Health in Underserved Women
Health in Underserved Women Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Medically underserved women have difficulty accessing and using health care services, which increases their risk of serious health problems and even death. Women are more likely to be medically underserved if they reside in rural or geographically remote areas, have a physical or mental disability or low literacy, belong to a minority and/or speak a minority language, and are low-income, homeless, elderly, lesbian, migrant workers, immigrants, or refugees.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that provided health care services, including screening and information, to medically underserved women.
The featured QualityTools describe online health and wellness resources for women, including rural women.
- Interactive Kiosks Enhance Access to Health Care Information for Underserved Women, Leading to Increased Motivation to Adopt Healthier Behaviors
- Breast Examination Center Assists Low-Income, Minority Women in Accessing Colorectal Cancer Screening
- Shelter-Based Medical Care and Case Management Enhance Access to Services for Homeless Women, Improve Outcomes, and Lower Costs
Also in This Issue:
- Checklists With Medication Vest or Sash Reduce Distractions During Medication Administration
- Family-Oriented Program Combines Medical Care and Behavioral Counseling, Leading to Health Improvements in Obese Children and Adolescents
- Co-Locating Gynecologic Services Within an HIV Clinic Increases Cervical Cancer Screening Rates, Leading to Identification and Treatment of Many Cancer Cases
- Nurse-Led Home Visits, Group Counseling Reduce Risky Behaviors and Sexually Transmitted Infections, Improve Family/School Connectedness and Grades Among Sexually Exploited Runaway Girls
- Deaf Community Health Workers Provide Culturally Appropriate Education and Support to Deaf Patients, Improving Patient Knowledge and Engagement
- Academic Detailing Sessions With Providers Increase Use of Pain- and Anxiety-Reducing Strategies During Childhood Immunizations
- Dedicated Emergency Department Team Follows Up With Discharged Patients, Easing Physician Workload and Enhancing Quality of Care
- Faith-Based Exercise Program Increased Physical Activity in Older African-American Women
- Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes