Improving health literacy

Innovations

Regional Commission Made Up of Diverse Stakeholders Enhances Access to Coverage and Services for Low-Income Residents, Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits 11/04/14

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission is a diverse consortium of collaborating stakeholders (providers, civic leaders, community activists, and local and State government officials) that...

Peer Specialists in Federally Qualified Health Centers Enhance Access to Behavioral and Physical Health Support Services for Clients With Co-Occurring Medical and Mental Health Issues 12/13/13

The Michigan Department of Community Health placed certified peer support specialists in two federally qualified health centers; these staff members offer support services to individuals with co-...

Community Health Workers Known as Promotores Enhance Access to Culturally Tailored Services for Elderly, Low-Income Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Leading to Improvements in Mental Health 12/05/13

The Union of Pan Asian Communities manages and oversees the Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (more commonly known as EMASS) Program, which uses community health workers known as...

Urban Healthy Start Program Offers Support at Each Stage of Childbearing Cycle, Leading to Fewer Low- and Very Low–Birthweight Babies 08/09/13

Baltimore Healthy Start, a nonprofit community-based organization, works to reduce infant mortality among the largely African-American population it serves by offering a comprehensive series of...

Statewide Initiative Combines Policy, Practice-Based Changes, and Social Marketing To Produce Positive Behavior Changes, Help Halt Increase in Childhood Obesity 03/02/13

Nemours, a children's health system, spearheaded a multisector, collaborative statewide initiative to halt and ultimately reverse the growing prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity in...

QualityTools

HospitalBillHelp.org 05/08/14

This Web site helps uninsured and underinsured consumers in California navigate the application process for discounted care from hospitals. It also provides information about health insurance plans and pricing to protect against medical debt and...

Educational Resources for Clinical Trials 02/12/14

This Web site offers consumers information and educational resources about participating in clinical research trials. The selection of resources include past participant videos, researcher explanations about trials, and links to trial and...

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User's Guide 12/10/13

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It was designed to be completed by professionals, including health care...

Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit 10/03/13

The Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit (C-CAT) is an organizational performance assessment toolkit from the Ethical Force Program ® at the American Medical Association designed to assist organizations in meeting the needs of a...

The Batz Guide for Bedside Advocacy: Teaming up for the Patient 06/17/13

The Batz Guide for Bedside Advocacy is a tool that patients can use to organize their health care information, including telephone numbers, information about medications, and test results to bring to appointments. The guide is intended to make...

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