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Consumer Engagement Quality Toolbox 09/05/12

The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. Part of this effort includes ensuring that consumers are actively involved in the work of the Alliances to represent the patient perspective, and encouraging patients to...

Quality Improvement Quality Toolbox 09/05/12

The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. The initiative includes advocating for doctors and hospitals to systematically develop solutions to prevent misuse, overuse, and underuse of health care, and pinpointing how health...

Health Reform Toolkit Series: Resources From the Massachusetts Implementation Experience 09/04/12

The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide. The toolkits are designed to share experiences, materials, templates, and lessons learned from the state’s planning and creation of its exchange with other states as they begin health care reform implementation.

The five-part series includes toolkits on: building an effective exchange Web site,...

A Guide To Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community 08/27/12

This guide for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) staff provides information to coordinate and establish dental homes and improve oral health care for high-risk, low-income children. Included are resources to support EHS/HS children’s use of dental examinations and treatment and their practice of healthy dental habits at home and in the classroom. This toolkit is part of the New Jersey Smiles Initiative. It is arranged as follows:

  • Section I: Provides an...
State Snapshots 07/10/12

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.

The State Selection Map allows users to choose a State, explore, and compare the quality of a State's health care against national or best performing States. State-level information to...

Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-Run Programs and Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services 06/28/12

This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:

  1. Administration, policies, and guidelines
  2. Peer providers and group leaders
  3. Services and support
  4. Program and group environment...
Dementia Capability Toolkit 06/27/12

The Dementia Capability Toolkit identifies resources that States and communities can use to design initiatives to ensure that programs are dementia-capable. In dementia-capable systems, programs are tailored to the unique needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their caregivers.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Prevalence and impact of dementia
  • Identification and awareness of a possible dementia
  • Measuring...
Health Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide 06/22/12

This guide for community leaders and policymakers provides a practical approach to undertaking Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA helps ensure that planning projects, plans, programs, and policies contribute to the health of the community and do not have unanticipated negative impacts on health.

This guide focuses on established steps or stages of HIA: screening, scoping, identification, assessment, decisionmaking and recommendations, and evaluation and followup.

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Designing an Exchange: A Toolkit for State Policymakers 05/21/12

This legislative toolkit, from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), can assist State policymakers with the design of health insurance exchanges, a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was developed by a panel of experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and builds on the model law released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

The toolkit includes legislative language with alternatives and...

Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool 05/21/12

This tool allows users to search for cancer education materials in Asian or Pacific Islander languages. Users can search by language/ethnicity, cancer type, topic, author, and/or keyword.

Languages or ethnicities include the following:

  • Bangla/Bengali
  • Chamorro
  • Chinese
  • Chuukese
  • English
  • Hawaiian
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Ilocano
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Kosraean
  • Laotian
  • ...

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