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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.

Urban Clinic Provides Free, Bilingual Primary and Specialty Care to the Uninsured and Underserved of Miami-Dade County 09/03/08

The St. John Bosco Clinic provides free, bilingual primary and specialty care, referrals, and patient education to Hispanic immigrants who are generally poor, undocumented, and uninsured.

24-Hour, Bilingual Nurse Line Provides Advice and Interpreter Services for Plan Members, Leading to Wiser Decisions and Cost Savings 08/28/08

Molina Healthcare, a Medicaid managed care organization, instituted a 24-hour bilingual advice line to address the health and language needs of its low-income, Spanish-speaking members; the program helped members make wiser choices, leading to fewer emergency department visits and significant cost savings.

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.

Mobile Clinics Increase Access to Screening Services in Rural and Frontier Communities 08/21/08

The Improving Health Among Rural Montanans project trains pharmacists and students from various disciplines to administer screening tests and then transports screening equipment to rural and frontier areas so that these professionals can run screening clinics for area residents.

Comprehensive Vaccine Program More Than Triples Immunization Rates for Children 08/20/08

A comprehensive vaccine program more than tripled childhood immunization rates through provider training, immunization tracking, reminders for physicians and parents when immunizations are not up-to-date, and nurse-run immunization clinics.

Plan-Funded Team Coordinates Enhanced Primary Care and Support Services to At-Risk Seniors, Reducing Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits 08/08/08

Commonwealth Care Alliance developed a health plan that provides low-income, dually eligible, elderly enrollees in Massachusetts with a primary care team made up of a physician, nurse practitioner, and geriatric specialist who work out of the enrollee's primary care clinic.

Nurse Home Visits Improve Birth Outcomes, Other Health and Social Indicators for Low-Income, First-Time Mothers and Their Children 08/04/08

A series of home visits conducted by nurses to low-income, first-time mothers during pregnancy and throughout the child's first 2 years of life leads to improved outcomes and lower costs.

Weight Loss Center Aims to Help Rural, Obese Children Improve Mental and Physical Health by Integrating Medical, Psychosocial, and Nutrition Services 08/04/08

The Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for overweight, low-income youth in eastern North Carolina.

Volunteer Provider Network Cares for Uninsured Working Poor, Leading to Lower Utilization and Costs, Better Outcomes, and Positive Return on Investment 08/03/08

A network of physicians, hospitals, medical clinics, and ancillary partners provided free or low-cost health care and care navigation, coordination, and management services to low-income, uninsured, working residents of Dallas County, TX, leading to lower emergency department and hospital utilization, better management of diabetes, significant cost savings, and a positive return on investment.

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