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 Publications and Resources

General Maternal & Child Health
Did you miss the AMCHP Title V five-year needs assessment trainings? Check out our archives
To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments, AMCHP hosted a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The first webinar, held on Mar. 5, featured Donna Peterson, Dean for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (and former CYSHCN director) and Title V staff from Massachusetts, presenting on the Nuts and Bolts of the Five Year Needs Assessment.

The second webinar, The Nuts and Bolts on Using Data was held on May 1, featured Caroline Stampfel, MPH, currently the senior epidemiologist at AMCHP and formerly an MCH Lead Analyst with the Virginia Title V program, on using data in the needs assessment process and two states-in-action profiles from Rhode Island and Alaska.

To access the webinars, click here.

New NCHMI/NASHP Resource on Advancing Medical Home
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is collaborating with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) to highlight exceptional profiles of state public health programs that are advancing the medical home model in pediatric populations. This month's profile describes Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations, with detailed information on how pediatric clinicians can become involved. For more information, visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Oregon State Profile.

Free iTunes App Shows CDC Recommended Immunization Schedules
Free CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers immediate access to the latest CDC recommended immunization schedules. See childhood, adolescent, adult and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch devices. Download this free app from the iTunes App Store.

 Women's and Infant Health

CDC Releases Preliminary Births Data for 2013
Last week, the CDC released Births: Preliminary Data for 2013. Some highlights from the report include:

  • Preterm birth rates declined in 49 states and the District of Columbia from 2006 to 2013
  • In 2013, there was a small decline in the cesarean delivery rate, to 32.7 percent of all births (down from 32.8 percent in 2012)
  • The lack of change in the Hispanic cesarean delivery rate marks the first year in more than a decade that the rate for this group has not increased
  • The preterm birth rate continued to decline in 2013, falling to 11.38 percent, from 11.55 percent in 2012
  • The rate of infants born early preterm (less than 34 weeks) was essentially stable at 3.40 percent in 2013, but the late preterm birth rate (34-36 weeks) declined 2 percent, from 8.13 percent to 7.99 percent for 2012-2013
  • The preterm birth rate for non-Hispanic black births is the lowest in the more than three decades that comparable data have been available

To access the full report please, click here.

Child & Adolescent Health

CDC Releases Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers, a free, online resource developed by the CDC, is designed for parents of two to four year olds and addresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. Positive parenting skills and techniques can reduce parenting stress and provide parents with ways to handle their child's misbehavior. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior and decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies like positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences. Build the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship with Essentials for Parenting. This resource includes articles with a variety of skills and tips; frequently asked questions answered by parenting experts; engaging videos featuring parents, children, and parenting experts who demonstrate and discuss skills; free print resources like chore charts and daily schedules. Click here to learn more.