General Maternal & Child Health
MCH Navigator Self-Assessment Tool Now Online
The new MCH Navigator online self-assessment tool is now online. This tool helps identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities. Click here to view a presentation about MCH Navigator innovations and how to use the new online self-assessment. To use the self-assessment tool, click here.
Two New Articles on the Block Grant Transformation
The Maternal and Child Health Journal includes two new articles on the Title V MCH Services Block Grant transformation. The first article, "Transformation of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant," describes the 21-month process to engage input from MCH stakeholders and other national, state and local MCH leaders, families and other partners to improve, innovate, and transform the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. The other, "A New Performance Measurement System for Maternal and Child Health in the United States" is a description of the new Title V Performance Measurement Framework.
RWJF Releases 2015 County Health Rankings
The 2015 County Health Rankings examine 30 factors that influence health – including adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and a food environment index that measures both food insecurity and access to healthy food. The key findings from the report shows that 60 percent of the nation's counties are seeing declines in premature death rates. This year's report also reveals that nearly one out of four children in the United States lives in poverty. The report also looks at income distribution within communities, as well as the links between income levels and health. To view the report, click here.
New ASTDD Brief on Oral Health National Performance Measures
The measures and the process states use for the application, needs assessment, and reporting for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) block grant has changed. There are numerous opportunities to promote and integrate oral health into a state's MCH needs assessment, Title V application, and Title V reporting. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) released Maternal and Child Health National Performance Measure Summary and Detailed Overview, which includes a one-page summary and then a multi-page detailed overview of the changes along with suggested strategies to promote oral health in states using the new framework. To access the overview, click here.
New Family Involvement Resources on DMCHWD Web Site
Family involvement and leadership is an important component of all programs within DMCHWD. The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) recently added new resources to their new Family Involvement page, highlighting the importance of family involvement and family-centered care within the MCH field. Highlights include:
To view more resources, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Resource on Applying Life Course to CYSHCN Pediatric Care
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health recently released Promoting Children's Long-Term Health and Functioning: Applying a Life Course Approach to Pediatric Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs. Life Course Theory, which promotes a life-span approach to an individual's health, is taking hold in adult medicine, but adoption has been slow in pediatric practices. This paper proposes a framework to help pediatric practices become life course settings for children with special health care needs. To view the paper, click here.