Tools & Resources

This page features materials from select previous GDAHC initiatives. While these projects may no longer be active, GDAHC feels that keeping their results public and available can help other organizations and individuals in implementing similar strategies in their area. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have in using these materials!

Race, ethnicity, and Language (REaL) Campaign

The REaL campaign sought to ensure that hospitals and ambulatory providers in the region were collection self-reported race, ethnicity, and primary language data consistently. During the course of the campaign, GDAHC and its partners developed a toolkit to raise awareness and provide direction on this important issue. Overtime, the REaL campaign turned into GDAHC's Health Equity Resource Group (HERG), which seeks to increase and promote awareness of the consequences of inequities in health outcomes and worthwhile initiatives focused on creating across populations and overall population wellness. For more information on REaL and HERG, please contact Lisa Braddix at or 248-282-6916.

REaL Campaign Video
Language is the Heart of Patient Safety with Moe Rustom

Standardized REaL Data Collection Form
National Health Disparities Report
Using HIT for REaL Data Collection
HHS Disparity Plan
IOM Sub-Committee Report
Sample Buisness Case
Real Educational Poster - English & Spanish

Emergency Department Utilization

Through a collaborative effort, GDAHC and its team partners developed a series of materials and tools to help educate patients on appropriate use of the emergency department (ED). Improper use of the ED is huge problem in the region, contributing to inefficient use of provider time and rising health care costs. In addition to the educational materials, the team developed a successful pilot program toolkit using strategies to improve access to primary care physicians (PCPs).

Educational Materials
ED "Stoplight" Poster & Brochure
Value of PCP & Appropriate ED Use
Limited amounts of the posters and brochures were made available. To discuss getting copies of either, please contact Lisa Mason at or 248-282-6904.

PCP Toolkit
Pilot Description
PCP Access Pilot Background - short version & detailed version
Welcome Letter
Access to Care Policy
After-Hours Telephone Script
Post-ED Visit Letter
Guide for Primary Care

In addition to the materials produced by the EDU team, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wrote and disseminated two briefs on the need to educate on proper EDU use, as well as the team's work and accomplishments:
Reducing Inappropriate Emergency Department Use Requires Coordination with Primary Care
Low-Tech Solutions for the High-Cost Problem of Emergency Department Overuse

Hypertension Intervention Project

The Hypertension Intervention Plan (HIP) worked to create a number of videos that directly addressed hypertension and how to treat it. HIP was designed to use peer-to-peer education to help reduce blood pressure among African Americans through lifestyle change. The successful project was implemented among 250 participants in Detroit and resulted in the development of a Hypertension Community Advisory Board (HCAB) through Wayne State University. The HCAB assists researchers in developing worthwhile intervention and continues to regularly meet. For more information on HIP, please contact Lisa Braddix at or 248-282-6916.


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