General Maternal and Child Health
New Tool for Policymakers from CDC and ASTHO
The CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) have released a new companion report to last year's Policy Toolkit for Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention. Learn more about promising ways states use legal and policy interventions as tools to enhance state HAI prevention programs here.
New Publication on Federal Funding Opportunities for Respite
Federal Funding and Support Opportunities for Respite: Building Blocks for Lifespan Respite, from the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, provides basic information about each of the federal programs that provide, or could potentially provide, respite funding or support. It is meant to be used by state Lifespan Respite Care Programs and their partners to help identify the funding sources that could be the building blocks for the state’s Lifespan Respite systems; help serve the underserved; help build respite capacity and quality and help recruit/retain respite workers; and identify the individuals who administer these funds for future collaboration and partnerships. For more information, click here.
New Materials Available from the CDC Preteen and Teen Vaccine Campaign
In January, the CDC Preteen and Teen Vaccine Campaign posted new recommendations, survey results and materials on their website. While adolescent vaccination rates for Tdap, meningococcal vaccine, HPV vaccine and flu vaccine are increasing, there is still much work to be done to achieve Healthy People 2020 goals of 80 percent coverage for each vaccine. Check out the new, up-to-date educational tools and resources to help increase awareness of the adolescent vaccines. Visit the CDC adolescent vaccine website, which contains the latest information on vaccine recommendations, or view the updated adolescent vaccine fact sheet for health care providers.
New Social Media Tools from CDC on Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Help parents and teens learn the facts! Take this interactive quiz, available in English and Spanish, to test your knowledge about the facts of teen pregnancy. Share the quiz with your friends and coworkers, post it on your website or share it on your social media networks. You can help reduce teen pregnancy by sharing the knowledge. Teens and parents also can help prevent teen pregnancy by being informed and talking with each other about sex, birth control and relationships. Take advantage of other CDC social media tools to promote your teen pregnancy prevention efforts.
New Information Available to Promote Child and Adolescent Health across the Life Span
The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health has released new information on state rankings by 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) indicators and outcomes; trend data from three years of the NS-CSHCN; access to new 2009/10 NS-CSHCN data on core outcomes; and Title V needs assessment data by state. To check out this data, click here.