General Maternal & Child Health
New AMCHP Resource on Quality Improvement
At the 2014 Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conference, AMCHP and CSTE convened a roundtable discussion to hear about epidemiologists' experiences with quality Improvement (QI) and the challenges and barriers they face to successful QI. In December 2014, based on the needs identified through the roundtable discussion, AMCHP created a resource sheet titled Quality Improvement Resources for Epidemiologists. The resource sheet provides links to materials on QI in public health, QI measurement, MCH-specific QI training, and examples of QI initiatives at state and local health departments. To access the resource, click here.
AMCHP Releases Two New Resources on ROI
The AMCHP Community of Practice for Return on Investment (ROI) is a peer-sharing group that discusses mutual interests and experiences in developing economic analyses for MCH programs. Based on the needs identified from the Community of Practice for Return on Investment, AMCHP created the Roadmap of Resources that gathers a wide-range a materials to be used throughout the analysis process. The Roadmap of Resources provides links to materials on introductory definitions, guidelines and toolkits, case studies, webinars, journal articles, and examples of ROI projects for state MCH programs. To view the roadmap, click here.
Current research literature for the economic evaluation of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) programs lacks specific examples of ROI analyses that calculate net financial gain from the provider perspective. In an effort to encourage the implementation of LARC program ROI analyses in state and local health departments, AMCHP created a resource sheet on the Economic Analysis of LARC Programs that can facilitate the process. The resource sheet summarizes previous LARC studies, describes the need for ROI analyses, differentiates ROI and cost-effective analyses, and identifies the steps to consider in implementing an ROI analysis for LARC programs. To view the resource sheet, click here.
New Resource on Multisector Partnerships for Preventing Violence
There is growing recognition that many sectors must be engaged to effectively prevent violence, but people always don't know what they bring to the table or how their sector can pitch in. This publication clarifies the roles and contributions of 10 sectors and 12 departments, and it walks readers through Collaboration Multiplier, an influential Prevention Institute tool. This guide can be used to maximize the benefits of collaboration and overcome the barriers, whether you're just getting started or already have a strong coalition. To view the resource, click here.
New Affordable Care Act Fact Sheets for Families
Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the Catalyst Center, these four fact sheets highlight provisions of the Affordable Care Act which benefit children and youth with special health care needs. Each fact sheet is written in plain language, making the content easy to read and understand. Families will find information related to concurrent care; habilitative services; Health Home programs; and health insurance marketplace and Medicaid coverage for children and disabilities. To learn more, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
New CDC Resource on the Impact of Disasters on Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants
To promote consistency in the study of the impact of natural and manmade disasters on pregnant and postpartum women and infants, the CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Program recently released a list of common post-disaster epidemiologic indicators. The publication: Zotti, M.E., Williams, A.M., & Wako, E. (2014). Post-Disaster Health Indicators for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(10). DOI: 10.1007/s10995-014-1643-4 describes the development process and the final proposed Post-Disaster Indicators. The indicators' intended use is to guide assessment and surveillance and affect public health interventions to disaster-affected pregnant and postpartum women and infants. To access the publication and learn more about the proposed set of indicators and suggested questions for measuring them, click here.