ASTHO 2017 Community Health Worker Learning Community Toolkit
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration, hosted a five-state learning community of states exploring certification, financing, and workforce development strategies for community health workers. The following toolkit provides a collection of resources developed through this community, which may be helpful to other states.
General & Maternal Child Health
CDC Awards to Combat Congenital Syphilis
In line with the Syphilis Call to Action released in April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded nine project areas to strengthen local capacity to address and respond to congenital syphilis. These areas were among those with the highest number of congenital syphilis cases and made up a majority of all cases reported to the CDC in 2015. Awardees will participate in a CDC-led collaboration.
Child & Adolescent Health
State and Federal Support of Trauma-Informed Care: Sustaining the Momentum
The Center for Health Care Strategies published a blog about the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on lifelong physical, emotional, and social health, as well as support efforts for incorporating trauma-informed care into the health and social service sectors.
AUCD Summary and Analysis: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
In September, Department of Health and Human Services publicly released a report to Congress focusing on young adults and transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder, as mandated by the Autism CARES Act of 2014. The report summarizes existing federal initiatives across agencies focused on transition and identifies gaps in research, programs, and services. The Association of University Centers on Disabilities has developed this abbreviated summary of key findings as a resource for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) networks.
Women's and Infant Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Receives Funding to Reduce Infant Mortality
The Center for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes by advancing the status of women's preconception health (health and wellness prior to pregnancy), particularly for low-income women and women of color in some of the country's most underserved communities.