Give an Hour? Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues

Give an Hour™ Calls on Mental Health Professionals and Others to Honor Volunteer Month by Joining Network, Recruiting Colleagues












Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

April is Volunteer Month. Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is calling on mental health professionals to assist in the effort.

“No community is more needed to address the psychological and emotional issues faced by our military men and women and their families than the mental health community. We have the resources and, therefore, the power to save generations from potentially debilitating mental health problems,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “It is my hope that more mental health professionals will join our network. Furthermore, it is my hope that the work we are doing to reduce stigma and educate families and communities will result in even more of our providers being connected with clients through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™, founded in 2005, has created a network of volunteer mental health professionals pledging an hour a week of their services, free of charge, to members of the military—including active duty, reserve, and guard—veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, their families, and their communities. Give an Hour™ is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts. Their services range from one-on-one counseling to substance abuse treatment, addressing the many needs of the individuals and families of the armed services.

The approximately 5,400 licensed mental health professionals working with Give an Hour™ have contributed over 37,000 hours as of March 2011 to support our troops and their families. These volunteers include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, pastoral counselors, and other mental health professionals. Providers are located across the country—in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Give an Hour™ is helping to capitalize on the spirit of service that so many of our military men and women embody. Although it is not required, Give an Hour™ encourages those who have received help to give back in their own communities.

“We are proud of the opportunity to bring the military and mental health communities together as we strive to provide critical services to these deserving men, women, and families,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen.

Licensed mental health professionals agree to sign on for a minimum of one year, providing one hour of service per week. Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour™ can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Give an Hour™ also utilizes volunteers in non-mental health capacities such as marketing, outreach, fund development and administration. Interested volunteers can contact info(at)giveanhour(dot)org for more information.

Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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Tennis Canada, Squash Canada and Alpine Ontario Among Newest Members of ScreenScape Sponsored Network Adoption Program

Tennis Canada, Squash Canada and Alpine Ontario Among Newest Members of ScreenScape Sponsored Network Adoption Program










Charlottetown, PE (PRWEB) March 24, 2011

ScreenScape Networks Inc. today announced the further expansion of it’s Sponsored Network Adoption Program. Under the program, qualified not-for-profit associations receive discounted Group Licenses from ScreenScape and may be eligible for free marketing support.

ScreenScape is a fast-growing community-based digital signage platform and key enabler of location-based media. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform helps business to speak more effectively to their on-site customers, to coordinate messaging at physical sites in their organization, and also through the ScreenScape Community to take their marketing message to audiences inside other venues.

Nancy Esson, President of Alpine Ontario, spoke to their reasons for joining the program. “Unifying our 44 member ski clubs was a key reason to apply for the program. ScreenScape gives us the ability to arrange messaging at all sites, while allowing each site the independence to promote their own events,” said Esson. “Our sponsors also benefit from having all of our sites networked. We can give them visibility that just wasn’t possible in the past.”

“ScreenScape not only helps to spread awareness of our upcoming events, such as Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, it also helps us promote tennis development across the country,” said Adam Bloom, Director of Marketing and Promotions, Tennis Canada. “Being able to consolidate messaging with our provincial associations at a moment’s notice speaks to the effectiveness of owning a ScreenScape group.”

“We believe that clubs and associations will benefit tremendously with ScreenScape as it provides a unique way to market, promote and connect with people across the country,” noted Danny Da Costa, Executive Director of Squash Canada. “This cost effective and simple to use program will provide clubs and associations a unique way to market the sport of Squash in Canada.”

Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) and Ontario Curling Association(OCA) are also new to ScreenScape’s Sponsored Network Adoption Program. Peter Malcomson, Marketing Manager for OTA stated, “We are always looking for better ways to connect with our members and ScreenScape has become a powerful communication vehicle for us. We invite tennis clubs to take a good look at what ScreenScape can do for their own club, and through Groups like OTA, for the tennis community at large.”

Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO welcomed the new associations and spoke on behalf of ScreenScape. “ScreenScape has removed the barriers that keep these organizations from taking advantage of place-based media. By joining the ScreenScape Community they will now be able to distribute rich visual content quickly and easily to audiences inside their member sites,” says Dwyer. “At the same time, by offering our support to these groups, we’re able to drive rapid adoption of the ScreenScape platform. Associations, in general, tend to be great candidates for a ScreenScape Group. Our community-based approach is the key to keeping costs down and helping organizations form their own content sharing network consisting of many individual members of ScreenScape.”

More information about ScreenScape’s Sponsored Network Adoption Program can be found online: http://screenscape.net/sponsored-network.

About Tennis Canada

Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for leading the growth, promotion and showcasing of tennis in Canada. Tennis Canada owns and operates two of the premier events on the ATP and WTA Tours; Rogers Cup presented by National Bank men’s and women’s events that rotate annually between Rexall Centre in Toronto and Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. In addition, Tennis Canada owns and operates seven professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports seven other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national training centres at the Centre of Excellence in Toronto and at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: http://www.LoveMeansNothing.ca.

About Squash Canada

Founded in 1913, Squash Canada is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for the development of athletes, coaches and officials and sets the standards for Canadian Squash. Squash Canada is a proud member of the Pan-American and World Squash Federations and participates in the Pan-American Championships, Commonwealth and Pan-Am Games as well as World Championships at the junior and senior level. Each year Squash Canada hosts 9 national championships across the country and works with its Provincial and Territorial partners to promote the growth and development of Squash across the country. Squash Canada is based in Ottawa, ON Canada.

About Alpine Ontario

As the recognized Provincial Sport Organization and promoter of alpine ski racing in Ontario, Alpine Ontario Alpin represents 44 member ski clubs, approximately 30,000 active racers, coaches, officials and volunteers in four divisions: Alpine Ontario South Division, National Capital Division, Lake Superior Division Alpine and Northern Ontario Division. AOA coordinates several successful programs across the province and continues to foster the development of ski racing programs from the grass roots to the elite level.

About Ontario Tennis Association

The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) is the provincial sport governing body for tennis in Ontario. It is a non-profit organization, incorporated under the Corporation Act. It is the largest provincial tennis association in Canada, boasting 220 clubs and 55,000 adult and child tennis players. The two basic aims of the OTA are to encourage participation in the sport of tennis in Ontario and to provide a structure of services which will assist players to reach a level of competence consistent with their personal goals and abilities.

About Ontario Curling Association

The Ontario Curling Association is an association of curling clubs covering the southern part of Ontario. Services and programs, including a variety of competitions are supplied to the clubs and their members. Over 200 curling clubs from the Quebec border on the east, to Windsor & Sarnia in the west and Parry Sound in the north belong to the Association. This translates to over 800 sheets of ice and approximately 55,000 club members being registered by the clubs.

About ScreenScape Networks

ScreenScape is the first community-based digital signage network. Businesses of all sizes and in a range of industries use ScreenScape for digital signage, media distribution, and advertising. ScreenScape is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, enabling members to turn any Internet-connected computer or screen into a dynamic digital display. Utilizing ScreenScape, companies can easily access, create, share and update content, while keeping the total cost of ownership low. Members of ScreenScape form a collaborative community, which acts as a shared resource for content creation, exchange, cross-promotion and advertising revenue.

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Nation’s Largest Critical Incident Response Providers Merge Networks Leading crisis intervention companies form single network and advisory board

Nation’s Largest Critical Incident Response Providers Merge Networks

Leading crisis intervention companies form single network and advisory board










(PRWEB) May 7, 2004

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Grand Rapids, Mi. and Atlanta, Ga. — May 6, 2004 – Grand Rapids-based Crisis Care Network, Inc. and Atlanta-based Crisis Management International, Inc. have announced a strategic merger of the Critical Incident Response Division of CMI into the CCN organization. Crisis Care Network will assume operational control of the response business. The partnership will become operationally effective July 1, 2004. This agreement will significantly broaden the response network coverage and availability for CCN while allowing CMI to focus on its crisis preparedness services. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

As part of this merger, Crisis Care Network will establish a clinical advisory board, including industry experts, practitioner associations, human resources professionals, and academic and research communities, whose mission will be to define the next generation of standard of care for critical incident response. The goal will be to incorporate the best elements of the traditional Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model, the CMI resiliency program, and emerging empirically-based approaches to early crisis intervention.

“This transaction significantly raises the bar as we lead the industry towards a higher standard of care, a new level of enhanced customer service, and a more rigorous credentialing requirement for the combined provider network” said Lyle Labardee, CEO of Crisis Care Network.

“This agreement will allow CMI to concentrate on our integrated crisis preparedness services, while becoming aligned with the largest and most sophisticated critical incident response network in the world. It is truly a win-win situation,” said Bruce Blythe, CEO of Crisis Management International.

Both CCN and CMI will be exhibiting at the EASNA 16th Annual Institute Conference in Ottawa, Canada, May 13-15, 2004.

Crisis Care Network, Inc. is the leading provider of Critical Incident Response services, training and resources. With advanced on-line dispatch and reporting technology, CCN provides telephonic and on-site intervention 24 x 7 to employers, employee assistance programs, and insurers.

Crisis Management International, Inc. is an Atlanta-based crisis consulting firm that provides crisis preparedness services to employers worldwide. In situations ranging from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, CMI has enhanced and promoted individual and organizational crisis recovery.


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Tonya Slawinski

Crisis Care Network

888.736.0911

tonya.slawinski@crisiscare.com

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Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers

Mental Health America and Psych Central Partner to Create Online Mental Health Social and Information Network – New Site Will Offer Trustworthy Information for Consumers










Newburyport, Mass. and Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 20, 2007

Mental Health America (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.com), the nation’s leading non-profit mental health organization, and Psych Central® (http://www.psychcentral.com) today announced that the two organizations are partnering to create a comprehensive online mental health social and information network. Planned for launch later this year, the partnership will create the nation’s leading network to provide consumers with the most credible, trustworthy and high-quality mental health information and community on the Internet.

“With an increasing number of people turning to online resources for mental health information, there needs to be reliable content supported by established organizations,” said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “This partnership will bring quality content to a growing network of people promoting mental wellness and result in additional clarity for those who seek trusted mental health information online,” said Shern.

The partnership will feature content from both organizations, including daily news articles, research briefs, book reviews, interviews with leading experts, online community forums, and more. The portal will also enable consumers to personalize content based on their needs. For example, if someone is interested in depression, he or she will be able to sign up to receive this custom content delivered daily.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to partner with Mental Health America for this effort,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “For more than 12 years, Psych Central has been helping to break down the stigma related to mental health issues through its online efforts. This partnership is the next step in support of that cause. Together, we’ll integrate the best mental health information and help grow a community while providing new ways for people to connect with each other,” said Grohol.

According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 25 percent of Internet users search for mental health information online. This increased interest along with the growing number of choices for consumers to receive mental health information, it’s never been so important that sites maintain strong ethical standards and adhere to stringent privacy policies.

Psych Central has been consistently recognized as one of the top resources for mental health and psychology information online serving more than 600,000 visitors each month with more than 10,000 pages of content. Mental Health America, formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, has a network of more than 320 affiliates nationwide that support the awareness and support of mental health issues.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet.

Psych Central does not provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

About Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

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Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE

Kansas Health Information Network and ICA Discuss Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE












New York, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced today that Laura McCrary, EdD, Executive Director, Kansas Health Information Network and John Tempesco, Chief Marketing Officer, ICA will be delivering a case study entitled, “Finding Success in a Large and Diverse Multi-State HIE” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Seattle taking place August 15-16, 2011 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will provide a high-level overview of the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) project discussing how this model works well for both urban and rural communities and how it is bringing this community model to all participants, not just to hospitals. They will also discuss how KHIN defines a community as well as the challenges of linking both urban and rural settings with their implicit differences. Kansas has more critical access hospitals than any other state in the US and Dr. McCrary and John Tempesco will share how this model can be replicated elsewhere in the country.

“KHIN provides services to all of Kansas and portions of northwest Missouri encompassing large urban and rural areas. KHIN’s goal is to connect 80% of healthcare providers in the service area including 163 hospitals, 4500 physicians, 100 public health departments, 40 community mental health centers and 400 long term care facilities. Our challenge of linking this large population requires health information exchange functionality that integrates with disparate EMR/EHR systems and provides the correct clinical data at the point-of-care. ICA’s CareAlign® was the tool we needed to accomplish this complex task,” McCrary says.

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Seattle include: Absolute Software, Apixio, Catalyst Solutions, Carematix, Comcast, Drager, ICA, Intel, MMR Global, Nuance, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Rubbermaid Healthcare, Sago Networks, Vidyo, VoCare, vRad, AMDIS, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare IT News, HIMSS Washington State Chapter, IDC Health Insights, MarketsandMarkets, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the ICA:

Informatics Corporation of America (ICA) was established to take innovative technology developed by Vanderbilt Medical Center to the broader healthcare market, and now delivers a comprehensive HIE solution to hospitals, IDNs, communities and states. Unmatched in its ability to yield cost effectiveness, improved patient care, and better outcomes, ICA’s CareAlign® solution captures complete data to enhance the decision-making process. The CareAlign clinical intelligence engine empowers HIEs to leverage existing core systems and construct a longitudinal patient record. CareAlign also features provider/patient portals, secure clinical communication, NHIN compliant interoperability, EHR-lite and population management tools. Visit http://www.icainformatics.com; follow us on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ icainformatics; and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

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Ixia Validates Force10 10 GbE Performance in CERN Transcontinental Network

Ixia Validates Force10 10 GbE Performance in CERN Transcontinental Network










(PRWEB) October 19, 2003

FORCE10 NETWORKS PERFORMANCE IN WORLD’S FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL 10 GIGABIT ETHERNET NETWORK VERIFIED BY IXIA

MILPITAS, CA (PRWEB) October 15, 2003 – Force10 Networks, Inc., a pioneer in resilient switching and routing, today announced that the performance of the Force10 E-Series switch/routers deployed in a groundbreaking transcontinental 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GE) network has been verified as line-rate 10 GE throughput by Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of high-speed, network performance and conformance analysis systems.

The network, the world’s first transcontinental 10 GE wide area network, consists of a SURFnet OC-192 lambda between Geneva and the StarLight facility in Chicago via Amsterdam and another OC-192 lambda between this same facility in Chicago and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada provided by CANARIE and ORANO. In this demonstration, the Force10 switch/routers connected directly to the SONET equipment using two 10 Gbps WAN PHY interfaces.

“The success of this project is a significant milestone in the development of a worldwide high availability, high performance network that will greatly expand the data sharing capabilities of the world’s leading research institutions,” said Andrew Feldman, vice president of marketing at Force10 Networks. “Ixia has used their expertise to verify that a network can deliver true wire speed 10 Gigabit performance over thousands of miles.”

In the deployment, the Ixia 400T traffic generator and analyzer is connected to Force10’s switch/routers to validate performance between the Geneva/Chicago link and the Chicago/Ottawa link. Network expertise and third party validation was also provided by Cortex Networks for the test configuration and execution.

“Force10’s switch/routers were designed for high performance networks, so the throughput validation also required equipment sensitive and robust enough to accurately report on such a wide-scale deployment,” said Alan Amrod, vice president of marketing for Ixia.

The transatlantic tests were preceded by pioneering work on the Geneva – Amsterdam segment of the connection, where SURFnet, University of Amsterdam and CERN were successful in running traffic at line rate on the Force10 WAN PHY connected directly to DWDM equipment in addition to tests run over SONET. Prior to this, CERN, Carleton University, Cortex Networks and CANARIE had performed WAN PHY line rate testing over OC-192 SONET transport equipment in the CANARIE labs in Ottawa.

About Ixia

Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) delivers powerful, distributed, multiport traffic generators, and performance & conformance analyzers for wire-speed verification of Networks, networking devices, and applications. The company’s analysis systems are used in design, manufacture, and quality assurance of the world’s most heavily used network products. Its Real World Traffic™ solutions address the growing need to test applications and networks prior to deployment under realistic load conditions. Ixia’s analysis solutions utilize a wide range of industry-standard interfaces, including Ethernet, SONET, ATM, etc., and they are distinguished by their performance, accuracy, reliability, and adaptability to the industry’s constant evolution.

For more information, contact Ixia at 26601 W. Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 871-1800, Fax: (818) 871-1805; Email: info@ixiacom.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.ixiacom.com.

About Force10 Networks

Force10 Networks is the pioneer in scalable resiliency for high performance switching and routing. Based on a revolutionary system architecture that delivers best-in-class resiliency and massive scalability, Force10’s E-Series switch/routers ensure predictable application performance, increase network availability and reduce operating costs. Today, many of the world’s largest Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks depend on Force10’s Networks. For more information, please visit http://www.force10networks.com

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Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Establishes Statewide Network to Improve Patient Care

Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Establishes Statewide Network to Improve Patient Care











Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum


Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) August 10, 2011

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is on the fast track to develop the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE), which will give providers access to health records and connect existing sources of patient data within the state. To accomplish this, the Quality Forum has selected Orion Health as its primary technology provider.

“This important decision has been reached due to the efforts of many dedicated Quality Forum stakeholders that include providers, payers, employers and consumers across the state. Their expertise in reviewing and assessing technology solutions from many vendors was invaluable. The states of Maine and Alaska, as well as multiple different regional and provider exchanges, rely on Orion Health to deliver their performance objectives. We are excited to soon offer health care providers in Louisiana a powerful, secure and comprehensive exchange solution,” commented Cindy Munn, the Quality Forum’s Executive Director.

According to Munn, the initial focus of the project will be to develop secure point-to-point messaging to help providers access critical health information and to achieve Meaningful Use quickly.

Additional benefits of LaHIE are designed to improve timely access to patient information, improve patient safety, increase security of records, increase consumer engagement, more adequately measure and improve public health benchmarks and reduce health care costs.

“LaHIE is another critical step in our ambitious agenda to improve health care services in our state and the health of our residents,” said DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein. “While DHH has been working closely with health care providers to enhance the use of electronic health records, bringing this additional information technology into our health care marketplace will make the current technology use more meaningful and make our state more efficient. Louisianians deserve the highest level of patient safety and enhanced access to care when and where they need it. I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of our providers, stakeholders and leadership of the Quality Forum as we continue working in partnership on efforts that improve the health and lives of our state’s residents.”

Quality Forum President Karen DeSalvo, MD, reiterated that the selection of Orion Health’s technology platform for LaHIE is a crucial step forward for improving patient care in Louisiana. “The Forum is also in a unique position to assist physicians who want to join the network. Our experiences with creating LaHIE and managing the Louisiana Health Information Technology (LHIT) Resource Center have provided us with an informed perspective on what help health care workers need to get up to speed quickly with technology,” she added.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) approved the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum’s strategic and operational plan for LaHIE earlier this year. The Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the State-Designated Entity to plan and implement LaHIE, to oversee the state’s regional extension center and to lead initiatives designed to improve health care quality for Louisiana residents.

For more information, please visit http://www.lhcqf.org.

About the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advancing evidence-based, collaborative initiatives to improve the health of Louisiana citizens. Its main areas of focus include quality measurement, clinical quality improvement, the patient-centered medical home, outreach/education and health information technology. The Quality Forum serves as the State-Designed Entity to lead the planning and implementation of health information technology grants contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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