This report presents research findings of a formative effort conducted as part of a larger initiative to better understand how patients and providers conceptualize prevention and preventive services. The purpose of this report was to synthesize information to inform the development of preventive service tools to help providers better communicate USPSTF recommendations to their patients.
Program Assessment and Management
Under a subcontract from Inverness Technologies, New Editions will provide research support to assess the value of remote counseling services for veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them obtain, maintain, or retain employment or to live independently. New Editions will review the existing body of literature on the types of remote counseling techniques currently used in the private and public sectors and complete a cost-benefit analysis of remote counseling in rural areas.
The Sports to Work Research and Development Study aims to conduct a thorough analysis of the role that sports activities can play in vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs. New Editions, through a subcontract with Inverness Technologies, is reviewing the existing body of literature as well as current state-of-the-art sports and recreational programs.
The Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN) is a nationwide program to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Through technical assistance and recruiting services EARN helps employers find qualified job candidates with disabilities. Under a subcontract with CESSI, New Editions staff members assist CESSI with recruitment, research and analyses. Our tasks include:
New Editions supports the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) New Freedom Initiative (NFI) Working Group, led by the HHS Office on Disability (OD). HRSA is working through the New Freedom Initiative Working Group on a project to analyze and promote the Medical Home model for children with special health care needs and all individuals with disabilities. New Editions is assisting by providing conference management, note taking and administrative support for the Working Group.
New Editions, with our subcontractor JBS International, conducted a formative qualitative study to ascertain how primary care clinicians and patients conceptualize and communicate about preventive services. We used focus groups and simulated clinical scenarios to gain insight into the shared decision-making process. This knowledge will be used to guide the development and improvement of print and electronic tools that prompt joint decision-making by clinicians and patients regarding United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.
New Editions conceived and is implementing a new approach to employer outreach to improve employer collaboration with public vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. New Editions designs updated educational materials for employers about recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting individuals with disabilities. We convene forums for employers and VR counselors to provide first hand information on employment needs in targeted high-growth industries including: banking/finance, service/hospitality, science/technology and healthcare.
New Editions operates the NTAC which serves to coordinate activities and communications among RSA’s Technical Assistance Network members, promotes collaborative activities, identifies experts and resources and provides analysis and evaluation of program data. RSA’s Technical Assistance Network provides training, technical assistance and continuing education to improve the performance of State Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
New Editions supported Medical Management (MM) initiatives managed by the Population Health and Medical Management Division (PHMMD), Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO), TRICARE Management Activity (TMA). The goal was supporting the MHS Strategic Plan by employing MM to improve healthcare efficiency and effectiveness. New Editions assisted in the coordination and providing logistical support for the DoD Population Health and Medical Management (PHMMD) team training for the Military Health System (MHS) healthcare professionals.
TARGET Centers provide assessments and demonstrations to ensure proper implementation of assistive technology (AT) and ergonomic solutions for the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) workforce. The Centers also assist in making information and microcomputer technology accessible to persons with sight, hearing, speech and dexterity impairments. Through a subcontract with CESSI, New Editions Consulting, Inc. provides the following key services: