General Maternal & Child Health
The National Minority Quality Forum Releases Updated HIV/AIDS Index
The U.S. HIV/AIDS Index enables users to map available HIV and AIDS statistics at the national, state, U.S. congressional district, and county levels by age, gender, race and ethnicity. The index is a project of the National Minority Quality Forum and builds upon the HIV/AIDS atlas that the forum introduced in 2009. The updated resource uses data on the number of persons living with HIV and AIDS collected from surveillance branches within the departments of health in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The index enables users to map HIV and AIDS prevalence and total counts and reveals visible health-disparity zones around the country. It is intended to help health professionals, policymakers, advocacy groups, and researchers improve surveillance, prevention initiatives, early diagnosis, and routine testing efforts in the hardest-hit communities. To view the index, visit here.
Website Allows a State to Map its Progress on Health Reform Implementation
The site, StateRefor(u)m, is an online network for health reform implementation, which allows a state to upload documents or submit comments that shows its progress. To learn more, visit here.
CDC Releases New Report on Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Adolescents
The report, “Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years - United States, 2008,” published in the June 10 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describes the results of an investigation into how in 2008, approximately 21.8 million persons aged ≥15 years sustained nonfatal, unintentional injuries, resulting in approximately $67.3 billion in lifetime medical costs. Information about where injuries occur is limited, but bathrooms commonly are believed to be a particularly hazardous location. To investigate this assumption, CDC analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of emergency departments (EDs) to describe the incidence and circumstances of nonfatal injuries in bathrooms (in any setting) among persons aged ≥15 years in the United States. To view the report, visit here.
CDC Releases Report on the Health Risks Among Sexual Minority Adolescents
The report, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Risk Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9–12 in Selected Sites—Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, United States, 2001–2009,” published in the June 10 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which documents the disproportionate rates at which sexual minority students reported many health risks, including tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual risk behaviors; and violence. To view the report, visit here.
SAMHSA Releases Three-Part Video Series for LGBTQ Youth
The series, “Larkin Street Stories: Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth,” produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center, offers tips on best practices for providers serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. To learn more, visit here.
Three Reports on the High Costs of Unintended Pregnancy Rates
The three new reports, “Unintended Pregnancy Rates at the State Level,” “The Public Costs of Births Resulting from Unintended Pregnancies: National and State-Level Estimates,” and “Unintended Pregnancy and Taxpayer Spending,” published by the Guttmacher Institute, discusses the rates and public costs of unintended pregnancy.
ETR Associates Publishes Guide on Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk
The guide, “Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs,” published by the Education, Training and Research (ETR) Associates, helps reproductive health professionals, educators, curricula selection committees and others design or adapt curricula so that they focus on risk and protective factors that are related to sexual risk behavior and use instructional principles most likely to improve the targeted factors. To download the guide, visit here.
New Brief Addresses Children Facing Complex Coverage Under the ACA
The brief, “Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act,” published by the Urban Institute, estimates the number of children in several coverage and family scenarios to draw attention to those who might require special attention as Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations are developed and the law is implemented. The analysis provides estimates of the number of children in several scenarios and identifies groups of children that warrant special consideration as regulations are developed and implementation of the ACA continues. Topics include dependent employer-sponsored insurance coverage issues, family eligibility issues in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, and children with absent parents. To download the brief, visit here.
AAP & NACH Offers State Medicaid Fact Sheets
The 2011 State Medicaid Fact Sheets, a joint effort of the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), provide key data to demonstrate the importance of the Medicaid program to children and children's hospitals. The fact sheets can be used with state and federal policymakers and can be adapted to meet your targeted advocacy needs. To download the fact sheets, please visit here.
OHRC Releases New Tip Sheet on Child Oral Health
The tip sheet, “Medical Providers and Head Start: What You Should Know About Oral Health and How You Can Help,” published by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, assists medical providers (i.e., physicians and nurse practitioners) in identifying approaches they can take to improve the oral health of pregnant women, infants and children enrolled in Head Start. To download the tip sheet, visit here.