General & Maternal Child Health
Medical Home Modules for Pediatric Residency Education Now Available
A series of five case-based, educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatric residency programs are now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Each module, both as a full set and individually, is designed to be incorporated into existing curriculum by residency program directors and faculty. Collectively, the modules educate residents about characteristics and benefits of the patient and family, centered medical home, care coordination, care planning, transition to adult care and team-based care. They are the result of efforts of the Medical Home Resident Education Initiative Work Group whose goal is to provide direction, tools and resources to residency program directors, faculty and others in their efforts to educate trainees regarding the core tenets of medical home. The modules are available for download here on the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Women & Infant Health
January is National Birth Defects Month
Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. Every four and a half minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network, in collaboration with many state and local organizations, are working together to increase awareness that birth defects are "Common, Costly, and Critical" and offer actionable steps that professionals, community groups, and the public can take to prevent birth defects. The theme for 2016 is "Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects - Make a PACT for Prevention" by Planning ahead, Avoiding harmful substances, Choosing a healthy lifestyle and Talking to your healthcare provider. Download resource and learn more here.
Child & Adolescent Health
National Symposium on Children with Complex Health Care Needs
On Dec. 7-8, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health hosted a gathering of the nation's leading experts in complex health care for children at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Session topics included national health policy for this population, care coordination, self-management, team care, and financing for complex care. Presentation slides, along with a recorded web cast of the event, are available here.
New Epilepsy Resources
The AAP is the coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy Center under the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program's Advisory Committee, as well as other health professionals. Parent articles that have been posted on healthychildren.org have provided information on epilepsy in children, supporting a child with epilepsy, dealing with epilepsy at school, as well as safety tips for parents. Additionally, the Center offers a quarterly newsletter that includes information on Center activities, Section on Neurology resources, medical home resources, grantee achievements, forthcoming events and more. The December 2015 issue is available now. If you would like to subscribe or submit articles to the newsletter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.