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 Publications & Resources

Epidemiology in MCH

DataSpeak Webinar Slides Now Available!
The Health Resources and Services Administration multimedia archive of the DataSpeak webinar, Moving the Needle on Maternal Health: Updates on Federal and State Initiatives, is now available. The live program, slides, the after-webinar Q&A and a transcript are available on the Program Archive page.
 

General & Maternal Child Health
 
Public Health Education Priorities for a New Administration
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) released Looking Forward: Health Education Priorities for America: Recommendations for the New Administration and 115th Congress. With the transition of power in the nation's capital, SOPHE urges new leaders to prioritize policies that support and fully utilize the power of health education to achieve a healthy nation. The priorities highlighted include adequate funding to support health education in schools; prevention funding for community-based public health programs; investment in public health infrastructure; and ensuring accessible, affordable and high-quality health care. 

Health Systems Transformation in MCH

Addressing Inequalities for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center created a tutorial to help maternal and child health leaders, family leaders and other stakeholders understand and address health care coverage inequities that exist among children with special health care needs based on race, ethnicity, income, immigration status, language and level of functional difficulty. The Catalyst Center also hosted a webinar that further explains this tutorial.

Brush Up on Must-Know Definitions 
Efforts to reduce health care costs and promote quality have led to new ways to pay for health services. The Catalyst Center produced a glossary to help Title V staff, family leaders, policymakers, providers, advocates and others became familiar with alternative payment strategy definitions.

50-State Survey Reflecting Key Medicaid and CHIP Information as of January 2017
The Kaiser Family Foundation compiled a statewide survey on eligibility, enrollment, renewal and cost sharing policies in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This survey identifies changes in these policies that occurred over the past year. Among other findings, the survey showed that Medicaid and CHIP are the central sources of health coverage for low-income children and pregnant women.

Child and Adolescent Health

How Can Parents and Families Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences?
AcademyHealth's Translation and Dissemination Institute conducted a rapid evidence review that examined evidence on interventions to help address parental and familial factors that might contribute to stressful or traumatic events that occur in childhood, known as adverse childhood experiences. The review supports the use of interventions such as site-based parental education programs, home visits and concurrent treatment for substance abuse and parenting skills to mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences among children.

Integrating Home Visiting in State and Tribal Early Childhood Systems
Zero to Three's Policy Center released a new framework for integrating home visiting in state and tribal early childhood systems. It outlines strategies that states and tribes can take to strengthen integration and shares examples of how states and tribes are implementing them. In 2016, Zero to Three convened a community of practice to assist teams from six states (Illinois, Missouri, New York, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin) in strengthening connections between home visiting and the early childhood system in their states.

Research-Based Policy Recommendations for Executive and Legislative Officials in 2017
Child Trends published a series of policy briefs on issues in child and young adult health that need continued support from the Trump Administration.
·       The Reproductive Health of Young Adults
·       Preventing Bullying and Cyberbulling
·       A Proposal to Improve Child Care
·       Keeping Schools Safe
 
 Legislation & Policy in MCH        
 
State Statutes and Regulations on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified Through Newborn Screening
With support from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Catalyst Center updated a chart that provides information about state-specific legislation that mandates the coverage of medically necessary foods by employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, coverage and related services funded by other state programs such as WIC, Title V or relief funds.