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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced a new $3 million initiative to help states work with the nursing profession to address our nation's most pressing health care challenges—access, quality and cost. The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program will bolster efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia to transform health care through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. A joint initiative of AARP and the RWJF, the Campaign for Action is working to implement the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) evidence-based recommendations on the future of nursing. The Campaign provides a voice and a vehicle for nurses at all levels to lead system change to improve health outcomes for patients and families by collaborating with business, consumer and other health professional organizations. The initiative will provide 2-year grants of up to $150,000 to 20 state-based Action Coalitions that have made substantial progress toward implementing the IOM recommendations. The grants call for states to obtain matching funds. Grant recipients will work to implement programs that prepare nurses to lead system change, strengthen nursing education, expand access to care by maximizing the use of nurses, recruit and train a more diverse nursing workforce and improve quality and coordination of health care. The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA), an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the RWJF, serves as the national program office for the Future of Nursing State Implementation Program. “This new program will help Action Coalitions get the strategic and technical support required to advance their goals,” said Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior vice president of the AARP Public Policy Institute and CCNA chief strategist. “Our hope is that states will get the boost they need to be effective in achieving the triple aim of addressing cost, quality and access.” For more information, visit http://campaignforaction.org/.

Resource on Fall Prevention

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  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a new online toolkit, “Preventing Falls in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care,” that focuses on reducing falls that occur during a patient's hospital stay. The toolkit is organized under six major areas that address hospital readiness, program management, choosing fall prevention practices, implementation, measurement and sustainability. Fall prevention programs require an interdisciplinary approach to care in order to manage a patient's underlying fall risk factors, such as problems with walking and transfers, medication side effects, confusion and frequent toileting needs. For more information on the toolkit, visit www.ahrq.gov/research/ltc/fallpxtoolkit/index.html.

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Report on Making Health Care Safer

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices encourages the adoption of 22 patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective. The new report emphasizes evidence about implementation, adoption and the context in which safety strategies have been used. This helps clinicians understand what works, how to apply it and under what circumstances it works best so that it can be adapted to local needs. The report also identifies gaps where more research can propel patient safety efforts even further. For more information, visit www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/makinghcsafer.html.

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

In February, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced 27 recipients of new Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Up to $41.4 million can be used by states, caregivers and others to find new ways to prevent significant, long-term health problems for high-risk pregnant women and newborns enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Strong Start awards will be located in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and will serve more than 80,000 women enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP over the three intervention years. The grants will support enhanced prenatal care through group visits, at birth centers and maternity medical homes. These approaches expand access to care, improve care coordination and provide psychosocial support to pregnant women. The awardees were chosen for the quality of the proposal and geographic diversity that will meet the goals of the Strong Start initiative. The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative is an effort by HHS to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. This initiative is a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Administration on Children and Families, and is also supported by various programs across the multiple agencies of HHS. The CMS Innovation Center will administer these awards through cooperative agreements over 4 years. For more information, visit innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Strong-Start/index.html.

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Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog that describes 333 patient safety programs available in the United States. The catalog offers an easily navigable database of education and training programs including a robust collection of information tagged for easy searching and browsing. The database identifies program characteristics, including clinical area, program and learning objectives, evaluation measures and cost. The clinical areas align with AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Collections. The catalog was developed by the American Institutes for Research through a review of available programs between 2010 and 2011. To access the catalog, visit http://psnet.ahrq.gov/pset/index.aspx.

Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), Native Diabetes Wellness Program (NDWP) and the Traditional Foods Program's tribal partners are pleased to announce the release of 30- and 60-second video public service announcements (PSAs) and an 8-minute video entitled Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health. The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. American Indian and Alaska Native adults are twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, Native American youth ages 10 to 19 years are developing type 2 diabetes at higher rates than youth in other racial and ethnic groups of this age. The PSAs were filmed on-site at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK, and feature renowned Cherokee actor Wes Studi and representatives from tribal partners from across the United States. For more information, including links to the PSAs, visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes/projects/diabetes-wellness.htm.

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New Book for NICU Families

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

Fulcrum Publishing has announced the publication of Intensive Parenting: Surviving the Emotional Journey through the NICU, by Deborah Davis, PhD, and Mara Tesler Stein, PsyD. This book focuses on the experiences, feelings and relationship issues that families face when a baby is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It can also be a resource for health care practitioners who work with NICU families, relatives and friends who are trying to understand this complex experience while offering parents comfort, support and strength.

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Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

The websites for the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) are now easier to use with the launch of free, customized personalization tools. The new “My NGC” and “My NQMC” personalization features have been designed to accommodate visitors’ specific interests with enhanced search functionality and targeted access to evidence-based clinical guidelines and quality measures. The site updates allow visitors to easily access their recently viewed summaries and searches, register to save favorite guideline or quality measures summaries and sign up to receive custom e-mail alerts on favorite topics, guidelines and/or measures and organizations. Tutorial videos are available at www.guideline.gov/playVideo.aspx?v=rDitkPhNkgs and www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-HtG6vYAvY&feature=player_embedded.

Online Women's Wellness Tools

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has released updated online wellness tools for women. Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness implements and evaluates culturally competent, evidence-based consumer, provider and community tools for women across their lifespan. These materials and online tools aim to help women of all ages achieve better physical, emotional, social and spiritual health by encouraging healthful practices. For more information, visit www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/wellness/index.html.

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Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes

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  2. Resource on Fall Prevention
  3. Report on Making Health Care Safer
  4. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Awards
  5. Patient Safety Education and Training Catalog
  6. Diabetes Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
  7. New Book for NICU Families
  8. Guidelines and Quality Measures Sites Revamped
  9. Online Women's Wellness Tools
  10. Measuring Patient-Centered Health Outcomes
  11. Biography

PatientsLikeMe has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create the world's first open-participation research platform for the development of patient-centered health outcome measures. The platform is part of a new open-science initiative that puts patients at the center of clinical research process and will allow researchers to pilot, deploy, share and validate new ways to measure diseases. Health outcome measures are typically developed by clinicians and researchers, and collect information that meet their needs. Linked with the PatientsLikeMe patient network, the new platform will help researchers develop health outcome measures that better reflect patients’ experiences with a disease, and assess health and quality of life in ways that matter to patients. PatientsLikeMe is an established network for patients who want to monitor their health, improve their outcomes and contribute to medical research and discovery. Nearly 200,000 patients, representing more than 1,500 diseases, have created longitudinal records centered around their health outcomes.