General Maternal & Child Health
AHRQ Launches New Page on Cultural and Linguistic Competence
The webpage, “Honing Cultural and Linguistic Competence,” published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange site, features innovative programs and quality tools for improving cultural and linguistic competence as well as reducing health care disparities for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. To learn more, visit here.
HHS Announces New Standards for Collecting and Reporting Data on Minority Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new draft standards for collecting and reporting data on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, and announced the administration’s plans to begin collecting health data on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations. Both efforts aim to help researchers, policy makers, health providers and advocates to identify and address health disparities afflicting these communities. Under the plan, HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation into national data collection efforts by 2013 and begin a process to collect information on gender identity. This plan includes the testing of questions on sexual orientation to potentially be incorporated into the National Health Interview Survey. The public may submit comments for the draft minority data collection standards here under docket number HHS-OMH-2011-0013. Public comments will be accepted until August 1. To learn more, visit here.
GPR Issues Primer on Teen Pregnancy and Foster Care
The primer, “Teen Pregnancy Among Young Women in Foster Care,” published by the Guttmacher Policy Review (GPR), addresses the unique needs and issues faced by pregnant teens in the foster care system. To download the primer, visit here.
NASHP Releases Report on Improving Care Coordination and Service Linkages to Support Child Development
The report, “Improving Care Coordination and Service Linkages to Support Healthy Child Development: Early Lessons and Recommendations from a Five-State Consortium,” published by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), summarizes early findings from the current Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) learning collaborative of five states. The five states: Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon are testing models to strengthen linkages and care coordination between pediatric primary care providers and community-based providers of early intervention, mental health, public health, and early care and education services. The states' early experiences are relevant for broad efforts to improve state policy, primary care practice, and population health. To download the report, visit here.
New Survey Assesses State-Level Coordination of Child and Adolescent Services
The survey, “Ready by 21 State Policy Survey: Child and Youth Policy Coordinating Bodies in the U.S.,” published by the Forum for Youth Investment in partnership with the RAND Corporation, describes findings from the first comprehensive biennial survey of leaders who work across agency lines to coordinate child and youth services, policies, funding and other resources to make those services as efficient and effective as possible. The contents of the executive summary include information on the prevalence of state coordinating bodies; the government agencies on the coordinating bodies and their non-governmental partners; the areas of child and youth development addressed and the data collected by coordinating bodies; and accomplishments of coordinating bodies in areas such as interagency planning and program improvement, leveraging resources, reducing duplication, and enacting policy. To download the executive summary, visit here.
NHPF Releases New Brief on Evidence-Based MCH Home Visitation
The brief, “Home, but Not Alone: Evidence-Based Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation,” published by the National Health Policy Forum (NHPF) at The George Washington University, provides an overview of the newly established Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, describes existing approaches to home visitation, and discusses the implications of federal funding for state and local practices. To download the brief, visit here.
KidsWell Launches Website that Monitors Health Care Reform Implementation
The site, KidsWellCampaign.org, monitors state and national health care reform implementation and opposition across the country. It focuses on health insurance coverage programs and provisions under the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid, the Child Health Insurance Program, Health Benefit Exchanges, and health insurance regulatory reforms. The website was designed to support child health advocates, but also provides transparency and accountability on health care reform implementation more broadly, benefitting policy makers, researchers and the public. KidsWell has also produced an issue brief, “Health Care Reform in the States: A Snapshot,” which highlights the maps on the website and serves as a roll-up of the state and federal implementation and opposition activity. To download the brief, visit here. To learn more, visit here.
Special Supplement Deals With Lessons Learned from H1NI
The June 2011 supplement to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Emerging Issues in the Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Influenza Among Pregnant Women in the United States,” summarizes some of what has been learned about influenza in pregnancy from the recent pandemic. The special issue includes a description of the timeline and activities of the CDC's Maternal Health Desk during the pandemic and proceedings from a follow-up meeting of experts and partners to review what was learned during the pandemic about the impact on pregnant women and their newborn infants and to plan for future influenza seasonal epidemics and pandemics. The issue includes two reports that describe cohorts of pregnant women with 2009 H1N1 and a report that uses a population-based influenza-surveillance system to examine the clinical characteristics of pregnant and non-pregnant women during recent influenza seasons that preceded the pandemic, as well as during the 2009-2010 pandemic season. To download the supplement, visit here.