New Website Details Health System Indicators
A new website, developed by the HHS, brings together trend data on a limited set of key health system measures from multiple data sources to provide a picture of the status of the U.S. health system. The Health System Measurement Project tracks government data on critical U.S. health system indicators. The website presents national trend data, as well as detailed views broken out by population characteristics such as age, sex, income level and insurance coverage status. To view the site, click here.
MCH Library Releases Updated Tool for Finding Community-Based Services
The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a new edition of the Community Services Locator, an online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live. The locator can be used by service providers and families to find available child care and early childhood education programs; developmental assessment and learning services; family support; financial support; and health and wellness care. To view the locator online, click here.
New Women’s Health Prevention Brief
AMCHP and CityMatCH have released a Women’s Health Prevention Brief that highlights the importance of addressing the built environment in order to improve maternal health and birth outcomes. This brief is the last in a series of issue briefs highlighting the priority areas (injury and chronic disease, health disparities, reproductive and maternal health, and healthy lifestyles) identified in the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Preventive Health Framework. Previous briefs have focused on Women’s Mental Health and Women’s Health Equity. The brief begins with an overview of the built environment and research on the connections between the built environment and health. Next, the biological and social impacts of an unsupportive built environment on maternal health and birth outcomes are explored. Finally, promising programs at the state and local levels are highlighted. These briefs are a continuation of the work of the AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Health Partnership (WHP), which seeks to identify and promote unique state and local MCH roles and opportunities to improve women’s health before and between pregnancies. To download the Women’s Health Prevention Brief, please click here.
Nationwide Initiatives on Preconception Health
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Maternal Wellness developed a report highlighting several preconception health initiatives in states across the nation. Findings from key informant interviews emphasize the importance of innovative strategies and state-local partnerships to promote preconception health and maximize tight budgets. To view the report, click here.
National Campaign Survey Highlights on Teen Pregnancy and Related Issues
Findings from a recent survey, developed by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, demonstrate the impact parents have on teen pregnancy prevention. While the majority of adolescents identify their parents as most influential to their decisions and attitudes towards sex, 87 percent of teens do not engage in open, honest discussions about these topics with their parents. With One Voice 2012 is the latest in a series of national surveys commissioned and released by The National Campaign asking teens and adults a core set of questions about teen pregnancy and related issues. To see more results, click here.
School-Based Bullying Prevention Webinar and Fact Sheet
The National Institute for Health Care Management has released a new fact sheet and archived webinar on school-based bullying prevention in Pennsylvania schools. The fact sheet details the critical elements of the Highmark Foundation Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) and how to ensure a successful partnership to reduce school bullying. The webinar looked at how OBPP was implemented, with the help of a coalition of experts, as the largest statewide bullying prevention initiative in the country. For more information, click here.
New Safe Infant Sleep Videos from the National SUID/SIDS Resources Center
The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center released several recent videos about safe sleep for infants; all videos align with the 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for a safe sleep environment. This resource also connects users with webcasts and other online resources addressing sudden infant death risk. For more information, click here.