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Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals and Health Systems 09/14/11

This tool is designed to help hospital executives and others develop best practices in tobacco use policies and protocols.

The 32-page Destination Tobacco-Free: A Practical Tool for Hospitals & Health Systems, was vetted by hospital administrators and clinicians from across the United States. It contains step-by-step directions, examples, and tools that can help hospitals achieve their missions, improve care, bolster employee health, and boost the bottom line.

The...

Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Toolkit 09/14/11

The Tobacco-Dependence Toolkit provides a practical approach to treating tobacco dependence effectively. The toolkit approaches tobacco dependence as a severe chronic illness—like asthma—with exacerbations and remissions, and is based on the premise that chest physicians must be as actively and professionally engaged in treating tobacco dependence as they are with asthma. Effective tools, treatment algorithms, and strategies to obtain compensation for tobacco-dependence treatment services...

Improving Quality and Achieving Equity: A Guide for Hospital Leaders 09/01/11

This guide for hospital leaders presents the evidence for racial and ethnic disparities in health care and provides the rationale for addressing them with a focus on quality, cost, risk management, and accreditation. The guide also highlights case studies and model practices, and recommends activities and resources that can help hospitals identify and address disparities in order to achieve equity for patients.

The guide is divided into the following sections:

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LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: Facts on Care in the US) 09/01/11

This Web site for researchers and policymakers provides data, tools, and results to better understand the long-term care system in areas of the United States and to achieve improvements. It allows users to customize and download maps and tables to gather information by state, county, or individual facility. Custom tables can include information on facility characteristics, locations, resident characteristics, local characteristics, facility staffing, admissions, quality, and long-term care...

Implementing Multicultural Health Care Standards: Ideas and Examples 08/17/11

This guide provides ideas and examples to aid in the implementation of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) standards for distinction in Multicultural Health Care (MHC). Examples are drawn from applicants to the NCQA Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Awards Program. From 2006 to 2009, health plans submitted applications to this program, highlighting their activities as they sought to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reduce...

MOVE!® Weight Management Program 08/17/11

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.

This Web site contains information about the MOVE! program for veterans and health professionals, and includes program handouts, success stories, healthy living messages, and other resources.

Only veterans receiving care in the Veterans Affairs (...

Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools 08/03/11

INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.

The specific tools are designed for use by selected members of the care team. Some of the tools included are:

  • Communication tools
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Resource Guide for Health Care Professionals Interested in Advocating for Children's Health 07/21/11

This guide is designed to assist health care professionals to take a stand in their communities and workplaces to advocate for healthy eating and active living for children and their families. The guide has the following resources to support health care professionals in their work outside of the office, including:

  • A snapshot of the obesity epidemic and how it is impacting children
  • A “how-to” for advocacy at community, State, and national levels
  • Strategies...
SPARK Physical Education Lesson Plans 07/05/11

This Web site provides a collection of free, research-based physical education (PE) lesson plans for physical educators and classroom teachers. These lesson plans are based on research supported by the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and are designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes.

Sample lesson plans are available for:

  • Early childhood physical activity
  • Elementary physical education...
On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities 06/22/11

The On-Time Quality Improvement program is a practical approach to quality improvement (QI) in long-term care, embedding QI strategies and best practices into health information technology. This manual is an introduction to the On-Time QI approach. It provides an overview of the tools and process improvements and describes the implementation process. Target users are stakeholders interested in nursing home QI, nursing home leaders responsible for deciding QI priorities, and nursing home...

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