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Grant Opportunities from the Commonwealth Fund
The Commonwealth Fund
is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for at risk populations. In order to do so, the fund supports independent research on health care issues and provides grants to improve health care practice and policy. Of special interest to the fund are delivery system models capable of providing population-based, patient-centered, accountable care that is well integrated across the full continuum of services - preventive, health-promoting, acute, chronic, and long-term - and the payment reforms that make such models feasible. Projects supported by these programs are intended to inform health care leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels about promising ways of using new and existing resources to overcome barriers and stimulate delivery system improvements. For a list of grant opportunities, click here.

 Women’s & Infant Health

Report from the Third National U.S. Survey of Women’s Childbearing Experiences
An initiative by Childbirth Connections, Listening to Mothers is devoted to improving maternity policy, practice, education, and research by understanding experiences and perspectives of childbearing women. Particularly, the study focused on the following:

  • What health concerns do women have before pregnancy?
  • How do U.S. women use the internet and other sources of pregnancy information?
  • How do childbearing experiences differ across racial and ethnic groups in the United States?
  • How do experiences of childbearing women on Medicaid and private insurance differ?
  • What are some factors driving the use of cesarean section in the United States?
  • What are some factors driving use of induced labor in the United States?
  • How have women’s childbearing experiences changed over the past decade?

For the full report, click here.

New Online Toolbox: Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities
AMCHP and the CDC Division of Human Development and Disability are pleased to announce the release of a new online toolbox for Improving the Receipt of Clinical Preventive Services among Women with Disabilities. The toolbox was created for maternal and child health program staff that work with women with disabilities, and offers a centralized resource of health information and links to existing tools specifically designed to increase the use of clinical preventive services among women with disabilities.

 The tools in this resource address the needs to:

  • Increase knowledge and use of recommended services
  • Identify service gaps and monitor progress
  • Create or map accessible facilities and transportation in communities
  • Empower clinicians and women with disabilities to interact effectively

The development of this toolbox stemmed from a meeting of MCH stakeholders and experts who examined examples of existing tools and made recommendations to increase their use among MCH programs. The toolbox is an opportunity for state and local public health programs to examine their roles in improving clinical preventive services to women with disabilities and to incorporate available tools into their working strategies.

To access the toolkit, click here.

 Child Health

OAH Mental Health Disorder Resources
Roughly 20 percent of adolescents are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) outlines direct-service resources and links to more information about adolescent mental health disorders and adolescent access to mental health services. To view the resources, click here.

CDC Issues First Comprehensive Report on Children’s Mental Health in the United States
The CDC has released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Supplement that finds that millions of American children live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome or a host of other mental health issues. Mental Health Surveillance Among Children in the United States, 2005-2011 is the first-ever report to describe federal efforts on monitoring mental disorders, and presents estimates of the number of children aged three to 17 years with specific mental disorders, compiling information from different data sources covering the period of 2005-2011. The report is an important step to better understand children’s mental disorders, identify gaps in data, and develop public health strategies to protect and promote children’s mental health, so children can reach their full potential in life. To download the report, click here.