General Maternal and Child Health
New AMCHP Issue Brief on Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V
AMCHP has developed a new issue brief, with support from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), entitled Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V. The issue brief addresses the important role Title V programs play in providing leadership for, developing, and implementing comprehensive programs and systems that address healthy weight, nutrition, and physical activity for women, children, infants and families. This publication highlights how state Title V MCH programs are working to promote healthy weight in their states and communities by presenting an environmental scan of Title V activities and snapshots of several comprehensive state efforts. To download the issue brief, click here.
NAPHSIS Report Presents Strategies for Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics
The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS), in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), has released a report exploring the challenges in collecting, processing, and delivering timely vital statistics data. In November 2012, NAPHSIS and AECF convened a symposium to study barriers to data collection and reporting and identify strategies to improve the timeliness of the process. The report summarizes both the lessons learned and recommendations for improvement from this meeting. For more information and to read the full report, click here.
Women’s and Infant Health
AAP Report Ranks Alaska First in Neonatal/Infant Survival Rates
A report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announces Alaska's neonatal mortality rate has decreased to an all-time low of 1.92 deaths per 1,000 live births, the best in the nation for the second time. Alaska's infant mortality rate is also the lowest in the nation at 3.75 deaths per 1,000 live births. These two percentages are for 2010, the most recent data available. Alaska's rates were as high as 8.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in the early 1980s. The improved health of Alaskan neonates and infants is attributed to the work of many people across the state, including hospitals, tribal community health aides, pediatricians, neonatologists, perinatologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and numerous others. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership also specifically recognized the contributions of the state birthing facilities and health care personnel to achieving these outcomes. For more information, click here.