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New Brief on Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center, in collaboration with AMCHP, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), March of Dimes and Washington Dental Service Foundation, released a new issue brief, Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Young Children: Opportunities for Policymakers.  This new brief provides state policymakers a brief review of the research and evidence on dental care during the perinatal period, identifies current state guidelines that have been developed, reviews liability issues for dentists and medical providers, and outlines current state policy options to support the oral health of pregnant women and young children. To view the brief, click here.

Family Voices Release of the Second Edition of the Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide
This small, fun, easy-to-use book is designed to help families support health and wellness for their children at every age. The 2nd Edition is reorganized for greater ease of use, and has many updates and a great deal of new information. Developed for families by families, the Pocket Guide provides families with: information and encouragement for the roles families play every day in the health and well-being of their children; information about the importance of well child visits for all children, including children and youth with special health care needs; encouragement to speak up to take active roles in their children’s care; encouragement to form partnerships with other families and with professionals to improve policies, care, services, and support for all children and families; an overall framework for children’s good health and insight into all those who contribute to it; current, comprehensive, succinct information about child development; and links to resources and further sources of information for children’s good health. For more information, click here.

Children’s Health

AAP Releases New Report on Essential Health Benefits for Children
On Aug. 28, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new report on essential health benefits (EHBs) for children. The Affordable Care Act requires health insurance plans in the private market and health insurance exchanges to offer 10 EHB categories of services beginning in 2014. The report compares coverage and costs for each of the 10 EHB categories currently offered by the three largest federal employee health plans, one of the largest state employee plans and one of the largest small group plans in five states. For these states – Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, Texas and Washington – the report also compares coverage under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. To view the full report, click here.

New CDC Web page on Newborn Screening
In honor of Newborn Screening Awareness Month in September, CDC has posted a Web feature on newborn screening last week. CDC offered tips on newborn screening for expectant and new parents, including: ask for your baby’s newborn screening results and, if your baby does not pass the screening tests, get additional tests or necessary treatments right away – don’t wait. To view the new page, click here. For more information on newborn screening, click here.

New Multi-Use Toolkit to Help Make School Lunch Healthier
The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. This toolkit is separated by audience to help direct you to the most relevant and valuable tools and resources created just for you. This toolkit provides parents with brochures, information and resources needed to help children eat healthy and learn healthy habits that last forever. This toolkit provides materials and resources to help students make the right choice, the healthy choice, when it comes to choosing what to eat. This toolkit will assist school administrators and foodservice workers in providing wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and improving your school meals throughout your school and school district. This toolkit provides resources, tools and information to help communities make the school meal changes a positive and successful change for everyone!

ASTDD Releases New First Dental Visit by Age 1 Policy Statement
ASTDD recommends that every child have a first dental visit within six months of the eruption of the first primary tooth and no later than twelve months of age. Training dental and medical professionals in perinatal and infant oral care significantly contributes to early caries recognition and prevention through oral disease risk assessments and dental referrals in a timely manner. ASTDD strongly encourages early childhood programs to integrate oral health in interdisciplinary ways to facilitate the first dental visit by age one. This would include arranging for a caries risk assessment, providing anticipatory guidance and making timely referrals for the establishment of a dental home. To view the full statement, click here.