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Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging 04/26/12

This guide, for adults 50 and older, describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity. It shows how to set exercise goals and stick to them. It also includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility and a list of resources.

The guide is organized into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Get ready
  • Chapter 2: Get set
  • Chapter 3: Go!
  • Chapter 4: Sample exercises
  • Chapter 5: How am I doing?...
Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 04/25/12

This toolkit, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), can help guide efforts to improve care for children in the child welfare system. The toolkit presents the work of 9 managed care organizations that participated in a 3-year CHCS quality improvement collaborative. It provides details about the pilot efforts of each plan, including identification, stratification and outreach strategies developed, as well as obstacles faced and preliminary outcomes achieved.

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Toolkits for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs 04/25/12

This series of toolkits offers tips and tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.

The following toolkits are available:

  • Toolkits for providers:
    • Providers serving children with epilepsy
    • Providers serving children with hearing loss
  • Toolkits for families:
    • General tools and tips for families of children and youth with...
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Resource Library: Click n' Go Education Materials 04/02/12

The SNAP-Ed Connection is a dynamic online resource center for State and local SNAP-Ed Providers. It provides information on valuable training and continuing education resources for educators and facilitates access to educational materials developed specifically for SNAP participants and eligibles.

This section of the SNAP-Ed Connection Resource Library contains materials that can be downloaded and printed to help provide quality nutrition education for low-income audiences....

Long-Term Care Improvement Guide 03/28/12

This guide was created to propel long-term care communities in their improvement efforts by presenting a collection of concrete strategies for actualizing a resident-directed, relationship-centered philosophy. It supplies providers with tools, data, and practical resources so they can make informed decisions as they consider implementing culture change initiatives to deliver person-centered care.

The guide is divided into three parts:

  1. Making the case for change
  2. ...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
Get Covered. Get in the Game. Campaign 02/15/12

The goal of the Get Covered. Get in the Game. campaign is to help uninsured children get health insurance so they can participate in sports programs. Eligible children and teens can get no-cost or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The campaign materials include a guide that provides strategies and outreach materials that can help schools and communities link youth athletes—and all eligible children and teens—to...

Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition 01/19/12

The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a simple to use, five-level triage instrument that categorizes emergency department (ED) patients by evaluating both patient acuity and resources. The algorithm provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent). ED educators, clinicians, and managers can use this practical guide to develop and conduct an ESI educational program, implement the algorithm, and design an ongoing quality...

Effective Health Care Program: Research Summaries for Consumers, Clinicians, and Policymakers 01/13/12

These research summaries, for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers, provide information about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions. The summaries are based on comparative effectiveness reviews that cover numerous health topics. The summaries are not clinical recommendations or guidelines and should not be interpreted as such.

The covered health topics include:

  • Breathing conditions
  • Cancer
  • Developmental...
Telehealth Technology Assessment Center Toolkits 01/13/12

This collection of toolkits can help health care organizations become better informed consumers of telehealth technology. The interactive toolkits allow users to learn the fundamentals of how various technologies work, as well as how to assess them for use in telehealth programs.

The toolkits include:

  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop video applications
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Patient examination cameras
  • Technology assessment 101
  • ...

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