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AMCHP’s State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC): SPHARC is a comprehensive resource center for state Title V agencies and others interested in improving systems for children, youth and families with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The website provides resources for states to learn about autism activities, share promising practices, link to federal and national partners and follow Combating Autism Awareness Initiative activities. SPHARC hosts technical assistance calls on subjects such as financing of care, care coordination, cultural competency, family-centered care, medical home, health information technology and transition. All technical assistance calls are recorded and made available on the SPHARC website.

·         AMCHP Fact Sheet: State Birth Defects Performance Measures: This fact sheet provides an overview of state birth defects performance measures, with information gathered from the Title V Information System (TVIS).  

AMCHP Innovation Station: Child health best practices in the Innovation Station include:

·         Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS)

·         The Boys’ Health Advocacy Program

 

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Children’s Health Topics:  

  • Bright Futures: Uses a developmentally based approach to address children’s health needs in the context of the family and community. Bright Futures is the preventive services component of the medical home. Bright Futures is supported by a cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Bright Futures: Nutrition, 3rd Edition: This new publication provides a thorough overview of nutrition supervision during all stages of childhood. Bright Futures: Nutrition, 3rd Edition, Pocket Guide provides a handy go-anywhere tool with ready access to key points from the comprehensive Bright Futures: Nutrition.
     
  • Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit: This kit provides materials for health supervision care from infancy through adolescence. It is designed to accompany and support Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.
  • Children and the Media: Screen time has become a major part of our culture. Studies show that children and teens spend an average of seven hours each day using screens and consuming media. The AAP offers resources to help educate parents about how media affects their children and ideas for maintaining a healthy media diet.
  • Care of the Young Athlete: Easy-to-use, one-stop guide to all aspects of childhood sports preparation, participation and injury treatment.
  • Implementing Bright Futures in Practice: These Bright Futures training and implementation materials funded by the Commonwealth Fund with support from the US Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, MCHB, have been developed to facilitate implementation of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition, at the practice system level.
  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools: Provides resources and strategies for facing the challenges of caring for children with special health care needs.
  • Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook: Designed to accompany the Bright Futures guidelines, this manual provides the most effective way to deliver the preventive services recommended by Bright Futures and the AAP. It is ideal for use by pediatric practice professionals and as a teaching tool for medical students, residents, and all health professionals who provide well-child care.

 

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. The Campaign advocates for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Resources for Children’s Health: Resource list of prominent child health topics.

 

Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity collaborates with researchers, advocates and other partners at the local, state and national level to identify and promote the most promising strategies to prevent childhood obesity through policy and environmental change.

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Child and Adolescent Healthcare: Children experience differences in receipt of health care services and outcomes often related to family income, special health care needs, and racial and ethnic background. This fact sheet presents select findings from the 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports.

 

Child Health USA 2010: The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children.

 

Children's Dental Health Project: A national nonprofit organization with the vision of achieving equity in children's oral health. The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) designs and advances research-driven policies and innovative solutions by engaging a broad base of partners committed to children and oral health, including professionals, communities, policymakers and parents. The following are recent publications from CDHP:

·         Moving on the Dental Care Provisions in Health Reform: A Roadmap for Implementation: This publication addresses the many ways that the Affordable Care Act seeks to improve dental care as a key approach to improving oral health.

·         Access to Child-only Supplemental Dental Coverage Through CHIPRA: A Handbook for Advocates and Policymakers: This publication provides a framework for thinking through the options and requirements of the child-only supplemental dental coverage.

 

Children’s Safety Network: The Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. 

·         Bullying Prevention Resources: This resources list contains research articles on bullying, bullying prevention tips, toolkits and websites, as well as information on cyberbullying, suicide and bullying and LGBT youth and bullying.

·         Preventing Bullying: The Role of Public Health and Safety Professionals: This publication discusses the consequences of bullying, children who bully, children who are bullied, the role of public health and more. 
 

Child Welfare League of America: The CWLA works to lead the nation in building public will to ensure safety, permanence and well-being of children, youth and their families by advancing public policy, defining and promoting practice excellence and delivering superior membership services.

 

Commonwealth Fund: Provides resources on Child Health Development. Recent publications include:

  • Delivery of Well-Child Care: A Look Inside the Door: In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers used direct observation of well-child visits to evaluate their duration and content, adherence to Bright Futures guidelines, and differences between visits with children who have special health care needs and visits with children who do not.

  • Securing a Healthy Future: The Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011: A Commonwealth Fund state-by-state scorecard evaluating how the health care system is working for children finds that federal and state action on behalf of children has helped preserve, and even expand, health coverage for this group, despite the severe recession. Yet across the states, wide differences persist in coverage rates, the affordability of health care, children's receipt of preventive care and treatment, and their opportunity to lead healthy lives.

 

Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health: The Data Resource Center works to advance the effective use of public data on the health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States.

 

KIDS COUNT: A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States; a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Recent publications include:

·         New Child Poverty Rates: The KIDS COUNT Data Center has been updated to include poverty data from the 2009 American Community Survey that was released on September 28 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Data Center for the first time breaks down child poverty rates by congressional district, highlighting those with the highest and lowest percent of children living below the poverty line.

·         2010 KIDS COUNT Data Book : The 21st annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the status of children on a national and state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 measures of well-being.

 

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA): NANA advocates federal policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths and costs caused by diet and inactivity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

 

National Association of Counties (NACo): The Healthy Counties Database provides a space where individuals can search for model policies, programs and initiatives that counties nationwide have enacted to promote wellness and help prevent childhood obesity.

 

National Center for Child Death Review: The National Center for Child Death Review is a resource center for state and local CDR programs, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. It promotes, supports and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels. 

 

National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ): The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an independent, not-for-profit, quality improvement organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the high quality healthcare they need. Led by experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ’s mission is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare. The following is a recent publication from NICHQ:

·         Improving Cultural Competency in Children’s Health Care: This publication seeks to expand perspectives on cultural competency in children’s health care. Sections include methods, care model for child health, change package, measures and resources.

 

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center: The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The following are recent publications from the OHRC:

·         Comprehensive Oral Health Services for Improving Children’s and Adolescents’ Oral Health Through School-Based Health Centers: This publications provides an overview of comprehensive oral health services offered in school-based health centers, including a history of school-based health centers, state program examples, partnership and collaboration, and more.

·         Medical Providers and Head Start: What You Should Know About Oral Health and How You Can Help: This publication discusses Head Start, who participates in it, the oral health services that Head Start provides, what medical providers can do to help and more.

 

National Oral Health Policy Center: The National Oral Health Policy Center at UCLA works to provide data and analysis of relevant information concerning oral health and oral health care delivery, with special emphasis on vulnerable maternal and child health populations. The following is a recent publication from the center:

·         Measuring the Quality of Developmental Services for Young Children: A New Approach: This issue brief outlines a proposal for an initial set of measures that Medicaid and other agencies could use to track the delivery and quality of developmental services for young children.

 

Stop Bullying Now Campaign: StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. The website provides information for kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and the community.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Resources for children's mental and behavioral health.

·         2009 Mental Health National Outcome Measures: By State/Territory: SAMHSA Mental Health Statistics.

·         Early Childhood Trauma Resources: SAMHSA Early Childhood Materials, Trauma Resources.

·         Children’s Mental Health and Trauma: SAMHSA Data on Children’s Mental Health and Trauma.

·         Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach Recognition Program: Showcases and celebrates the outstanding achievements in communications and social marketing by system of care communities.

 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and ZERO TO THREE: Released a new article about resilience and young children, I Am Safe and Secure: Promoting Resilience in Young Children, that provides important information about resilience in young children and how adults can help to promote it.