General Maternal & Child Health
New NACCHO Report on Local Health Department Capacity Building
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) undertook a multiyear demonstration project in partnership with CityMatCH and AMCHP, to respond to funding cuts and depreciations in the local health department (LHD) workforce by building LHD technical knowledge and leadership capacity to meet the needs of the women, children, youth and families in their communities. The project includes blended learning techniques including in-person capacity building trainings and virtual coaching, networking and peer-to-peer sharing. Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Champions: The Local MCH Capacity Building Project Experience summarizes the project framework and methodology, five LHD experiences and recommendations for future LHD capacity building efforts. To view the report, click here.
NACCHO Releases National Assessment on Disability Awareness in Local Health Departments
National Assessment of the Knowledge, Awareness, and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Local Health Departments' Public Health Practices, a new NACCHO research brief, analyzes a survey of LHDs conducted to explore and better understand the ways they include people with disabilities in their programs, products and services. A total of 159 LHDs nationwide completed the survey. Notable findings showed that LHDs do not intentionally exclude people with disabilities, and that they tend to be unaware of the prevalence rates of people with disabilities in their communities. NACCHO will use the survey data to develop a general framework for education, training and outreach materials to raise LHD awareness of the health inequities experienced by people with disabilities. To access the research brief, 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.
New Report on Federal Government Hiring of People with Disabilities
More than 18 percent of U.S. federal government employees hired during FY 2013 were people with disabilities, according to the Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch for Fiscal Year 2013 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. This marks a 1.9 percent increase over FY 2012, and the highest rate of federal hiring of people with disabilities since 1981. Such progress is in line with the executive order President Obama signed in 2010 to stress the importance of hiring of people with disabilities into the federal government. This new data reflects an achievement of being more than halfway toward the milestone of 100,000 employees with disabilities. To view the report, click here.
New Family Planning 2020 Progress Report
At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, leaders from around the world committed to expanding contraceptive access to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world's 69 poorest countries by the year 2020. Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is the movement that carries this global effort forward. In the two years since the London Summit, FP2020 has made remarkable progress. The first year was a period of formation; the second has been one of growing momentum and measurable results. Partnership in Progress 2013-2014 highlights the advances made over the past year, including additional commitments from countries, increased disbursements from donors and progress across multiple sectors. To access the report, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
New CDC Data Brief on Maternal and Infant Health Indicators
Births in the United States, 2013 presents 2013 final birth data on several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators. Trends in the number of births, general fertility rates, age-specific birth rates and cesarean delivery rates by race and Hispanic origin, as well as trends in preterm births by state and trends in twin births are explored, with special focus on the most current period, 2012-2013. A previous report presented 2013 preliminary data on selected topics. Data are from the annual national natality files, representing 100 percent of births to U.S. residents. The report is available here.
Child & Adolescent Health
Children's Safety Network Releases Report on Traumatic Brain Injury
Innovative Practices in Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention highlights efforts to increase collaboration among state injury and violence prevention programs, state MCH programs and others working on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to promote best practices in the prevention, assessment and management of TBI. The document describes how a year-long community of practice comprising 15 state teams used monthly webinars, a listserv, a web page and state-specific team meetings to meet TBI prevention goals. Specific accomplishments in Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Carolina are included. To access the report, click here.