Healthy Metric went live today, releasing five new brief reports focused on health disparities in Wisconsin. These first reports provide an initial look at the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on health and health disparities. The first five reports provide an initial look at the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on health and health disparities. They cover a wide range of issues impacting health outcomes and health care in Wisconsin including:
Toolkit for Improving Chronic Conditions, Hypertension & Diabetes: Care & Outcomes available on HIPxChange
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of premature death in Americans (CDC - High Blood Pressure). In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Wisconsin (Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Heart Disease).
The UW ICTR Neighborhood Health Partnerships Program (NHP) is excited to announce the launch of their latest ZIP code level report, the Sociodemographic Profile Report.
To make sociodemographic information easily accessible and comparable across geographies, NHP has launched a new report that provides information on the social determinants of health at the ZIP code level. This report uses U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) data to provide additional context about living conditions and demographics for most ZIP codes in Wisconsin.
Self-rooming is a relatively new process where patients direct themselves to an assigned exam room immediately after checking in, bypassing the traditional waiting room experience where a staff member would escort them from the waiting room to the exam room.
PATH member, Sandra Kamnetz, MD developed the Retrofitting Clinics for Self-Rooming toolkit to provide a framework for implementing self-rooming in any primary care clinic, including those that were not intentionally designed for this purpose. The tool provides decision-makers with prerequisites to consider, tips, supplies needed, and the steps to implementation, as well as workflows for patient check-in and check-out.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put new constraints on the care of patients. Concerns about viral transmission, limiting exposure, proper PPE utilization, and evolving best practices in caring for patients with a novel viral disease has led to healthcare workers feeling high levels of uncertainty and has left healthcare systems scrambling to prepare their staff for sudden surges in patients.
Authors developed the WIRED-RT COVID-19 Simulation Curriculum Toolkit to help health systems and healthcare providers prepare for surges in COVID-19 cases by focusing on proper PPE utilization, infection control practices, and patient care best-practices as of the date of publication.
HIP Investigator, Dr. Elizabeth Cox and her PROKids team, in collaboration with the investigators at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and West Virginia University, have received a 5-year P01 grant from the National Cancer Institute focused on improving rates of HPV vaccination. The study will implement and evaluate an evidence-based intervention, “the Announcement Approach,” in over 40 pediatric and family medicine practices who are members of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality or the West Virginia Practice-Based Research Network.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Partnership Program have announced a joint three-year, $3 million grant to launch an expansive new statewide partnership that will study, measure and recommend solutions for health inequities across the state of Wisconsin.
The Healthy Aging in Rural Towns (HeART) Toolkit contains guidelines and resources for conducting a needs-and-assets assessment and for choosing strategies to strengthen your community's support network and help older adults thrive.
Although the toolkit was designed primarily for use by rural communities, other communities will also find this guide useful, as the steps to needs assessment, asset gathering and strategy making are similar across communities.
This toolkit was developed by researchers and clinicians (Co-Principal Investigators: Barbara Bowers PhD, RN, FAAN and Kim Nolet MS) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing Center for Aging Research and Education.
The 2020 Wisconsin Health Disparities Report: Rural and Urban Populations was released at the WCHQ Health Disparities Assembly meeting on November 12, 2020. The assembly featured urban and rural perspectives on health disparities from experts in their fields: HIP Investigator, Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS and Matt Gigot, MPH, presented the findings from the 2020 report and Malia Jones, PhD, MPH presented her research on social and spatial determinants of health at the population level.
Catalyst films are short films made of narratives - interviews of people discussing their health experiences and experiences receiving health care - designed to ensure that an improvement, co-design or educational process includes health experiences and to catalyze meaningful and active participation of patients in activities. They are both a patient engagement/co-design method and a participatory visual method.