Promising Practices

  Hospital Priorities

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Access to Care
Mental Health
Heart Disease
Respiratory Health
Social Determinants of Health

While all priority areas are important to Chicago's hospitals, Access to Care, Mental Health, and Obesity are the action priorities chosen by the Collaborative. Promising practices are provided for each action priority. In the future, the collaborative plans provide detailed information on best practices for all eight priority areas. Some hospital Community Health Needs Assessments identified additional priorities, such as cancer, medical research and women’s health issues, that are not reflected above. To learn more about hospital priority areas check out this report.

Resources and Databases

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The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator
Database that helps identify interventions that work in four action areas—socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, and clinical care.

Colorado Best Practices
Aggregated information on Best Practices for prevention and intervention strategies, programs and interventions that improve child, youth and maternal health outcomes. 
Free access to a database of systematic reviews if you sign up for an account. All reviews in assessed for methodological quality by two independent reviewers using ten quality criteria. A final review quality rating for each review is assigned: strong (8 to 10 / 10), moderate (5 to 7 / 10), or weak (1 to 4 / 10).

NACCHO Model Practice Database
Online, searchable collection of innovative best practices across public health areas.

What Works for Health
Information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health.