General Maternal & Child Health
CDC Releases New CHSI 2015 Web Application
The redesigned CDC Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online web application is live and ready to use! CHSI is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. A key feature of CHSI 2015 is the ability for users to compare the value of each indicator with those of socially, economically, and demographically similar "peer counties," as well as to the United States as a whole, and to HP 2020 targets. CHSI 2015 is primarily targeted to health departments, nonprofit hospitals, and other community organizations engaged in community health assessment and improvement. Like previous versions, CHSI 2015 was designed to complement existing community health indicators applications including the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. To view the new CHSI Web application, click here.
CDC Tips from Former Smokers Campaign Releases New Stories
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term health problems. For every smoking-related death, at least 30 Americans live with a smoking-related illness. The only proven strategy to protect yourself from harm is to never smoke, and if you do smoke or use tobacco products, to quit. Since its launch, the Tips campaign has featured compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll that smoking-related illnesses have taken on them. The campaign has also featured nonsmokers who have experienced life-threatening episodes as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. The most recent, Amanda's story, relates to smoking during pregnancy and the impact on the newborn and can be accessed here.
Women's & Infant Health
New AMCHP Maternal Health Guide Now Available
In 2013, AMCHP launched the Every Mother Initiative with generous funding support from Merck for Mothers. This new guide, Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States, complements our existing Every Mother efforts by providing you and your partners with tools to develop a comprehensive maternal health initiative in your state. The new AMCHP guide is one part resource and one part planning tool. It is both a menu of options for improving women's and maternal health and a starting point for dialogue and innovation. In addition to planning templates and a menu of strategies mined from state and national consensus reports, more than 30 states have contributed implementation examples, and we have included more than 75 national partner resources to build state capacity throughout the assessment and planning process. To access the guide, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
CSN Releases 2014 Bullying Prevention Environmental Scan
Bullying is a major public health concern. According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a biennial survey of students in grades 9-12 that is conducted by the CDC, 20 percent of students reported being bullied on school property and 15 percent reported being electronically bullied in the 12 months preceding the survey. State public health agencies can and do play an important role in bullying prevention. The new Maternal and Child Health National Performance Measure on reducing the percentage of adolescents, ages 12 through 17, who are bullied provides a critical opportunity for state public health agencies to expand their role in bullying prevention efforts and implement evidence-based anti-bullying practices and policies. In December 2014, the Children's Safety Network National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center (CSN) sent a bullying prevention environmental scan to the state MCH program director and the state Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) program director in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The scan was designed to inform CSN development of new technical assistance information and resources for bullying prevention, and it consisted of 13 to 26 questions on state public health agency involvement in bullying prevention efforts. To read the full report, click here.