General Maternal and Child Health
MCHB Getting Ready for Quality Improvement Quick Guide
This compilation of resources was prepared by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development and Office of Policy Coordination to support the MCH community in becoming better acquainted with quality improvement. They identified resources for those with extremely limited time for exploring the concepts and skills, as well as for those who can allocate larger blocks of time to learn about quality improvement. In addition, this MCH Navigator “Spotlight” was prepared so that those who learn better through reading, viewing presentations, or through Web tutorials, can find materials and methods with which they are most comfortable. Links to information resources are provided in seven categories: 1) Quick References on Methods and Tools; 2) Quick Study YouTube Videos; 3) Short Web Tutorials; 4) Links to Resource Organizations; 5) Journal Articles and White Papers; 6) Presentations/Trainings; and 7) Selected Examples of QI in Practice. The AMCHP Annual Conference also will offer a number of sessions on quality improvement. To learn more about these sessions, click here.
IPEC Launches Interprofessional Education (IPE) Portal
High-quality, peer-reviewed, competency-based learning modules for interprofessional health education are now available through a new innovative online portal launched by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). The materials are designed to provide tools to prepare tomorrow’s health professions workforce for interprofessional, team-based, patient-centered, and community- and population-oriented care. The IPE PORTAL collection is open for submissions. To view the portal, click here.
Child and Adolescent Health
HHS Resources on Expanding ECE Services for Homeless Children
More than 1.6 million children in the United States live on the streets or in homeless shelters. Forty-two percent of these children are under the age of six. The numbers of homeless children are even higher when also counting families who are temporarily doubling up with others, living in campgrounds or otherwise without a stable home. A family’s housing circumstances can change very suddenly as evidenced when natural disasters cause families to be at least temporarily homeless. Research shows that children who experience homelessness also experience higher rates of chronic illness, developmental delays, anxiety and depression than children who live in stable homes. The HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released a package of resources focusing on expanding early childhood education (ECE) services for this population. Included are federal policies and procedures on increasing access to ECE services, strategies for increasing ECE for homeless children and a resource list. For more information, click here.
Autism Identification in Latino Children Podcast
This edition of the MCH Research Program Research Dialogue Podcasts is an interview with Bruno Anthony, PhD on improving the early identification of autism in Latino children. The program focuses on Dr. Anthony’s project to develop and test methods to increase the number of Latino children who are screened in primary care at an early age for autism and other developmental delays, using evidence-based measures. The podcast covers the importance of community involvement in autism awareness and outreach, the role of family navigators, and ensuring that programs are sustainable. For more information, click here
Women’s and Infant Health
CityMatCH Article on Neonatal Abstinence SyndromeCityMatCH has published an article on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Health Update: Women, Children, and Adolescents. Over the past 18 months, CityMatCH has been working with six local public health departments to prevent substance-exposed pregnancies. Many CityMatCH member health departments have reported an increase in the misuse of prescription painkillers – mostly oxycodone and oxycontin – and a notable increase in the incidence of NAS in local hospital NICUs. To read the article, click here.
CDC Report Finds Binge Drinking Among Women is Under-Recognized
In the January issue of Vital Signs, the CDC reported that nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink roughly three times a month, and consume an average of six drinks per binge. Drinking behavior data was collected in the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from approximately 278,000 U.S. women aged 18 and older and for approximately 7,500 U.S. high school girls from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks on an occasion for women and girls. Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes about 23,000 deaths among women and girls in the United States each year. It puts women at increased risk for many health problems, such as breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease and unintended pregnancy. Pregnant women who binge drink expose a developing baby to high levels of alcohol, which can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and sudden infant death syndrome. The report also highlights the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), which recommends effective policies to prevent binge drinking. To read the report, click here.