ASTHO Releases State and Territorial Profile
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) just released the ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health, Volume Four. The Profile is the only comprehensive source of information about state and territorial public health agency activities, structure, and resources. The full report and related materials, which include 3 infographics, a top findings report, and animated video, are freely available on ASTHO's website at www.astho.org/Profile.
General & Maternal Child Health
Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes
The Center for Tobacco Products of the Food and Drug Administration requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convene a committee of experts to conduct a review the available evidence of the health effects related to the use of e-cigarettes and identify future federally funded research needs. The resulting report is a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature that evaluates the evidence about e-cigarettes and health, highlights gaps that are a priority for future research, and makes recommendations to improve the quality of this research.
Epidemiology and MCH
CDC Publishes New 2016 Zika Birth Defects Surveillance Data
This is the first report on the prevalence in the U.S. states and territories of birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection during pregnancy since the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas began. In partnership with state and territorial health departments, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined approximately 1 million birth records from 15 states and territories and found about three out of every 1,000 babies born had a birth defect potentially related to Zika.
Child & Adolescent Health
Improving Chronic Care for Children in California: Learning from Medicare
As states continue the transition of children with chronic and complex health care needs into managed care plans, policymakers have an opportunity to improve services for these children by adopting policies proposed for Medicare, writes Edward Schor, MD, of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. His new issue brief suggests that officials in California and others states should consider implementing proposals included in S.870, the CHRONIC Act of 2017, related to home health care, tailored benefits, telehealth, and financial incentives for providers.
Legislation and Policy in MCH
SNAP is Linked with Improved National Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have improved health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.