General Maternal & Child Health
MCHB Announce New Resource for MCH Professionals
The MCH Navigator is a learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Online training resources (e.g. archived webcasts and webinars, instructional modules and self-guided short courses) have undergone academic review and have been handpicked for, and vetted by, MCH audiences. While still in development, this portal helps meet urgent needs in the field and the early release will enable input and feedback from the widest of array of target audiences. To check out the MCH Navigator, click here.
Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2011: Alaska Native Edition Released
The new Data Book is the fifth in a series of comprehensive reference books on the status of women’s, infants’ and children’s health in Alaska. This issue was produced in collaboration with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, and reports all analyses by Alaska Native status. All data in this issue come from two surveys of mothers in Alaska, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), and its three-year follow-up survey, the Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS). Copies of the Data Book are available through the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (907) 269-8073. All five Alaska MCH Data Books are also available online here.
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit offers downloadable tools and resources for local health departments. This toolkit aims to connect local health departments with publications, tools, and other resources related to maternal, child, and adolescent health. NACCHO welcomes any tools or resources you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a tool to the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit, contact email@example.com. To see the current toolkit, click here.
Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth
This guide, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is designed to help health professionals identify youth who are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Learn more about the guide, and download it for free, online.
New Report on Adolescents and Medical Home Interventions
The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health released a new report, Medical Home Innovations: Where Do Adolescents Fit? This report presents findings from interviews conducted with senior leaders of 12 medical home programs across the country, focusing on how the model has benefitted adolescents thus far. Key challenges remain, including enrolling adolescents with appropriate primary care providers, addressing adolescent concerns about privacy protection, developing further strategies for increasing their utilization of necessary services, and allowing adequate time for providers to care for their complex needs. To view this report, click here.
New Resource – Medicaid.gov
On Dec. 5, HHS launched medicaid.gov/. This website is the culmination of efforts at the Center for Medicaid and Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services to revitalize and reorient the information the federal government makes available about Medicaid and CHIP. AMCHP agrees that this website is an extremely valuable resource providing information including: federal policy guidance; lists of pending and approved waivers; highlights of the Affordable Care Act implementation efforts; state-specific program information and data; and improved search capabilities. We strongly encourage you to check it out!
New Report on Children with Special Health Care Needs in Context
Children with Special Health Care Needs in Context: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007, the report, recently released by MCHB, provides an enhanced view of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) by illustrating their health, health care, home and family environments, and school and neighborhood environments compared to their peers without special health care needs. The national- and state-level findings in this report are based on the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH). To view the report, click here.
Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet
A product of the Healthy Native Babies Project, this workbook packet explores ways to promote safe sleep messages and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among American Indian/Alaska Native infants. The contents of this workbook include handouts, a toolkit disk and a toolkit user guide. Local health departments may use the toolkit to design culturally-appropriate posters, flyers, postcards, brochures and other materials. To view the wookbook, click here.