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Remaking American Medicine: Health Care for the 21st Century, Leadership Guide 12/17/07

This leadership guide is an informational and organizational tool to support the Remaking American Medicine campaign, a grassroots initiative to mobilize the public in demanding and supporting sweeping change throughout the American health system.

This guide includes the following:

  • Overview: A system in need of critical care
  • How to use the Leadership Guide
  • Remaking American Medicine (four-part film series)
  • National outreach campaign...
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Quality Improvement in Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 12/17/07

This toolkit details the experiences of a workgroup of Medicaid managed care organizations that collaborated to develop new ways of identifying members of racial and ethnic subgroups, to measure gaps in care and to explore ways to improve health care quality. The workgroup members designed innovative strategies to uncover and address disparities in three targeted areas: birth outcomes and immunizations, asthma care, and diabetes care.

The toolkit includes the following sections:
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The Provider's Guide to Quality & Culture 12/17/07

This Web site is designed to assist health care organizations throughout the United States in providing high-quality, culturally competent services to multi-ethnic populations.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Getting started
    • What is cultural competence?
    • Evaluating oneself
    • Avoiding stereotypes
    • Cultural competence pointers
    • Provider perspectives
  • Patient/provider interaction
    • ...
Enhancing Child Development Services in Medicaid Managed Care--Toolkit: Best Clinical and Administrative Practices for Medicaid 12/17/07

This 66-page toolkit describes the experiences of 11 Medicaid managed care organizations in developing, pilot testing, and refining a Best Clinical and Administrative Practices (BCAP) initiative to improve early childhood screening and anticipatory guidance, with an emphasis on preventive pediatric care.

This toolkit addresses the following topics:

  • Enhancing child development services in Medicaid managed care
  • Enhancing child development services using the BCAP...
Essentials of Public Reporting of Health Care-Associated Infections: A Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit was created to assist States and health care facilities facing legislative mandates to publicly report health care-associated infections by providing guidance on components necessary for a meaningful reporting system. It details recommended steps, including the identification or creation of a responsible agency at the State level, personnel for data collection and quality improvement, strategies to prevent unintended consequences of public reporting, and recommended outcome...

Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives Toolkit, Successful Treatment Outcomes: Using Motivational Incentives in Addiction Treatment 11/29/07

These tools provide information about science-based interventions that use motivational incentives (low- or no-cost reinforcements such as vouchers, prizes, and privileges) to help reduce drug use and enhance client retention in treatment programs.

The tool kit includes the following materials:

  • Video
  • PowerPoint presentations
    • Clinicians
    • Policymakers
  • Support materials
    • For program administrators
      • Sample policy and...
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Recovery Month Kit 11/29/07

The Recovery Month Toolkit guides users, such as community leaders and health care providers, through the entire process of planning, launching, and publicizing National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month activities and events.

The three sections of this planning toolkit–media outreach, targeted outreach, and resources–will help the user to:

  • Target key groups to involve
  • Plan events
  • Publicize in the media
  • Provide information
  • Share...
FluWorkLoss 1.0 11/29/07

FluWorkLoss 1.0 is a spreadsheet software tool that estimates the potential number of days lost from work due to an influenza pandemic. Users can change almost any input value, such as the number of workdays assumed lost when a worker becomes ill or the number of workdays lost due to a worker staying home to care for a family member. Users can also change the length and virulence of the pandemic so that a range of possible impacts can be estimated. FluWorkLoss provides a range of estimates...

Color-coded Wristband Standardization in Arizona Implementation Toolkit 11/29/07

This toolkit can help hospitals implement a standardized color-coded wristband system, using Arizona's model. In 2006, Arizona hospitals began a Statewide initiative to use color-coded wristbands to help hospital workers identify at-risk patients, including those who have do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, allergies, or who are at risk for falls. Since many health care workers practice at more than one hospital, standardized wristband colors help them avoid confusion and possible medical error...

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) 11/29/07

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

  • Using NREPP
    • History of NREPP and recent changes
    • Types of interventions included in NREPP
      • Mental health promotion
      • Mental health treatment
      • Substance abuse prevention
      • Substance abuse treatment
      • Co-occurring disorders
    • What is...

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