General Maternal & Child Health
Mobilize Your City, County or State Around Responsible Fatherhood
Father absence affects every aspect of community health and causes poor outcomes for children in the areas of education, mental and physical health, relationships, and more. Mobilizing a community around fatherhood gets at the heart of the matter of father absence, and creates fundamental change for the future. The National Fatherhood Initiative created a new eBook complete with examples of how communities can use our Community Mobilization Approach to launch responsible fatherhood initiatives that engage every sector of community life. To download the eBook, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
New AMCHP Resource: Preconception Issue Brief
AMCHP developed an issue brief focusing on preconception health and health care. Despite improvements in the past few decades, infant and maternal deaths remain high in the United States. Preconception health and health care provide an opportunity to care for the health of a woman before she becomes pregnant in efforts to improve birth outcomes for mother and child. This issue brief, Opportunities and Strategies for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform, explores how states can capitalize on the opportunities presented by health reform to improve birth outcomes, particularly through preconception health. It highlights state Title V MCH programs that participated in an action learning collaborative and are working to strengthen partnerships to implement preconception health activities, enhance preventive care for women, explore financing options for preconception care services, and use data to inform policy and program development.
ZERO TO THREE Policy Brief on Innovative Infant-Toddler State Policies
ZERO TO THREE has revised and re-released the 2009 publication A Place to Get Started: Innovation in Infant and Toddler State Policies. As public awareness of the importance of the earliest years grows, states are considering many possible ways to improve and better coordinate services for infants and toddlers and their families. This policy brief describes eight strategies that policymakers can consider as they determine how to get started, including examples of states currently implementing each of the strategies. Additional information on how states are carrying out the strategies described in this paper and others that impact infants, toddlers, and their families can be found in the ZERO TO THREE database: Baby Matters: A Gateway to State Policies and Initiatives. To view the updated publication, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
CDC Releases a New Vital Signs Report on Preventing Teen Pregnancy
According to the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report, teen births continue to decline in the United States, but still more than 273,000 infants were born to teens ages 15 to 19 in 2013. Childbearing during the teen years can carry health, economic, and social costs for mothers and their children. The good news is that more teens are waiting to have sex, and of those who are sexually active, nearly 90 percent used birth control the last time they had sex. Data show that teens most often use condoms and birth control pills that, when not used consistently and correctly, are less effective for preventing pregnancy. To view the full report, click here.
New Publication from the National Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published the 11th Evaluation Highlight from the CMS-funded CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program, now available on the national evaluation website under "What We Learned." How are CHIPRA quality demonstration States using quality reports to drive health care improvements for children? focuses on how six states – Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina – are using quality reports to drive improvements in the quality of care for children. States used reports to engage and educate agency staff, health plans, providers, and other stakeholders about the gaps in quality of care for children. To view the full publication, click here.