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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.

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.

Care Coordinators Engage in Culturally Sensitive Discussions About Advance Directives With Seniors, Increasing Completion Rates and Reducing Disparities Between African Americans and Whites 07/11/13

Care coordinators in a large integrated system engage in culturally tailored discussions with low-income seniors about completing advance directives, leading to higher completion rates and a narrowing of the gap in completion rates between African Americans/black immigrants and whites.

Performance Feedback, Ultraviolet Cleaning Device, and Dedicated Housekeeping Team Significantly Improve Room Cleaning, Reduce Potential for Spread of Common, Dangerous Infection 06/24/13

A multifaceted program featuring education and feedback, ultraviolet room disinfection devices, and a dedicated housekeeping team significantly improved the thoroughness of room cleanings and reduced the percentage of rooms housing patients with Clostridium difficile infections that tested positive for the pathogen at patient discharge.

Emergency Departments Identify and Support Veterans at Risk of Suicide, Enhancing Their Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services 06/18/13

Emergency department clinicians and staff identify veterans at moderate risk of suicide, work with them to develop a safety plan, and follow up after discharge to ensure adherence to the plan and connections to community-based support, leading to better access to outpatient mental health services.

Children's Hospital Employs Enterprise Data Warehouse To Support Multidisciplinary Improvement Teams, Leading to Higher Quality and Lower Costs 06/11/13

A children's hospital uses an enterprise data warehouse to assist multidisciplinary teams in identifying and addressing opportunities to improve quality, leading to better adherence to evidence-based guidelines, less unnecessary care, and significant cost savings.

State Medicaid Program Adopts Multiple Policies to Significantly Increase Screening Rates and Enhance Access to Services for Young Children at Risk of Developmental Disabilities 06/10/13

The Oregon Health Authority (which oversees the State Medicaid program) initiated a series of policy changes to promote earlier detection, more effective referrals, and better coordination of care for pediatric patients with developmental delays, leading to a significant increase in screening rates and enhanced access to early intervention services.

Medicaid Health Plan Increases Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data by Using Direct and Indirect Sources, Including Genealogy Analyses of U.S. Census Data 06/03/13

A Medicaid health plan uses a range of direct and indirect information sources to collect accurate data on race, ethnicity, and preferred language for a high proportion of members.

Videoconferencing Enhances Access to Psychiatric Care for Children and Adults With Mental Illness in Rural Settings 05/29/13

Psychiatric fellows and residents at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville provide care via videoconferencing to patients in rural parts of the state who otherwise would likely not have had access to such care.

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