Best Practices Library

These resources aim help health care leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving their community health goals.

The library’s information is constantly changing as documents are continuously posted. Topics go across all health care issues and cut across all health care settings.

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Case Studies

Members in Action Case Study: Penn Center for Community Health Workers

Jul 10, 2019
Penn Medicine’s Center for Community Health Workers (PCCHW) has served as a national center of excellence for community health worker (CHW) research, patient care and dissemination. The Center designed IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable, evidence-based CHW model of care, to help health care organizations reach beyond their own walls to help low-income patients address the root causes of their poor health.
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: Midland Memorial Hospital – Midland, Texas

Apr 1, 2019
Midland Memorial Hospital – Midland, Texas Predictive analytics creates value through nurse staffing system
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Sutter Health – Street Nurse

Nov 3, 2016
What is it? The Street Nurse works on the street, connecting directly with homeless individuals who need immediate medical care and/or medical advice.
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Parkview Health – Community Nursing Program

Oct 3, 2016
What is it? Supported by Parkview Community Health Improvement, the Community Nursing program operates outside of the hospital walls to improve the health and well-being of the community.
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Minority Nursing Program

Dec 15, 2014
Read about how Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare developed a minority nusing program that identifies bilingual nurses and nurses of color.
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Nurse Server Serving Nurses

Sep 20, 2009
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Empowering Nurses to Reduce Falls

Sep 1, 2009
The organization was recording more patient falls than its leadership considered acceptable; approximately 25 falls each month.
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Relationship-based Care: Beyond Nursing

Aug 1, 2009
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Empowering Nurses to Reduce Infections

Aug 1, 2009
Urinary tract infections are the most common hospital-acquired infection with 80 percent of these infections attributable to an indwelling urinary catheter (Foley).