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Addressing Language Access Issues in Your Practice: A Toolkit for Physicians and Their Staff Members 04/29/13

This toolkit, for physicians and health care teams, presents a systems approach to redesigning an office practice to provide the highest quality care possible to patients who speak limited English. It provides a guide to assist in taking small steps toward a complete language access system. The guide includes many options and resources so that practices can tailor their language access program to their particular needs.

This guide is organized around three steps that will help...

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Wellness Initiative Tools 04/23/13

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve one physical health behavior while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness. The tools on the site include free downloadable posters, fact sheets, brochures, and slide presentations that highlight the eight dimensions of wellness and provide information to consumers and providers on...

Washington Dental Service Foundation: Kids Oral Health 04/16/13

This Web site offers an online course to train primary care providers to deliver oral health preventive services to young children during well-child checks. The course addresses:

  • Screening and assessing risk for dental disease
  • Applying fluoride varnish
  • Sharing oral health tips with families
  • Referring patients to a dentist

The site also provides a collection of related resources for providers and staff including fact sheets, guides...
Constructing an Adaptive Care Model for the Management of Disease-Related Symptoms Throughout the Course of Multiple Sclerosis 04/16/13

This toolkit provides strategies and templates to help multiple sclerosis (MS) centers and their clinicians implement a performance improvement project. The goal of this project is to help clinicians accurately and appropriately manage MS symptoms in their patients.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  • Introduction
  • Algorithm and instructions for toolkit implementation
  • Sample data collection form and performance measures/calculation...
Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool 04/16/13

The Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool is a self-assessment tool to be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program. The assessment tool also provides a common framework by which data can be collected from multiple community paramedicine programs to develop a snapshot of common successes and challenges, and to guide in the development of new community paramedicine programs. Although the tool should be useful across urban and rural programs, it is...

Medical Respite Tool Kit 04/03/13

The purpose of the Medical Respite Tool Kit is to provide information and tools to help organizations and advocates plan, develop, and sustain medical respite programs. Medical respite care is acute and postacute medical care for homeless persons who are too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets but who are not ill enough to be in a hospital. This approach provides a safe alternative to hospitals and for individuals in need of postdischarge medical care. It...

Reengineered Discharge Toolkit 04/03/13

This toolkit was developed to facilitate the Project Reengineered Hospital Discharge (RED) intervention. Project RED is a randomized controlled trial at Boston Medical Center. This project reengineers the workflow process and improves patient safety for patients from a network of community health centers discharged from a general medical service at an urban hospital serving a low-income, ethnically diverse population.

The toolkit has been expanded to provide complete...

Coordinated-Transitional Care Toolkit 03/26/13

Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) is a low-resource, telephone-based, protocol-driven program designed to reduce 30-day rehospitalizations and to improve care transitions during the early posthospital period. The goal of this toolkit is to help hospital systems that serve populations with high rates of patient dispersion, cognitive impairment, and vulnerability improve care coordination and postdischarge outcomes such as reduced medication discrepancies.

This toolkit is...

Establishing a Child Health Improvement Partnership: A How-to Guide 03/07/13

An Improvement Partnership (IP) is a durable, regional collaboration of public and private partners that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children ‘s health care. This guide attempts to share the best thinking and knowledge about what existing IPs have been able to accomplish. It is designed for any state with an existing IP, regardless of the stage of development, or for any state contemplating setting up an IP.

The guide outlines...

Vermont Child Health Improvement Program: Tools and Resources 03/07/13

This Web site provides tools and resources developed by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) that can assist in carrying out quality improvement projects. The tools and resources are a combination of tools developed through VCHIP’s various projects, relevant Web pages, and key publications of active and completed projects.

The Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Perinatal
  • Early childhood
  • School age and adolescence
  • ...

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