A hospital links HIV-positive prisoners to medical care and other social services before and after release to enable successful reentry into the community, leading to enhanced access to these services and less recidivism.
Mental health practitioners provide smoking cessation counseling and treatment to patients with posttraumatic stress disorder as part of their regular mental health care, leading to higher quit rates and fewer relapses.
A low-overhead clinic enhances access to a broad array of culturally competent, low-cost conventional and alternative medicine services for underinsured, uninsured, and immigrant populations.
Nurses and medical assistants use electronic tools and standardized workflows and processes before, during, and after the patient encounter to identify and address preventive, screening, and chronic care needs at every primary and specialty care visit, leading to greater adherence to recommended care processes and better blood pressure control in those with diabetes and hypertension.
Trained dental practitioners in public health centers offered cessation assistance to low-income smokers as part of routine oral health visits in public health centers, leading to higher quit rates (especially among African-American smokers).
A primary care center, county health department, community organizations, and lay health advisers jointly developed and implemented various activities to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in a low-income, largely African-American population, leading to improvements in health-related behaviors and better health.
As part of a quality improvement collaborative, a nonprofit clinic serving uninsured patients created new processes to identify those in need of colorectal cancer screening and smoking cessation education, formed partnerships with community-based organizations and providers to offer additional support to such patients, and participated in ongoing performance monitoring, reporting, and improvement; the program significantly increased the percentage of eligible patients receiving the targeted services.
A care “pathway” helps pregnant substance abusers obtain health insurance, obstetrics care, substance abuse counseling, and other services, allowing the vast majority of these women to give birth to babies with viable birth weight who are free of illicit substances.
A peer-led, community-based recovery center offers a wide array of nonmedical support to help individuals recover from mental health and substance abuse disorders; the program has significantly increased participation in employment/schooling, enhanced the ability to secure permanent housing, and helped to keep the vast majority of those served socially connected, drug- and alcohol-free, and out of the criminal justice system.
A 16-week workplace intervention teaches those struggling with substance abuse and related psychological issues to avoid negative substance use patterns while coping with work and family stress. The program has led to increased use of positive coping strategies, reduced use of avoidance coping and problem drinking, and fewer psychological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and somatic complaints.