Health Care Coalitions: Voluntary groups of people representing diverse interests in the community such as hospitals, businesses, physicians, and insurers, with the principal objective to improve health care cost effectiveness.Public Health: Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level.Health Status: The level of health of the individual, group, or population as subjectively assessed by the individual or by more objective measures.Health Promotion: Encouraging consumer behaviors most likely to optimize health potentials (physical and psychosocial) through health information, preventive programs, and access to medical care.Community Health Planning: Planning that has the goals of improving health, improving accessibility to health services, and promoting efficiency in the provision of services and resources on a comprehensive basis for a whole community. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988, p299)Delivery of Health Care: The concept concerned with all aspects of providing and distributing health services to a patient population.Health Policy: Decisions, usually developed by government policymakers, for determining present and future objectives pertaining to the health care system.Subtalar Joint: Formed by the articulation of the talus with the calcaneus.Health Surveys: A systematic collection of factual data pertaining to health and disease in a human population within a given geographic area.Health Care Reform: Innovation and improvement of the health care system by reappraisal, amendment of services, and removal of faults and abuses in providing and distributing health services to patients. It includes a re-alignment of health services and health insurance to maximum demographic elements (the unemployed, indigent, uninsured, elderly, inner cities, rural areas) with reference to coverage, hospitalization, pricing and cost containment, insurers' and employers' costs, pre-existing medical conditions, prescribed drugs, equipment, and services.Community Networks: Organizations and individuals cooperating together toward a common goal at the local or grassroots level.Mental Health: The state wherein the person is well adjusted.Foot Deformities, Congenital: Alterations or deviations from normal shape or size which result in a disfigurement of the foot occurring at or before birth.Tarsal Bones: The seven bones which form the tarsus - namely, CALCANEUS; TALUS; cuboid, navicular, and the internal, middle, and external cuneiforms.Community Health Services: Diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health services provided for individuals in the community.Capacity Building: Organizational development including enhancement of management structures, processes and procedures, within organizations and among different organizations and sectors to meet present and future needs.Health: The state of the organism when it functions optimally without evidence of disease.Health Services Accessibility: The degree to which individuals are inhibited or facilitated in their ability to gain entry to and to receive care and services from the health care system. Factors influencing this ability include geographic, architectural, transportational, and financial considerations, among others.Health Education: Education that increases the awareness and favorably influences the attitudes and knowledge relating to the improvement of health on a personal or community basis.Consumer Participation: Community or individual involvement in the decision-making process.Interinstitutional Relations: The interactions between representatives of institutions, agencies, or organizations.Attitude to Health: Public attitudes toward health, disease, and the medical care system.Health Care Surveys: Statistical measures of utilization and other aspects of the provision of health care services including hospitalization and ambulatory care.Health Planning: Planning for needed health and/or welfare services and facilities.Health Personnel: Men and women working in the provision of health services, whether as individual practitioners or employees of health institutions and programs, whether or not professionally trained, and whether or not subject to public regulation. (From A Discursive Dictionary of Health Care, 1976)Primary Health Care: Care which provides integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (JAMA 1995;273(3):192)Health Behavior: Behaviors expressed by individuals to protect, maintain or promote their health status. For example, proper diet, and appropriate exercise are activities perceived to influence health status. Life style is closely associated with health behavior and factors influencing life style are socioeconomic, educational, and cultural.Cooperative Behavior: The interaction of two or more persons or organizations directed toward a common goal which is mutually beneficial. An act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit, i.e., joint action. (From Random House Dictionary Unabridged, 2d ed)Politics: Activities concerned with governmental policies, functions, etc.Quality of Health Care: The levels of excellence which characterize the health service or health care provided based on accepted standards of quality.Public Health Administration: Management of public health organizations or agencies.Leadership: The function of directing or controlling the actions or attitudes of an individual or group with more or less willing acquiescence of the followers.Health Services Research: The integration of epidemiologic, sociological, economic, and other analytic sciences in the study of health services. Health services research is usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services. The aim of the research is evaluation, particularly in terms of structure, process, output, and outcome. (From Last, Dictionary of Epidemiology, 2d ed)Health Services: Services for the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.Health Status Disparities: Variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between population groups defined by socioeconomic characteristics such as age, ethnicity, economic resources, or gender and populations identified geographically or similar measures.Insurance, Health: Insurance providing coverage of medical, surgical, or hospital care in general or for which there is no specific heading.World Health: The concept pertaining to the health status of inhabitants of the world.Urban Health: The status of health in urban populations.Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice: Knowledge, attitudes, and associated behaviors which pertain to health-related topics such as PATHOLOGIC PROCESSES or diseases, their prevention, and treatment. This term refers to non-health workers and health workers (HEALTH PERSONNEL).Oral Health: The optimal state of the mouth and normal functioning of the organs of the mouth without evidence of disease.Talus: The second largest of the TARSAL BONES. It articulates with the TIBIA and FIBULA to form the ANKLE JOINT.Health Services Needs and Demand: Health services required by a population or community as well as the health services that the population or community is able and willing to pay for.Organizational Objectives: The purposes, missions, and goals of an individual organization or its units, established through administrative processes. It includes an organization's long-range plans and administrative philosophy.Synostosis: A union between adjacent bones or parts of a single bone formed by osseous material, such as ossified connecting cartilage or fibrous tissue. (Dorland, 27th ed)Health Expenditures: The amounts spent by individuals, groups, nations, or private or public organizations for total health care and/or its various components. These amounts may or may not be equivalent to the actual costs (HEALTH CARE COSTS) and may or may not be shared among the patient, insurers, and/or employers.Community-Institutional Relations: The interactions between members of a community and representatives of the institutions within that community.Flatfoot: A condition in which one or more of the arches of the foot have flattened out.Community-Based Participatory Research: Collaborative process of research involving researchers and community representatives.Organizational Case Studies: Descriptions and evaluations of specific health care organizations.Environmental Health: The science of controlling or modifying those conditions, influences, or forces surrounding man which relate to promoting, establishing, and maintaining health.Voluntary Health Agencies: Non-profit organizations concerned with various aspects of health, e.g., education, promotion, treatment, services, etc.Social Change: Social process whereby the values, attitudes, or institutions of society, such as education, family, religion, and industry become modified. It includes both the natural process and action programs initiated by members of the community.Occupational Health: The promotion and maintenance of physical and mental health in the work environment.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Entrapment of the distal branches of the posterior TIBIAL NERVE (which divides into the medial plantar, lateral plantar, and calcanial nerves) in the tarsal tunnel, which lies posterior to the internal malleolus and beneath the retinaculum of the flexor muscles of the foot. Symptoms include ankle pain radiating into the foot which tends to be aggravated by walking. Examination may reveal Tinel's sign (radiating pain following nerve percussion) over the tibial nerve at the ankle, weakness and atrophy of the small foot muscles, or loss of sensation in the foot. (From Foot Ankle 1990;11(1):47-52)Program Evaluation: Studies designed to assess the efficacy of programs. They may include the evaluation of cost-effectiveness, the extent to which objectives are met, or impact.Patient Acceptance of Health Care: The seeking and acceptance by patients of health service.Health Care Rationing: Planning for the equitable allocation, apportionment, or distribution of available health resources.Capital Financing: Institutional funding for facilities and for equipment which becomes a part of the assets of the institution.Public Health Practice: The activities and endeavors of the public health services in a community on any level.Health Priorities: Preferentially rated health-related activities or functions to be used in establishing health planning goals. This may refer specifically to PL93-641.Program Development: The process of formulating, improving, and expanding educational, managerial, or service-oriented work plans (excluding computer program development).Group Purchasing: A shared service which combines the purchasing power of individual organizations or facilities in order to obtain lower prices for equipment and supplies. (From Health Care Terms, 2nd ed)National Health Programs: Components of a national health care system which administer specific services, e.g., national health insurance.Mental Health Services: Organized services to provide mental health care.Delivery of Health Care, Integrated: A health care system which combines physicians, hospitals, and other medical services with a health plan to provide the complete spectrum of medical care for its customers. In a fully integrated system, the three key elements - physicians, hospital, and health plan membership - are in balance in terms of matching medical resources with the needs of purchasers and patients. (Coddington et al., Integrated Health Care: Reorganizing the Physician, Hospital and Health Plan Relationship, 1994, p7)Labor Unions: Organizations comprising wage and salary workers in health-related fields for the purpose of improving their status and conditions. The concept includes labor union activities toward providing health services to members.Women's Health: The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of women.Appalachian Region: A geographical area of the United States with no definite boundaries but comprising northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia, northwestern South Carolina, western North Carolina, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, western Virginia, West Virginia, western Maryland, southwestern Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, and southern New York.Health Care Sector: Economic sector concerned with the provision, distribution, and consumption of health care services and related products.Pacific Islands: The islands of the Pacific Ocean divided into MICRONESIA; MELANESIA; and POLYNESIA (including NEW ZEALAND). The collective name Oceania includes the aforenamed islands, adding AUSTRALIA; NEW ZEALAND; and the Malay Archipelago (INDONESIA). (Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p910, 880)Preventive Health Services: Services designed for HEALTH PROMOTION and prevention of disease.Rural Health: The status of health in rural populations.Health Literacy: Degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.Consumer Organizations: Organized groups of users of goods and services.Social Planning: Interactional process combining investigation, discussion, and agreement by a number of people in the preparation and carrying out of a program to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community. It usually involves the action of a formal political, legal, or recognized voluntary body.Attitude of Health Personnel: Attitudes of personnel toward their patients, other professionals, toward the medical care system, etc.Child Health Services: Organized services to provide health care for children.World Health Organization: A specialized agency of the United Nations designed as a coordinating authority on international health work; its aim is to promote the attainment of the highest possible level of health by all peoples.Consumer Advocacy: The promotion and support of consumers' rights and interests.Economics: The science of utilization, distribution, and consumption of services and materials.Outcome Assessment (Health Care): Research aimed at assessing the quality and effectiveness of health care as measured by the attainment of a specified end result or outcome. Measures include parameters such as improved health, lowered morbidity or mortality, and improvement of abnormal states (such as elevated blood pressure).Health Benefit Plans, Employee: Health insurance plans for employees, and generally including their dependents, usually on a cost-sharing basis with the employer paying a percentage of the premium.Socioeconomic Factors: Social and economic factors that characterize the individual or group within the social structure.Policy Making: The decision process by which individuals, groups or institutions establish policies pertaining to plans, programs or procedures.Rural Health Services: Health services, public or private, in rural areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.Health Facilities: Institutions which provide medical or health-related services.Health Plan Implementation: Those actions designed to carry out recommendations pertaining to health plans or programs.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.): An agency of the UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE that conducts and supports programs for the prevention and control of disease and provides consultation and assistance to health departments and other countries.Maternal-Child Health Centers: Facilities which administer the delivery of health care services to mothers and children.Interviews as Topic: Conversations with an individual or individuals held in order to obtain information about their background and other personal biographical data, their attitudes and opinions, etc. It includes school admission or job interviews.Regional Health Planning: Planning for health resources at a regional or multi-state level.Health Manpower: The availability of HEALTH PERSONNEL. It includes the demand and recruitment of both professional and allied health personnel, their present and future supply and distribution, and their assignment and utilization.Adolescent Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to adolescents, ages ranging from 13 through 18 years.Financing, Organized: All organized methods of funding.Lobbying: A process whereby representatives of a particular interest group attempt to influence governmental decision makers to accept the policy desires of the lobbying organization.Calcaneus: The largest of the TARSAL BONES which is situated at the lower and back part of the FOOT, forming the HEEL.Health Resources: Available manpower, facilities, revenue, equipment, and supplies to produce requisite health care and services.Carpal Bones: The eight bones of the wrist: SCAPHOID BONE; LUNATE BONE; TRIQUETRUM BONE; PISIFORM BONE; TRAPEZIUM BONE; TRAPEZOID BONE; CAPITATE BONE; and HAMATE BONE.Efficiency, Organizational: The capacity of an organization, institution, or business to produce desired results with a minimum expenditure of energy, time, money, personnel, materiel, etc.Quality Assurance, Health Care: Activities and programs intended to assure or improve the quality of care in either a defined medical setting or a program. The concept includes the assessment or evaluation of the quality of care; identification of problems or shortcomings in the delivery of care; designing activities to overcome these deficiencies; and follow-up monitoring to ensure effectiveness of corrective steps.Administrative Personnel: Individuals responsible for the development of policy and supervision of the execution of plans and functional operations.Community Health Centers: Facilities which administer the delivery of health care services to people living in a community or neighborhood.Organizational Innovation: Introduction of changes which are new to the organization and are created by management.Cross-Sectional Studies: Studies in which the presence or absence of disease or other health-related variables are determined in each member of the study population or in a representative sample at one particular time. This contrasts with LONGITUDINAL STUDIES which are followed over a period of time.Taxes: Governmental levies on property, inheritance, gifts, etc.IraqPublic Health Nursing: A nursing specialty concerned with promoting and protecting the health of populations, using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences to develop local, regional, state, and national health policy and research. It is population-focused and community-oriented, aimed at health promotion and disease prevention through educational, diagnostic, and preventive programs.Qualitative Research: Any type of research that employs nonnumeric information to explore individual or group characteristics, producing findings not arrived at by statistical procedures or other quantitative means. (Qualitative Inquiry: A Dictionary of Terms Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1997)Health Occupations: Professions or other business activities directed to the cure and prevention of disease. For occupations of medical personnel who are not physicians but who are working in the fields of medical technology, physical therapy, etc., ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS is available.New York CityReproductive Health: The physical condition of human reproductive systems.Infant Welfare: Organized efforts by communities or organizations to improve the health and well-being of infants.MissouriElectronic Health Records: Media that facilitate transportability of pertinent information concerning patient's illness across varied providers and geographic locations. Some versions include direct linkages to online consumer health information that is relevant to the health conditions and treatments related to a specific patient.Models, Organizational: Theoretical representations and constructs that describe or explain the structure and hierarchy of relationships and interactions within or between formal organizational entities or informal social groups.Maternal Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to expectant and nursing mothers.Social Welfare: Organized institutions which provide services to ameliorate conditions of need or social pathology in the community.Residence Characteristics: Elements of residence that characterize a population. They are applicable in determining need for and utilization of health services.City Planning: Comprehensive planning for the physical development of the city.Fund Raising: Usually organized community efforts to raise money to promote financial programs of institutions. The funds may include individual gifts.Social Values: Abstract standards or empirical variables in social life which are believed to be important and/or desirable.Needs Assessment: Systematic identification of a population's needs or the assessment of individuals to determine the proper level of services needed.Social Dominance: Social structure of a group as it relates to the relative social rank of dominance status of its members. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 8th ed.)Prevalence: The total number of cases of a given disease in a specified population at a designated time. It is differentiated from INCIDENCE, which refers to the number of new cases in the population at a given time.MaineTobacco Industry: The aggregate business enterprise of agriculture, manufacture, and distribution related to tobacco and tobacco-derived products.Occupational Health Services: Health services for employees, usually provided by the employer at the place of work.Decision Making, Organizational: The process by which decisions are made in an institution or other organization.Organizational Policy: A course or method of action selected, usually by an organization, institution, university, society, etc., from among alternatives to guide and determine present and future decisions and positions on matters of public interest or social concern. It does not include internal policy relating to organization and administration within the corporate body, for which ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION is available.Lunate Bone: A moon-shaped carpal bone which is located between the SCAPHOID BONE and TRIQUETRUM BONE.CaliforniaHospitals, Military: Hospitals which provide care for the military personnel and usually for their dependents.Questionnaires: Predetermined sets of questions used to collect data - clinical data, social status, occupational group, etc. The term is often applied to a self-completed survey instrument.United StatesHealth Services for the Aged: Services for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the aged and the maintenance of health in the elderly.Public Health Informatics: The systematic application of information and computer sciences to public health practice, research, and learning.Health Services Administration: The organization and administration of health services dedicated to the delivery of health care.National Institutes of Health (U.S.): An operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is concerned with the overall planning, promoting, and administering of programs pertaining to health and medical research. Until 1995, it was an agency of the United States PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE.State Health Plans: State plans prepared by the State Health Planning and Development Agencies which are made up from plans submitted by the Health Systems Agencies and subject to review and revision by the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.Evidence-Based Practice: A way of providing health care that is guided by a thoughtful integration of the best available scientific knowledge with clinical expertise. This approach allows the practitioner to critically assess research data, clinical guidelines, and other information resources in order to correctly identify the clinical problem, apply the most high-quality intervention, and re-evaluate the outcome for future improvement.PennsylvaniaUniversities: Educational institutions providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees.War: Hostile conflict between organized groups of people.Quality Indicators, Health Care: Norms, criteria, standards, and other direct qualitative and quantitative measures used in determining the quality of health care.Catchment Area (Health): A geographic area defined and served by a health program or institution.Reproductive Health Services: Health care services related to human REPRODUCTION and diseases of the reproductive system. Services are provided to both sexes and usually by physicians in the medical or the surgical specialties such as REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE; ANDROLOGY; GYNECOLOGY; OBSTETRICS; and PERINATOLOGY.Women's Health Services: Organized services to provide health care to women. It excludes maternal care services for which MATERNAL HEALTH SERVICES is available.Health Services, Indigenous: Health care provided to specific cultural or tribal peoples which incorporates local customs, beliefs, and taboos.Advisory Committees: Groups set up to advise governmental bodies, societies, or other institutions on policy. (Bioethics Thesaurus)Health Records, Personal: Longitudinal patient-maintained records of individual health history and tools that allow individual control of access.Men's Health: The concept covering the physical and mental conditions of men.Health Planning Guidelines: Recommendations for directing health planning functions and policies. These may be mandated by PL93-641 and issued by the Department of Health and Human Services for use by state and local planning agencies.Social Support: Support systems that provide assistance and encouragement to individuals with physical or emotional disabilities in order that they may better cope. Informal social support is usually provided by friends, relatives, or peers, while formal assistance is provided by churches, groups, etc.WashingtonMass Screening: Organized periodic procedures performed on large groups of people for the purpose of detecting disease.Research: Critical and exhaustive investigation or experimentation, having for its aim the discovery of new facts and their correct interpretation, the revision of accepted conclusions, theories, or laws in the light of newly discovered facts, or the practical application of such new or revised conclusions, theories, or laws. (Webster, 3d ed)Family Health: The health status of the family as a unit including the impact of the health of one member of the family on the family as a unit and on individual family members; also, the impact of family organization or disorganization on the health status of its members.Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care): Evaluation procedures that focus on both the outcome or status (OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT) of the patient at the end of an episode of care - presence of symptoms, level of activity, and mortality; and the process (ASSESSMENT, PROCESS) - what is done for the patient diagnostically and therapeutically.Health Maintenance Organizations: Organized systems for providing comprehensive prepaid health care that have five basic attributes: (1) provide care in a defined geographic area; (2) provide or ensure delivery of an agreed-upon set of basic and supplemental health maintenance and treatment services; (3) provide care to a voluntarily enrolled group of persons; (4) require their enrollees to use the services of designated providers; and (5) receive reimbursement through a predetermined, fixed, periodic prepayment made by the enrollee without regard to the degree of services provided. (From Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management, 1988)Newspapers: Publications printed and distributed daily, weekly, or at some other regular and usually short interval, containing news, articles of opinion (as editorials and letters), features, advertising, and announcements of current interest. (Webster's 3d ed)Urban Health Services: Health services, public or private, in urban areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.Smoking: Inhaling and exhaling the smoke of burning TOBACCO.Mental Disorders: Psychiatric illness or diseases manifested by breakdowns in the adaptational process expressed primarily as abnormalities of thought, feeling, and behavior producing either distress or impairment of function.African Americans: Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the black groups of Africa.Health Planning Support: Financial resources provided for activities related to health planning and development.Poverty: A situation in which the level of living of an individual, family, or group is below the standard of the community. It is often related to a specific income level.Evidence-Based Medicine: An approach of practicing medicine with the goal to improve and evaluate patient care. It requires the judicious integration of best research evidence with the patient's values to make decisions about medical care. This method is to help physicians make proper diagnosis, devise best testing plan, choose best treatment and methods of disease prevention, as well as develop guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease. (from JAMA 296 (9), 2006)Schools, Public Health: Educational institutions for individuals specializing in the field of public health.Social Justice: An interactive process whereby members of a community are concerned for the equality and rights of all.Guidelines as Topic: A systematic statement of policy rules or principles. Guidelines may be developed by government agencies at any level, institutions, professional societies, governing boards, or by convening expert panels. The text may be cursive or in outline form but is generally a comprehensive guide to problems and approaches in any field of activity. For guidelines in the field of health care and clinical medicine, PRACTICE GUIDELINES AS TOPIC is available.Allied Health Personnel: Health care workers specially trained and licensed to assist and support the work of health professionals. Often used synonymously with paramedical personnel, the term generally refers to all health care workers who perform tasks which must otherwise be performed by a physician or other health professional.Quality of Life: A generic concept reflecting concern with the modification and enhancement of life attributes, e.g., physical, political, moral and social environment; the overall condition of a human life.Community Mental Health Services: Diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive mental health services provided for individuals in the community.Emigration and Immigration: The process of leaving one's country to establish residence in a foreign country.Population Surveillance: Ongoing scrutiny of a population (general population, study population, target population, etc.), generally using methods distinguished by their practicability, uniformity, and frequently their rapidity, rather than by complete accuracy.School Health Services: Preventive health services provided for students. It excludes college or university students.Patient Education as Topic: The teaching or training of patients concerning their own health needs.Logistic Models: Statistical models which describe the relationship between a qualitative dependent variable (that is, one which can take only certain discrete values, such as the presence or absence of a disease) and an independent variable. A common application is in epidemiology for estimating an individual's risk (probability of a disease) as a function of a given risk factor.Healthcare Disparities: Differences in access to or availability of medical facilities and services.Minority Groups: A subgroup having special characteristics within a larger group, often bound together by special ties which distinguish it from the larger group.Great BritainModels, Theoretical: Theoretical representations that simulate the behavior or activity of systems, processes, or phenomena. They include the use of mathematical equations, computers, and other electronic equipment.Comprehensive Health Care: Providing for the full range of personal health services for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and rehabilitation of patients.United States Dept. of Health and Human Services: A cabinet department in the Executive Branch of the United States Government concerned with administering those agencies and offices having programs pertaining to health and human services.Cities: A large or important municipality of a country, usually a major metropolitan center.Arthrodesis: The surgical fixation of a joint by a procedure designed to accomplish fusion of the joint surfaces by promoting the proliferation of bone cells. (Dorland, 28th ed)North CarolinaHealth Fairs: Community health education events focused on prevention of disease and promotion of health through audiovisual exhibits.Rural Population: The inhabitants of rural areas or of small towns classified as rural.Health Food: A non-medical term defined by the lay public as a food that has little or no preservatives, which has not undergone major processing, enrichment or refinement and which may be grown without pesticides. (from Segen, The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)Age Factors: Age as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or the effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from AGING, a physiological process, and TIME FACTORS which refers only to the passage of time.ArizonaAsian Americans: Persons living in the United States having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.Basketball: A competitive team sport played on a rectangular court having a raised basket at each end.Health Communication: The transfer of information from experts in the medical and public health fields to patients and the public. The study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health.Marketing of Health Services: Application of marketing principles and techniques to maximize the use of health care resources.Sex Factors: Maleness or femaleness as a constituent element or influence contributing to the production of a result. It may be applicable to the cause or effect of a circumstance. It is used with human or animal concepts but should be differentiated from SEX CHARACTERISTICS, anatomical or physiological manifestations of sex, and from SEX DISTRIBUTION, the number of males and females in given circumstances.Financing, Government: Federal, state, or local government organized methods of financial assistance.Educational Status: Educational attainment or level of education of individuals.Craniosynostoses: Premature closure of one or more CRANIAL SUTURES. It often results in plagiocephaly. Craniosynostoses that involve multiple sutures are sometimes associated with congenital syndromes such as ACROCEPHALOSYNDACTYLIA; and CRANIOFACIAL DYSOSTOSIS.Neoplasms: New abnormal growth of tissue. Malignant neoplasms show a greater degree of anaplasia and have the properties of invasion and metastasis, compared to benign neoplasms.

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*  Personalized Medicine Coalition - Advocates for precision medicine : Value in Health Care

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*  Bringing Cutting-Edge Care Closer to Home | Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

Andalusia Health. Steve can't say enough good things about both the procedure and the care he received at Andalusia Health. "Dr ... Patient Care Bringing Cutting-Edge Care Closer to Home. A new minimally-invasive procedure is helping patients with back pain ... Thomas was able to advocate for this type of improved care in his rural community by building a great deal of trust both with ... Stories like Steve's are exactly why we work to protect federal funding for patient care. Read more about the important role ...

*  The da Vinci Robot: The Art of Surgery | Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

Health The da Vinci Robot: The Art of Surgery. The da Vinci robot is the cutting-edge of medical technology, offering smaller ... Mary never expected her daughter's illness to lead her on a new career path to patient care. Read Mary's Story ...

*  6 Things You Should Know About the Flu | Coalition to Protect America's Health Care

Health 6 Things You Should Know About the Flu. Every year millions of people get the flu, and hundreds of thousands are ... Mary never expected her daughter's illness to lead her on a new career path to patient care. Read Mary's Story ...

*  Health Care: General coalition meeting Thursday

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*  Oregon Coalition for Health Care Ergonomics

The purpose of this website is to provide a wide range of current information about health care ergonomics to health care ... Formed in 2003 the OCHE is a working partnership between health care industry groups and professional associations, academia, ... Copyright © 2009-2017 Oregon Coalition for HealthCare Ergonomics. All Rights Reserved. Web Development Portland by Starbelly ... OCHE members include ergonomists, nurses, therapists, safety and other health care professionals. Click here for more ...

*  The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience

The Coalition for HealthCARE & Conscience represents a group of like-minded organizations that are committed to protecting ... conscience rights for faith-based health practitioners and facilities. ... While health care workers respect the decisions of patients, they entered into medicine to save lives, not end them. ... The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience represents a group of like-minded organizations that are committed to protecting ...

*  Nv Healthcare Immunization Coalition Drive Ends | Healthy Living Club

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*  Planned Parenthood Joins Coalition in Delivering 135,000 Comments in Support of Obama Administration Action to Protect Access...

In fact, 6 in 10 women who access care from a family planning health center consider it their main source of health care. For 4 ... Six in 10 women who access care from a family planning health center consider it their main source of health care. For many ... health care advocates and supporters delivered more than 135,000 public comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ... and young people who depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for basic health care through the nation's family planning ...

*  GOP%u2019s Trump coalition shows its first cracks: Disputes on health care and trade threaten glorious new order - -...

GOP%u2019s Trump coalition shows its first cracks: Disputes on health care and trade threaten glorious new order - - ... GOP%u2019s Trump coalition shows its first cracks: Disputes on health care and trade threaten glorious new order - ...

*  THE TENTH CRUSADE: The Archdiocese Launches Strategy Against The Coalition to Save Catholic Healthcare

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*  Personalized Medicine Coalition - Advocates for precision medicine : Events : Policy Summit: The Impact of Health Care Reform...

Policy Summit: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Academic Oncology Practice. July 10, 2014 ... 2017 Personalized Medicine Coalition. All rights reserved. , Contact Us , 202-589-1770 , ... More at ... Contact Mary Bordoni, Director, Membership & Development, for information about joining the Coalition. ...

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(1/149) Raising the bar: the use of performance guarantees by the Pacific Business Group on Health.

In 1996 the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) negotiated more than two dozen performance guarantees with thirteen of California's largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) on behalf the seventeen large employers in its Negotiating Alliance. The negotiations put more than $8 million at risk for meeting performance targets with the goal of improving the performance of all health plans. Nearly $2 million, or 23 percent of the premium at risk, was refunded to the PBGH by the HMOs for missed targets. The majority of plans met their targets for satisfaction with the health plan and physicians, as well as cesarean section, mammography, Pap smear, and prenatal care rates. However, eight of the thirteen plans missed their targets for childhood immunizations, refunding 86 percent of the premium at risk.  (+info)

(2/149) A multiple case study of implementation in 10 local Project ASSIST coalitions in North Carolina.

Community health promotion relies heavily on coalitions to address a multitude of public health issues. In spite of their widespread use, there have been very few studies of coalitions at various stages of coalition development. The purpose of this study was to identify factors that facilitated or impeded coalition effectiveness in the implementation stage of coalition development. The research design was a multiple case study with cross-case comparisons. Each of the 10 local North Carolina Project ASSIST coalitions constituted a case. Data collection included: semi-structured interviews, observation, document review, and surveys of members and staff. Some of the major factors that facilitated implementation included: the ability of the coalition to provide its own vision, staff with the skills and time to work with the coalition, frequent and productive communication, cohesion or a sense of belonging on the coalition, and complexity of the coalition structure during the intervention phase. Barriers to effective implementation included: staff turnover and staff lacking community organization skills, dependence on the state-level staff during the planning phase and lack of member input into the action plan. Conflict contributed to staff turnover, reluctance to conduct certain activities and difficulty in recruiting members, all of which had implications for implementation.  (+info)

(3/149) Identification and assessment of high-risk seniors. HMO Workgroup on Care Management.

CONTEXT: Many older adults with chronic illnesses and multidimensional needs are at high risk of adverse health outcomes, poor quality of life, and heavy use of health-related services. Modern proactive care of older populations includes identification of such high-risk individuals, assessment of their health-related needs, and interventions designed both to meet those needs and to prevent undesirable outcomes. OBJECTIVE: This paper outlines an approach to the tasks of identifying and assessing high-risk seniors. Intervention identification of high-risk seniors (also called case finding) is accomplished through a combination of periodic screening, recognition of high-risk seniors by clinicians, and analysis of administrative databases. Once identified, potentially high-risk individuals undergo on initial assessment in eight domains: cognition, medical conditions, medications, access to care, functional status, social situation, nutrition, and emotional status. The initial assessment is accomplished in a 30- to 45-minute interview conducted by a skilled professional--usually one with a background in nursing. The data are used to link some high-risk persons with appropriate services and to identify others who require more detailed assessments. Detailed assessment is often performed by interdisciplinary teams of various compositions and methods of operation, depending on local circumstances. CONCLUSION: The rapid growth in Medicare managed care is presenting many opportunities for developing more effective strategies for the proactive care for older populations. Identification and assessment of high-risk individuals are important initial steps in this process, paving the way for testing of interventions designed to reduce adverse health consequences and to improve the quality of life.  (+info)

(4/149) Reporting comparative results from hospital patient surveys.

Externally-reported assessments of hospital quality are in increasing demand, as consumers, purchasers, providers, and public policy makers express growing interest in public disclosure of performance information. This article presents an analysis of a groundbreaking program in Massachusetts to measure and disseminate comparative quality information about patients' hospital experiences. The article emphasizes the reporting structure that was developed to address the project's dual goals of improving the quality of care delivered statewide while also advancing public accountability. Numerous trade-offs were encountered in developing reports that would satisfy a range of purchaser and provider constituencies. The final result was a reporting framework that emphasized preserving detail to ensure visibility for each participating hospital's strengths as well as its priority improvement areas. By avoiding oversimplification of the results, the measurement project helped to support a broad range of successful improvement activity statewide.  (+info)

(5/149) HRSA's Models That Work Program: implications for improving access to primary health care.

The main objective of the Models That Work Campaign (MTW) is improving access to health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. A collaboration between the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and 39 cosponsors--among them national associations, state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, foundations, and businesses--this initiative gives recognition and visibility to innovative and effective service delivery models. Models are selected based on a set of criteria that includes delivery of high quality primary care services, community participation, integration of health and social services, quantifiable outcomes, and replicability. Winners of the competition are showcased nationally and hired to provide training to other communities, to document and publish their strategies, and to provide onsite technical assistance on request.  (+info)

(6/149) Early experience with a new model of employer group purchasing in Minnesota.

The Buyers Health Care Action Group (BHCAG) in the Twin Cities has implemented a new purchasing initiative that offers employees a choice among care systems with nonoverlapping networks of primary care providers. These systems offer a standardized benefit package, submit annual bids, and are paid on a risk-adjusted basis. Employees are provided with information on quality and other differences among systems, and most have financial incentives to choose lower-cost systems. Generally, providers have responded favorably to direct contracting and to risk-adjusted payments but have concerns about the risk-adjustment mechanism used and, more importantly, the strength of employers' commitment to the purchasing model.  (+info)

(7/149) The pursuit of quality by business coalitions: a national survey.

The extent to which business coalitions and their employer members are catalysts for improving quality of care is of interest to policymakers, who need to know where and under what circumstances the marketplace succeeds on its own in assuring quality. Using data from the 1998 National Business Coalition on Health annual survey, this paper indicates that most coalitions have an infrastructure in place that could be tapped to advance quality goals. Although the survey data cannot tell us the extent to which coalitions are exercising their enhanced market influence specifically to improve quality, interviews with coalition leaders provide insights about how quality considerations can factor into coalition strategies.  (+info)

(8/149) Beyond cost: 'responsible purchasing' of managed care by employers.

We explore the extent of "responsible purchasing" by employers--the degree to which employers collect and use nonfinancial information in selecting and managing employee health plans. Most firms believe that they have some responsibility for assessing the quality of the health plans they offer. Some pay attention to plan characteristics such as the ability to provide adequate access to providers and services and scores on enrollee satisfaction surveys. A more limited but still notable number of firms take specific actions based on responsible purchasing information. Because of countervailing pressures, however, it is not clear whether or not the firms most involved in responsible purchasing are signaling a developing trend.  (+info)


  • Musicians, uninsured at greater rates than the general population in the United States, are coming to grasp the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the health-care reform law known as Obamacare. (
  • In his annual "State of the City" speech, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino focused on education and health care reform, outlining his intention to step up attacks on both while increasing spending on the police. (
  • NFFC Urges Pelosi to Support Health Care Reform (11.10.09) - NFFC wrote Nancy Pelosi a letter urging her to vote for passage of H.R. 3962 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act - as it makes it way to the floor of the House of Representatives this weekend. (
  • The impact of enacting medical liability reform on reducing health care costs was discussed several times in each of the two three-hour sessions of the summit. (
  • While the HCLA continues to favor comprehensive medical liability reforms, the broad health coalition also supports supplemental federal reforms (including certificates of merit and expert witness standards), in addition to incentive payments to encourage states to enact new reform concepts, such as health courts and early offers programs. (
  • Through membership meetings and task force meetings members are able to interact with their peers on issue involving healthcare plan design, legislative reform, wellness, etc. (
  • Its programs are designed to spread the tenets and practical applications of community health reform and offer programs and tools to assist purchasers. (
  • Why are Americans so worked up about health care reform? (
  • President Barack Obama had a hard won victory on Saturday night (the 7-8th day of November 2009) when the landmark health care reform leg. (


  • Supports over 12,000 healthcare purchasers providing health coverage to over 41 million Americans, ranging from small- and mid-sized companies to large organizations (e.g. 450 organizations with over 5,000 employees). (
  • The National Alliance is a nonprofit network of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. (
  • 50,000 seniors and adults with disabilities, 155,000 children, parents and pregnant women, and 12,000 children with special health care needs are covered under traditional Medicaid. (


  • Health care advocates like us are watching closely to see what changes might be most likely, and which provisions are likely to stay intact. (
  • The Empowered Patient Coalition is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by patient advocates devoted to helping the public improve the quality and the safety of their healthcare. (
  • The Empowered Patient Coalition is a non-profit organization promoting patient advocates and health care safety. (
  • For too long, advocates for celiac disease research and education have lacked a strong voice among federal health policy makers in Washington, D.C. As a result, celiac disease is well down the federal priority list, even in comparison to other autoimmune and gastrointestinal diseases. (

Affordable Care Act

  • One of Donald Trump' s central campaign promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), popularly known as Obamacare. (
  • In 2013, prior to the beginning of many of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act ( ACA ), the Future of Music Coalition ( FMC ) and the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center conducted an online survey of US -based artists about their access to insurance. (
  • As of November 1, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare ) is once again open, which means it's a counterintuitively exciting time to be an artist without medical insurance. (
  • During the same Capitol Hill visits, Talia urged Members of Congress to fight to retain common sense patient protections during the Affordable Care Act (ACA) "repeal and replace" debate. (
  • We strongly support the Affordable Care Act and appreciate what it has done to advance our healthcare system. (


  • The Health Coalition on Liability and Access is a national advocacy coalition representing doctors, hospitals, health care liability insurers, employers, health care consumers, and others. (
  • The Digestive Disease National Coalition is the leading public policy advocacy organization in our nation's capital for persons affected with digestive diseases. (
  • This annual event brings together patients, health care providers, industry representatives, lawmakers, and their legislative staff for two days of educational programs, legislative updates, and advocacy training. (
  • The organization also maintains a strong network of relationships with diverse stakeholders nationally through its National Health Leadership Council whose membership consists of purchasers, consultants, payers, hospital and health systems, pharmaceutical companies, advocacy groups, etc. (


  • The nonprofit Future of Music Coalition conducted a study that found the vast majority of musicians are working or middle-class earners, and more than half of musicians surveyed make less than $25,000 a year from their music, and about a quarter make less than $5,000. (
  • Our new name reinforces and more accurately reflects our distinctive leadership role in healthcare and vast network of coalitions across the country," said the National Alliance President and CEO Mike Thompson, who was brought on in June 2016 to lead the organization. (


  • Unveiled at its annual conference, the organization will now be known as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance or NAHPC). (
  • Founded in 1992 as the national umbrella group for employer-based health coalitions, the organization was established as a not-for-profit incorporated in the State of Florida. (
  • The organization seeks to accelerate the nation's progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population. (


  • Her background and experience will serve us well as the coalition moves forward with new initiatives to address employers' health care challenges and add increased value for our members. (
  • The Heartland Healthcare Coalition is a non-profit association of employers committed to working together to promote quality and cost-effectiveness in the allocation, management and use of health care resources available in our members communities. (


  • The Heartland Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce they will be bringing in Dr. Bruce Sherman for the September 21, 2017 General Membership Meeting which will be at the Morton Park District's Freedom Hall from 11:30-1:00 pm. (


  • 15th Annual King County Community Legislative Forum: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention, Treat. (


  • The coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment and patient safety efforts are information and education. (


  • In addition to a new identity we're launching a number of initiatives that will advance innovation in health, well-being and value in our companies and communities across the country. (
  • Key programs are focused around innovation and performance related to health plans and pharmacy benefit managers (eValue8), specialty drug marketplace, well-being and behavioral health initiatives, and value-based purchasing efforts. (


  • WASHINGTON, March 1 As Members of Congress came together with President Obama for a Health Care Summit last week, little was agreed upon to advance common sense medical liability reforms that would reduce health care costs and preserve patient access to quality care. (
  • The HCLA believes that incentive payments to states are a legitimate starting point for modest reforms, but that Congress has an obligation to enact specific federal reforms to fix our broken medical liability system and make it finally work for both health care providers and patients," Stinson continued. (
  • The members of the HCLA are united in continuing the fight to include comprehensive medical liability reforms in any health care legislation considered by Congress. (
  • Talia met with Members of Congress and other leaders to advocate for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and more specifically, for NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, under which celiac disease is classified. (
  • Specifically, Talia focused on the ACA pillar of prohibiting pre-existing condition discrimination in whatever new health plan that emerges from Congress. (
  • The objective is to brief participants from around the country on federal health care legislation and policy, and provide the opportunity to educate Members of Congress on issues of concern to the digestive disease community. (


  • We provide the consumer and the patient advocate a clear understanding of the importance of forming interactive partnerships with providers and give them the tools and resources they need to become capable and confident members of the health care team. (
  • The coalition is a strong advocate of value-based purchasing of health care services. (
  • Dr. Thomas was able to advocate for this type of improved care in his rural community by building a great deal of trust both with his colleagues at Andalusia Regional Hospital and with his patients like Steve. (


  • View this presentation to learn more about how Transitions of Care impacts your safety and how NTOCC is working to ensure improved transitions for you and your family. (


  • The overhaul of our health care system will not be complete without the inclusion of effective medical liability reforms, in order to preserve access to care and lower costs for all patients," Stinson said. (
  • WASHINGTON and ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Signaling a renewed focus on innovation and collaboration to improve health and our healthcare system, the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) is undergoing a name change accompanied by a new visual identity and website. (
  • By working together our purchaser networks are helping to transform both the health of our employees and communities while improving the performance and value of our healthcare system. (
  • Since then, the National Alliance member coalitions and multi-stakeholder affiliates have worked to develop programs that focused on measuring and reporting performance, reforming the health care delivery payment system and engaging employees and consumers in taking and active and informed role in their health and healthcare. (
  • Every Rhode Islander benefits from a stronger healthcare system and from guaranteed coverage for Essential Benefits such as pre-natal care, cancer screenings, and well doctor visits. (


  • The public is increasingly aware that they must assume a greater role in health care issues but they need tools, strategies and support to assist them in becoming informed and engaged medical consumers who are able to make a positive impact on health care safety. (
  • NTOCC has created information to help healthcare professionals understand how poor transitions impact care delivery and how you can help improve transitions in your facility. (
  • This new brand reflects the collective impact we have as coalitions across the country," said Karen van Caulil, President and CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition and the National Alliance board chair. (


  • The President noted that his Administration was already addressing the matter by way of the demonstration projects he authorized last year, although he did express some interest in health courts demonstration legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK). (


  • The National Alliance consists of about 50 coalitions across the country, offering a unique and diverse channel to mobilize and facilitate access to purchasers and stakeholders. (


  • She is the second woman to lead the 200 member purchasing coalition since its inception 31 years ago. (
  • The National Alliance provides expertise, resources, and a voice to its member coalitions across the country and represents each community coalition at the national level. (
  • According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, there's a much better option: "…a bipartisan, transparent effort to strengthen the individual market and make coverage more affordable is underway by Senators Alexander and Murray, the chair and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. (


  • Some Good News in the Health Care Debate! (
  • The bill dramatically shifts the debate about health care forward, providing a platform for more open and honest dialogue. (
  • What we must do is make sure that we use the release of Bernie Sanders' single-payer Medicare for All bill in the U.S. Senate to shift the health care debate toward a more honest dialogue. (
  • To celebrate that debate, below are a few links to the thoughts and ideas of those with deep experience in either or both politics and policy who share a common vision for health care for all but may share differing views on how to get there. (


  • The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care Wednesday announced that Celeste Coffey, director of human resources at FL Smidth, will become chairwoman of the board. (
  • The Empowered Patient Coalition provides resources enabling patients to take control of their medical treatments and safety. (
  • Specially chosen resources created by the Coalition and others to give you the facts on patient safety. (


  • NTOCC believes that for Health Information Technology (HIT) to make a difference in Transitions of Care, the technology must address several critical steps, including standardized processes, good communication, required performance measures, established accountability, and strong care coordination. (


  • Its members are dedicated to driving innovation, health and value through the collective action of public and private purchasers. (


  • The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. (
  • Individuals must be able to equitably access comprehensive healthcare coverage regardless of their health status, diagnosis, and related factors. (


  • Filling out this list prior to visiting your doctor or entering the hospital will help ensure your healthcare providers know what medications you are already taking. (


  • The coalition has benefited from strong employer leadership over its history and we extend a thank you to Brad for his two decades of service and wish him well in his new endeavors. (


  • Why Join a Healthcare Coalition? (
  • Join us for our first general coalition meeting of the 2009-10 school year! (


  • This Implementation Plan, along with the Executive Summary and individual modules, provides an outline of the concepts, process and "how to" on implementing and evaluating a Transitions of Care plan. (


  • We are dedicated to promoting patient rights, resolving health care issues that result in medical errors and adverse events, and helping educate people on patient safety issues. (
  • Stories like Steve's are exactly why we work to protect federal funding for patient care. (


  • That's according to a recent survey from the Future of Music Coalition, which found musicians to be 'chronically under-insured' and drastically below national ( US ) insurance averages. (
  • Because there is little guidance on how to use HIT in ways that specifically improve Transitions of Care, this paper builds upon NTOCC's overall recommendations for improving Transitions of Care and the national agenda as it relates to HIT, and identifies problems and considerations as they relate to NTOCC's overall goals. (
  • This issue brief organizes the findings and considerations of the vision of the National Transitions of Care Coalition. (
  • In 1993 the name was changed to the National Business Coalition on Health and a Washington, DC office was opened. (



  • NTOCC has brought together thought leaders and representatives of different practice and professional settings to study the transitional challenges and identifying tools which can help improve Transitions of Care. (


  • Since the SPF-SIG grant that funds the coalition ends next summer, general meetings will focus on planning for community-wide prevention strategies after this school year. (



  • There are a number of ways to reduce your healthcare related costs through HHC and its group purchasing of products and services. (


  • Find local workout winners, health tips and tools. (


  • The healthcare industry works hard to create the best care delivery within each practice setting and area of responsibility. (


  • Over 70 people protested outside of the Syracuse Federal Building against Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle's anti-health care stance. (


  • Ten questions to assist in identifying areas to help and support you in making health care decisions. (
  • A majority qualify for tax credits to help cover their premiums and subsidies that makes their coverage affordable by helping with out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. (


  • Another FMC survey found that in 2013 (pre-Obamacare), 43 percent didn't have health insurance. (
  • Transitions of Care (or care transitions) take place each time you go from one healthcare provider or healthcare setting to another. (


  • Information contained on this site should only be used with the advice of your physician or health care professional. (
  • This tool was developed as a guide for patients and their caregivers to use so they can be better prepared when they see a health care professional on what kind of information and questions they need to ask. (


  • We look forward to Celeste's leading the coalition,' said President Tom Croyle. (
  • If we all stay engaged, we can move our nation forward towards universal health care as a right. (


  • Conducted in July and August by the Future of Music Coalition and the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center, the survey covers musicians as well as visual artists, filmmakers, actors and other creative professionals. (
  • Twice as many musicians, actors, dancers and other artists lack health care insurance than the general population, according to a study by the Future of Music Coalition and the Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center. (


  • as a guide, to open the lines of communication and to provide them with a convenient, simple format to have an updated list of their medication and what the next step in their care would be. (