General Maternal & Child Health
New Reproductive Health Assessment after Disaster Toolkit Available
The University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, with assistance from The Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion at CDC has launched the Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster Toolkit (RHAD). This toolkit will assist you with assessing the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44 affected by natural and man-made disasters. Questionnaire topics include safe motherhood, infant care, family planning, family stressors and service needs, health and risk behaviors, and gender-based violence. The data gathered will promote and enhance evidence-based local programs and services to improve the reproductive health of women and their families. Further information can be found on their website.
New NACCHO Home Visiting Resources Page
Resources related to home visiting are now available on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) website, under Public Health Advocacy and Health Reform. To explore the list of resources and organizations pertaining to Maternal and Child Health/Home Visiting on this webpage, click here.
Issue Brief on Youth Health Literacy
The National Institute for Health Care Management released an issue brief in October 2011 that makes the case for investing in youth health literacy. The brief states that adolescence is a key developmental period, when individuals may begin to make their own, independent decisions about health care. To learn more about why youth health literacy should be promoted, and strategies for doing so, read the issue brief.
New AMCHP Issue Brief on Autism Spectrum Disorder
In an effort to document the level of activity among states in the area of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD), AMCHP conducted an environmental scan of state Title V program ASD/DD activities. This environmental scan provides insights into approaches that state Title V programs are taking to address the growing incidence of ASD/DD and catalogues ASD/DD activities that fit within the framework of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) critical indicators for children and youth with special health care needs. Information was obtained through a text search for “autism” using information from the 2010 Maternal and Child Health Block Grant State Narratives contained in the Title V Information System (TVIS) online database. To access the environmental scan, click here.
MCAH Toolbox: Text Messages for Birth Defects Prevention
The CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities provides weekly text messages with reminders to take folic acid, and other health tips to prevent birth defects. Women of childbearing age, including those who are not planning to get pregnant, can sign up for this service to receive mobile health tips.