General Maternal and Child Health
NCCC Resource Guide on Mentoring Strategies to Recruit and Retain Workforce from Underrepresented Groups
The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) at Georgetown University has compiled a number of resources for MCH training programs on using mentoring as an evidence-based strategy to increase the number of students and faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in MCH programs. Contents include a review of the peer-reviewed and grey literature on the importance of mentoring and successful models for students and faculty, a webinar summarizing findings from the literature review, a summary from informal listening sessions with students about the need for mentoring and their experiences being mentored, and a list of programs that support mentoring efforts. For more information, click here.
Family Voices Report Highlights the Work and Impact of a National Network of Family Leaders
2012 Activities & Accomplishments of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) looks at the role of family-staffed organizations in providing support, information, resources, and training for families of children, adolescents, and young adults with special health care needs (CSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. The report was developed by the Family Voices National Center for Family-Professional Partnerships with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Topics include the MCHB definition of CSHCN, data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, funding and support for F2F HICs, and the impact of F2F HICs on families and professionals. To view the report, click here.
Child and Adolescent Health
Resource Brief on Reaching Out to Children and Youth Following Disasters
The impact on children, adolescents and families in neighborhoods disrupted by Hurricane Sandy presents many challenges for families and health professionals. The MCH Library at Georgetown University presents a guide to provide resources for helping children and adolescents cope with injury, loss of loved ones, destruction of homes and schools, and other trauma. To view the guide, click here.
NHTSA Study Finds Booster Seats Decrease Child Motor Vehicle Fatalities
A study published in Pediatrics, reveals that U.S. states with laws requiring kids to ride in car booster seats have had fewer child deaths in accidents, especially among six- and seven-year-olds. The findings are based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for 1999 through 2009. During these years, states that started requiring booster seats had an 11 percent lower risk of child traffic deaths compared with states without a law. When the booster law included six- and seven-year-olds, deaths dropped by about one-quarter, versus states with no booster seat mandate. To read the full study, click here.
Pediatrics Supplement on Care of Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Improving Health Care for Children and Youth with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the supplement to the November 2012 issue of Pediatrics, describes an MCHB initiative to fund autism-intervention-research networks, training programs, and related projects. The supplement also includes information on results from registry analyses in the areas of psychotropic medication use, complementary and alternative medication use, sleep and behavior problems, and the associations of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder symptoms, adaptive functioning, and quality of life in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To view the supplement, click here.
MCH Library Releases Resource Guides About Obesity in Children and Adolescents
The Overweight and Obesity in Children and Adolescents Knowledge Path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about the prevention, identification, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in homes, schools, and communities. The new edition of the knowledge path was developed by the MCH Library at Georgetown University to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents, improve care, develop programs, and locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. For more information, click here.