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 Publications and Resources

General Maternal & Child Health
National Center on Health Oral Health Newsletter
The National Center on Health offers Brush Up on Oral Health, a monthly e-newsletter that provides Head Start staff with information on current practice, practical tips for promoting good oral health, and recipes for healthy snacks and other information to share with parents. Health and social service professionals interested in improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children enrolled in Head Start and their families may also find the newsletter helpful. To sign up for the newsletter, click here. All issues are listed for you to view and download. Past issues have focused on teething, tooth brushing, fluoridated tap water, oral injuries and strategies to prevent injuries, finding and using a dental home, oral injuries and preventing injuries, and the importance of oral health for children's school readiness.

2014 Alaska MCH Data Book Available
The Alaska Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health released the Maternal and Child Health Data Book 2014: The Life Course Edition. This new Data Book is the seventh in a series of reference books on the status of women's, infants', and children's health in Alaska. This edition follows life course theory, a population-focused framework that promotes optimal health and development over a lifetime and across generations, while advocating equity in health across communities and populations. Data in this issue comes from a variety of state and national sources; including the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), the Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS), the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). A limited number of print copies of the Data Book are available. Contact them at or call (907)269-8073. All seven Alaska MCH Data Books also are available online here.

New CDC Update on Ebola Outbreak and Response
The CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. They released a document summarizing key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and will be distributed regularly. Click here to view the document (you will need your AMCHP log-in to view this document).

Women's & Infant Health
New NICHQ Resource on Improving Breastfeeding Support in U.S. Hospitals
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) released its second installment in the Best Fed Beginnings initiative, which follow the story of two teams as they take the final steps toward becoming Baby-Friendly designated and reflect back on the journey of this groundbreaking, nationwide quality improvement project. Visit the Best Fed Beginnings page to learn more about the project, find success stories and inspirational first person accounts to read or watch part one in the Working Toward Baby-Friendly: Improving Breastfeeding Support in U.S. Hospitals.

Child & Adolescent Health
Advancing the Pediatric Medical Home Model in Iowa: New resource from NCMHI
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, is working to provide the most up-to-date information about exceptional state programs advancing the medical home model in pediatric populations. View this month's Iowa state profile to find out about Iowa Health Home programs and their impact on pediatrics.​