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Disaster Evacuees Attending New Schools 12/17/07

This fact sheet presents information for parents and communities concerned about the potential for disease outbreak when the residents of disaster-affected areas migrate to other States.

The following topics are addressed in this fact sheet:

  • School-age evacuees do not pose an increased health risk in schools
  • Illnesses in school-age evacuees should be treated the same as under normal conditions
  • Guidance on accepting a school-age evacuee into the...
Roadmaps for Clinical Practice Series - Improving Immunization: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations 12/17/07

Improving Immunizations: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Populations includes several case studies on the leading health indicator of immunization for infectious diseases, with a special focus on reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

The primer provides background information, practical recommendations, and solutions to commonly encountered questions that physicians face from diverse patient populations, case presentations for improving health care delivery, and resources.
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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...

Rural Information Center: Rural Health 12/17/07

The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides information and referral services to local, tribal, State, and Federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America’s rural areas. The RIC Web site contains more than 2,500 links to current and reliable information on a wide variety of rural resources and funding sources on the following topics:

  • Agricultural safety...
Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action 12/17/07

This 151-page resource guide was developed as a learning tool for State officials who want to improve the quality of health care for people with asthma in their States. The guide is designed to help officials assess quality of care, using State-level data, and fashion quality improvement strategies suited to State conditions. The Resource Guide and its complementary Workbook can serve as tools for sharing the expertise, ideas, knowledge, and solutions of those involved in...

A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials 12/17/07

Many communities and organizations lack the resources to create new health promotion materials that address the cultural and linguistic needs of their local populations. This 12-page guide aims to assist these groups in making appropriate choices among existing materials and provides recommendations for adapting such materials for use in health promotion efforts.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Values and guiding principles for assuring cultural and linguistic...
Diabetes Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Fact Sheet 12/17/07

This fact sheet summarizes the results of research that have contributed to a better understanding of the disparities in the prevalence of diabetes and related complications among different racial and ethnic groups, identification of some of the barriers to health care that contribute to these disparities, and identification of changes that could be made to eliminate the barriers and reduce the disparities.

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...

The Council of State Governments Health Literacy Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit contains information that examines different ways States can address health literacy–through their Medicaid programs, by improving health communication, in State-mandated K-12 curriculum, and by working with adult learners.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Executive summary: Excerpts from the Council of State Governments (CSG’s) State Official’s Guide to Health Literacy
  • Issue briefs
    • New...
Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook 12/17/07

This chartbook is the first comprehensive national report on the quality of pediatric care. The researchers reviewed over 500 studies and synthesized this information into 40 charts that provide a portrait of the current state of pediatric health care.

The chartbook finds dramatic progress in some areas–such as reductions in hospital-acquired infections in pediatric intensive care units–and serious challenges in many others–such as gaps in preventive care and developmental services. It...

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