General & Maternal Child Health
TEDxUNC is an annual student-led event at UNC Chapel Hill dedicated to helping spread innovation and entrepreneurial ideas through presentations based on chosen topics. "What if…Reimagining Maternal and Child Health in the U.S." was the theme of the 2017 program. The event featured 10 thought-provoking presentations focused on racial and economic disparities, health equity, and leadership through various lenses. All videos are available here. Presentations by four TEDx speakers —
Rend Smith, Malika Redmond, Gita Gulati-Partee and Monica Simpson — were featured at the AMCHP 2017 Annual Conference.
National Child and Maternal Health Education Program
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development created the National Child and Maternal Health Education Program to provide a forum for reviewing, translating and disseminating new research in maternal and child health. The program aims to achieve these outcomes through a coalition of the nation's most prominent maternal health care provider associations, federal agencies, nonprofit MCH organizations and other partners.
Promoting Healthy Weight
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of Nutrition, hosted the Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium 2.0 webcast. The series focus on the assessment, treatment and prevention of maternal and pediatric obesity using the life course approach to explain the connection of maternal and pediatric obesity. The archived sessions are now available.
Transition to Adult Health Care and State Title V Program Directions
Thirty-two state Title V programs have selected transition as one of their national performance measures. Got Transition published a new report that pulls best practices (planned or underway) from these states related to transition improvements, health care professional transition education, consumer transition training and leadership, transition communications, and interagency transition planning.
Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety
A report by Trust for America's Health – A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety: State-by-State Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts, 2017 – finds that core funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by around $580 million federally and has remained flat in states since 2010 (adjusting for inflation).
Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health released the 2017 Coding and Reimbursement Tip Sheet. The sheet supports the delivery of recommended transition services in pediatric and adult primary and specialty care settings and includes a list of updated transition-related procedural terminology (CPT) codes.
Importance of Medicaid for Children
The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families published a brief about the importance of Medicaid for children. The authors cite research that shows that adults who received Medicaid benefits as children are healthier, have improved educational outcomes, earn more, and their families were less likely to incur medical debt.
Child and Adolescent Health
The Public Debate on School Food Nutrition Guidelines
Dialogue4Health hosted a web forum on how the public dialogue on school food guidelines has unfolded at the state and local levels. Topics included a summary of its findings and a discussion of how they might inform communications efforts around healthy school food environments. This webcast focused on professionals in education and public health working on creating healthy school food environments.
Social and Emotional Learning in Elementary School
The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University published a new research brief that examines the benefits of social and emotional development in elementary schools and provides guidance on how schools can support students' development.
Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement in Family-Child-Care Peer-Learning Group
In partnership with the Build Initiative, the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance convened the Supporting Continuous Quality Improvement in Family-Child-Care Peer-Learning Group. This peer-learning group — composed of state, regional and local stakeholder teams — was a five-part professional learning opportunity focused on strengthening relationship-based, developmentally appropriate early learning networks and collaborative partnership support systems. Summaries and slides from the webinars, reports, briefs and other resources are available.
Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children
Pennsylvania State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a brief that summarizes key findings from current research on family engagement in preschools. The brief describes best practices to engage families – particularly those who are disadvantaged – and how these practices positively influence child outcomes. It also highlights programs and examples for each described practice and approach.
Caring for Children with Special Needs
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health published an issue brief that examines a study involving 39 key informants (pediatricians, parents, nurses or other experts) in the care of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Participants were asked about their experience and willingness to care for CYSHCN, as well as systematic changes that would facilitate their future participation in medical homes for these children.
Women's & Infant Health
The Well-Woman Project
In March, CityMatCH hosted the Well-Woman Project Learning Network webinar. The audio recording is available. The webinar focused on the Well-Woman Project, a joint collaboration between the University of Illinois Chicago and CityMatCH. The Well-Woman Project aims to elevate women's voices about what makes them healthy and able to receive well-woman care within their context of their lives, neighborhoods and cities.