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Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit 10/03/13

The Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT) is an organizational performance assessment toolkit from the Ethical Force Program ® at the American Medical Association designed to assist organizations in meeting the needs of a diverse patient population. This one-of-a-kind resource can help organizations assess how effectively they communicate, so they can target resources for improvement exactly where they are needed.

The C-CAT can help organizations improve...

Rural Health Information Hub: Tools for Success 10/03/13

The Rural Health Information Hub provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in rural communities. The center also presents health and human service program models and innovations from rural communities to provide examples of lessons learned.

The resources available can help rural communities:

  • Grow funding
  • Improve programs
  • Promote successes to...
Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department 10/01/13

This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to “super users” in the ED. The guide offers an approach to understanding and managing two groups of super users—patients exhibiting drug-seeking behaviors and patients with chronic pain—and provides a solution for reducing ED visits.

The appendix to the guide includes sample materials such as a pain management policy, letters, and a pain...

Bright Futures Materials 09/26/13

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The Bright Futures materials are designed to be useful to a wide range of audiences from health care professionals and those who provide health care for children, to parents and others in the community who participate in youth-oriented activities such as coaches, educators, and child care workers.

Materials include the...

Surviving Sepsis Campaign 09/26/13

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign has developed a suite of tools to help hospitals reduce mortality due to sepsis and to guide efforts to improve sepsis-related performance. In addition, other organizations have developed tools in the course of their improvement efforts and are making them available on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Web site for others to use or adapt. These tools include protocols, checklists, policies, and similar documents.

The resources are divided into the...

Maximizing Health Care for Colorado's Underserved 09/10/13

This operational handbook for safety-net medical homes describes the experience of Doctors Care, a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive the medical attention they need. The handbook can help program managers maximize health care for the uninsured without overwhelming participating doctors, while also managing patient expectations.

It is organized into the following sections:

  • Doctors Care History:...
Low-Income Households and Asthma 09/10/13

The Low Income Households and Asthma fact sheet provides statistics on low-income households and asthma rates. The fact sheet also provides 10 key tips for controlling and managing asthma.

Treatment Options Initiative 09/10/13

These online resources provide information to educate patients about the importance of exploring their treatment options, comparing the benefits and risks of each, and preparing to discuss these options with their health care providers.

The following health topics are covered:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • Men’s health
  • Mental health
  • Muscle, bone, and joint
  • Women’s health
The following videos are included:
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Diabetes Education Toolkit 09/10/13

This toolkit, for people with psychiatric disabilities and their physicians and caregivers, provides information to help them understand and manage their diabetes or prediabetic condition. The toolkit includes an extensive library of materials and podcasts covering the basics of diabetes, building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing hypertension, and managing the risks of diabetes. Also included is a chart of American Diabetes Association standards of care with related educational...

Tobacco Map 09/06/13

This interactive map tool provides advocates and policymakers information on national efforts in key tobacco control policy areas. The tool contains three distinct maps focusing on different aspects of tobacco policy, providing breakdowns on laws, tax rates, and tobacco-control spending. Further information on State populations, timelines, and other information is available for each State.

Data used in the tool come from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for...

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