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The Community Health Worker's Sourcebook: A Training Manual for Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke 08/27/12

This sourcebook serves as an instruction manual for training community health workers and as a reference and a resource for community health workers working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke. The sourcebook contains a variety of handouts, which are appropriate for community health workers to use as tip sheets and to give to community members as aids for understanding and living with heart disease and stroke disability.

The sourcebook is divided into the...

Severe Sepsis Practice Alert and Tools 07/13/12

This Practice Alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) provides brief, vital instructions to improve management and prevent mortality in patients with severe sepsis. AACN Practice Alerts TM are short directives designed for easy reference. The first part of the Practice Alert is the clinical information followed by references to support the clinical statements.

This Practice Alert also includes the following tools:

  • Severe...
Cultural Competency in Mental Health Peer-Run Programs and Self-Help Groups: A Tool to Assess and Enhance Your Services 06/28/12

This tool, for program managers of mental health peer-run programs and self-help groups, provides a step-by-step process to assess and cultivate cultural competency. The guide helps program managers identify strengths and limitations in five key organizational areas to meet the needs of its members. The five focus areas follow:

  1. Administration, policies, and guidelines
  2. Peer providers and group leaders
  3. Services and support
  4. Program and group environment...
Building Blocks to Peer Program Success: A Toolkit for Developing HIV Peer Programs 06/27/12

This toolkit provides information, tools, and resources to help organizations and communities work with peers to effectively engage and retain people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in care and treatment.

The purpose of this toolkit is to help organizations effectively integrate peers as part of a multidisciplinary care team. It focuses primarily on peers who use their own personal experience with HIV in the service of improving the care and treatment of PLWHA. Depending on the needs...

Dementia Capability Toolkit 06/27/12

The Dementia Capability Toolkit identifies resources that States and communities can use to design initiatives to ensure that programs are dementia-capable. In dementia-capable systems, programs are tailored to the unique needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their caregivers.

The toolkit is divided into the following sections:

  • Prevalence and impact of dementia
  • Identification and awareness of a possible dementia
  • Measuring...
Missouri's Sustainability Toolkit: Self-Management Education Programs for People With Chronic Conditions 06/19/12

This self-management toolkit helps providers of self-management education (SME) chronic condition programs deliver high-quality services over the long term. The guide is a synthesis of practical experience and evidence-based strategies to help SME providers achieve sustainability. It explores issues in 10 key planning areas: revenue, marketing, referral networking, competition, service operations, evaluation, organizational support, community support, advocacy, and resource linkages. SME...

AMA Weigh What Matters 06/07/12

This smartphone application (app), part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Healthier Life Steps ™ initiative, encourages adult patients to work with their physicians to maintain a healthy weight, eat better, and increase physical activity. The app also calculates a user’s body mass index (BMI) score and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and e-mail them to their physician.

Key features allow users to:

  • Establish a weight goal
  • Establish daily...
Million Hearts™ Toolkits 05/21/12

Million Hearts toolkits were designed to help partners incorporate Million Hearts into their everyday work and enhance their heart disease and stroke prevention efforts. They are available for download and use as individual components or as an entire toolkit.

The following toolkits are available:

  • Partners Toolkit: Partners can use the resources in this toolkit to expand their existing heart disease and stroke prevention programs and to recruit...
Asian Pacific Islander Cancer Education Materials Tool 05/21/12

This tool allows users to search for cancer education materials in Asian or Pacific Islander languages. Users can search by language/ethnicity, cancer type, topic, author, and/or keyword.

Languages or ethnicities include the following:

  • Bangla/Bengali
  • Chamorro
  • Chinese
  • Chuukese
  • English
  • Hawaiian
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Ilocano
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Kosraean
  • Laotian
  • ...
2011 National Healthcare Quality Report 05/21/12

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality and access for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. This report measures trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient-centeredness, and efficiency of care.

The 2011 report presents expanded analyses of care received by older Americans. It also...

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