AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Underserved Populations
The November 7 issue of AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange features three profiles of programs that provided medical care and patient education to persons with limited means of accessing such services, improving their health status and facilitating access to follow-up care. One program, the Rural Health Initiative , sent registered nurses with farming backgrounds to three Wisconsin counties to provide free preventive health and occupational safety screenings and health education to farmers and their adult family members and employees. Nurses returned to review test results and, if necessary, make referrals for appropriate follow-up care. The program enhanced access to routine medical care and safety screenings, improved eating habits and cholesterol levels, and generated high attendance at follow-up appointments and high levels of satisfaction. Select to read more innovation profiles related to underserved populations on the Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site, which contains more than 750 searchable innovations and 1,500 QualityTools.