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AAP Releases an Online Culturally Effective Care Tookit
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau with technical assistance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), hosted a webinar April 7 focused on the AAP's new online resource, the “Culturally Effective Care Toolkit. The webinar also highlights a Healthy Tomorrows grantee's experiences creating culturally responsive health education materials and training providers on how to care for patients and families with diverse health literacy levels.  

An audio recording, PowerPoint presentation, and transcripts are now available on the Community Pediatrics website. Browse the Healthy Equity page for additional resources on this topic. 

 

Adolescent Health 

AFSP and SPRC Releases a New Toolkit for Schools After a Suicide
The toolkit, “After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools,” developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), is designed to give schools reliable information, practical tools and pragmatic guidance on what to do in the aftermath of a suicide. It offers general guidelines for action, templates, sample materials and covers topics such as crisis response, helping students cope, working with the community, memorialization, social media and bringing in outside help. To download the toolkit, visit here 

 

Children’s Health 

AMCHP Releases Updated Fact Sheet on State Birth Defects Performance Measures
AMCHP recently reviewed the Title V Information System to identify states that have adopted performance measures related to birth defects surveillance. This updated fact sheet highlights innovative and effective ways that state Title V agencies utilize birth defects surveillance systems to improve maternal and child health. To download the fact sheet, click here.   

The Lancet Launches New Stillbirths Series
The Lancet Series, “Stillbirths,” highlights the rates and causes of stillbirth globally, explores interventions to prevent stillbirths (as well as maternal and neonatal deaths), and sets key actions to halve stillbirth rates by 2020. In the series, launched on April 14, 2011, stillbirth refers to all pregnancy losses after 22 weeks of gestation, but, for numerical comparisons between international data, the World Health Organization definition of a stillbirth as having a birthweight of at least 1,000 g or a gestational age of at least 28 weeks (third-trimester stillbirth) is used. Contents include six papers, two research articles, and comments from professional organizations and parent groups. They provide analysis of the problem and the results of incorporating stillbirths into existing health systems for women and infants, with examples of successes and missed opportunities, especially for families with very low incomes. To learn more, visit here 

NASHP Release New Brief on Children’s Coverage Under the ACA
The brief, “Affordability Lessons from Children's Coverage that can Inform State Policymaking under the Affordable Care Act,” published by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), through funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, examines the affordability of current coverage options and coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It describes the importance of affordability and draws on lessons from the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, which can serve as a model for states as they implement affordability provisions in ACA. To download the brief, visit here. 

IOM Issues a Report on Child and Adolescent Health
The report, “Child and Adolescent Health and Health Care Quality: Measuring What Matters,” published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), evaluates the state of efforts to measure child and adolescent health and the quality of their health care services. To download a brief of the report, visit here 

 

Women’s Health 

Kaiser Releases New Chartbook on Women’s Health Care
The book, “Women's Health Care Chartbook: Key Findings From the Kaiser Women's Health Survey,” published by The Kaiser Family Foundation, includes the findings from a national survey of women ages 18 to 64 and provides a look at the experiences of women in the health care system. The chartbook presents a wide range of data on women’s health issues, including insurance coverage, affordability of and access to care, use of health care services, prevention and family health. The survey was conducted in 2008, and builds on data collected during previous women’s health surveys conducted by the Foundation in 2001 and 2004. To download the chartbook, visit here.