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QI Resources for September

National Suicide Prevention Month

Zero Suicide: Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Resources

While behavioral health care providers in the best position to provide comprehensive care, primary care
providers have more frequent opportunities to assess for suicide risk. 

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HEAL: Taking Suicide Prevention into Primary Care Settings 

The HEAL Initiative is a program from NIH. it seeks to investigate ways to mitigate suicide risk for people who misuse opioids or have opioid use disorder and in people with chronic pain.

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Become a Childhood Obesity Preventer with HITEQ 

Supporting young patients in achieving and maintaining a healthy BMI and living healthy, active lives is critical to their ability to live full, healthy, and happy lives. 

The resources provided are the product of a HRSA-MCHB collaboration, highlighting important evidence-based tools from Bright Futures as well as tools from HITEQ to improve the use of your EHR and health IT systems to support implementation of promising practice.

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National Recovery Month 

• State Strategies to Support Substance User Disorder
Treatment in the Primary Care Safety Net 

As states seek new tools to meet the needs of individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and opioid use disorder, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) offer unique resources and examples for developing integrated and cost-effective health care services for complex and chronic conditions.

>>> Get the toolkit (pdf)

The Role of Peer Support in Federally Qualified Health Centers 

The use of peer providers – also known as recovery coaches (PRCs), peer support specialists, and patient navigators – has become a promising practice in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment.
Findings demonstrate that peer support services are associated with several key improved health outcomes… 

>>> Read more (pdf)

General IQIN Articles

Health IT Enabled Quality Improvement

Through the recent efforts of federal programs that spur health IT adoption such as the Regional Extension Center (REC), Beacon Communities, State Health Information Exchange (State HIE) and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive programs, the nation has reached the “tipping point” for health IT adoption in the provider and hospital environments. 

As we move forward, leveraging health IT adoption and improving the exchange of health information through the use of health IT will be integral to supporting the essential building blocks of a quality improvement (QI) ecosystem.

>>> Read / download the full article here (pdf) 

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