream infections in the neonatal intensive care unit, generating estimated annual savings of $750,000 to $1,000,000.

Culturally Appropriate Videos Share Stories of Individuals With Hypertension, Leading to Improvements in Blood Pressure in Inner-City African Americans 07/08/11

Culturally appropriate videos provide first-person narratives of patients living with hypertension, leading to significant improvements in blood pressure among low-income, inner-city African Americans with previously uncontrolled hypertension.

Solo Practitioner Uses Electronic Medical Record To Redesign Care Processes, Leading to Greater Adherence to Recommended Processes and Improved Outcomes 07/07/11

A solo practitioner leverages various functions within the electronic medical record to redesign care processes, leading to greater adherence to recommended care processes and improved outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Rheumatology Clinics Leverage Technology and Redesign Care Processes to Provide Physicians Relevant Patient Information, Improving Symptoms and Adherence to Recommended Care 07/06/11

Rheumatology clinics used information technology and redesigned associated care process to allow clinicians to access relevant patient information and focus scarce visit time on solving problems, leading to improvements in the provision of needed services and patient-reported symptoms.

Tools, Education, and Technical Assistance Encourage Schools to Adopt Strategies That Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Youth 07/04/11

A statewide collaborative initiative targeting six key sectors promotes policy and practice changes in schools, leading to the widespread adoption of strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity, including improvements in the nutritional quality of school meals.

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