Zika Virus — Ten Public Health Achievements in 2016 & Future Priorities
As the emergency response to Zika approaches one year, a new report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights 10 critical contributions towards the fight against Zika in 2016. An infographic that highlights these contributions is also available.
Increasing Access Contraception During the Zika Outbreak in Puerto Rico
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report that models the potential cost-effectiveness of increasing access to contraception in Puerto Rico during a Zika virus outbreak. The intervention is projected to cost an additional $33.5 million in family planning services and is likely to be cost-saving for the health care system overall.
Child and Adolescent Health
Observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for 2017 is Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network published educational materials and resources for policymakers and public health departments.
New Autism Transition Report Released
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released Youth Autism: Roundtable Views of Services Needed During the Transition into Adulthood. This report examines the types of services and supports transitioning youth with autism require to reach their adulthood goals. It also reviews the characteristics of these services and supports, and how youth with autism can be fully integrated into society. The report is the result of a roundtable discussion with adults with autism, parents of youth with autism, providers and researchers.
Social Support for Parents
The Journal of Medical Internet Research published a report that explores the role of digital parent-to-parent support and evaluates its effectiveness as a resource for parents of children with special health care needs.
Legislation & Policy in MCH
Asthma and Allery Policies for Schools
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America published the 2016 State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools. The report describes states with the best public policies for people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in elementary, middle and high schools. The report compares all states and Washington, D.C., on 23 core public policy issues that affect youth and adults with asthma and allergies while in K-12 classrooms.
Women's & Infant Health
New Recommendations for Women's Health Preventative Services Guidelines
A coalition of national health organizations, led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released recommendations for the updated Women's Preventive Services Guidelines. These updated guidelines, endorsed by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, address the preventive health care needs of adolescent and adult women and fill in gaps or address conflicts in the existing guidelines. AMCHP played an active role in the process: Our associate director for women's and infant health, Jeanette Kowalik, PhD, MPH, served on the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee to develop the recommendations.