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The materials and tools listed here are intended for providers to use in their practice, ranging from guidance on incorporating health literacy to implementing disease prevention best practices.

Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Alcohol Use in Older People

The National Institute on Aging presents a brief explanation of the phenomenon and provides resources for help.



Affluent Baby Boomers Know How to Binge Drink

NPR reported on a July 2015 study showing that adults over age 50 who are healthy, active, sociable and well-off are more at risk for harmful drinking than their peers, according to a study published in the BMJ. Higher education level and higher income level are associated with increased risk of...



Cardiac Disease Education

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) features a heart attack and stroke detection PDF article in its August 2014 issue of the News in Health newsletter.



Cholesterol Education Materials

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has created a library of materials on blood cholesterol, all available for download.



Caregiver Resources

12 Tips for Promoting Regular Sleep & Alzheimer's

About.com presents a 12-point list of tips to help caregivers promote regular sleep patterns in someone with dementia.



24/7 Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association provides a 24/7 helpline with reliable information and support to those who need assistance.



Depression Prevention

Doctor Rethinks How to Treat Diabetes-Depression Link

In this article from Washington’s Top News, Dr. Sherita Golden, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine professor, explains why more and more doctors are looking for a diabetes-depression link in their patients. People with diabetes are twice as likely to encounter depression as someone...



How Is Depression Different for Older Adults?

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has created a web page with resources serving as a primer on older adults and depression.



Diabetes Disease Education

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life (English)

These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.



4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life (Spanish only: 4 Pasos para controlar la diabetes de por vida)

These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.



Disparities

Health Disparities Repository

The Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest repository of health disparities information in the world, with a collection of 10,000 documents, reports, books, journals, and media, along with 30,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. It also boasts consumer health materials in more than 35  languages.



Falls Prevention Tools

Check for Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults

The CDC Foundation provides a handy PDF checklist for every part of your home to identify areas for safety improvement, particularly as to eliminating fall risks.



Health Apps

ASCVD Risk Estimator (Android)

The ASCVD Risk Estimator is an app developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to help providers and patients estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).



ASCVD Risk Estimator (iPhone)

The ASCVD Risk Estimator is an app developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to help providers and patients estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD).



Health Literacy

Clear Communication Index

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has designed a tool to help plan and assess communication materials. A score is given for several basic characteristics of clear communication.



Clinical Jargon Removal Tools

Access plain language glossaries at these websites to help you better communicate with your patients: Everyday Words for Public Health Communication from the Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Communicate Health from Communicate Health Just Plain Clear from...



Immunization Materials for Patients

Ask the Experts: Diseases and Vaccines- Pneumococcal

The Immunization Action Coalition presents general information on pneumococcal disease and its significance as a health threat, along with frequently asked questions.



Ask the Experts: Diseases and Vaccines—Influenza

The Immunization Action Coalition presents general information on flu and its significance as a health threat, along with frequently asked questions.



Immunization Tools/Materials for Providers

Adult Immunization Schedules

Comprehensive immunization schedules for adults are available to download from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website. Pocket versions and Spanish-language versions also are available.



CDC Seasonal Flu Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled materials, resources, images, and other tools to assist providers and lay people in understanding seasonal flu and combating it.



Opioid Treatment

Opioid Prescribing Checklist for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a checklist for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. This one-page checklist is designed for primary care providers who treat adults ages 18 and older who have been experiencing chronic pain for more than three months, excluding...



Opioid Guideline from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have created a guideline concerning opioid prescriptions for chronic pain. The two-page fact sheet guideline is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the...



Patient Portals

Email, Text or Web Portal? Study Probes Patients’ Preferences for Receiving Test Results

Researchers from Georgetown University Center found that most respondents to their survey of 409 patients preferred receiving medical test results through password-protected websites or portals. Read more here.



Patient Portal Adoption Diverges Among Older Generation

This article summarizes discoveries made by Northwestern University researchers who found significant differences among the older generation regarding their patient portal adoption. Some key differences include health literacy, education, and racial disparities. Highly educated patients were...



Patient Rights and Assistance

California Governor Signs Landmark Right-to-Die Law

National Public Radio reports on California’s recently adopted law, allowing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal drugs to end their lives by choice.



HHS Clarifies Patient Rights to Medical Records

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights released a guidance that further defines patients’ rights to access their medical records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA’s) Privacy Rule. This guidance explains what...



Physician Communication

4 Steps to Maintaining Communication After Discharge

Healthcare IT News provides a synopsis of how to maintain doctor-to-patient communication post-hospital discharge.



93 Percent of Adult Patients Want Email Communication with Physicians

A national online survey reveals that 93 percent of adult patients want email communication with their physicians, as summarized by this news article.



Prevention

Association Between Influenza Vaccination and Cardiovascular Outcomes in High-Risk Patients: A Meta-Analysis

This study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that flu vaccine is associated with a lower risk of major adverse heart problems.



Cholesterol Fact Sheet

Fact sheet (PDF format) providing information on the prevalence of cholesterol screening in US adults ages 20+.



Tobacco Cessation Tools for Providers

Anti-Smoking Infographics for Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's gallery of infographics on the dangers of smoking is downloadable at no-cost.



Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians has developed its "Ask and Act" tobacco cessation program to encourage family physicians to ask all patients about tobacco use and to help them quit. Interventions, group visit tools, pharmacological guides, and more are provided.



Training

How to Scale Innovation Videos

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides training videos on how to scale healthcare innovations into the wider field, showcasing three examples.



Patient-Centered Care Videos

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides training videos on patient-centered care illustrated by professional success stories.