General Maternal & Child Health
NACCHO Releases Report on Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Capacity Building Project
NACCHO undertook a multi-year demonstration project in partnership with CityMatCH and AMCHP, to respond to funding cuts and depreciations in the local health department (LHD) workforce by building LHD capacity to meet the needs of the women, children, youth and families in their communities. This brief, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Capacity Building Project, summarizes the project's framework and methodology, five local health department experiences and recommendations for future LHD capacity building efforts. To view the report, click here.
AHRQ-Funded Journal Supplement Focuses on Pediatric Quality Measures to Improve Children's Health
An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded supplement to Academic Pediatrics contributes to the national effort to measure and improve children's health. The September-October 2014 special supplement features seven commentaries and 12 articles that cover three broad themes: the value of pediatric quality measures to stakeholders, the scope of the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) and lessons learned in developing and testing pediatric quality measures. The articles in this supplement examine the opportunities and challenges associated with the PQMP Centers of Excellence work on advancing the science of pediatric quality measurement. To access the supplement, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
ACOG Resources on Ebola and Women's Health
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed a web page containing the most recent guidelines on the emerging Ebola epidemic. The page is regularly updated with timely, accurate, scientific guidelines for health care professionals and patient information. To access the website, click here.
CDC Resources on Ebola and Women's Health
CDC has released Guidance for Screening and Caring for Pregnant Women with Ebola Virus Disease for Healthcare Providers in U.S. Hospitals for health care providers working in emergency departments and labor and delivery units in U.S. hospitals. This resource provides guidance on how to screen pregnant women for Ebola virus disease and how to care for pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola, including considerations for pregnant health care workers. The guidance can be accessed here. Further domestic guidance on Ebola for health care workers, including the soon-to-be-released pediatric guidance, can be found here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New AMCHP Report: Environmental Scan on State Developmental & Autism Screening Strategies and Activities
AMCHP recently released an environmental scan report on State Strategies and Initiatives to Improve Developmental and Autism Screening, and Early Identification Systems. This report includes initial findings from an environmental scan AMCHP conducted in summer 2014 of 185 source documents in an effort to capture the wide range of developmental screening activities occurring within all U.S. states and territories. Over the coming year, this data will be further analyzed to develop resources to assist states, particularly Title V programs, in building and improving developmental screening and early identification systems. These tools and resources will be housed on the AMCHP State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) website. A fact sheet on Title V State Performance Measures related to developmental screening and early identification accompanies the release of the scan. For more information, and to access these publications, visit the SPHARC website.
New IOM Report on Young Adult Health
The new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, summarizes what is known about the health, safety and well-being of young adults and offers recommendations for policy and research. Contents include a cross-cutting recommendation that applies to all policies and programs addressing young adults, whether public or private, in all sectors of society. Subsequent recommendations focus on the key domains of relationships, education and employment, civic engagement and national service, public health, the health care systems and government investments in marginalized young adults. To download the report, click here.
New AHRQ Statistical Brief on Children and Mental Health
Mental health disorders affect a person's emotional, social and behavioral well-being. As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, mental health disorder services are currently part of the essential benefits package, a set of health care service categories that must be covered by certain plans, including all insurance policies that are offered through State-based Exchanges and Medicaid. This AHRQ Statistical Brief, Expenditures for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders among Children, Ages 5-17, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, presents estimates based on the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) on the use of and expenditures for all medical care, which includes inpatient stays, ambulatory care (office-based provider and hospital outpatient visits) and prescribed medicines to treat mental health disorders among school-age children in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. To access the brief, click here.
Child Trends Research Brief on Children's Physical Activity and the Built Environment
Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Physical Activity examines the relationship between physical exercise and neighborhood characteristics among children and adolescents, using data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health. The authors look at the frequency within each state of selected neighborhood characteristics: whether the child's neighborhood included a playground or recreation center, whether it had dilapidated housing, and whether parents felt their child was "usually" or "always" safe there. The brief also examines which of these characteristics were associated with a higher average number of days of exercise, when other factors affecting exercise frequency are taken into account. To access the brief, click here.
Report on Youth Internet Safety from the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings
Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations provides an overview of research representative of the depth and breadth of publications addressing child and youth online safety. Contents include an analysis of key findings, knowledge gaps and policy recommendations. Topics include cyberbullying, sexual solicitation and unwanted exposure to sexual content, the role of privacy, parent and community involvement and intergenerational gaps in attitudes toward internet safety issues. To access the report, click here.
New Report on Early Education and Health Care
The Build Initiative and the National Academy for State Health Policy produced a new report, Bridging Health Care and Early Education System Transformations to Achieve Kindergarten Readiness in Oregon. This report describes how Oregon has leveraged opportunities to support a state-led, fundamental shift in how the health care and early education systems function and align with each other. Topics include why, what and how Oregon is aligning these two systems, next steps and remaining challenges and lessons learned. Key transformation milestones, organizational charts and timelines of key alignment activities are also included. To view the report, click here.