A comprehensive bundle of process improvement strategies improved patient turnaround time in the emergency department, which in turn led to fewer patients leaving before being treated.
A behavioral health clinic maintains an onsite primary care clinic that provides culturally competent care to low-income Asian Americans with serious mental illness, enhancing access to such care and facilitating modest improvements in physical health.
As part of a comprehensive initiative, State legislation enables trained primary care medical providers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive dental care provided during well-child visits, enhancing access to these services for low-income children younger than 6 years.
Local organizations and volunteers provide free skin cancer education and screenings at beaches and other outdoor venues each summer, enhancing access to these services for thousands of at-risk individuals, identifying many with suspected cancer, and increasing knowledge about strategies to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
An alliance of government and not-for-profit agencies aided the passage of various legislative provisions in Massachusetts designed to create a more stable, systemic role for community health workers, leading to greater professional recognition, an expanded workforce and training infrastructure, and increased funding of services.
Regulations from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services mandated that all substance abuse treatment facilities in the state become tobacco free and integrate smoking cessation education and therapy into the treatment of other addictions. The regulation resulted in increased access to cessation services and reduced smoking rates among patients and staff as well as some cost savings.
As required by law, hospitals in New York track and report information on select hospital-acquired infections to the State Department of Health, which publicly releases hospital-specific performance data and supports hospitals with quality improvement initiatives; the program has reduced infection rates and generated substantial cost savings.
A partnership between academic medicine and a major-league sports team enhances access to care by providing treatment and support to veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder and their families, generating high levels of patient satisfaction.
A portable clinic uses specially designed equipment to bring full-service dental care to elementary schools serving impoverished, immigrant, and uninsured children.
A public school system renovated the athletic track at the system's only high school and promoted it as an attractive place to exercise, leading to increased use of the track by students, individual residents, and community groups, and to anecdotal reports of weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.