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REALtalkDC 04/14/11

The REALtalkDC campaign is geared towards young people in the District of Columbia (DC). The campaign reaches youth by providing sexual health information online and through a text messaging service that allows users to text “REALtalk” to 61827 to get information on where to get tested in DC. The REALtalkDC Web site also includes an interactive quiz for consumers and various resources for health care providers.

Resources cover the following topics:

  • Human...
Teen Source: The Hookup 03/28/11

The Hookup is a statewide text messaging service in California that aims to provide youth with relevant and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a convenient, confidential resource for accessing local clinics that offer free or low-cost sexual and reproductive health services.

Messages were developed by health educators based on issues identified in youth focus groups in high schools and teen clinics.

Topics include:

  • Sexually transmitted...
Patient Self-Care Workbooks for COPD and Heart Failure 03/21/11

These workbooks may be used by clinicians to help educate patients (or caregivers) about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. They provide simple explanations of each of the diseases and cover signs and symptoms patients should report to their physician, medications, diet and exercise considerations, and treatment information. The workbooks encourage patients to become involved in the management of their own chronic illnesses by helping them set goals and...

Nemours Health & Prevention Services: Publications 03/17/11

This Web page from Nemours Health & Prevention Services offers free downloads of their published materials regarding overweight children, emotional health, and public health promotion. It includes toolkits, guides, and reports on how to prevent and treat children with weight and nutrition issues.

Materials available include:

  • Tools for early childhood professionals
    • Sesame Street ® Healthy Habits for Life
    • Best Practices for Healthy Eating...
2010 National Healthcare Quality Report 03/03/11

The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality for the nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress. The 2010 report addresses three questions critical to guiding Americans toward the optimal health care they need and deserve:

  • How have health care quality and disparities changed over time?
  • What is the status of health care quality and...
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Sample Forms 02/14/11

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders, and a promise by health care professionals to honor these wishes.

A POLST Paradigm form is a brightly colored document that addresses issues such as pain management, resuscitation orders, feeding procedures, and other medical interventions...

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Healthy Living Toolkit 02/02/11

This consumer toolkit educates refugees and immigrants on how to become proactive health consumers and promoters in their communities. The materials help patients and health care–related professionals reduce the health disparities among refugees and immigrants.

Toolkits are available in the following languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, English, Farsi (Persian), French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Kirundi, Nepali, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinian,...

Diabetes Wellness Center 12/29/10

The Diabetes Wellness Center Web site, developed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is an online resource for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The site provides tools and tips to help diabetes patients become active partners in their care management.

Resources include:

  • Advice from clinicians
  • Patient success stories
  • Healthy eating and exercise tips
  • Access to free blood monitors
  • Downloadable...
Using Telephone Support to Manage Chronic Disease 12/28/10

This report is intended to inform clinicians and health care managers about the benefits and challenges of telephone care services and programs for patients with chronic illnesses. The report is relevant to “traditional” telephone care services (delivered “live” by nurse care managers or other clinician counselors), as well as those that use automated technology to augment such programs.

Specifically, the report addresses:

  • How telephone care services can contribute to...
Implementing High Quality Telephone Care in Pediatric Practice 12/28/10

This presentation, available in audio and slideshow formats, provides pediatricians and their staff with information about the use of telephone care in pediatric practice, citing examples for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma. Associated handouts available for download include sample telephone care plans and forms for selected conditions.

This presentation is part of a series provided by the Quality Improvement Innovation Network, a program of the American...

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