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Dartmouth Atlas Project 05/09/12

The Dartmouth Atlas Project Web site provides data and information on how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts, and others improve their understanding of the health care system and forms the foundation for...

BodyWorks—A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families 05/09/12

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,...

Focus on ADHD Software 05/09/12

This software program assists physicians in identifying the optimal medication dosage for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Used in conjunction with a clinical plan, physicians can modify medications to suit the child’s needs. The tool can also aid in conversations with family members regarding treatment.

The Focus software is written in Visual Basic to run in Microsoft Access. The software is designed to:

  • Perform calculations needed...
Pediatric Asthma Initiative: Environmental History Form 04/26/12

This form, for health care practitioners, gathers initial information on triggers commonly overlooked with children already diagnosed with asthma. It can help physicians and families make possible connections between behavior, conditions in the home and school, and pediatric asthma. The questions on the form related to the child's home also apply to other indoor environments where the child spends time, including school, daycare, car, school bus, work, and recreational facilities.
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Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging 04/26/12

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:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Get ready
  • Chapter 2: Get set
  • Chapter 3: Go!
  • Chapter 4: Sample exercises
  • Chapter 5: How am I doing?...
Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare: A Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit 04/25/12

This toolkit, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), can help guide efforts to improve care for children in the child welfare system. The toolkit presents the work of 9 managed care organizations that participated in a 3-year CHCS quality improvement collaborative. It provides details about the pilot efforts of each plan, including identification, stratification and outreach strategies developed, as well as obstacles faced and preliminary outcomes achieved.

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Toolkits for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs 04/25/12

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...
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Connection Resource Library: Click n' Go Education Materials 04/02/12

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....

Long-Term Care Improvement Guide 03/28/12

This guide was created to propel long-term care communities in their improvement efforts by presenting a collection of concrete strategies for actualizing a resident-directed, relationship-centered philosophy. It supplies providers with tools, data, and practical resources so they can make informed decisions as they consider implementing culture change initiatives to deliver person-centered care.

The guide is divided into three parts:

  1. Making the case for change
  2. ...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement 03/19/12

These tools and resources from the VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry were developed as part of an effort to test innovations and decrease risk related to patient handling and movement.

The tools and resources provided include the following:

  • Report on safe patient handling in inpatient psychiatry
  • Safe patient handling program and facility design: Directive 2010-032
  • Guidelines for the design and construction of health care facilities
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