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Culturally Competent Outreach, Services, and Education Improve Access to Insurance, Primary Care, and Immunizations for Hispanic and Portuguese Children 07/25/08

Salud Para Niños provides low-cost (and on some occasions free), culturally competent outreach, primary care, insurance assistance, and education to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking children in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Community Health Collaborative Reduces Inappropriate Emergency Department Use by Providing Access to Health Care, Social Support for Low-Income Clients 07/18/08

A community health collaborative helps vulnerable populations secure and retain insurance coverage, access primary care, and connect to a medical home, leading to fewer emergency department visits, higher provider revenues, and high levels of provider satisfaction.

Community Coalition Connects Medical Practices to Community Resources, Leading to Improved Asthma and Diabetes Outcomes in At-Risk Populations 07/18/08

King County Steps to Health connected medical practices to community resources by encouraging organizations to work together to identify common messages, leverage resources, and develop programs for populations at risk for diabetes, asthma, and obesity.

Multidisciplinary Family Clinic Increases Access to Care for Inner-City Residents, Leading to Improved Outcomes and High Patient Satisfaction 07/11/08

To meet the needs of the surrounding community, 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University employs a multidisciplinary model of care, offering residents a wide variety of health and wellness services regardless of their ability to pay.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Leads to Sustained Increases in Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Whites and Minorities 07/11/08

Boston Medical Center adopted the Baby-Friendly ™ Hospital Initiative, a 10-step program that has led to sustained increases in the initiation of breastfeeding.

Offsite Interpreter Services via Videoconferencing Increases Access to Culturally Competent Care for Rural, Spanish-Speaking Patients 06/29/08

The Video Medical Interpreting program uses a videoconferencing system to allow offsite interpreters to provide in-depth, culturally sensitive medical interpretation services to Spanish-speaking patients with limited English proficiency in rural locations.

Michigan Pathways Project Links Ex-Prisoners to Medical Services, Contributing to a Decline in Recidivism 06/23/08

The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, in partnership with the Muskegon Community Health Project, helps newly released or paroled prisoners access needed health care, contributing to a decline in recidivism.

Pathway Helps Massachusetts Residents Develop and Implement Debt-Reduction Strategies, Leading to 60-Percent Reduction in Medical Debt 06/18/08

The Access Project's Medical Debt Resolution Program, based on the Pathways model, helps individuals reduce or eliminate medical debt by identifying and implementing debt reduction strategies.

Culturally Competent Outreach Programs Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Among Chinese Women 06/18/08

The Chinese Women's Health Project used two approaches to promote cervical cancer screening among Chinese women—mailing Chinese-language written materials to women and home visits by bicultural, trilingual outreach workers.

Weekly Group Classes Lead to Significant Weight Loss and High Levels of Satisfaction Among Low-Income, Racial and Ethnic Minorities 06/06/08

Health Not Cosmetics is a lifestyle modification program administered by medical students that includes educational classes, group training, and individual sessions; the program targets overweight and obese inner-city residents, many of whom are racial and ethnic minorities living in poverty.

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