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Women’s Health

New MCH Library Knowledge Path – Preconception and Pregnancy
The MCH Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Preconception and Pregnancy. The knowledge path points to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of preconception and prenatal care to improve perinatal health outcomes. To view the knowledge path online, click here.

Maternal Mortality Review Airticles Available in Seminars in Perinatology
The most recent issue of Seminars in Perinatology, entitled Maternal Mortality, contains 16 articles covering a variety of important aspects on this topic. Included are pieces describing how to set up a maternal mortality review process (pages 7-13);  papers from Florida (pages 31-36) and California (pages 37-41) which describe the state experience of establishing and maintaining maternal mortality reviews; and others on specific causes of maternal death and strategies to reduce their number. A limited number of copies will be available at the AMCHP conference.

Adolescent Health

New Information Posted on the CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Website
The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) reported today that about half of teen females who had an unintended pregnancy and a live birth, said they did not use birth control before getting pregnant. Of these, almost one third said they did not use birth control because they thought they could not get pregnant. Other reasons included because their partner did not want to use contraception (23.6%) or because they did not mind getting pregnant (22.1%). The CDC Division of Reproductive Health analyzed data for this report from several states participating in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). This analysis focused on a group of females, aged 15–19, who responded to the PRAMS survey from 2004–2008 and indicated they had an unintentional pregnancy. Read the full MWWR report, click here.

Children’s Health 

New Data from the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
New data from the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) are now accessible on the Data Resource Center (DRC) website. Key findings include: Nationwide 15.1 percent of children have special health care needs – this ranges from 11 percent to 20 percent across states; Less than half of CSHCN receive quality care within a comprehensive and coordinated medical home;             Less than 30 percent of youth with emotional, behavioral or developmental issues received needed transition planning for adult care; More than 1 in 3 CSHCN lack adequate insurance coverage to pay for needed services; Only 17.6 percent of CSHCN are served by systems of care that meet all age-relevant MCHB core outcomes; and More than 1 in 10 CSHCN use alternative health care or treatment. For more information, visit childhealthdata.org.