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Community Health Workers Toolkit 08/27/12

The Community Health Workers Toolkit is designed to help rural communities evaluate opportunities for developing a community health worker program, and to provide resources and best practices developed by successful community health worker programs. Through eight modules, the toolkit offers tools and resources to develop and implement programs for using community health workers in local programs.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to community health workers
  • ...
State Snapshots 07/10/12

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.

The State Selection Map allows users to choose a State, explore, and compare the quality of a State's health care against national or best performing States. State-level information to...

Patient-Centered Medical Home 07/10/12

This Web site from the American Academy of Family Physicians provides step-by-step project plans and tools to build a patient-centered medical home. It also includes a checklist for practices to determine if they are already a patient-centered medical home.

The Web site is divided into the following sections:

  • Practice organization
  • Health information technology
  • Quality care
  • Patient-centered care
Health Workforce Information Center: Resources 06/07/12

The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) provides free access to the most recent resources on the nation's health workforce in one easy-to-use online location. Resources available through HWIC's Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers, and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

HWIC's online library provides updated information on the following:

  • Health workforce programs and funding sources...
Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center 05/29/12

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Resource Center provides policymakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care. This Web site is organized into the following sections:

  • Defining the PCMH
  • Evidence and evaluation
  • Tools and resources
  • Implementing the PCMH
  • Federal PCMH activities...
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...
Does It Run in the Family? 05/09/12

This tool can help consumers collect their family health history information and share it with relatives and health care providers. It creates personalized booklets that individuals, families, and communities can use to learn more about family health history, increase their communication about health, and become healthier people. The booklets have many parts that can be customized: personal stories about health, pictures of familiar faces, questions to ask relatives, disease information,...

Dartmouth Atlas Project 05/09/12

The Dartmouth Atlas Project Web site provides data and information on how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts, and others improve their understanding of the health care system and forms the foundation for...

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Resource Library: Click n' Go Education Materials 04/02/12

The SNAP-Ed Connection is a dynamic online resource center for State and local SNAP-Ed Providers. It provides information on valuable training and continuing education resources for educators and facilitates access to educational materials developed specifically for SNAP participants and eligibles.

This section of the SNAP-Ed Connection Resource Library contains materials that can be downloaded and printed to help provide quality nutrition education for low-income audiences....

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
  • ...

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