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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

Coordinate Primary and Specialty Care Advocacy Association

Specialty Care Access is an innovative pilot program that partners primary care physicians with specialists to improve the quality of care for underserved patients in Los Angeles. The program seeks to improve access to specialty care, promote coordination between primary care providers and specialists, and decrease use of the Emergency Room and higher levels of care for non-urgent issues. In the program, primary care providers partner with specialists in cardiology and rheumatology to define consensus guidelines for managing congestive heart failure, chest pain, and rheumatoid arthritis, the three target conditions for the pilot program. In addition to collaborating on guidelines, a primary care provider from each of the participating practice also undergoes a `mini-fellowship' with the participating cardiologists or rheumatologists in order to better understand the target condition and the specialists' clinical approach to disease management. The program also includes an open-access telephone consultation line and a monthly Grand Round between all providers to promote continued communication and collaboration. This program is a great model for improving coordination between primary and specialty care providers in the community. ... | Read More

Create a Health Index for your State Website - other

MaineHealth created The Health Index Program to measure the progress in improving the health status of the people who reside in the 11 counties of the MaineHealth service area. The Index tracks progress on six key priorities that are linked to community health status:tobacco use, obesity, childhood immunizations, preventable hospitalizations, cancer deaths, and cardiovascular deaths. The Health Index has become a strategic framework for developing and evaluating the impact of initiatives across the system, including targeted activities such as colorectal cancer screenings for low income patients as well as cost cutting initiatives, such as implementation of electronic medical records that produce accurate immunization reports. ... | Read More

Create Breastfeeding Support Programs Government - Federal

To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends creating organizations that teach fathers and grandmothers about the importance of breastfeeding so that they can help provide a support for mothers interested in breastfeeding. ... | Read More

Create National Breastfeeding Campaign Government - Federal

Several prominent health professional organizations recommend that women provide their infant solely with breast milk for the first 6 months and continue to breastfeed for the first year. To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends creating a national campaign using social marketing that educates on the importance of breastfeeding. ... | Read More

Encourage Breastfeeding Government - Federal

Several prominent health professional organizations recommend that women provide their infant solely with breast milk until they are 6 months and continue to breastfeed for the first year. To increase the prevalence of breastfeeding the Surgeon General recommends: -teaching women how important breastfeeding is for both mother and child's health. -Providing training on proper technique to breastfeed child to all health care professionals who interact with mothers to be so that they can in turn properly train the new mother. -Encouraging women to solely breastfeed for first 6 months, but to continue for the child's first year. ... | Read More

Explain Exercise is Medicine Advocacy Association

WilCo Wellness Alliance encourages health care providers in the area to include exercise in treatment plans for patients to reinforce that exercise is as important to their treatment plan as medicine. ... | Read More

Get Help to Manage Chronic Illness Professional Association

With the rising cost of healthcare, today's employers are acutely aware of the financial costs that can result from poorly managed chronic diseases among their employees, from high treatment costs and loss of productivity to spiking insurance prices for the entire company. In order to address this difficult issue, the National Business Coalition partnered with the American Pharmacist Association in 1996 to create the HealthMapRx program, which offers employers a way to combat rising health care costs by empowering employees to successfully manage life with a chronic disease. The HealthMapRx program allows employers to offer consumer incentive programs that teach patient self-management for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The program partners health plan beneficiaries with community pharmacists who educate the patient about their condition and monitor employees' health. Through these individual counseling sessions with pharmacists, employees with chronic conditions can learn techniques to manage their own health, reduce the number of hospitalizations and complications, and improve their overall health for the long-term. The success of this model has taught savvy business leaders that health care can be an investment in well-being rather than an expense for sickness. ... | Read More

Help Employees Manage Chronic Illness Professional Association

With the rising cost of healthcare, today's employers are acutely aware of the financial costs that can result from poorly managed chronic diseases among their employees, ranging from high treatment costs and loss of productivity to spiking insurance prices for the entire company. In order to address this difficult issue, the National Business Coalition partnered with the American Pharmacist Association in 1996 to create the HealthMapRx program, which offers employers a way to combat rising health care costs by empowering employees to successfully manage life with a chronic disease. The HealthMapRx program allows employers to offer consumer incentive programs that teach patient self-management for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The program partners health plan beneficiaries with community pharmacists who educate the patient about their condition and monitor employees' health. Through these individual counseling sessions with pharmacists, employees with chronic conditions can learn techniques to manage their own health, reduce the number of hospitalizations and complications, and improve their overall health for the long-term. The success of this model has taught savvy business leaders that health care can be an investment in well-being rather than an expense for sickness. ... | Read More

Help Employees Manage Chronic Illness Professional Association

With the rising cost of healthcare, today's employers are acutely aware of the financial costs that can result from poorly managed chronic diseases among their employees, from high treatment costs and loss of productivity to spiking insurance prices for the entire company. In order to address this difficult issue, the National Business Coalition partnered with the American Pharmacist Association in 1996 to create the HealthMapRx program, which offers employers a way to combat rising health care costs by empowering employees to successfully manage life with a chronic disease. The HealthMapRx program allows employers to offer consumer incentive programs that teach patient self-management for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The program partners health plan beneficiaries with community pharmacists who educate the patient about their condition and monitor employees' health. Through these individual counseling sessions with pharmacists, employees with chronic conditions can learn techniques to manage their own health, reduce the number of hospitalizations and complications, and improve their overall health for the long-term. The success of this model has taught savvy business leaders that health care can be an investment in well-being rather than an expense for sickness. ... | 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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