General Maternal & Child Health
New Report on Tobacco Use and Mental Illness
The report, “A Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Illness," published by Legacy, puts a spotlight on the issue of the high prevalence of tobacco use and nicotine dependence among people with mental illnesses and highlights barriers to effective tobacco cessation efforts to help people with mental illnesses quit. It also features examples of five projects that demonstrate how organizations across America are addressing tobacco-related disparities faced by people with mental illnesses. These examples represent a broad range of tobacco prevention and cessation projects implemented by past Legacy grantees to deal with the issue of the high prevalence of tobacco use in this population. To download the report, visit here.
ASTPHND Releases New Brief on the Nutrition of Women, Children and Families
The brief, “Improving the Nutritional Well-being of Women, Children and Families,” published by the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors’ (ASTPHND) Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Council, provides state and national leadership on food and nutrition policy, programs and services. It includes a call to action and specific recommendations for state and territorial health agencies to strengthen their public health nutrition services. For more information, please contact Helene Kent. To download the brief, visit here.
CDC Launches Fragile X Syndrome Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new Fragile X Syndrome website that features information on Fragile X facts, inheritance, associated conditions, and related concerns; a compilation of important data and scientific publications; an overview of the work CDC and its partners are doing in the area of Fragile X. To learn more, visit here.
CCF Releases New Brief on CYSHCN and Medicaid
The brief, “Medicaid and its Role for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN): A Family Perspective,” published by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF), researchers review the current data on CYSHCN and Medicaid, summarize the routes to Medicaid coverage for CYSHCN, and outline state-level policy options that would increase CYSHCN accessibility to Medicaid. Throughout the paper, family stories convey the reality of what CYSHCN and their families experience and how vital Medicaid is to their survival. To download the brief, visit here.