Persistence of Zika Virus in Body Fluids—Preliminary Report
A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the frequency and duration of detectable Zika virus RNA in human body fluids. The researchers assessed a prospective cohort of newly infected participants in Puerto Rico.
Epidemiology in MCH
Coordinated Data Systems
The Early Childhood Data Collaborative launched an updated website. The site includes an interactive map with profiles of state data systems and other features.
New PRAMS Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health has released new Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from designated 2012-2013 MCH data indicators. Researchers can request to view the most recent year of data from the CDC.
General & Maternal Child Health
Where Can I Find MCH Resources?
The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health released Where to Find MCH Resources: An Introduction. This video provides an overview of the need for and sources of public health information for the MCH workforce.
Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Leveraging CHIP to Protect Low-Income Children from Lead
The State and Health Value Strategies Program has released a brief report, Leveraging CHIP to Protect Low-Income Children from Lead. The report describes the ways in which the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can provide financial support to states as they pursue implementation of cost-effective lead abatement activities to protect children through a state plan option.
School-Based Health Centers and Health Transformation Systems
The American Public Health Association's Center for School, Health and Education has developed two reports which identify federal health reform opportunities for school-based health centers. One report is designed for sponsors and the other is for policymakers.
Child and Adolescent Health
Runaway and Homeless Youth Relationship Violence Toolkit
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, working with runaway and homeless youth organizations, developed a toolkit to help programs better address the needs of youth experiencing unstable living conditions.
Women's & Infant Health
New Research on Pregnant Women and Substance Use
The Bridging the Divide project at the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health released a new white paper on pregnant women and substance use, which is designed as a resource for policymakers, advocates and the media. It summarizes research on the effects of substance use and related policies on the health of pregnant women and their children, and highlights the dangers of policies that punish women for using drugs while pregnant rather than taking a public health approach. This is particularly relevant to policies and programs being developed in response to the current opioid epidemic.