AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations
Exchange features three profiles about community-based programs
to improve senior health. One of the featured profiles, ElderSmile
, describes the expansion of an oral
health program for seniors to include diabetes and hypertension screening and education. Dental
school faculty, staff and students at community centers throughout northern Manhattan measure
systolic and diastolic blood pressure and hemoglobin A1c levels and, as appropriate, make referrals
for treatment. The program has identified many seniors who have or are at risk but have not yet been
diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension and has facilitated care for those who have been previously
diagnosed but still have uncontrolled conditions. The Health Care Innovations Exchange includes
more than 50 profiles and tools
related to community-based efforts to improve care for seniors.
NCPIE Related Resources:
See Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors
(Must for Seniors™).