Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new interim guidance that recommends all men with possible Zika virus exposure who are considering attempting to conceive with their partner, regardless of symptom status, wait at least six months after symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible Zika virus exposure (if asymptomatic). Recommendations for women planning to conceive remain unchanged: Those with possible Zika virus exposure are recommended to wait to conceive at least eight weeks after symptom onset (if symptomatic) or last possible Zika virus exposure (if asymptomatic). The guidelines will be updated when additional data become available.
Health Reform Implementation in MCH
How are Expectant Moms Faring in the ACA Era?
AMCHP and the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation recently hosted a webinar that explored strategies to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, highlighted examples of how states and health plans are integrating screenings and referrals into prenatal care, and discussed how educational campaigns are produced to showcase the importance of dental care during pregnancy. A recording of the webinar is now available.
Child and Adolescent Health
Help Improve Your State's Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Developmental Disabilities Program
Click here to access AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center infographic!
School-Based Asthma Management Program
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published an article about standardizing recommendations for school-based asthma management. The program provides useful resources and includes an individualized asthma action plan. The report emphasizes care coordination between families, clinicians and school nurses to improve outcomes.
Melatonin and Sleep Problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Speaks created a toolkit that provides parents with introductory information on melatonin, a common supplement prescribed by doctors to help improve sleep quality in children with autism. The guide explains why melatonin is prescribed, its associated risks and more.
Teen Births Continue to Decline
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics released a report, Continued Declines in Teen Birth Rates in the United States, 2015. In 2015, the teen birth rate fell to another historic low for the nation, down eight percent from 2014 to 22.3 births per 1,000 young women aged 15 to 19. Teen births also reached historic lows for each race and Hispanic-origin group in 2015.
Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that highlights the rates of vaccinations in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The publication discusses statistics and implications for public health practice.
Legislation & Policy in MCH
Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides recommendations for the next administration on improving the health and well-being of children, especially children and youth with special health care needs. A suggested policy agenda for ensuring the U.S. is a leading nation for healthy children, secure families and strong communities is also included. The report also separate recommendations for specific federal agencies and departments.
Women's & Infant Health
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
In observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a feature about infant death from SIDS and other causes, as well as ways for parents and caregivers to reduce risk. To learn more about SIDS and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, click here.
Decrease in U.S. Infant Mortality Rate from 2007-2013
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has published a paper by the Centers for Disease and Prevention scientists that examines the U.S. infant mortality rate from 2007-2013. The paper concludes that infant mortality declined between 2007 and 2013 as a result of both improvements in the distribution of gestational age at birth and survival afterwards.