General Maternal and Child Health
AAP Launches Genetics in Primary Care Institute Website
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has launched a website dedicated to the Genetics in Primary Institute. The institute works to increase primary care provider (PCP) knowledge and skills in providing genetic-based services. The new website is a clearinghouse for practical tools and information for primary care providers regarding genetics and genomics, genetic testing, family history, genetic counseling, and patient communication. For more information and to view the website, click here.
MCHB Releases Toolkit to Support Families Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression
A Comprehensive Approach for Community-Based Programs to Address Intimate Partner Violence and Perinatal Depression highlights strategies and provides resources to help organizations address intimate partner violence and perinatal depression within their own communities. The toolkit, published by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) MCHB, comprises eight sections. Topics include making the case, building and sustaining partnerships, raising awareness, developing cultural and linguistic competence, addressing policy, and implementing standards of care guidelines. Pre- and post-program assessment tools and links to national resources are included. For more information and to view the toolkit, click here.
NICHQ Toolkit on Creating Patient and Family Advisory Councils
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) has created a toolkit for pediatric providers on how to effectively engage family perspectives by creating patient and family advisory councils. As the “customers” of the practice, patients and families bring experience and expertise that can help enhance service delivery and improve overall quality. Practices that encourage, value and utilize family perspectives and experiences in planning for high-quality medical care can accelerate their path toward becoming truly patient- and family-centered. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance on how to effectively engage family perspectives in the design of services and to improve overall quality in the delivery of those services. For more information and to view the toolkit, click here.
Pediatrics Study Finds No Association between Autism and “Too Many Vaccines Too Soon”
The Mar. 29 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics featured a study: “Increasing Exposure to Antibody-stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines is Not Associated with Risk of Autism.” The study was the first to explore a concern some have about the number of vaccines children receive in a single day or over the course of their first two years of life and a potential association between “too many vaccines too soon” and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The study found that the total antigens (the substances in vaccines that cause the body’s immune system to produce disease-fighting antibodies) from vaccines received by age two years, or the maximum number received on a single day, was the same between children with and without ASD. This does not support an association between the number of vaccines and ASD. The study results cover a broader range of vaccine antigen exposures than the typical child would be exposed to today and provide relevant data for the current recommended immunization schedule. This study strengthens the body of evidence, including a 2004 comprehensive review by the Institute of Medicine, that there is not a causal relationship between certain vaccine types and autism.
AMCHP is committed to better understanding autism and how it can be prevented, recognized early, and treated effectively to improve the lives of children and youth with ASD. This study advances our knowledge both about of ASD and the safety of vaccines. Through partnership with the HRSA Combating Autism Initiative and CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. campaign – AMCHP and state MCH and CYSHCN programs work to ensure that all children and youth with ASD receive early and timely identification, diagnosis, and intervention, so that they can reach their full potential. For more information about AMCHP work related to ASD, visit amchp.org/SPHARC.
AMCHP and Partners Release New Issue Brief on NICU Follow-up
AMCHP has developed a new issue brief in partnership with MedImmune entitled Partnering to Promote Follow-Up Care for Premature Infants. The issue brief addresses the importance of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) follow-up in premature infants by presenting five states that have successfully implemented NICU transition programs. An overview of each state program is presented along with partners, funding and successes. Maternal and child health leaders are encouraged to use this issue brief as a guide for the development of NICU follow-up programs in their own states. Additional resources also are presented as further guidance for the development of NICU follow-up programs. For more information and to view the issue brief, click here.