General Maternal and Child Health
New Report on the Assessment of Title V Workforce Needs
The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center has recently completed an assessment of Title V workforce needs specific to health transformation and the four key focus areas of the Center: Access to Care, Quality Improvement, Systems Integration and Change Management. A variety of data sources were used to inform this report, including AMCHP member surveys, Block Grant applications and key informant interviews with Title V and MCHB staff. The full report can be accessed here. Questions about the needs assessment can be directed to the Center's Collaboration Manager Amy Mullenix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Partnership for Women and Families Releases Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act
For more than 20 years, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has guaranteed that people who work for employers with 50 or more employees within a certain radius can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a year to care for new children. Employees and employers often have questions about how the FMLA works and whether adjustments to the law have been made since its passage. This guide, based on the law itself, regulations explaining the FMLA issued by the U.S. Department of Labor and court decisions that have interpreted the law, is designed to answer many of those questions. The guide can be found here.
Archive Now Available for New Grantee Orientation Webinar
On Jul. 31, the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) held a New Grantee Orientation Webinar. The webinar provided an overview of MCHB strategic priorities, DMCHWD within the context of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and MCHB, the current DMCHWD investments and reporting requirements and key deadlines for DMCHWD grantees. The webinar includes key resources and targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff. To access the webinar, click here.
New Knowledge Path on EPSDT and Medicaid at the MCH Library at Georgetown University
The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid. The knowledge path points to resources about providing and strengthening EPSDT and includes tools for state Medicaid programs, health care practices, training and finding data and statistics, journal articles, reports and other materials. The knowledge path can be accessed here. A separate brief presents resources to help families find care, services and support for their children, learn more about EPSDT and find tools to help them play a more active role in their children's EPSDT-related visits.
Archive Now Available for EnRICH Webinar on MCH and GIS
The archive for the May 2014 EnRICH webinar on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis is now available. This webinar sought to briefly introduce several broad applications of GIS and spatial analysis in MCH research and surveillance; develop a conceptual understanding of what "space" means in MCH research; and link this conceptual understanding with several statistical approaches to the analysis of spatially referenced data. This program was presented by Michael Kramer, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The webinar can be accessed here.
Women's & Infant Health
New Review Article on Infant Nighttime Care
Translating Research-Based Knowledge about Infant Sleep into Practice summarizes current research and addresses the controversies and conflicting outcomes reported in infant nighttime care. This review addresses current literature on infant sleep patterns, as well as factors that influence infant sleep and are consequences of different care routines. To learn more, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
Genetics in Primary Care Institute Releases Toolkit on Pediatric Patients with Genetic Conditions
This toolkit for primary care practices provides information and resources on identifying and caring for children and adolescents with genetic conditions. Topics include collecting family health history, identifying clients with suspected genetic conditions and providing appropriate and coordinated care for clients with genetic conditions. The toolkit can be accessed here.
New Resource about Environmental Health in Early Care and Education
Caring for Our Children: Environmental Health in Early Care and Education, developed by AAP, APHA and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, is a compilation of best practices for environmentally-healthy early care and education programs. The resource describes a collection of 123 nationally recognized health and safety standards that have the greatest impact on environmental health in early care and education settings. The resource is available here.
Child Trends Releases Report on Measuring Students' Social and Emotional Skills
Measuring Elementary School Students' Social and Emotional Skills: Providing Educators With Tools to Measure and Monitor Social and Emotional Skills and Academic Success contains potential tools to assess and monitor the extent to which organizations are improving low-income students' social and emotional skills associated with success. To view the report, click here.
New MCHB Chartbook on Key Indicators of Child Health
The MCHB recently released The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012. The Chartbook features the latest data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health and provides both national and state-level estimates for key indicators of child health and factors that may impact the well-being of children, including medical home access, adequate insurance, family interactions and parental health, school and after-school experiences and neighborhood amenities and safety. The Chartbook can be accessed here.
Archive Now Available for AAP Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress
On Jun. 17, AAP hosted a daylong Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress in Washington, DC. The event convened federal policymakers, national thought leaders and partner organizations to discuss the emerging science demonstrating the impact of toxic stress on a child's lifelong health. The Symposium also helped create consensus on a broad, implementable vision to strengthen federal policies and funding to address toxic stress and early childhood adversity. This archive includes a webcast of the event, media coverage links, copies of speaker presentations and other supplemental resources and materials. To view the webinar, click here.