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General Maternal and Child Health

New AMCHP Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
Breastfeeding promotion is currently a significant focus of national health policy. In January 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General released a Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched encouraging implementation of the Ten Steps for Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals, outlined by the World Health Organization. Moreover, the ACA offers states and communities additional opportunities to strengthen breastfeeding support. A new AMCHP fact sheet highlights the key ACA provisions and shares ideas on how MCH programs can take advantage of them. To view the fact sheet, click here.

MCH Navigator Learning Portal Additions
In July 2012, the following updates were made: eight new instructional postings (Community Partnerships and Perspectives – Basic Level, Community Partnerships and Perspectives – Intermediate Level, Community Partnerships and Perspectives Advanced Level, Reading Epidemiologic Literature: Unit 1, Reading Epidemiologic Literature: Unit 2, Communications Messaging, Introduction to Critical Thinking, and Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice); a new Self Assessment and Learning Plan (an online tool allowing users to identify their individual training selections consistent with their self-assessment) was announced; a new Pediatric Environmental Health Training website posting; and a request for MCH professionals to review new online training material and/or new learning portal features (if interested, please contact Meredith Morrissette). For more information, click here.

New Poll Shows Hispanics Among Most Severely Obese Populations 
 Blacks and Hispanics are among the most likely groups in the United States to be very obese, according to new data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. About 6 percent of Blacks and 3.4 percent of Hispanics fall into the highest body mass index (BMI) category (>40.00), compared to 3.1 percent of Whites and 1 percent of Asians. To view the full report, click here. Check out a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens Our Economic Future, to see some recommendations for combating the spread of obesity.

Adolescent Health

New Teen Reproductive Health Resources from the Office of Adolescent Health
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently released a number of new resources related to adolescent reproductive health. A new, online Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Resource and Training Center was launched, providing training and technical assistance resources to professionals working with pregnant and parenting teens. Designed for PAF grantees and other professionals in the field, the Resource and Training Center contains training and skill-building information as well as guides, tips and location-specific information to build the capacity of organizations supporting pregnant and parenting teens. OAH also published a comprehensive synthesis of data and federal resources on teen pregnancy and childbearing, which includes the latest trends; strategies for parents, health care providers, and communities; and a full list of resources. New, updated reproductive health data sheets have been posted and contain new state and national data. To learn more, visit the OAH website.

Children’s Health

New ASTDD Policy Statement on Perinatal Oral Health
On Jul. 26, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) released a new policy statement on perinatal oral health. In the statement, ASTDD fully supported and endorsed a strategic framework for promoting best practices for state and community oral health programs to optimize the oral health of pregnant women, mothers and children. Maintaining that public health agencies should address the following six essential services for improving perinatal oral health in the community: 1) assess and monitor perinatal oral health, 2) enhance infrastructure and build partnerships, 3) inform and empower the public to mobilize support, 4) ensure adequate oral health workforce and systems for perinatal oral health, 5) promote and support research and evidence-based practices, and 6) integrate perinatal oral health program into the Patient-Centered Medical Home. To read the full statement, click here.