Health Care Innovations Exchange: Community-Wide Initiatives To Enhance Access for Vulnerable Populations

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New Issue Focuses on

Community-Wide Initiatives To Enhance Access for Vulnerable Populations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the February 12 issue of the Health Care Innovations Exchange (http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov).

  • The featured Innovations describe three community-wide initiatives that seek to increase access to health care for vulnerable populations. The programs include a community collaborative that opened a free clinic for uninsured children and implemented targeted interventions for patients with sickle cell anemia and substance abuse issues; a community-funded, nonprofit organization that matches eligible uninsured and underinsured patients with providers who agree to serve them at a discounted rate; and a school-based, collaborative, community-wide program that provides mental health and other support services to students and their families living in neighborhoods plagued by poverty and crime.
  • The featured QualityTools include a program to help dentists join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children; a community-funded, nonprofit organization that helps underserved children, adults, and families receive needed medical attention; and a Web site with tools and resources that can help clinicians and community health centers provide quality health care to underserved patients.
  • To access more innovation profiles and tools related to collaborative efforts to enhance access for vulnerable populations, go to
    http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/innovations_qualitytools.aspx?find=community&categoryID=54551&taxonomyID=32827.

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AHRQ announces a new Health Care Innovations Exchange LinkedIn group for professionals interested in health care innovation and quality improvement.
http://www.linkedin.com/groups/AHRQ-Health-Care-Innovations-Exchange-7436684?trk=my_groups-b-grp-v

Join us and participate in discussions, share insights and experiences, and learn from others. In order to join the group, you must have a LinkedIn account. (www.linkedin.com)

View the latest issue and search for Innovations and QualityTools using your phone or tablet on the mobile site http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/issue.aspx.

New issues of the Innovations Exchange are published biweekly on Wednesdays. Please contact us at info@innovations.ahrq.gov with any questions or comments.

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