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Get Covered. Get in the Game. Campaign 02/15/12

The goal of the Get Covered. Get in the Game. campaign is to help uninsured children get health insurance so they can participate in sports programs. Eligible children and teens can get no-cost or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The campaign materials include a guide that provides strategies and outreach materials that can help schools and communities link youth athletes—and all eligible children and teens—to...

Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition 01/19/12

The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a simple to use, five-level triage instrument that categorizes emergency department (ED) patients by evaluating both patient acuity and resources. The algorithm provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent). ED educators, clinicians, and managers can use this practical guide to develop and conduct an ESI educational program, implement the algorithm, and design an ongoing quality...

Effective Health Care Program: Research Summaries for Consumers, Clinicians, and Policymakers 01/13/12

These research summaries, for consumers, clinicians, and policymakers, provide information about the benefits and risks of different treatments for different health conditions. The summaries are based on comparative effectiveness reviews that cover numerous health topics. The summaries are not clinical recommendations or guidelines and should not be interpreted as such.

The covered health topics include:

  • Breathing conditions
  • Cancer
  • Developmental...
Telehealth Technology Assessment Center Toolkits 01/13/12

This collection of toolkits can help health care organizations become better informed consumers of telehealth technology. The interactive toolkits allow users to learn the fundamentals of how various technologies work, as well as how to assess them for use in telehealth programs.

The toolkits include:

  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop video applications
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Patient examination cameras
  • Technology assessment 101
  • ...
Ensuring the Seventh Generation: A Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Tribal Child Welfare Programs 01/05/12

The purpose of this toolkit is to help tribal child welfare workers and care providers play an effective role in the prevention of suicide among the children and youth they serve. It addresses several questions that the tribal child welfare worker needs to consider to be effective. In addition, the toolkit contains background reading on the issue of suicide in Indian Country and the use of cultural approaches to prevention and community healing. Several resources are also listed for further...

Capacity Building for Diabetes Outreach: A Comprehensive Tool Kit for Organizations Serving Asian and Pacific Islander Communities 12/21/11

This toolkit was designed to help community-based organizations and community health centers develop organizational capacity to deliver diabetes prevention and control programs within Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It addresses eight key components for capacity building:

  1. Community assessments
  2. Evaluation
  3. Organizational support
  4. Staffing
  5. Building coalitions and partnerships
  6. Funding
  7. Community outreach and inreach
  8. ...
Always Events® Toolbox 12/08/11

This toolbox contains tools and strategies to assist health care professionals in implementing Always Events ® initiatives and meeting their patient- and family-centered care goals. Always Events ® are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with healthcare professionals and the delivery system.”

These tools and strategies were developed by numerous health care professionals from...

A Toolkit for the Well Child Screening of Military Children 11/23/11

This toolkit can help in the early identification of children coping with the unique, significant challenge of a parent's military deployment. It can be integrated into primary care and pediatric practices to support resiliency in children dealing with a parent's deployment and return home. Intended for use during the well-child visit, it will also identify early children and parents who can be appropriately referred for a child psychiatry consultation.

The toolkit is designed...

The Aging Network and Care Transitions: Preparing Your Organization Toolkit 11/23/11

Developed for States, area agencies on aging, aging and disability resource centers, tribal organizations, and other local service providers within the National Aging Network, the Administration on Aging Care Transitions Toolkit is targeted to organizations that are interested in learning more about how to prepare their organization for a role in care transitions programs. It provides tools and resources to assist in developing partnerships with health care providers or programs that span...

Heart Failure Toolkit for Providers 11/15/11

This toolkit offers a comprehensive set of resources to assist providers in managing heart failure (HF). It focuses on several key areas in the management of HF with downloadable documents. The tools are organized by their source: Veterans Affairs (VA), non-VA, or other.

Tools are available in the following categories:

  • HF practice guidelines
  • HF clinical pathways
  • HF clinical algorithms
  • HF screening forms and chart reminders
  • HF admission...

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