General Maternal and Child Health
New AMCHP/Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief Highlights New Opportunities for Integrating and Improving Health Care for Women, Children, and Their Families
A new issue brief from AMCHP and the Commonwealth Fund explores how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives states new tools and funding to integrate public and private delivery of health care services. Many states are already integrating services for low-income women and children to improve outcomes and reduce costs. For example, many state Medicaid agencies and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, public health agencies, provider groups, private insurers, children’s hospitals and family organizations are partnering to share resources, including technical assistance, coordinated care and quality improvement efforts. This issue brief highlights the efforts of Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Vermont to integrate health care services for low-income women and children, especially through state Title V maternal and child health programs. For a copy of the brief, click here.
Improving the Medical Home Through the Use of Health Information Technology – Fact Sheets
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Health Informatics Center, is pleased to announce the availability of two new fact sheets that demonstrate the relationship between health information technology (HIT) and medical home. The Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers provides information, tools and resources related to implementation in practice. The Fact Sheet for Families helps families understand the important role that HIT plays in ensuring the best care for their children. Both fact sheets and other HIT resources can be found on the HIT page of the NCMHI website.
FoSE Releases National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12
Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS have partnered to create the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, which has developed national standards to provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The standards are the result of cooperative efforts from the American Association for Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education in coordination with FoSE. For more information on FoSE and to read the standards, click here.
New AMCHP Issue Brief on the ACA and ASD/DD
AMCHP recently released the issue brief, “The Affordable Care Act and Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities,” which explores the elements of the ACA that impact children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD). Children and youth with ASD/DD require an array of health services that are often inadequately covered under the current health system. The ACA is designed to boost coverage, improve benefits and provide new insurance protections for all Americans. The issue brief can also be found on the AMCHP website. If you have any questions about the brief, please contact Melody Cherny.