MCH Navigator: Introducing a New Online Resource for Teaching and Learning Webinar Archive Available
In this webinar, staff from MCHB and faculty from both University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Washington describe a new learning portal that facilitates use of existing open-access training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public health and MCH leadership competencies. Learn how to use the Navigator in academic programs to enhance the skills of students, supplement class content and extend your capabilities to provide continuing education opportunities. To view the webinar, click here.
CDC Releases New Findings for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new findings on trends in sexual experience and contraceptive use among females aged 15-19 years. The article appears in the May 4, 2012, issue of the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article authors suggest actions that can help meet the needs of adolescents and further reduce teen pregnancy. And, since June is National Men’s Health Month, many CDC-funded teen pregnancy prevention programs include young males in planning activities and programs to meet their needs. Consider reaching out and leveraging events in your community to expand male involvement in teen pregnancy prevention. To view the article, click here. To learn more about teen pregnancy prevention and contraception, visit the CDC Division of Reproductive Health website.
New CDC Resource on Child Injuries
Child injuries are preventable, yet more than 9,000 children died from injuries in the United States in 2009. Car crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and falls are some of the most common ways children are hurt or killed. To help highlight the issue, the latest edition of CDC Vital Signs discusses the serious problem of child injury in the United States. It also highlights steps that everyone – including parents – can take to help save young lives. To read the full issue, click here.
Access New Online Data from the 2009-10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
April is National Minority Health Month. In honor of this year's theme – "Health Equity Can't Wait. Act Now in Your Community" – the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) announced new data available on their website. In order to better understand and advocate for minority children with special health care needs (CSHCN), the DRC website lets you compare important key indicators and outcomes for CSHCN by race/ethnicity, highest educational level in the household, and two new measures of complexity. Here are a few examples of findings you can access on the DRC website: among the 46 percent of CSHCN who experience four or more functional difficulties, only half have access to community based services; the 14 percent of CSHCN who meet four or more qualifying CSHCN Screener criteria are half as likely to experience quality care within a medical home as those whose conditions are less complex; and Hispanic CSHCN are most likely to lack insurance coverage. To learn more about this new data, click here.