Zika Virus Cases Across the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report recently published Zika Virus Disease Cases — 50 States and the District of Columbia, January 1-July 31, 2016. The report addresses the number of confirmed or probable cases of Zika virus diseases from January to July as reported to ArboNET, the national arboviral surveillance system managed by the CDC and state health departments. The report explains how many cases were travel-associated, mosquito-borne
and of unknown transmission.
Mosquito Control and Bite Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an educational flipbook that provides basic information about mosquito control activities and how to protect from mosquito bites, which can help prevent the spread of viruses such as Zika, chikungunya and dengue.
Zika Telebriefing Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently held a Zika telebriefing with Florida health officials to discuss the response to the first identified cases of local transmission and the first identified outbreak of Zika virus infection in Florida and the continental United States. Those responses by health officials included aggressive mosquito control efforts, which helped stop local transmission and reduce the effect on the community, including pregnant women. The transcript of the call is available. The call references Local Mosquito-Borne Transmission of Zika Virus — Miami Dade and Broward Counties, Florida, June-August 2016.
General & Maternal Child Health
America's Health Rankings on Women and Children
The United Health Foundation recently published a report that provides a comprehensive assessment of the health of women, infants and children at the national and state levels. The report utilizes a new approach to combine indicators across those populations to offer a holistic picture of health. Sixty measures of health and well-being are included in the rankings, each selected by an advisory group of experts in the field of women's and children's health. Key findings include successes in children's use of preventative services, the impact of a child's home environment on health and notable differences in the health of infants and children among and within states.
Health Reform Implementation in MCH
States Expanding Coverage of Contraception
The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a report that highlights states that are working to bolster federal health care policy that's intended to provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage. NHeLP developed model legislation based on the Contraceptive Equity Bill enacted in California, and offers to assist state advocates looking to advance similar policies in their states.
Child and Adolescent Health
Child Passenger Safety
The Children's Safety Network published a 2016 resource guide that provides information on strategies to improve child passenger safety including child safety seat laws, safety seat education programs, and incentives for children and parents to purchase and properly utilize the seats.
Legislation & Policy in MCH
Early Childhood Systems State Legislation
The State Capacity Building Center published a report that focuses on early childhood systems-building efforts from 2010 to 2015. States are successfully working with their legislatures and governors to pass legislation that supports comprehensive early childhood (EC) systems, with a focus on better integration of programs, policies and services to benefit young children and their families. The report profiles six states that have passed legislation aimed at advancing their EC systems.
Women's & Infant Health
Tips for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers at Work
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a resource to help working mothers who are breastfeeding join with their employers to create a supportive environment in the workplace.
Incidences of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — 28 States, 1999-2013. The report presents Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) (a group of withdrawal symptoms that occurs primarily among newborns exposed to opioids during pregnancy) trends in 28 states using hospital discharge data from 1999-2013. The report shows that during that time, the rate of NAS increased 300 percent. It also presents the differences between states as well as recommended guidelines for prevention and treatment.
Bacterial Infection in Newborns
The National Institutes of Health published a resource that reviews advances in detecting bacterial infections in newborns. Researchers tested an alternative way to diagnose bacterial infections by analyzing RNA biosignatures from a small blood sample, and preliminary findings may lead to a faster and more accurate diagnostic method than those currently available.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals posted an archived webinar on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) as a resource. Continuing education credit is available for this activity. The archived session will be available until Oct. 31.
Nourishing America's Future
With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1,000 Days published a report on the importance of nutritional health during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.