General Maternal and Child Health
Special Issue of Family and Community Health Focuses on the Life Course Model
The January-March 2013 issue of Family and Community Health discusses a variety of approaches for providing health-promotion and disease-prevention strategies. Several of the authors use the life-course health-development (LCHD) framework to guide their work. The articles in the issue deal with parent-child relations and their impact on health disparities based on factors such as ethnicity, illnesses, such as HIV, obesity, and caregiver stress that affect those caring for children with asthma. Consistent with the LCHD concepts, the issue devotes attention to novel ways to communicate health-promotion information. To read the full issue, click here.
Child and Adolescent Health
NAHIC Issue Brief Describes Implications of the ACA Decision for Adolescents and Young Adults
This issue brief, “The Supreme Court ACA Decision: What Happens Now for Adolescents and Young Adults?” summarizes the current health insurance status of adolescents and young adults, discusses implementation of key elements of the ACA and what that will mean for these two age groups, and highlights implementation choices still to be made by the federal government and states that will affect adolescent and young adult access to health insurance and health care services. The issue brief is one in a series produced by the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law, National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC), University of California, San Francisco, with support from MCHB. To view the brief, click here.
Women’s and Infant Health
CityMatCH Celebrates 15th Anniversary of PPOR
2012 is the 15th Anniversary of the Perinatal Periods of Risk’s (PPOR) conception, and to mark this anniversary CityMatCH, the National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, has released “PPOR: 15 Years of Changing the Way Urban Communities Approach Infant Mortality.” PPOR is both a community approach and an analytic framework for investigating and addressing high infant mortality rates in urban settings. PPOR was based on an approach used by the World Health Organization in developing nations and was for modified for use in U.S. cities, with CityMatCH leading national efforts to validate, enhance and adapt this approach for use in U.S. cities with high infant mortality rates. In recent years, CityMatCH has promoted the integration of PPOR with broader MCH practice at the state and local levels, and has provided training and technical assistance to urban health departments. To view the anniversary issue, click here.
Article on ABM Clinical Protocols for Breastfeeding Management
The February 2013 issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America will feature the process and content for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) clinical protocols, which are written for use by physicians globally. The ABM 25 clinical protocols collectively address routine prenatal, peripartum, and postpartum (inpatient and outpatient) breastfeeding management, including supplementation, jaundice, human milk storage, co-sleeping, procedural pain in the infant, and analgesia and anesthesia for the breastfeeding mother. Guidelines detail management of breastfeeding for a variety of high-risk infants, including late-preterm infants, and other special maternal and infant conditions. This article provides a brief review of each ABM protocol. The reviews are intended to provide readers with highlights of each protocol. To view the article, click here.