CDC Guidance for Infant Neuroimaging and Infant and Zika Virus Testing
This job aid has been updated to include information on infant death and pregnancy loss. It is available online to assist health care providers with implementing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for infant neuroimaging and infant and placental Zika virus testing.
New Zika Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published two new resources:
· For Parents: Roadmap for Parents of Babies with Congenital Zika Syndrome (also available in Portuguese and Spanish)
· For Parents: Roadmap for Parents of Babies Infected with Zika Before Birth Who Appear Healthy (also available in Portuguese and Spanish)
Pregnant Women and the Zika Vaccine Research Agenda
The Ethics Working Group published a resource that provides concrete recommendations for various actors involved in Zika virus research and development efforts to help ensure the needs of pregnant women and their offspring are adequately included and addressed in the race toward an efficacious vaccine against Zika.
Building Skills for a More Strategic Health Workforce: A Call to Action
The de Beaumont Foundation's new Workforce Consortium report is now available. De Beaumont formed the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development to review and evaluate national assets on public health workforce development and issued this call to action for a strategic-skills based commitment to public health workforce development at federal, state, and local levels.
General & Maternal Child Health
Health, United States, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics released the 40th annual report card on the nation's health. The report features long-term trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years and explores population changes which have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization.
Tools and Info to Fight Congenital Syphilis
Even babies are not exempt from currently rising syphilis rates. In 2015, there were nearly 500 cases of congenital syphilis. Preliminary data suggest these numbers rose higher in 2016. To help arm providers with tools and information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a brief video highlighting how to use "Talk, Test, and Treat" to protect their patients from syphilis. A commentary was also recently released that provides an overview of recent syphilis increases, challenges associated with its prevention, and the specific steps providers can take to reduce syphilis and congenital syphilis.
Child & Adolescent Health
Improving the Pediatric/Specialist Relationship
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics outlines key considerations and solutions for improving relationships between pediatric primary care and subspecialists. The article summarizes key components of the family-centered medical home – including access, communication, coordination, family-centered care – and provides solutions for enhancing the pediatric primary care and specialist relationship in the context of these components. Successful collaborative care models are described.
Advancing the Pediatric Medical Home Model
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, develops state profiles highlighting public health programs that advance the medical home model in pediatric populations. The newest program featured is the STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program in Texas, which facilitates care integrations and care management using comprehensive care plans and service coordinators for children and youth with special health care needs.
Local Health Department and School Partnerships
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors published a resource that focuses on emphasizing the fundamental need for students to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged to achieve academically.
Care Integration Measurement Tool for Families of CSHCN
This archived webinar from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health introduced the Pediatric Integrated Care Survey, which assesses family experience with care integration. It asks family respondents to identify the members of the child's health care team and report on their experiences with integration across disciplines, institutions, and communities.
Supporting Wellness in Schools
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Healthy School Campaign, Mental Health America and Trust for America's Health published a Framework for Action, Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing Through ESSA Implementation. The resource is a supplement to State ESSA Plans to Support Health and Wellness: A Framework for Action and provides more detailed Every Student Succeeds Act implementation recommendations for supporting mental health and well-being.
Women's and Infant Health
Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women
The Office on Women's Health (OWH) released a report that examines the prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids. It also presents findings and takeaways from OWH's national and regional opioid meetings held in 2016.