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Transportation and Health Toolkit 10/04/11

This online toolkit for public health professionals provides information on the links between health, equity, and transportation. The resources assist public health and transportation communities to coordinate in creating one common message about the concerns surrounding healthy communities and transportation systems.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • Training and guiding principles for health and transportation communications
  • Talking points
  • ...
Questions Are the Answer 10/04/11

This Web site can help patients prepare for their medical appointments, ask questions, and talk with their doctor and other members of their health care team. The interactive site provides a path to encourage question development before, during, and after appointments so patients can better understand their condition and be more involved in their health care.

Tools and resources available include:

  • Patient and clinician videos
  • Be More Involved in Your...
Heart360® 09/01/11

Heart360 ® is a tool that provides a convenient and secure way to help patients track and monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, diet, and physical activity. It also provides access to additional information and resources on how to be heart healthy, and allows patients to share their results with their provider.

Providers can use this tool to connect with their patients and monitor their health progress.

Free registration is required...

Health Information Technology Toolkit for Home Health Agencies 09/01/11

This toolkit for home health agencies, private duty nursing services, home-based hospices, and other organizations providing health care services, provides resources and tools to plan and implement health information technology in the home health location.

Each tool includes a statement of purpose, instructions for use of the tool, and tool structure. The toolkit consists of seven stages categorized into three main sections:

  • Section 1: Adopt
    • Assess
    • ...
LTCFocUS.org (Long-Term Care: Facts on Care in the US) 09/01/11

This Web site for researchers and policymakers provides data, tools, and results to better understand the long-term care system in areas of the United States and to achieve improvements. It allows users to customize and download maps and tables to gather information by state, county, or individual facility. Custom tables can include information on facility characteristics, locations, resident characteristics, local characteristics, facility staffing, admissions, quality, and long-term care...

Success and Effect Diagram 08/29/11

This Web site introduces the concept of a success and effect diagram and provides guidance and specific steps for constructing such a diagram.

A success and effect diagram is a quality improvement tool that can help organizations analyze an efficient and effective process. Understanding successful processes can uncover what is working well and transfer that knowledge to other processes to make them more efficient and effective.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program 08/17/11

MOVE! is a national weight management program designed by the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) National Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention to help veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.

This Web site contains information about the MOVE! program for veterans and health professionals, and includes program handouts, success stories, healthy living messages, and other resources.

Only veterans receiving care in the Veterans Affairs (...

Period of PURPLE Crying®: A New Way To Understand Your Baby's Crying 08/16/11

The Period of PURPLE Crying ® is the phrase used to describe the point when babies cry more than any other time in their life. This Web site was developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to educate parents about the normalcy of infant crying and the dangers of shaking an infant.

The Web site contains an online handbook and includes information and articles for parents on the following topics:

  • Crying
  • Sleeping
  • ...
STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials 08/03/11

The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Commonwealth Fund aims to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and is focused on two components:

  • A multistate learning community to improve transitions of care
  • Targeted technical assistance to address systemic barriers to reducing avoidable rehospitalizations

The project Web site includes the following materials:

  • STAAR...
SPARK Physical Education Lesson Plans 07/05/11

This Web site provides a collection of free, research-based physical education (PE) lesson plans for physical educators and classroom teachers. These lesson plans are based on research supported by the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and are designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes.

Sample lesson plans are available for:

  • Early childhood physical activity
  • Elementary physical education...

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