Prevention and wellness
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...
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,...
BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of adolescents improve family eating and activity habits. The program focuses on parents as role models and provides them with hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to prevent obesity and help maintain a healthy weight.
The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, nonprofit organizations, health clinics,...
The Collaboration for Home Care Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) library provides actionable tools to help home health care professionals implement best practices in their agencies.
Tools in the CHAMP library can be searched by keyword and filtered by topic or type:
- Alcohol & substance misuse
- Behavior change & adherence
- Care coordination
- Chronic pain management
- Clinical coaching
This guide, for adults 50 and older, describes the benefits of exercise and physical activity. It shows how to set exercise goals and stick to them. It also includes sample exercises for endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility and a list of resources.
The guide is organized into the following sections:
- Chapter 1: Get ready
- Chapter 2: Get set
- Chapter 3: Go!
- Chapter 4: Sample exercises
- Chapter 5: How am I doing?...
These fact sheets provide evidence-based summaries for health professionals and consumers on specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements. The fact sheets cover health effects, safety, recommended amounts, interactions with medicines, and other topics.
Several fact sheets and other resources are also available in Spanish.
This series of toolkits offers tips and tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
The following toolkits are available:
- Toolkits for providers:
- Providers serving children with epilepsy
- Providers serving children with hearing loss
- Toolkits for families:
- General tools and tips for families of children and youth with...
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....
This online assessment tool can help consumers learn the state of their heart and what they can do to live a better life. The tool uses information such as blood pressure, smoking status, diet, and physical activity to determine the user’s current heart score. It also provides a customized action plan to help users improve their score and reach their ideal cardiovascular health.
This free, mobile health program delivers personalized text messages to help individuals understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. Individuals who sign up for txt4health will receive text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health.
Types of messages include the following:
- Risk profile
- Connection to local resources