General Maternal and Child Health
Departments of HHS and Education Launch New Stop Bullying Website
On Mar. 30, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan unveiled a revitalized Stop Bullying website to encourage children, parents, educators and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying. The website provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. The site also explores the dangers of cyberbullying and steps youngsters and parents can take to fight it. Visit stopbullying.gov to learn more.
New IOM Report – Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health
The traditional separation between primary health care providers and public health professionals is impeding greater success in meeting their shared goal of ensuring the health of populations, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The report recommends ways that CDC and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) could foster integration between primary care and public health through funding, policy levers and other means. Collaboration presents an opportunity for both primary care and public health to extend their reach and achieve the nation's population health objectives, the committee noted. To see the full report, click here.
Fact Sheet: Ten Things You Need to Know about Birth Defects
This fact sheet, from the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, contains information about birth defects, including statistics on incidence and cost, common causes of birth defects, and strategies and behaviors that can prevent birth defects. Access the fact sheet here.
Toolkit for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
This toolkit, from the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, provides an improved framework for engaging community leaders, clinicians, families, and Title V directors to assist children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN). Each collaborative involved in creating the toolkit identified and tested a number of tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for CSHCNs. Examples of communication tools include the Family Newborn Hearing Screening Roadmap, care notebooks and a pictorial description of seizures.