The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. Part of this effort includes ensuring that consumers are actively involved in the work of the Alliances to represent the patient perspective, and encouraging patients to...
The National Partnership for Women & Families provides technical assistance for Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s effort to improve the overall quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform. The initiative includes advocating for doctors and hospitals to systematically develop solutions to prevent misuse, overuse, and underuse of health care, and pinpointing how health...
The Health Reform Toolkit Series provides an indepth look at Massachusetts’ experience implementing State-based health reform and provides timely insight for others nationwide. The toolkits are designed to share experiences, materials, templates, and lessons learned from the state’s planning and creation of its exchange with other states as they begin health care reform implementation.
The five-part series includes toolkits on: building an effective exchange Web site,...
The Community Health Workers Toolkit is designed to help rural communities evaluate opportunities for developing a community health worker program, and to provide resources and best practices developed by successful community health worker programs. Through eight modules, the toolkit offers tools and resources to develop and implement programs for using community health workers in local programs.
- Introduction to community health workers
This guide for Early Head Start/Head Start (EHS/HS) staff provides information to coordinate and establish dental homes and improve oral health care for high-risk, low-income children. Included are resources to support EHS/HS children’s use of dental examinations and treatment and their practice of healthy dental habits at home and in the classroom. This toolkit is part of the New Jersey Smiles Initiative. It is arranged as follows:
- Section I: Provides an...
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:
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
This legislative toolkit, from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), can assist State policymakers with the design of health insurance exchanges, a key element of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It was developed by a panel of experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives and builds on the model law released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
The toolkit includes legislative language with alternatives and...
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:
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...