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Expanding our profile, raising national awareness

Ambulatory care

SaferCare means interprofessional healthcare teams working with patients to prevent harm, and ensure strong lines of communication. This includes care in settings outside the traditional hospital model such as emergency care, patient transport, urgent care, community clinics and in-home health care situations.
We have developed two state certified Community Health Worker trainings to help improve communication between healthcare and communities, and identify barriers to health care.
  • “Plain Language makes Plain Sense”
  • “From Confusion to Compliance: Assessing Systemic Health Literacy to Change the Conversation.”

Senior Care

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030 one in five U.S. residents will be 65 and older. The nation’s 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million.
Our study partnered with Meals On Wheels, Inc., of Tarrant County to assess the homebound over age 65 population’s ability to use online health information to stay healthy and well. Only 1% of participants utilized online resources and only 8% of available resources met their needs. Recommendations included using community outreach to extend online formatting, applying AHRQ’s “Health Literacy Universal Precautions,” to online information, or improving seniors’ eHealth skills and access. By improving access to these resources, seniors will be better able to maintain health, participate in their own SaferCare and age at home.

Pediatric care

Pediatric care is an exciting area in which training and innovative thinking can develop SaferCare programs that improve quality of life not just for acute care management but also children living with chronic disease.
The Asthma 411 program provides school nurses equipment, training and communication channels to reduce asthma-related emergencies, link children to primary care providers, and reduce absenteeism among children in schools. The program has grown throughout Tarrant County where it currently covers more than 250,000 children.

Rural health care

In partnership with the Texas Hospital Association’s Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, we are committed to preparing medical personnel who practice in rural health settings across Texas to deliver care in an environment where patient safety is a priority.
In partnership with the Texas Hospital Association’s Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, we are committed to preparing medical personnel who practice in rural health settings across Texas to deliver care in an environment where patient safety is a priority.