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Transitioning Newborns From NICU to Home: A Resource Toolkit 01/24/14

This toolkit for hospitals provides information and resources to improve safety when newborns transition home from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Through a Health Coach Program, the toolkit offers coaches, parents, and families information to coordinate care, understand signs and symptoms of illness, manage medicines and immunizations, manage breathing problems, and feeding.

This manual is designed to be customized and adapted for any institution that cares for fragile...

Predictive Modeling: A Guide for State Medicaid Purchasers 01/16/14

This guide for care managers and State Medicaid agencies provides information on how to use predictive modeling tools to identify patients who are good candidates for care management. A list of key considerations can help States prioritize and effectively target populations for care management, and help guide decisionmaking for patient care. The guide helps agencies do the following:

  • Understand which features of a predictive model are critical as well as how to enhance...
Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 01/14/14

This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches. It includes brief lectures, written content, quick reference guides for clinicians and providers, and information for families or patients on the risks and benefits of antipsychotics for people with dementia. Continuing education credit is also offered for prescribers, nurses, and...

Act Against AIDS 01/13/14

Act Against AIDS is a 5-year national campaign to combat complacency about HIV/AIDS. The Act Against Aids Web site provides resources for campaigns targeted to the general public, at-risk populations, and health care professionals, including the following:

  • Campaigns targeted to the public
    • Let’s Stop HIV Together: raising awareness and fighting stigma
    • Reasons: encouraging Latino gay and bisexual men to get tested
    • Testing Makes Us...
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Fact Sheet for Parents 12/31/13

This consumer fact sheet presents information on the symptoms of pertussis, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.

Alaska Community Health Aide Program: Cancer Education Resources 12/31/13

This Web page, developed by the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, provides cancer education resources for community health aides/practitioners, community health representatives, and other people interested in learning more about cancer. These resources focus on the Alaska Native community, but many of them can be adapted for other populations as well.

The resources are organized into the following sections:


  • Cancer movie connections
  • Cancer...
Ask Suicide-Screening Questions 11/05/13

This screening tool, called the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ), is a set of four questions that emergency department nurses or physicians can administer to help identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.

 

Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 11/05/13

The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization Protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults. It is intended for use by acute care hospitals that serve critically ill adults in dedicated ICUs. This enhanced protocol provides a scientific foundation for...

Caring Connections: Brochures 11/04/13

Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved one, living with an illness, and grieving after a loss.

The brochures cover the following topics:

  • Advance care planning legal issues
  • Advance directives
  • Planning ahead
  • Caregiving
  • End-of-life...
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 10/11/13

This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. It documents a study to identify innovative rural programs and uses the results to suggest basic tools for helping rural organizations take the steps necessary to move a program that is perceived to be effective into a promising practice. This report provides an overview of tools such as community building, grant writing, data collection, and program definition, which may prove useful to...

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