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Bring Health Care to Low-Income Areas University

The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is a nurse managed clinic of Drexel University that serves Philadelphia's 11th Street Corridor - an area that encompasses several public housing tracts and suffers from limited access to affordable, quality health care services. The Center is centrally located within one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's residential sites and has an Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood residents to ensure that the clinic is addressing the needs of the community. The clinic focuses on primary and preventive care and has recently added a Healthy Living Center, which provides programs to help patients reduce risk factors for diseases and to manage existing conditions. The Healthy Living Center programs include diabetes education, disease self-management programs, nutrition and cooking classes, exercise programs, and behavioral health groups. In addition, the Center serves as a training and education site for nurses and other health professionals in culturally competent, community-based care. The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is an excellent model of potential for partnerships between communities and medical institutions to improve the health and well-being of the community's most vulnerable residents. ... | Read More

Contact your Policymakers Professional Association

Participate in APHA's legislative action alerts and urge policymakers to vote for and act on behalf of public health programs and services. ... | Read More

Create Diabetes Self-Management Program Website - other

It is important for people with diabetes to appropriately manage their disease. Project Dulce attempts to improve self management by offering health promotion classes to uninsured, underinsured and low income populations. This program educates participants on ways to successfully manage their diabetes in a 12 week class while also offering resources that will assist participants in health behavior changes. ... | Read More

Ensure the Future of Every Child Advocacy Association

Learn more about the six priorities listed below that our nation has the ability to solve to ensure the future of every child. 1. End child poverty; 2. Guarantee every child and pregnant woman comprehensive health and mental health coverage and services; 3. Protect every child from abuse and neglect and connect them to caring permanent families; 4. Provide high quality early childhood care and development programs for all children; 5. Ensure every child can read at grade level by fourth grade and guarantee quality education through high school graduation; and 6. Stop the criminalization of children at increasingly younger ages and invest in prevention and early intervention. ... | Read More

Find Cancer in the Earliest Stages Website - other

The Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center has created a novel approach to cancer prevention, the Cancer Preventorium. The Preventorium is completely dedicated to combating cancer through prevention and early detection and treatment. This innovative clinic is aimed at healthy, symptom-free patients, especially lower income and Latino patients who often have less access to preventive services. The clinic provides patients with an assessment of personal cancer risk, cancer prevention education, and appropriate screening tests at low cost, based on Medicare rates. To help guide them through the process, each patient is paired with a program navigator who helps with appointments and referrals, reminders, and transitions between facilities. The Preventorium model was created with the understanding that prevention efforts can only work if the public at large understands the importance of prevention and buys into the program. With this in mind, the Preventorium also sponsors a far-reaching outreach program including radio and television shows, prevention websites, and regular columns in print media all focused on cancer education, prevention, and healthy lifestyle changes. ... | Read More

Find Cancer in the Earliest Stages Website - other

The Cancer Institute at the Washington Hospital Center has created a novel approach to cancer prevention, the Cancer Preventorium. The Preventorium is completely dedicated to combating cancer through prevention and early detection and treatment. This innovative clinic is aimed at healthy, symptom-free patients, especially lower income and Latino patients who often have less access to preventive services. The clinic provides patients with an assessment of personal cancer risk, cancer prevention education, and appropriate screening tests at low cost, based on Medicare rates. To help guide them through the process, each patient is paired with a program navigator who helps with appointments and referrals, reminders, and transitions between facilities. The Preventorium model was created with the understanding that prevention efforts can only work if the public at large understands the importance of prevention and buys into the program. With this in mind, the Preventorium also sponsors a far-reaching outreach program including radio and television shows, prevention websites, and regular columns in print media all focused on cancer education, prevention, and healthy lifestyle changes. ... | Read More

Help Patients Navigate Cancer Care Government - Federal

Research shows that underserved and vulnerable populations experience delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment resulting in worse cancer outcomes compared to patients with better access to health care. In order to address this disparity, the National Cancer Institute initiated the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), a 9-site program aimed at developing and testing whether Patient Navigator programs can effectively improve cancer outcomes for vulnerable patients and reduce inequalities in cancer care. Patient navigators work with patients who have had an abnormal finding on a screening test to help them navigate the health care system and access social services in order to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment. PNRP focuses on four cancers - breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer - that have been shown to have the worst disparities in screening and follow-up. Qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate these patient navigator programs is on-going at the nine PNRP sites, where the primary outcome under consideration is time to delivery of quality, standard cancer care after identification of an abnormal finding. The results of this research will help us understand how to integrate patient navigators into existing systems for cancer care in order to disparities. ... | Read More

Help Patients Navigate Cancer Care Published literature

Research shows that underserved and vulnerable populations experience delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment and worse cancer outcomes compared to patients with better access to health care. In order to address this disparity, the National Cancer Institute initiated the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), a 9-site program aimed at developing and testing whether Patient Navigator programs can effectively improve cancer outcomes for vulnerable patients and reduce inequalities in cancer care. Patient navigators work with patients who have had an abnormal finding on a screening test to help them navigate the health care system and access social services in order to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment. PNRP focuses on four cancers - breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer - that have been shown to have the worst disparities in screening and follow-up. Qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate these patient navigator programs is on-going at the nine PNRP sites, where the primary outcome under consideration is time to delivery of quality, standard cancer care after identification of an abnormal finding. The results of this research will help us understand how to integrate patient navigators into existing systems for cancer care in order to disparities. ... | Read More

Help Reduce Health Disparities Government - non-federal

This policy brief outlines how five of CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health projects in U.S. communities in South Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma and New York are working to eliminate disparities, how their success is translating into results and how policymakers can work to support and expand such programs in their states and communities. The brief also outlines 10 evidence-based policies for preventing diseases: 1) Promote healthy eating. 2) Get people moving. 3) Discourage smoking. 4) Encourage prevention coverage. 5) Promote health screenings. 6) Protect kids' smiles. 7) Require childhood immunizations. 8) Encourage immunizations for adults. 9) Make chlamydia screenings routine. 10) Promote routine HIV testing. ... | Read More

Improve Access to Dental Health Services Published literature

In response to a major failure in providing access to dental care, policy efforts in Maryland were able to institute reforms that ensure that low-income children are able to receive the oral health care that they need. ... | Read More

SUCCESS STORIES

People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time
 

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