General Maternal & Child Health
Better Health Through Equity
A publication by the American Public Health Association, Better Health Through Equity, provides case studies in reframing public health work into a health equity framework. This publication provides case studies from several states and highlights several initiatives that have implications for the health of MCH populations. For example, the Healthy Birth Initiative in Multnomah County, Oregon is consumer driven and focused on partnerships to enhance maternal and infant outcomes among African American women. The report is available here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Data Resources on Children with ASD and their Families
The growing population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families have unique health, educational, and developmental needs and experiences, distinct from both the larger population of U.S. children and from CYSHCN. Although there is a wealth of parent-reported data about unmet family needs, safety concerns, and views about their child's health services, education, difficulties, and strengths, this data was previously more accessible to researchers with the time, funding, and expertise to work with it. The Data Resource Center (DRC) and Autism Speaks partnered to make ASD-related data and resources accessible to everyone. Data from the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services (Pathways), conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, was analyzed for inclusion in the DRC website. Data users can now generate data tables and charts on CYSHCN with ASD and related conditions on our easy to use, point-and-click, interactive data query. To access the data, click here.
DRC Releases New National Health Interview Survey Data Query
DRC recently released a new data queries on its website. This allows you to query the 2011/12 National Health Interview Survey data query on children and their families (NHIS-Child), which includes questions on health status, health care access and utilization, and family resources and health care costs. Conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), NHIS-Child contains unique questions about food security, hospital/ER visits, and child mental health questions from the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire. To access the NHIS-Child data, click here.