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BodyWorks—A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families 05/09/12

BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.

The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, nonprofit organizations, health clinics,...

Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) Tools 05/08/12

The Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) library provides actionable tools to help home health care professionals implement best practices in their agencies.

Tools in the CHAMP library can be searched by keyword and filtered by topic or type:

  • Topics:
    • Alcohol & substance misuse
    • Behavior change & adherence
    • Care coordination
    • Chronic pain management
    • Clinical coaching
    • Cognitive...
Disclosure Toolkit and Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool 04/26/12

This toolkit and self-assessment tool help health care organizations develop a culture that supports respect and effective communication with patients and families around adverse events. The Disclosure Toolkit provides selected tools, literature, and other resources to help establish an environment that supports effective communication with patients and families. The Disclosure Culture Assessment Tool enables organizations to determine their current cultural environment and structures needed...

Tools for Building a Clinician and Staff Support Program 04/26/12

These tools and resources guide health care facilities in organizing institution-wide support for clinicians following adverse events. Included is a toolkit for organizations to use regardless of where they are on the spectrum—from those in the early stages of looking at different support models to those who may already have programs in place.

The following tools are also available:

  • Organizational assessment tool for clinician support
  • Building a clinician...
Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 04/25/12

This toolkit, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), can help guide efforts to improve care for children in the child welfare system. The toolkit presents the work of 9 managed care organizations that participated in a 3-year CHCS quality improvement collaborative. It provides details about the pilot efforts of each plan, including identification, stratification and outreach strategies developed, as well as obstacles faced and preliminary outcomes achieved.

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Toolkits for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs 04/25/12

This series of toolkits offers tips and tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.

The following toolkits are available:

  • Toolkits for providers:
    • Providers serving children with epilepsy
    • Providers serving children with hearing loss
  • Toolkits for families:
    • General tools and tips for families of children and youth with...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
  • ...
Common Ground: Chronic Disease Management Toolkit 03/02/12

The Common Ground Project was designed to assist chronic disease and preparedness departments in public health agencies by documenting and defining business processes common to each of them and identifying the requirements for information systems that would support these processes. Nine chronic disease programs and six preparedness programs from local and State health collaborated to achieve consensus to describe their business processes and identify the requirements for information systems...

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals 02/15/12

This toolkit is designed to help hospitals understand the Quality Indicators (QIs) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and support the use of QIs to successfully improve quality and patient safety. The toolkit is a general guide to using improvement methods, with a particular focus on the QIs.

The AHRQ QIs use hospital administrative data to assess the quality of care provided, identify areas of concern in need of further investigation, and monitor...

Natural Disaster Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Podcasts 02/02/12

This toolkit features public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts that provide messages with safety tips on how to protect consumers during a natural disaster. Health officials and state and local health departments can tailor messages based on local needs and distribute them through emergency messaging systems.

The PSAs address the following topics:

  • Staying safe after the storm
  • Food and water
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cleanup
  • ...

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