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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...

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...

National Quality Strategy Tools 02/06/13

The National Quality Strategy (NQS) was first published in March 2011 and is led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established as part of the Affordable Care Act, the NQS serves as a catalyst and compass for a nationwide focus on quality improvement efforts and an approach to measuring quality. 

The NQS Tools page includes the following resources:

  • National Quality Strategy 5-Year...
Give Kids a Smile Toolbox 01/24/13

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) program as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children.

The GKAS Program Planning Toolbox is a resource for dentists and other team members interested in implementing the program in their community. The guide includes a step-by-step timetable on how to plan an educational, screening, or treatment event; how to promote the event...

Expecting Success Toolkit 12/03/12

The Expecting Success Toolkit provides tips for hospitals on improving the quality of care and reducing disparities.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • You Can Live With Heart Failure: Includes the Living With Heart Failure Health Calendar (also available in Spanish)
  • Instructions for inserting your logo into the Heart Failure Calendar
  • Thinking About Disparities : Includes readiness to survey, promotional wall...
Migrant Clinicians Network Toolbox and Resources 10/23/12

This online collection for clinicians provides tools and resources for use in various departments of migrant and community health centers.

The Toolbox contains sample documents, forms, policies, tools, and protocols that can be adapted to meet the clinic’s needs to help provide quality health care to the underserved.

The Resource Database includes downloadable resources as well as links on a wide variety of primary care issues. It contains links to other organizations...

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit 10/16/12

This toolkit was developed to help increase partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and rural communities and assist them with outreach efforts in providing rural veterans with information and referral about VA benefits, ultimately providing improved access to the best quality of care for rural veterans. The toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities.

This toolkit will help:

  • Build a...
Road to Health Toolkit 10/08/12

The Road to Health Toolkit is designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes. This toolkit provides community health workers, nurses, health educators, and dietitians with interactive tools that can be used to counsel and motivate those at high risk for type 2 diabetes. These tools will help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes by encouraging healthy eating, increased physical activity, and moderate weight loss for those who are overweight.

The...

Road to Health Toolkit Training Guide 10/08/12

The Road to Health Training Guide is designed for people who develop or offer train-the-trainer workshops and for community health workers who work with people who are Hispanic/Latino or African American/African ancestry. Other health care professionals, diabetes educators, health educators, nurses, dietitians, and community educators can also be trained or provide training to others by using the Road to Health Toolkit.

The goal of the Road to Health Training Guide is to do the...

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