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HIMSS State HIT Dashboard 10/05/10

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) developed the State Health Information Technology (HIT) Dashboard to provide health care professionals and policymakers with easy access to information and resources on major HIT initiatives throughout the country.

The Dashboard includes:

  • A repository of State-specific HIT resources
  • Data on regional extension centers and health information exchanges
  • Tools to track HIT-related State...
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...
Healthy Work Environment Assessment 09/21/10

This assessment tool can be used for any health care environment to measure its health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. These standards identify the systemic behaviors that maintain patient safety, ensure optimal outcomes, and support excellence in nursing practice.

The AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment provides:

  • A baseline measurement of how an organization...
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.

Text4baby 09/08/10

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

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...
Playnormous Health Games 07/22/10

This Web site offers several health games that can help kids and their parents learn about health the fun way. These games emphasize nutrition and exercise as a way to healthy living.

Teachers can also use these games as learning tools for their students. Each game provides teacher guides that include the following:

  • Classroom activities
  • Quizzes
  • Answer keys
Clever Crazes for Kids: Toolkit for Educators 07/22/10

Clever Crazes for Kids (CCK) is a Web-based wellness program for children, ages 6 to 12, that uses animation, competitive games, valuable information, and educational challenges to help students increase daily physical activity, adopt healthy eating habits, maintain positive self-esteem and strong character, and develop environmentally friendly habits. The program is designed to be a safe and fun place for young people to learn more about healthy living.

CCK provides educational...

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