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A Toolkit to Advance Racial Health Equity in Primary Care Improvement

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is focused on effectively integrating equity into health care improvement projects. Informed by its Racial Health Equity Workgroup and developed in...

Date: April 21, 2022

Prescribing Patterns in Nursing Home Residents Living with Dementia by Specialty and Provider Type

Objective/Issue Little is known about the contributions of different provider specialties in prescribing medications for nursing home residents living with dementia. In this study, we examine...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Matthew Jura, Zoe Samson, Todd Monroe, and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 4, 2022

Comparison of Dental Care Visits Before and After Adoption of a Policy to Expand the Dental Workforce in Minnesota

Adding new types of clinicians is often a policy strategy to address clinician shortages and enhance access to health care. In oral health, several states have sought to expand the dental workforce...

Author(s): Hawazin W. Elani, PhD, and Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, PhD
Date: March 18, 2022

Measuring the Financial Contribution of Peer Providers

Background Peer support providers (peers) are increasingly delivering behavioral health treatment, but evaluation of their impact on client outcomes remains limited. Prior studies to determine the...

Author(s): Timothy Bates and Susan Chapman of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center with Maria Gaiser and Jessica Buche of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, University of Michigan
Date: March 1, 2022

A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Opioid Prescriptions Associated with Nonsurgical Dental Visits Among Oregon and New York State Medicaid Beneficiaries, 2014-2016

Studies estimate that approximately one-third of all opioid prescriptions (Rxs) from dentists are associated with nonsurgical dental procedures, which suggests unwarranted opioid use. The authors...

Author(s): Enihomo Obadan-UdohDDS, Matthew Jura, Shen Wang, Miranda Werts, Robert Martiniano, Ulrike Muench, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: February 10, 2022

Utilization of Community Paramedics to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Objective Some health systems and emergency medical services agencies in the United States are leveraging the versatility and experience of community paramedics to meet needs for COVID-19 testing,...

Author(s): Janet Coffman and Lisel Blash
Date: February 1, 2022

Characteristics of Multiple Job Holders in Long-term Care

Issue Health care workers in long-term care (LTC) settings face concerns related to financial security resulting from low wages, inconsistent hours, and a lack of benefits. These factors contribute...

Author(s): Tim Bates, Joanne Spetz, and Laura Wagner
Date: February 1, 2022

Psychometric Properties of the Perinatal Missed Care Survey and Missed Care During Labor and Birth

Kalisch and colleagues developed one of the reliable and valid measures of missed nursing care, the MISSCARE survey, which has been used extensively in medical surgical care and has been adapted to...

Author(s): Audrey Lyndom, Kathleen Simpson, Joanne Spetz, Jason Fletcher, Caryl Gay, and Gay Landstrom
Source: Elsevier
Date: Feb 2022

Lack of Racial and Ethnic Diversity Among Addiction Physicians

Compared to white individuals, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx individuals have decreased access to addiction care, lower rates of addiction treatment, and higher rates of incarceration, non-fatal...

Author(s): Maria Garcia, Janet Coffman, Ayana Jordan, and Marlene Martin
Date: January 31, 2022

CIN Connections, Winter 2022 — Centering Equity in Health Care Improvement

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a community of health care professionals committed to identifying and spreading ideas for better primary care delivery. This issue of CIN Connections...

Date: January 11, 2022