Health Briefs, April 27, 2010

Data available at Dartmouth Atlas Project

The Dartmouth Atlas Project has launched a new website,, to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional and local health care markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians.

New highlights include:

Access to the Dartmouth Atlas’ database allows users to create maps, charts and tables that can be downloaded and incorporated into reports and presentations.

Search, view and conduct comparative analysis of profiles of specific hospitals, primary care service areas, hospital service areas, hospital referral areas and states.

A new key issues section highlights research themes such as Medicare spending, supply-sensitive care, preference-sensitive care, the physician work force, end-of-life care, racial disparities, accountable care organizations and more.

The website also features case studies that highlight how Dartmouth Atlas data have been used by other researchers and groups to explore variations in use among local areas, health systems and hospitals, and the ability to browse through 14 years of archived media coverage.

Mountain bike group donates to Hilltop

More youths are helping build trails thanks to a $5,000 donation by the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) to Hilltop Community Resources’ Experiential Learning Project (HELP).

Youths with HELP work on biking and hiking trails in the Tabaguache and North Fruita Desert Trail systems. Over the past seven years, HELP has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours teaching trail building to youth in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Now, many of these youth are discovering their first paid job experience.

In addition to work skills, the youths receive career counseling, mentoring and an opportunity to work on a lasting project.

Hilltop also has received a $330,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to be used over the next three years in programs in Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties. The money will be allocated across four programs: B4 Babies & Beyond, Uncompahgre Prenatal Program, Tandem Families and Family First. The programs support building healthy families, including helping to secure health insurance for children or teach young parents healthy parenting skills.


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