General Maternal & Child Health
New AMCHP Best Practices Resources
AMCHP recently released new resources to assist individuals in submitting their emerging, promising or best MCH practices to Innovation Station. Submitting practices to Innovation Station is a great way to share your successes with peers, enhance the MCH field and help contribute to program replication. The new resources include a checklist to help gauge if you are ready to submit your program and a PowerPoint presentation with tips on how to prepare a successful submission and a guide to the submission process. For more information about Innovation Station and the AMCHP Best Practices program, visit amchp.org/bestpractices.
New Website for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families
A new website, Autism After 16, has been launched to connect adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families to information and analysis of adult autism issues. The site provides information on transition, postsecondary education, employment, finances, community, arts, research and more! Visit their website.
Research Advances in Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV/AIDS
Recent research findings, supported through the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Maternal AIDS Branch, illustrate the National Institute of Child Health & Development (NICHD)’s continued commitment to improving outcomes for vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS. You can find the research findings here.
National Healthy Start Association Quarterly Newsletter
The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) is committed to improving birth outcomes and health disparities that exist within communities of color throughout the United States. Find the latest edition of the NHSA quarterly newsletter here.
New Brief on Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health and MCH Programs to Improve Early Childhood Oral Health
AMCHP and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) produced an issue brief describing strategies to improve oral health within MCH populations by better integrating oral health activities and information into state early childhood MCH programs. Successful state examples are included. To download the brief, click here.
HHS Secretary Adopts SACHDNC Recommendations
On Sept. 21, HHS Sec. Sebelius adopted the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) recommendation to add Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. In addition, Sec. Sebelius encouraged additional discussion on the impact of this recommendation on state health departments. To read the recommendation, please visit here. AMCHP will continue to provide information and resources on this topic.
Strategies to Improve Collaboration between SOHP and HSSCO
ASTDD and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center developed a tip sheet to assist State Oral Health Programs (SOHP) and Head Start State Collaboration Offices (HSSCO) directors and staff in enhancing collaboration with one another. It provides background information on SOHPs and HSSCOs. The paper also discusses how the relationship between the two has developed to date and outcomes of collaboration and provides recommendations for further collaboration. Download the tip sheet here.
CDC Finds Insufficient Sleep for High School Students Associated with Health-Risk Behaviors
According to a study by the CDC, almost 70 percent of high school students are not getting the recommended hours of sleep on school nights. Insufficient sleep is associated with a variety of health-risk behaviors, including physical inactivity, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, fighting and being sexually active. National Sleep Foundation Researchers found that 68.9 percent of adolescent responders to the 2007 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported insufficient sleep on an average school night. Students who reported insufficient sleep were more likely to engage in the health-risk behavior than students who reported sufficient sleep. To read the full report, click here.
Genetic Alliance Unveils a New Resource for New and Expecting Parents
To celebrate Newborn Screening Awareness Month, Genetic Alliance launched a Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS funded, newborn screening resource, BabysFirstTest.org. The website is an objective resource for expecting and new parents to learn about newborn screening and is a place for families and health professionals to share their questions and experiences. Baby's First Test is a central site that brings together stakeholders and provides easy access to newborn screening resources from community groups, government agencies and public organizations. This resource also features condition specific information, state information, family videos and a Community Corner section, where visitors can learn about reliable sources of information pertaining to maternal and child health.