General Maternal & Child Health
New Resources on Ebola Guidance for MCH providers
The following resources complement the guidance for Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). The first report published in JAMA Pediatrics, "Ebola Virus Disease and Children: What Pediatric Health Care Professionals Need to Know" provides guidance for pediatric health care professionals for assessing Ebola in children. The second report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, "What Obstetrician-Gynecologists Should Know About Ebola: A Perspective From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" provides general background information on Ebola and specifically addresses what is known about Ebola virus disease in pregnancy and the implications for practicing obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) in the United States.
Women's & Infant Health
New Study on Sofas and Infant Mortality
This article published in Pediatrics, describes factors associated with infant deaths on sofas. Deaths on sofas were found to account for 12.9 percent of sleep-related infant deaths. They were more likely than deaths in other locations to be classified as accidental suffocation or strangulation. To view the article, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Publication on Family-Centered Care for CSHCN
This new publication from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and University of California San Francisco, A Review of the Literature Pertaining to Family-Centered Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs, provides an overview of findings from selected research on family-centered care for CSHCN. It examines what has been learned about the problems families face in having their needs met, and how high-quality family-centered care might be developed and implemented. To access the report, click here.
Publication Released on Medical Homes in California
This report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, The Missing Piece: Medical Homes for California's Children with Medical Complexity, analyzes the efforts of 11 California medical centers to develop complex care clinics capable of delivering comprehensive, quality care to children with medical complexity in a medical home setting. The report outlines the key challenges to developing these clinics and recommends strengthening their support and expanding their partnerships to develop regional models of care. To view the report, click here.
National Health Law Program Brief on Sexual Health Education for Adolescents Enrolled in Medicaid
This brief focuses on opportunities for children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid and some Children's Health Insurance Programs to receive periodic comprehensive screenings that include sexual health education. Contents from EPSDT Screening: Including Sexuality Education in Health Education include information about the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, key components of the required medical screen including health education and anticipatory guidance, the need for sexual health education and the challenges to ensuring its provision. Descriptions of key resources are included. To learn more, click here.
Child Trends Brief on Diversity within Family Support Programs
This brief, Culture Counts: Engaging Black and Latino Parents of Young Children in Family Support Programs, provides an overview of family support programs and identifies the features and strategies that may be most effective for reaching and engaging Black and Latino families, with the ultimate goal of supporting young children's development. Contents include a synthesis of available research on parent engagement and potential barriers to their engagement in family support services and programs. Recommendations for designing, adapting and evaluating culturally relevant family support programs and services are also included. To access the brief, click here.
AHRQ National Quality Strategy Priorities in Action Features School-Based Health Centers in Connecticut
The latest edition of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Quality Strategy Priorities in Action features the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers, an advocacy and networking organization committed to increasing access to quality health care for children and adolescents in Connecticut schools. The state's 88 school-based health centers (SBHCs) provide physical, mental and oral health services to more than 44,000 students in 22 Connecticut communities each year and have become a key part of Connecticut's comprehensive coordinated care system for children and adolescents. To learn more, click here.