Publications & Resources

General Maternal & Child Health

AAP Announces Two New Resources on Evaluation Guidelines
The National Healthy Tomorrows Technical Assistance Resource Center at the American Academy of Pediatrics recently posted two audio recordings based on the Evaluation Guide Part II: Putting Your Evaluation Plan to Work publication. The recordings feature Healthy Tomorrows Evaluation Consultant and co-author of the Evaluation Guides Holly Ruch-Ross, ScD. "Evaluating Your Community-based Program: Gathering Information" covers effective documentation and data collection tools for program evaluation and "Evaluating Your Community-based Program: Analyzing and Using Your Data" reviews data analysis and presentation strategies. 

New Online Tutorials to Help Service Providers Assist Children and Families
The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center has released two online tutorials designed to enhance the quality of social and health services delivered to children who are abandoned or at risk of abandonment due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV in their families. The tutorials are:

  • Women and Children with HIV/AIDS, an introduction to the complex issues associated with HIV/AIDS among women and children in the United States. This tutorial examines HIV/AIDS in medical, psychosocial, parenting, and legal contexts. It also reviews various interventions and federal programs to support women, families and children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Substance Use During Pregnancy, provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of substance use among pregnant women in the United States, including factors that often contribute to substance use. This tutorial reviews the potential impact of prenatal exposure to legal and illegal drug on infant development, as well as interventions for the prevention and treatment of drug use during pregnancy. [Excerpt taken from the Sept. 9 issue of the MCH Alert, published by the Maternal and Child Health Library at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.]

OSTLTS Launches Gateway and Facebook for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial (STLT) Public Health Employees
The Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) launched two new products: the STLT Public Health Gateway website and the CDC STLT Connection Facebook page designed to enhance communication with state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies. The STLT Gateway offers a one-stop shop for the STLT public health community and will continue to grow to ensure it is inclusive of information that matters to health departments on all levels. The Facebook page will allow the STLT audience to engage with CDC and each other in open, real-time conversations.

Women’s Health

New Report on Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding
The report, “Vital Signs: Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding -- United States, 2007 and 2009,” published in the Aug. 2, 2011, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examines practices in 2,690 hospitals and free-standing birth centers in all states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. Contents include data and analysis for 10 indicators consistent with the World Health Organization-United Nation's Children's Fund's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: existence of a model breastfeeding policy, staff competency assessment, prenatal breastfeeding education, early initiation of breastfeeding, teaching breastfeeding techniques, limited supplementation of breastfeeding infants, rooming-in, teaching feeding cues, limited use of pacifiers, and post-discharge support. To download the report, visit here. [Excerpt taken from the Aug. 5 issue of the MCH Alert, published by the Maternal and Child Health Library at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.]

Children’s Health

"When the Bough Breaks" From Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
This September, in honor of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, California Newsreel is offering a free online preview of “When the Bough Breaks.” Organizations around the country are screening this 28-minute episode of the award-winning and widely used series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making us Sick? to help tackle the root causes of high rates of infant mortality, pre-term and low-weight births among African American babies. Discussion guides, backgrounders and other resources are available on the series companion website.

New CDC Congenital Heart Defects Website Unveiled
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled its new user-friendly and up-to-date website. New features include: easy-to-read information on prevention, risk factors, diagnosis and living with a congenital heart defect; information about specific congenital heart defects; a compilation of important data and scientific publications; and an overview of the work CDC and its partners are doing in the area of congenital heart defects.

SBTS Launches New Website/Video
Save Babies Through Screening Foundation (SBTS) introduced a new website that will serve as a comprehensive online newborn screening (NBS) resource center for families and health practitioners. The new site will host an interactive portal for new and expecting families to ask questions and view educational content about NBS. It also includes SBTS’s new video, “One Foot at a Time,” which shares expert insight from respected medical advisors and the stories of four American families whose lives have been changed by NBS. To view the website and learn more about SBTS, visit

Catalyst Center Online State Chartbook Gets New and Improved Look
The Catalyst Center enhanced and updated its web-based state data chartbook on coverage and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) for each state, DC and Puerto Rico. The chartbook continues to offer demographic, economic, health care services and coverage information related to CYSHCN, but will now also offer data on percentage of CYSHCN screened early and continuously for special health care needs, and how that compares with the national average. Additionally, in an update to existing data, the chartbook now includes several new indicators, including a section on state performance toward the achievement of the six core Healthy People 2010 performance outcomes for CYSHCN.

Report Examines How Health Professionals Can Influence Environments to Improve Child Health
Building Healthier Communities: How Healthcare Professionals Are Fighting Childhood Obesity Outside the Clinic Walls tells the stories of health professionals in eight different communities who advocated for policy changes designed to improve the health of children and families. The report, from phase 1 of the Be Our Voice project, contains stories of how Be Our Voice advocates worked with legislators, school boards, town and city officials, and other leaders to change policies affecting their towns, regions, and states. [Excerpt taken from the Sept. 16 issue of the MCH Alert, published by the Maternal and Child Health Library at the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.]