General Maternal and Child Health
New NACCHO Report on LHD Budget Cuts; MCH among Hardest Hit
According to a new report from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), 21 percent of all local health departments (LHDs) reduced or eliminated MCH services. Fifty-seven percent of all LHDs reduced or eliminated at least one program during 2011, with MCH among the programs hardest hit. Findings from this survey are being shared with government agencies, members of Congress and the press. State-level analysis of budget, staffing and program cuts data will be available in the coming weeks. For more information, or to read the full report, click here.
New MCH Library Briefs to Help You Find Facts Fast
The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a set of resource briefs to help you quickly locate data sets, data tools and statistics; literature and research; and programs to improve families’ health and well-being. The briefs will point you to the tools needed to answer specific statistical questions, learn about the latest research in the field or find effective programs about any MCH topic. The following resource briefs are available on the MCH Library website: MCH Data and Statistics, MCH Literature and Research Databases and MCH Programs Databases.
CDC Resources for State and Territorial Public Health Professionals
The CDC Gateway is an exclusive online resource with information, tools and resources selected specifically for state, tribal, local and territorial health professionals. Specialized content includes a CDC grants funding tool, “What's New @ CDC" RSS feed and a new CDC Online Resource Directory (CORD) – a password-protected system that allows state, tribal, local and territorial public health agency employees to search for and contact CDC staff. To receive your password, visit CORD and register. To access CDC Gateway, click here.
New ACOG Website on Women and Alcohol
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) launched a new website that provides resources for women’s health care providers in identifying women who drink too much and in providing brief educational counseling to reduce or eliminate alcohol use. It also provides information for the public along with linked resources. This website offers a cell phone app, downloadable patient information sheets, current news articles, treatment referral information and more. To visit the website, click here.
Surgeon General Releases New Report on Youth Smoking
On Mar. 8, Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released the Surgeon General’s Report, Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults. This report details the scope, health consequences and influences that lead to youth tobacco use and proven strategies that prevent its use. The report provides further scientific evidence on the addictive nature of nicotine. And reinforces that the younger individuals are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they are to become addicted and the more heavily addicted they will become. To read the report, and for additional resources, click here.
New Teen Dating Violence Resources Available
The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) developed two new resources on teen dating violence. The first resource is a fact sheet entitled Teen Dating Violence as a Public Health Issue. It provides information and data on teen dating violence, describes evidence-informed interventions to reduce teen dating violence behavior, offers examples of state efforts to prevent dating violence, and lists specific steps that public health professionals can take to play an active role in addressing this injury issue. The second resource is a CSN Special Newsletter Issue on Teen Dating Violence Prevention, which features links to data, research articles, policy and legislation; national organizations that work to eliminate teen dating violence and assist victims; and organizations and projects that focus on LGBTQ and minority issues related to dating violence. To view these resources, click here.
NRC Releases New Safe Sleep Publication
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) recently released Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction. This resource is a compilation of 27 nationally recognized health and safety standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/suffocation in child care and early education settings from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition. Among the important issues addressed are: safe sleep practices, safe sleep environment, education on safe sleep and reducing the risk of SIDS, and safe sleep policies and information. To download this publication, click here.