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Joint Commission 2011 National Patient Safety Goals 12/27/10

The purpose of the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence- and expert-based solutions to these problems. This tool reflects the revised NPSGs to reflect The Joint Commission’s continuing efforts to focus on topics that are of highest priority to patient safety and quality care.

Updates to implementation expectations are provided for...

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States: Implementation and Measurement Guide 12/20/10

This guide was developed to address the U.S. obesity epidemic by transforming communities into places where healthy lifestyle choices are easily incorporated into everyday life. It describes 24 strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage and support healthy eating and active living. In addition, a single measure is provided for each strategy to help communities track their progress over time.

The 24 strategies and measures presented in...

Self-Assessment and Action Planning: Using the Baldrige Organizational Profile for Health Care 11/04/10

This self-assessment and action planning tool introduces users to the Baldrige Organizational Profile, part of the Criteria for Performance Excellence. The Organizational Profile is a snapshot of an organization, the key influences on how it operates, and the key challenges it faces.

The first section, Organizational Description, addresses the organization’s health care environment and its key relationships with patients and other customers, suppliers, partners, and stakeholders...

Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action 10/13/10

Few communities are prepared to meet the needs of older residents or to engage these residents in civic life. The Aging Well in Communities Toolkit addresses this challenge by giving local governments the resources they need to successfully plan for aging well in their communities.

The toolkit:

  • Breaks down the aging well planning process into manageable steps and gives specific guidance for each step
  • Provides a structured process for gathering different types...
Your Heart, Your Life: A Lay Health Educator's Program 10/04/10

The Your Heart, Your Life program for lay health educators can help them learn about heart health and how to teach others. The program includes two Web-based training courses that will help educators acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivating factors to help them take action against heart disease.
It will also help them develop skills for leading sessions about heart health in their community.

This program is also available in Spanish.

LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition 09/29/10

This resource offers interactive tools and evidence-based strategies to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator that companies can use to estimate how much obesity is costing them and how much savings they could reap with different workplace interventions.

This Web site provides step-by-step guidance for employers that addresses the following questions:

  • Why should I create a program?
  • Where...
WhyNotTheBest.org 09/20/10

This Web site is designed for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. The resources available assist organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. The site provides tools like case studies, publications, and methodology.

Resources for Managing Pediatric Obesity 08/26/10

These resources, developed by the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, are intended to provide primary care physicians with practical guidance on the approach to the obese child. They include resources for physicians as well as informational handouts for them to share with their patients’ families.

The resources for physicians include:

  • Primary care pocket guide to pediatric obesity management
  • Child and adolescent healthy weight and nutrition tips
  • ...
Policy Opportunities Tool 08/05/10

The Policy Opportunities Tool is designed to showcase the various policy strategies that support healthy active living for children and families. This tool is designed for health care professionals who have experience in advocacy and are interested in focusing their advocacy efforts on obesity prevention.

The tool covers five levels at which advocates can work on positive policy change:

  1. Practice
  2. Community
  3. School
  4. State
  5. Federal
  6. ...
Electronic Health Record Adoption Process 04/01/10

This Web site provides support for physician offices and other health care settings in the adoption and use of health information technology and electronic health record (EHR) systems. It offers tools, links to resources, and suggestions for increasing the likelihood of a successful and complete EHR implementation.

The process of EHR adoption is explained in the following sections:

  • EHR planning/assessment of clinic readiness
  • EHR workflow software
  • Vendor...

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