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Emerging Interventions for Healthcare Providers

Includes newly-implemented, untested innovations with some apparent effectiveness in achieving stated aims (i.e., face validity). Strategies may be strong candidates for exploratory evaluation.

  • Program name: Pasos a Salud (Steps to Wellness)
    Change type: Individual
    Description: Culturally-relevant curriculum, tailored to a low-literacy Hispanic population. Emphasizes action planning, activities such as games and skits, and personal accountability. 15-week program delivered by promotoras providing instruction about mental health issues and coping strategies to help patients manage their weight and diabetes.
    Plans to evaluate
    • Tested in rural setting
    • Staff report the program has been in high demand
    • Staff have used an Access database to track biomarker data over the course of the program (e.g., A1C levels, blood glucose, weight), and report that these indicators generally show some benefit
  • Program name: Recreation Rx
    Change type: Individual; Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE)
    Description: Physicians use customized prescription pads for referrals to free, community-based recreation. Prescriptions for children, adults, and seniors list activities community providers have agreed to offer at no cost to prescription holders.
    Plans to evaluate
    • Tested in rural setting
    • Increased physician awareness of and referrals to community programs
    • Hundreds of patients have redeemed prescriptions