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 Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
 
CDC Reporting Outcomes from Pregnancies in the U.S. Territories
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released outcomes for pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the U.S. territories and freely associated states. The data are from the Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registries, which include all U.S. states and freely associated states.

Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies
Recordings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webinar are now available. Find out a Vital Signs summary and hear a discussion about surveillance of the Zika virus as well as the CDC's recommendations for prevention.

General & Maternal Child Health
 
Down Syndrome Session Recordings Now Available
The session recordings and accompanying handouts from the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities' Life with Down Syndrome conference are now available. The presentations cover topics such as genetics and research development, oral placement therapy, teaching reading and writing, conservatorship, and more.

Conscious and Unconscious Biases in Health Care
Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence is offering a course on conscious and unconscious biases in health care and their impact on people who are disproportionately affected by disparities in health and health care. The course offers innovative activities, based on current evidence and best practices, that are intended to diminish the negative impact of biases.

Advancing Education and Health Through the Community Schools Strategy
The National League of Cities published a report that allows readers to discover how mayors and city leaders can foster collaborations between school districts, health systems, public health departments, and other community partners to reduce health disparities. City-level opportunities and innovative health and education efforts are highlighted.

Epidemiology and MCH
 
Births: Provisional Data for 2016
The National Center for Health Statistics released a report on provisional 2016 data on U.S. births, including data age, race, marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight. As new data from the federal government shows that the health of pregnant women and babies is getting worse, the March of Dimes advocates for not cutting maternity benefits.
 
Secondary Data Analysis in Autism Research Using IAN Data
Recordings are available from a Maternal and Child Health Bureau webinar that focused on the Autism Secondary Analysis Research Studies funding opportunity, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) as a platform for autism research, other data sources for person-centered autism research, and future efforts to link IAN and other networks to advance the health and well-being of children with autism.
 
Health Systems Transformation in MCH
 
Strategies for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics produced a special supplement to Pediatrics on value-based purchasing and value-based insurance design and their potential implications for children and youth with special health care needs.

Evolving Opioid Epidemic and Medicaid's Role in Treatment
A new chart collection from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights data on the rise of opioid addiction and overdose deaths since 2005 and the growing role of Medicaid in combating the epidemic.
 
Child & Adolescent Health
 
Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles
The Children's Safety Network created a new infographic on vehicular heatstroke and safety tips for families.

Early Sign Language Exposure and Cochlear Implantation Benefits
A study from the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses if parents' use of sign language before and after cochlear implants positively influences auditory-only speech recognition, speech intelligibility, spoken language, and reading outcomes.

Legislation and Policy in MCH
 
Leveraging Title V Partnerships to Advance National Performance Measure #15: Adequate Health Insurance
The Catalyst Center published a policy brief that describes Title V, family leader organization, and Medicaid partnerships that can help states improve access to adequate insurance for children and youth with special health care needs.
 
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
The National Conference of State Legislatures recently hosted a webinar to help legislators understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences, policy options, and strategies that support families and children's health and well-being.

Women's and Infant Health
 
Depression in Mothers — More than the Blues: A Rural Perspective
A recording is available of a webinar hosted by the Rural Behavioral Health Initiative about the Depression in Mothers: More than the Blues Toolkit. Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with experts in the fields of mental health and MCH, the toolkit provides a background on depression and presents ideas providers can use when helping mothers and their families.