General Maternal & Child Health
New Oral Health Pocket Guide for Health Professionals
This Pocket Guide, produced by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. It addresses risk assessment for dental caries, periodontal disease, malocclusion and injury. The guide can be found here.
TEDMED Live Streaming and On Demand
TEDMED is the operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." TEDMED seeks to host an inclusive global dialog among all cultures and walks of life to create a "big picture" for science, health and medicine. It's the first step toward inspiring breakthrough thinking and insights for the health of our planet's 7 billion people. To that end, TEDMED will broadcast its entire program both live (Sept. 10-12) and on-demand (Sept. 10-16) to more than 100 countries and direct to you via TEDMED Live Streaming. Register here.
Need to learn more about Access to Care? Visit the MCH Navigator's New Training Spotlight
This Spotlight focuses on promising practices and pressing issues that will support MCH professionals facilitate greater health care access for all and remain on course for a healthier tomorrow. These trainings support the National MCH Workforce Development Center as it offers state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation in implementing health reform in four core areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and furthering change management that will lead health transformation for MCH populations. To learn more, click here. Also see Transformation Station on the AMCHP website for more information about Center programs.
Women's & Infant Health
Best Practices Guide for Implementation of Newborn Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding in Electronic Health Records
This guide, produced by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, provides an overview of the factors, programs and regulations supporting exclusive breast milk feeding data documentation, measurement and reporting in electronic health records (EHRs) during the birth of a newborn. The guide is designed for software designers, analysts, developers and implementers, as well as clinicians implementing standards-based EHRs. Topics include the health potential of exclusive breast milk feeding; regulations driving quality measurement using health information technology; implementation guidance including scope, assumptions and key concepts; breast milk feeding reporting and/or designation programs; future areas of development; and breast milk and breastfeeding resources. To access the guide, click here.
National Quality Forum Produces Publication on Early Elective Delivery
This document, Playbook for the Successful Elimination of Early Elective Deliveries, provides guidance on and strategies for reducing rates of early elective delivery (EED). Topics include the current landscape for eliminating EED, barriers to reducing EED and strategies to overcome them, challenges and barriers to monitoring performance and progress toward eliminating EED, key strategies to promote readiness for EED activities and measurement guidance. Additional contents include educational tools, resources and exemplars to support EED elimination efforts, as well as instructions for accessing relevant data. To learn more, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
Back to School Toolkit
This toolkit from the Coalition for Healthier Schools provides resources on indoor environmental quality and children's health and ways to improve the school environment. The toolkit includes information on buying healthy products, what to look for on a school tour, an indoor air quality and pest management checklist, information on best practices and regulations, a green cleaning checklist and related research and federal resources. Additional contents include policy recommendations and an action calendar. The toolkit can be accessed here.
NAHIC Publication on Adolescent Health Programs
The new National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC) publication, A Guide to Evidence-Based Programs for Adolescent Health Programs, Tools, and More, provides an annotated list of resources for identifying evidence-based practices, and will assist communities and practitioners in locating effective interventions. It also highlights resources with implementing tools, which are useful starting points for communities interested in implementing evidence-based programs. The guide is available as a PDF or as an online resource. Both versions can be accessed here.
New GHSA Report on Traffic Safety for Teens
This Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report, Distracted & Dangerous: Helping States Keep Teens Focused on the Road, looks at nearly two dozen state policy, enforcement and education initiatives to help keep teen drivers' focus off their smartphones and on the road. GHSA worked with a panel of teen driver experts to identify the featured programs, which were submitted through a survey of State Highway Safety Offices. For the news release, infographics and the report from GHSA, click here.
NCHS Releases National and State Patterns of Teen Births in the United States, 1940-2013
This report by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) presents trends from 1940 through 2013 in national birth rates for adolescents, with particular focus on births to adolescents ages 15-19 and for the period since 1991. The percent changes in rates for 1991-2012 and for 2007-2012 are presented for the United States and for states. Preliminary data for 2013 are shown where available. Contents include tabular and graphical descriptions of the trends in adolescent birth rates by age group, race, and Hispanic origin. Topics include first and repeat births, health outcomes, and comparisons of rates for the United States and other developed countries. The report is available here.