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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...
ER Is for Emergencies 08/09/12

ER Is for Emergencies is a campaign in Washington State to help reduce preventable emergency room visits and redirect care to the most appropriate setting. The campaign Web site includes the following materials:

  • One-page document outlining the Seven Best Practices
  • Patient brochure to help redirect care to the most appropriate setting (also available in Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese)
  • Educational videos and archived webinars

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...
Missouri's Sustainability Toolkit: Self-Management Education Programs for People With Chronic Conditions 06/19/12

This self-management toolkit helps providers of self-management education (SME) chronic condition programs deliver high-quality services over the long term. The guide is a synthesis of practical experience and evidence-based strategies to help SME providers achieve sustainability. It explores issues in 10 key planning areas: revenue, marketing, referral networking, competition, service operations, evaluation, organizational support, community support, advocacy, and resource linkages. SME...

AMA Weigh What Matters 06/07/12

This smartphone application (app), part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Healthier Life Steps ™ initiative, encourages adult patients to work with their physicians to maintain a healthy weight, eat better, and increase physical activity. The app also calculates a user’s body mass index (BMI) score and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and e-mail them to their physician.

Key features allow users to:

  • Establish a weight goal
  • Establish daily...
SuperTracker: My foods. My fitness. My health. 05/29/12

The SuperTracker helps consumers get a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, track their foods and physical activities to see how they stack up, and get tips and support to help them make healthier choices and plan ahead.

The SuperTracker includes the following features:

  • Food-a-Pedia: Look up nutrition info for more than 8,000 foods and compare foods side by side
  • Food Tracker: Track the foods you eat and compare to your nutrition targets...
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 Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals 03/13/12

This guide, for hospital administrators and emergency department leaders, provides step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding.

The information and resources are organized into the following sections:

  • The need to address emergency department crowding
  • Forming a patient flow team
  • Measuring emergency department performance
  • Identifying strategies
  • ...
Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty 03/13/12

These curricular modules, for pharmacy faculty, integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The modules are adaptable for use in lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education.

The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.

My Life Check 03/13/12

This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.

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