General Maternal & Child Health
The MCH Library Launches New Knowledge Path
The knowledge path, “Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents,” produced by the MCH Library at Georgetown University, offers resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental heath challenges. To view the knowledge path, visit here.
New Report on the Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home
The report, “Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home,” published in the July issue of Pediatrics, provides practical, detailed guidance on how to plan and execute better health care transitions for all patients. The report is jointly authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. To download the report, visit here.
The National Health Care Transition Center Launches New Website
The site, gottransition.org, offers health care professionals, state policy makers, families and youth health care transition resources, particularly those pertaining to youth with special health care needs. To learn more, visit here.
New Tool Promotes Child Health Care
The tool, “Let's Move Child Care Checklist,” a component of the Let's Move Child Care, a website launched by the White House, in collaboration with Nemours and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, offers recommendations for childhood obesity prevention in early care and education. The checklist is based on the Nutrition and Physical Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC), a research-tested intervention designed to enhance policies, practices, and environments in child care by improving the nutritional quality of food served, the amount and quality of physical activity, staff-child interactions, and facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices and related environmental characteristics. To download the checklist, visit here.
Social Security Administration Reaches 100 Compassionate Allowances Conditions
On July 14, Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue announced the addition of 12 new conditions to the Compassionate Allowances list of conditions. This addition brings the number of Compassionate Allowances conditions to 100, a number of which are rare diseases affecting children. Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are “a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate Allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly.” For more information, visit here.