General Maternal & Child Health
Report Explores the Methodologies Used to Understand the Impact of Families on Children’s Health and Development
The report, “Toward an Integrated Science of Research on Families: Workshop Report,” produced by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, summarizes a workshop held on July 13-14, 2010, in Washington, DC, that brought together researchers, funders and users of research on families to discuss 1) how theory, study approach, and methodology matter, from behavioral as well as bio-behavioral perspectives; 2) how qualitative and quantitative approaches are best combined in the study of family; and 3) what are the challenges and advantages of a more integrated approach to family research for training and funding. Topics include demographic perspectives on family change, studying how families cope with poverty and economic stress, family processes in the clinical and prevention sciences, family research methods and frameworks, and funding opportunities and training models for the future of integrated family research studies. To download the report, visit here.
CDC Releases Report on Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Deaths
The report, “Surveillance for Traumatic Brain Injury–Related Deaths — United States, 1997–2007,” published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, Surveillance Summaries, provides key insights to help assess the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The goal of this report is to help inform TBI surveillance, education, or programmatic strategies, and to improve prevention efforts to protect Americans at greatest risk. To download the report, visit here.
New Paper Presents Links to State Information on State Benefit Programs
The paper, “Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online with Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP,” published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, presents links to state information available online for five state-administered benefit programs for families with low incomes. The online services offered include online policy manuals, printable applications, saving and returning to complete application later, eligibility screener-calculators, checking application status, renewing benefits, updating information or reporting changes, viewing account information, and program data. To download the paper, visit here.
CDC Launches New Teen Pregnancy and Social Media Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new site that offers free, easy-to-use communication tools that can help expand the reach of an organization’s health messages and help increase public engagement. Tools include buttons and badges, that can be added to websites; an e-Card encouraging parents to talk with teens about sex; Twitter and Facebook messages about teen pregnancy that can be posted on an organizations’ Facebook walls; a downloadable podcast and PSA about teen pregnancy; links to mobile-ready teen pregnancy prevention webpages; and information on Content Syndication which enables partner organizations to display current CDC content on their websites. To learn more, visit here.
NIHCM Foundation Releases Brief on Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents
The brief, “Protecting Confidential Health Services for Adolescents & Young Adults: Strategies & Considerations for Health Plans,” published by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, examines the policies in place to ensure adolescents and young adults have access to confidential care, and the barriers to delivering confidential care to this population. To download the brief, visit here.
Child Trends Releases Fact Sheet on Teen Birth Data
The fact sheet, “Facts at a Glance – April 2011,” provides teen birth data for some of the nation's largest cities, including data on repeat teen births. To download the fact sheet, visit here.
AAP Releases New Report on Pediatric Mental Health Care
The report, “Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Emergencies in the Emergency Medical Services,” published in the May 2011 issue of Pediatrics, examines the stabilization and management of clients in mental health crisis, the discovery of mental illness and suicidal ideation in emergency department (ED) clients, and approaches to advocating for improved recognition and treatment of mental illness in children. The report also addresses special issues related to mental illness in the ED such as minority populations, children with special health care needs, and children's mental health during and after disasters and trauma. To download the report, visit here.
OHRC Releases Two New School Health Resources
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University just released a few new resources designed to assist professionals initiating and implementing oral health services in school-based health centers:
· Be an Oral Health Champion: How School-based Clinic Staff Can Help Students Achieve Good Oral Health. This four-page paper lists problems that poor oral health may cause. It also offers tips for promoting oral health with students and parents, for incorporating oral health into the school setting, and for working with others in the community.
· Comprehensive Oral Health Services for Improving Children's and Adolescent's Oral Health Through School-Based Health Centers. This 12-page paper provides an overview of comprehensive oral health services offered in school-based health centers to assist those interested in initiating and implementing such centers.
NASHP Releases Report on Medicaid and CHIP
The report, “Medicaid and CHIP Children's Healthcare Quality Measures: What States Use and What They Want,” published in Academic Pediatrics, Volume 11, No. 3S, May-June 2011, draws from responses to the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) Charting CHIP IV survey, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and from analytic work supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to inform AHRQ's Children's Healthcare Quality Measures Subcommittee. To download the report, visit here.
Updated NSDUH Report on Substance Abuse Among Young Mothers
The “National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDHU) Report,” published by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, provides an updated summary of the rates of substance use among young mothers living with their children. To download the report, visit here.