General & Maternal Child Health
2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments
The National Association of County and City Health Officials released the 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments report. It presents the newest data on local health department (LHD) funding, workforce, programs and partnerships. The report provides a comprehensive overview of LHDs, including their participation in MCH services.
Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Cutting Medicaid: A Prescription to Hurt the Neediest Kids
The School Superintendents Association released a report after surveying states to assess the school-based impact that potential Medicaid per-capita caps and block grants could have on children.
Leveraging CHIP to Protect Kids from Lead
A new report from the State and Health Value Strategies describes how the Children's Health Insurance Program can provide financial support to states as they seek to implement cost-effective lead abatement activities to protect children via a State Plan option.
Child and Adolescent Health
New Resources on Child and Adolescent Immunizations
The American Academy of Pediatrics published three new reports on the importance of youth immunizations:
· The Need to Optimize Adolescent Immunization
· Practical Approaches to Optimize Adolescent Immunization
· Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule—United States, 2017
Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors and others dedicated to improving teen health. Participants will learn how to prevent teen dating violence through scenarios and interactive exercises. The CDC will offer free continuing education units for this course.
Innovative Approaches in Care Coordination and Care Delivery for Children with Special Health Care Needs
The Association for Community Affiliated Health Plans examined 12 of its member plans nationwide to highlight innovative models of care coordination for children with special health care needs. The report also provides a narrative about the range of plan efforts to improve outcomes, access to health care services and other needed supports.
School Breakfast Scorecard
Food Research and Action Center published a report that ranks states on the basis of participation of low-income children in the national School Breakfast Program. The report ranks the states based on the 2015-16 school year.