General Maternal & Child Health
Health Reform Monitoring Survey Policy Briefs
The Urban Institute Health Policy Center and Georgetown University Center on Children and Families co-authored the following briefs based on data from the Health Reform Monitoring Survey:
- A First Look at Children's Health Insurance Coverage Under the ACA in 2014 examines changes in health insurance coverage for children. Topics include income distribution of uninsured children and how their access to care and preventive care receipt compares to that of insured children. The brief is available here.
- Taking Stock: Health Insurance Coverage for Parents Under the ACA in 2014 examines changes in health insurance coverage for parents living with their dependent children. Topics include distribution of uninsured parents by Medicaid expansion states, by family income, and by region. Geographic and health characteristics of uninsured parents are also discussed. The brief is available here.
New Fact Sheet for Title V Directors on Injury and Violence Prevention
This Children's Safety Network fact sheet is designed to help states identify existing and emerging issues and use evidence-informed strategies and initiatives for injury and violence prevention. Topics include engaging stakeholders, assessing state needs and mandates, examining strengths and weaknesses, selecting priorities unique to the state's situation, setting performance measures, developing an action plan, seeking and allocating resources, monitoring progress for impact on outcomes and reporting back to stakeholders. The fact sheet is available here.
New Resources from the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration National Evaluation Team
- The new Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Evaluation Highlight, Evaluation Highlight No. 10: How are CHIPRA quality demonstration States testing the Children's Electronic Health Record Format? focuses on how well the Format's requirements improve the delivery of primary care to children in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and on how readily the requirements can be incorporated into existing electronic health records (EHRs). This Highlight, which has implications for States and other stakeholders interested in using EHRs as a tool for measuring and improving children's health care quality, is available here.
- The new implementation guide, Implementation Guide No. 2: Designing Care Management Entities for Youth with Complex Behavioral Needs, provides information about the care management entities (CME) design process for states interested in implementing or improving CMEs for youth with complex behavioral health needs. The guide focuses on experiences of the three CHIPRA quality demonstration states, Maryland, Georgia and Wyoming, who are using funds to implement or expand CMEs. The guide is available here.
New AAP Instructional Video Series on the Medical Home Approach to Care
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) produced an instructional "how-to" video series, which provides step by step implementation strategies for pediatric clinicians and practices related to key concepts of the medical home approach to care. Fostering Partnership and Teamwork in the Pediatric Medical Home: A "How To" Video Series
contains three instructional videos from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in order to make the medical home approach to care easier to understand. These free videos show pediatric practices how to implement team huddles, family advisory groups, and care partnership support. Access the videos here.
Women's & Infant Health
New Resource on Newborn Genetics Testing
The Association of Public Health Laboratories released this resource, which provides information on the role of public health laboratories in genetics testing and newborn screening science and practice. Resources for education, technical assistance and evaluation, training and quality improvement are also included. To learn more, click here.
New Federal Study on Community-Based Doulas
The Perinatal Revolution, a new study supported by the federal government, finds that community-based doulas dramatically increase breastfeeding rates and decrease c-section rates in communities that face high risks of negative birth and developmental outcomes. Doulas provide extended, intensive peer-to-peer support to families throughout pregnancy, during labor and birth and in the early months of parenting. Click here to access the study. Resources include a video on community-based doulas, which can be found here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Resource on Confidentiality for Adolescents and Young Adults
The University of California, San Francisco, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies recently released Sensitive Health Care Services in the Era of Electronic Health Records: Challenges and Opportunities in Protecting Confidentiality for Adolescents and Young Adults. This brief identifies key issues affecting access to sensitive services for young people in California under health reform, summarizes current federal and state confidentiality guidelines with special attention to the role of EHRs and highlights EHR challenges and opportunities to protect confidentiality while providing sensitive services. To view this resource, click here.
New AHRQ Statistical Brief on the Cost of Children's Conditions
A new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Statistical Brief, The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17, presents data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) regarding medical expenditures associated with the five most costly conditions for children ages 0–17 in 2011. These conditions were determined by totaling and ranking the expenses by condition for all medical care provided in 2011. Mental disorders were the most expensive conditions ($13.8 billion) to treat among children, followed by asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ($11.9 billion), trauma-related disorders ($5.8 billion), acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infection ($3.3 billion) and otitis media ($3.2 billion). To learn more, click here.
New SAMHSA Study Shows Decline in Teen Drug and Alcohol Use
Drug and alcohol use among America's teens continues to trend downward, according to Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). From 2002 to 2013, the average American teenager's odds of regular tobacco use nearly halved. Recreational use of prescription painkillers saw a similar decline. The rate of regular alcohol use among teens aged 12 to 17 declined from 17.6 percent to 11.6 percent over the same period. Teen marijuana use, a contentious topic now that several states have legalized marijuana sales, is also on the decline. To access the full report, click here.