General Maternal & Child Health
Epi Info™ Web Survey
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), in partnership with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is launching Epi Info™ Web Survey, a survey system that allows the survey designer to collect information from participants over the internet. The ability to distribute and collect surveys remotely is unique to Epi Info™ 7 and provides survey designers access to a wide variety and number of participants. Participants access the web survey and submit their responses through a web browser or mobile device. Epi Info™ is a series of freely-distributable tools and utilities for Microsoft Windows for use by public health professionals to conduct outbreak investigations, manage databases for public health surveillance and other tasks and general database and statistics applications. It enables physicians, epidemiologists, and other public health and medical officials to rapidly develop a questionnaire or form, customize the data entry process, and enter and analyze data. For more information Epi Info™, please click here. To create an account for your organization, complete the application form by clicking here. You will receive an email with configuration settings to publish surveys to the web using Epi Info™ Web Survey. For questions about this new application available at cste.org, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Publishes 10th Evaluation Highlight
This Highlight from the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Quality Demonstration Grant Program, focuses on the roles of North Carolina and Pennsylvania in the evolution of the children's electronic health record (EHR) format. Both states are using CHIPRA quality demonstration grant funds to test how well the format's requirements support the provision of primary care to children and how readily the requirements can be incorporated into existing EHRs. The experiences and feedback from North Carolina and Pennsylvania have implications for states and other stakeholders interested in using EHRs as a tool for measuring and improving children's health care quality. To access the Highlight, click here.
Study Finds MRSA on Common Household Surfaces
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on household surfaces in 46 percent of homes where children had a culture-positive active or recent community-associated MRSA infection. Researchers took samples from 50 households and found MRSA on commonly touched surfaces, most frequently on bed linens, TV remote-control devices and bathroom hand towels. There also was an association between MRSA contamination and more individuals present per 1,000-square-foot area. MRSA strains matching those infecting and colonizing household members were present on commonly handled surfaces, a factor that likely perpetuates MRSA transmission and recurrent disease. The study, "Contamination of Environmental Surfaces with Staphylococcus aureus in Households With Children Infected With Methicillin-Resistant S. aureus," was published online in JAMA Pediatrics. To learn more, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
National Academy for State Health Policy Releases Prenatal Fact Sheets
This series of fact sheets showcase state policies and programs in four states -- California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington -- that support improvement of early entry into prenatal care. The fact sheets also highlight how federally qualified health centers in these states are leveraging the state policies and programs to promote early entry into prenatal care as part of a patient-centered medical home. The fact sheets can be accessed here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health
This guide for health professionals and communities, released by the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, contains an annotated list of resources and accompanying tools for implementing evidence-based adolescent health programs. A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health: Programs, Tools, and More, defines evidence-based programs, explains how they are used and identifies limitations of existing programs. The resources in the guide are organized by health topics adapted from the focus areas of the Healthy People 2020 Core Indicators for Adolescent and Young Adult Health. Topics include healthy development, unintentional injury, violence, mental health, substance use, sexual health, obesity, physical activity and tobacco. The guide is available here.
Study Published on Substance Abuse Among High School Seniors
Social Context of Substance Use Among U.S. High School Seniors: A Multicohort National Study aimed to determine the social contexts associated with the past-year substance use (multiple substances, alcohol, marijuana and nonmedical use of prescription opioids, stimulants and tranquilizers) among U.S. high school seniors. Using a secondary analysis of nationally representative survey data from 10 cohorts (2002–2011) of the Monitoring the Future study, researchers found that the social contexts associated with the past-year substance use varied considerably based on the substance used. The most prevalent location for alcohol, marijuana, and polydrug use was at a party, whereas nonmedical use of prescription stimulants, tranquilizers and opioids was most likely to occur at home. Most types of substance use occurred in the presence of other people with the exception of nonmedical use of prescription stimulants, which was a more solitary behavior. Researchers concluded that these exploratory findings indicate that prevention efforts may need to account for differences in social contexts between types of substances used. To view the abstract for this study, click here.
New MCH Library Knowledge Path about Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental Health
This knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health condition. The resource covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders. Topics include reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research and guides on related topics. The Knowledge Path can be found here.
New Guide for Strengthening EPSDT and Children's Health Insurance Programs
This guide, Making Connections: Strategies for Strengthening Care Coordination in the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents, presents proven strategies for strengthening care coordination to increase the effective use of services covered by Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) and Children's Health Insurance Programs. The guide, produced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, describes four strategies that have been implemented by multiple states and have produced outcomes demonstrating the value of improved care coordination. The strategies include building care coordination into provider standards for medical homes, supporting primary care providers through care coordination entities, building care coordination requirements into managed care contracts and implementing a multifaceted intervention to improve coordination across systems. Examples and resources for states are included. The guide can be accessed here.
CDC Releases Guides for School Health Plan
School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide provides step-by-step instructions for creating a school health improvement plan. The guides are designed to help communities identify the strengths and weaknesses of school policies and programs for promoting health and safety; develop an action plan for improving student health and safety; and involve teachers, parents, students, and other community members in improving school policies, programs and services. Contents include instructions for site coordinators, eight self-assessment modules and an action plan component. Topics include school health and safety policies and environment; health education; physical education and other physical activity programs; nutrition services; school health services; school counseling, psychological and social services; health promotion for staff; and family and community involvement. To learn more, click here.