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NASHP's 2008 State Health Policy Conference Presentations: Charting a Course for State Health Policy

Presentations from NASHP’s 21st annual state health policy conference are now available. The conference is planned by state health policymakers for state agencies' staff, legislators, and legislative staff. Review the presentations to learn how others are improving and innovating healthcare through state-level policy.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51757

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Improving Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) Systems for Home and Community-Based Services: Experience of the FY 2003 and FY 2004 Grantees

The purpose of this report is to inform the efforts of states that are trying to develop and improve QA/QI systems by describing and analyzing how selected Systems Change Grantees went through this process. The initiatives examined fall into six categories: administrative technology and information technology; standards for services; discovery; remediation; workforce; and public information.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51733

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WorkSource Wisconsin Employer Disability Resource Center

Wisconsin developed the WorkSource website and phone and email hotline to answer employers’ questions about recruiting and employing people with disabilities. Here you can find a focus group and needs assessment report used in developing the website. There are also a WorkSource brochure, a list of questions that can be answered within 24 hours, and a link to the site.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51711

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Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers

Find here lesson plans and tools to help trainers empower older adults to find health information independently. Lesson plans are geared for beginning or intermediate students. Additional resources include a training video, recruitment materials, and tips for making a computer classroom environment that is accessible and fosters learning. The training focuses on two resources, NIHSeniorHealth.gov and MedLineplus.gov, but also provides tools for finding and evaluating information elsewhere.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51651

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Federal Disability Programs: Coordination Could Facilitate Better Data Collection to Assess the Status of People with Disabilities

While some health and economic data on people with disabilities are currently available, these data have limited use in providing a comprehensive assessment of how these individuals are faring. Additionally, the lack of more useful data limits the federal government’s ability to determine how well federal programs are serving individuals with disabilities. Read about ways better coordination could help facilitate the collection of such data to inform policy decisions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51632

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Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Readiness Assessment

This assessment is designed to assist organizations in evaluating their readiness to perform key functions of ADRCs. The online version provides users with immediate feedback and links to resources to help build needed capacity. Functional areas measured include: organization and governance; personnel and training; service delivery and operations; outreach and marketing; IT; partnerships; and evaluation and monitoring.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51581

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Quality Assurance and Improvement: DataMart Software Requirement Specifications and Reports

The goal of the QAI Datamart is to develop a consumer-based reporting and data analysis database using the Home and Community-Based Services Quality Framework. The QAI DataMart will support data analysis and decision support for quality assurance and improvement. The purpose of this Software Requirements Specification (SRS) is to document the customer’s requirements for the applications being developed or enhanced. The reports and queries available from the DataMart are also included.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/51180

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Checklist for Enhancing the Participation and Input of People with Disabilities

In many ways, consumers are the best experts on their disabling conditions, including their own needs for support and the effectiveness and quality of programs. As a result, obtaining consumer participation and input at all stages of program design, implementation, evaluation and quality assurance is important. Effectively and efficiently involving consumers and obtaining their input, however, requires creative and innovative methods. This checklist will help to enhance full participation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/50995

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