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  • Ahec Program of the Massachusetts Area Health Education Center system and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Healthcare access, community coalitions and materials and resources for providers.
  • Healthy Communities Massachusetts (AHEC) Network of coalitions and local organizations designed to stimulate community-based collaboration and innovation through resource exchange and training.

Clinical Preventive Guidelines

  • Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd Edition, 1996 Report of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Provides the latest available recommendations on preventive interventions: screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and chemoprophylactic regimens for more than 80 conditions.
  • National Prevention Strategy This is the first ever America's plan for better health and wellness, announced in June 2011 by the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council at HHS/Office of the Surgeon General. As a critical component of the Affordable Care Act, the National Prevention Strategy highlights four strategic directions of Healthy and Safe Community Environments, Clinical and Community Preventive Services, Empowered People, and Elimination of Health Disparities, along with seven corresponding priorities: Tobacco Free Living, Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive, Alcohol Use, Healthy Eating, Active Living, Injury and Violence Free Living, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Mental and Emotional Well-being.

Community Health Resources

Public Health

Culturally Appropriate Services

  • The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture Supported by the US Department of Health & Human Services and developed by Management Sciences for Health. Features an interactive quiz that helps users enhance their knowledge and skills. The guide has 11 modules on topics such as common health problems in selected minority, ethnic and cultural groups, and understanding immigrant, refugee and minority populations. Each module contains readings, mnemonics, exercises, references and annotated links to other relevant Web resources.
  • The Joint Commission site includes information on accreditation, standards, and certification. It also publishes research studies on hospitals, language, and culture. Video presentations on improving patient-provider communications can also be found at this site.
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