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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.

Foundation Develops Community-Based HIV Testing and Partnerships With Medical Homes, Leading to More Timely Linkages to Care for Newly Diagnosed Patients 11/25/13

A local foundation developed community-based testing programs and partnerships with medical homes to provide real-time linkages to HIV care to newly diagnosed patients and to support these patients in transitioning to care, nearly doubling the number of patients initiating treatment.
 

Citywide Collaborative Implements Multiple Initiatives That Reduce Appointment Wait Times, Readmissions, and Emergency Department Use for Low-Income Minority Patients 11/10/13

A public–private urban health partnership develops multiple initiatives to expand access to high-quality, coordinated health care for vulnerable residents, leading to shorter wait times for appointments, improvements in patient–provider continuity, and reductions in readmissions and emergency department use.

Community Partnership Connects Low-Income Patients With Providers Who Serve Them at Discounted Rates, Enhancing Access and Reducing Emergency Department Use 11/03/13

A nonprofit, community-based organization matches uninsured and underinsured patients with physicians, hospitals, and other providers who agree to serve them at reduced fees and provides various sources of support to both providers and patients, leading to enhanced access to care and fewer emergency department visits.

Statewide Partnership Provides Mental Health Assessments via Telemedicine to Patients in Rural Emergency Departments, Reducing Wait Times, Hospitalizations, and Costs 10/07/13

Through a statewide telemedicine program, psychiatrists evaluate patients with mental health issues who present at rural hospital emergency departments, leading to reductions in wait times, inpatient admissions, and costs; increased attendance at followup visits; and high levels of patient and clinician satisfaction.

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.

Clinics Offer Culturally Tailored Diabetes Education and Culturally Appropriate Care to Ethiopian Patients, Leading to More Engagement, Better Outcomes, and Reduction of Health Disparities 07/29/13

A large health plan offered a 6-month program featuring culturally tailored educational classes and materials and the integration of culturally sensitive approaches into everyday care, leading to increased cultural sensitivity among staff, more engaged patients, and better health outcomes, and contributing (along with other programs) to the elimination of racial disparities.

Online System Speeds Enrollment in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, Significantly Reduces Operating Costs, and Contributes to Decline in Number of Uninsured 07/17/13

An online system provides real-time review and eligibility determination for applicants to Oklahoma's Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, leading to much quicker enrollment, significant cost savings, and a decline in the number of uninsured.

Adding Diabetes and Hypertension Screening to Oral Health and Hygiene Program Identifies Many Seniors With or at Risk for These Chronic Illnesses 07/17/13

As an expansion to an existing community-based oral health program for Hispanic and African-American seniors, dental school faculty, staff, and students offer education and screening for hypertension and diabetes, leading to the identification of many seniors with or at high risk for these chronic illnesses and many previously diagnosed individuals who do not have the condition(s) under control.

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