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AIDSinfo 12/17/07

This Web site provides a wide range of resources on HIV/AIDS research, clinical trials, prevention, and treatment. It offers quick access to federally approved HIV/AIDS-related information for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and friends; health care providers; researchers; and national and community organizations. Much of the information is available in both English and Spanish.

This Web site includes the following major sections:

  • Clinical Guidelines portal...
Participant Experience Survey: Elderly/Disabled (E/D) Version 12/17/07

This survey solicits feedback from elderly and disabled program participants about the services and supports they receive under the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver program. States can use these data to calculate performance indicators for monitoring quality within their waiver programs, to guide quality improvement projects, and to use in conjunction with other quality management strategies.

This survey addresses these priority areas:

  • Access to care
  • ...
Screening Tests and Immunizations Guidelines for Women 12/17/07

This chart lists recommended screenings and immunizations for women aged 18-39, 40-49, 50-64, and 65 and older.

This chart includes recommendations in the following areas:

  • General health
  • Heart health
  • Bone health
  • Diabetes
  • Breast health
  • Reproductive health
  • Mental health screening
  • Colorectal health
  • Eye and ear health
  • Skin health
  • Oral health
  • Immunizations
Achieving Better Care for Asthma: A Best Clinical and Administrative Practices Toolkit for Medicaid Health Plans 12/17/07

This 79-page toolkit from the Center for Health Care Strategies offers a structured approach for addressing quality improvement in asthma care for health plans serving Medicaid members. This toolkit offers practical approaches for identifying common barriers to achieving better care for members with asthma, developing strategies to overcome these barriers, reviewing clinical and administrative strategies that other health plans have implemented, and measuring incremental and long-term change...

Field Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters 12/17/07

This field manual provides specific and practical suggestions for mental health workers and other human service providers who assist survivors following a disaster.

Topics addressed in this guide include:

  • Introduction
  • Key concepts of disaster mental health
  • Survivors’ needs and reactions
  • Disaster counseling skills
    • Establishing rapport
    • Active listening
    • Some dos and don’ts
    • Problem solving
    • A word of caution
    • ...
Early Intervention: Communication and Language for Families of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Infants 12/17/07

This 12-page tool answers questions about hearing loss in infants, focusing on communication and language strategies for families.

The tool includes the following sections:

  • Our child has a hearing loss. What happens next? What is early intervention?
  • I didn’t know that an infant’s hearing could be tested.
  • Hearing in humans is very complex. There are many different types of hearing loss.
  • Your child’s hearing loss is unique.
  • What are some things...
Basics in Geriatrics "Big 10" and Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card 12/17/07

The Emory University Reynolds Program has established the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card to be used as a teaching module reference for providers caring for geriatric patients.

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This pocket card addresses the following topics:

  • Basics in Geriatrics “Big 10” - 10 principles that differentiate the care of older patients from other patient populations
  • Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment - a chart plotting the Big...
Tuberculosis: A Guide for Adults and Adolescents with HIV 12/17/07

This guide provides information about tuberculosis (TB) to people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, specifically, what it is, how it is spread, and how it can be avoided. This tool is also available in Spanish.

This guide addresses the following questions:

  • What is TB?
  • How is TB spread?
  • How can I avoid TB?
  • How do I know if I might have active TB?
  • Does TB affect only the lungs?
  • Am I at greater risk of getting TB because...
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities 12/17/07

This Web site provides information to the Nation on children and youth with disabilities; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA), the Nation’s special education law; No Child Left Behind, the Nation’s general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

Information is presented on:

  • Specific disabilities
  • Early intervention...
Women and HIV/AIDS: Research and Clinical Trials 12/17/07

This tool provides information to women about HIV/AIDS research and clinical trials.

The following topics are addressed:

  • Women’s Interagency HIV Study—Designed to investigate the history and course of HIV infection in women
  • Clinical trials—Research studies designed to find out if new drugs, vaccines, or other treatments are safe and if they work
  • Microbicide research—Research studies on microbicides, which are gels, creams, or foams that are applied to prevent...

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