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National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools 12/17/07

This Web site is a one-stop gateway to school food safety information and resources. It includes the following information:

Action Guide Tools: Use the tools to launch and build support for food-safe school programs, such as a how-to guide and video, motivational PowerPoint(r) presentation and administrator’s briefing brochure, and topical in-depth modules

Assess: Assess your school’s food safety strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for improvement using the Food-Safe...

Child Health Care Quality Toolbox: Measuring Quality in Children's Health Programs 12/17/07

This Web site contains concepts, tips, and tools for evaluating the quality of health care for children. This online resource can help to answer the following (and related) questions about measuring health care quality in child health programs:

  • How can you tell whether children are receiving quality health care?
  • How do you know when a health program is functioning effectively?
  • Where can you find tools to help answer these questions?
  • If the right tool is not...
National Institutes of Health (NIH) SeniorHealth 12/17/07

This Web site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for adults 60 and older, as well as their family members and friends.

This Web site addresses the following topics:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Balance problems
  • Breast cancer
  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
  • Cataract
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic retinopathy...
Advanced Lung Cancer: Issues to Consider--Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This 12-page patient education guide provides information for people with advanced (stage III/IV) lung cancer.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Quality of life
  • Managing pain
  • Managing dyspnea
  • Who will provide my health care?
  • Hospice care
  • Legal issues
  • Talking with your doctors and other caregivers
  • Organizations that can provide additional information or support
Adapting Your Practice: General Recommendations for the Care of Homeless Patients 12/17/07

This tool is intended for health care professionals, students, and ancillary personnel who have minimal experience working with homeless patients.

Recognizing that standard clinical practice guidelines often fail to take into consideration the unique health care challenges faced by displaced people, the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network convened an advisory committee comprised of six health and social service providers to develop standards for the...

Improving Cultural Competency in Children's Health Care: Expanding Perspectives 12/17/07

This tool addresses disparities in children’s health care in an attempt to advance the ability of organizations to provide culturally competent care.

The Cultural Competency Change Package presented in this report proposes strategies for change in each of the following six components in order to achieve culturally competent care:

  • Community resources
  • Health systems
  • Family and self-management support
  • Delivery system design
  • Decision support
  • ...
Physical Activity and Older Americans: Benefits and Strategies 12/17/07

This report describes the importance of physical activity in older adults and provides recommendations for physicians to help their older patients stay active.

Some topics addressed include:

  • Prevalence of inactivity in older adults
  • Costs of inactivity
  • Health benefits of regular physical activity
  • Recommended levels of physical activity in older adults
  • Strategies to promote physical activity in older adults
  • What can work to promote...
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Recovery Month Kit 11/29/07

The Recovery Month Toolkit guides users, such as community leaders and health care providers, through the entire process of planning, launching, and publicizing National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month activities and events.

The three sections of this planning toolkit–media outreach, targeted outreach, and resources–will help the user to:

  • Target key groups to involve
  • Plan events
  • Publicize in the media
  • Provide information
  • Share...
Now That You've Tested Positive For Group B Strep (GBS), Learn How to Help Protect Your Baby 11/29/07

This fact sheet provides information for pregnant women who have tested positive for group B streptococcus (GBS) on how to protect their babies during pregnancy, when their water breaks or labor begins, and after the baby is born. It also includes GBS symptoms that babies may exhibit.

Are You Pregnant? Help Protect Your Baby from Group B Strep! 11/29/07

This brochure includes information about group B strep (GBS) and steps that pregnant women can take before they go into labor and when their water breaks to prevent their baby from being infected with GBS.

Topics include:

  • What is GBS?
  • Being a carrier for these bacteria does not mean you have an infection.
  • Ask your doctor for a GBS test when you are 35 to 37 weeks pregnant.
  • The antibiotic is only given during labor.
  • What you can do before...

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