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Active Living Resource Center 08/19/10

The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is a project of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking that provides technical assistance to public health practitioners and community advocates interested in making their community a more physically active place by making it more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

The ALRC Web site provides resources used by others to make positive changes in their communities. Materials available include brochures, how-to documents, and other...

Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP): Resources for Professionals 08/19/10
The Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) provides a community-driven asthma management program that is comprehensive and sustainable. The classes for children are led by teens and college students who are peer educators and who are trained to use the curriculum. The goal in using a “train the trainer” model is to leave neighborhoods and communities with lay asthma experts and, in this way, sustain asthma prevention efforts.

Some of the resources and tools that are available...
LGBTQ Communities: Motivation to Quit Smoking Quitguide 08/17/10

This booklet and resource directory provides information, motivational support, and tips for individuals within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities to quit smoking. The booklet addresses the following:

  • How tobacco affects different groups within LGBTQ communities
  • Targeting by tobacco companies
  • Quit tips and motivational stories
  • Local and national quit resources
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. ...
Urgent Matters Toolkit 06/18/10

The Urgent Matters Toolkit is a collection of strategies and tools designed to target specific issues facing hospital emergency departments. This toolkit was developed by hospitals across the country in conjunction with the Urgent Matters national program office at The George Washington University. The Urgent Matters team identified the most innovative patient flow quality improvement strategies implemented by participating pilot hospitals and developed this unique Web-based toolkit...

Cavity Free at Three 05/18/10

Cavity Free at Three is a 3-year statewide initiative aimed at preventing oral disease in young children. Over the course of the project, communities will receive technical assistance, training, supplies, and materials to implement the Cavity Free at Three oral disease prevention program.

Included as free downloads on this Web site are training and program materials to help:

  • Assess pregnant women’s and new mother’s oral health
  • Educate mothers on promoting their...
Telemedicine Standards & Guidelines 05/18/10

In an effort to help advance science and assure the uniform quality of services to patients, the American Telemedicine Association has developed several practice guidelines and technical standards for the field of telemedicine and telehealth. They include core standards that address a wide target group within the health care sector as they apply to individual practitioners, group practices, health care systems, and other providers of health-related services for the purposes of health care...

America on the Move: Tools 04/06/10

America On the Move Foundation is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to improve health and quality of life by promoting healthful eating and active living among individuals, families, communities, and society. This Web site offers various tools for consumers and health care professionals to help make healthy eating and active living more convenient.

The tools are organized into the following categories:

  • General tools
  • Tools for the home
  • ...
Increasing Efficiency and Enhancing Value in Health Care: Ways to Achieve Savings in Operating Costs per Year 03/23/10

This white paper describes the concepts and steps necessary to systematically identify and eliminate waste at health care organizations while maintaining or improving quality. It is divided into five sections:

  1. Three approaches to improving value
  2. Understanding the opportunity to decrease cost by reducing waste
  3. Developing a portfolio of waste reduction projects to reach the goal
  4. Tools for tracking “dark green dollars”
  5. Integrating waste...
SCOAP Surgical Checklist Initiative 03/04/10

The Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program (SCOAP) Surgical Checklist Initiative was created by a coalition of major health care stakeholders in Washington State. Through this initiative, they developed the SCOAP Surgical Checklist and the SCOAP Ambulatory Checklist. These checklists are an active way of controlling the variability that exists in surgical care, thus creating a system that delivers safer surgery.

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