Vulnerable populations

QualityTools

HospitalBillHelp.org 05/08/14

This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals. It also provides information about health insurance plans and pricing to protect against medical debt and underinsurance through policy change, public education, and legal assistance.

The Web site includes shared stories, an insurance calculator, and information in Spanish.

Whole Health Action Management: Peer Support Training Participant Guide 04/25/14

Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) is a training program and peer support group model designed to encourage resiliency, wellness, and self-management of physical and behavioral health among people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The WHAM participant guide helps participants set a concise whole health goal, learn skills for whole health self-management, and understand “5 keys to success” for creating new health habits. The guide focuses on facilitating weekly...

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides recommendations to help hospitals address unique patient needs, meet patient-centered communication standards, and comply with related Joint Commission requirements.

Roadmap chapters address the following components of the care continuum:...

Improving Outcomes for an Aging Population: Alzheimer's Treatment in Long-Term Care 03/17/14

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help long-term care facilities and their clinicians implement projects to enhance the quality of care for elderly residents with Alzheimer’s disease.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and quality measures/calculation instructions
  • PowerPoint slides used during Stage B clinical inservice meetings
  • ...
Young Child Risk Calculator 03/12/14

The Young Child Risk Calculator shows the percentage of young children in a State who face selected risk factors, multiple risks, and risks combined with economic hardship. These risk factors—household without English speaker, large family, low parent income, residential mobility, single parent, teen mother, unemployed parent(s)—are associated with poor health, school, and developmental outcomes. Users can select a State, an age group, any number of individual risks, and a level of economic...

Toolkit for the Follow-Up Care of the Premature Infant 03/12/14

This toolkit for health care professionals provides information and resources to help facilitate the care of premature infants and improve their outcomes. It is designed to aid communication between members of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and health care professionals in the outpatient setting and to improve the quality and continuity of follow-up care for premature infants. The toolkit is a compilation of practical tools and references for the management of premature infants upon...

Identifying Children and Families at Risk 03/12/14

This Web page from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program offers tools and resources to help States identify families and children at risk. The ABCD program is designed to assist States in improving the delivery of early child development services for low-income children and their families by strengthening primary health care services and systems that support the healthy development of young children(ages 0 to 3).

Tools available include the following:...

Center for Healthy Aging: Resource Library 02/12/14

This library of resources for community-based organizations provides materials to help develop and implement evidence-based programs to promote healthy lives for older adults. The searchable library provides downloadable resources by State, topic, resource type, date, and keywords. Topics relevant to older adults include chronic disease, fall prevention, physical activity, behavioral health, self-management, and medication management.

Educational Resources for Clinical Trials 02/12/14

This Web site offers consumers information and educational resources about participating in clinical research trials. The selection of resources include past participant videos, researcher explanations about trials, and links to trial and research matching programs. For health care providers, the Web site provides resources on how to talk with patients about clinical trials.

Educational resources include the following:

  • Information about children and clinical...
State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention 02/11/14

The State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention is designed to give State and local coalitions the strategies, tools, and resources to prevent falls among older adults. It offers a rich compendium of suggested policy changes, measures, and resources to advance fall prevention, categorized under eight major goals designed to mobilize and coordinate across State and local public health programs, as well as home and community-based programs. It outlines the opportunities, strategies, and...

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