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 Publications and Resources

General & Maternal Child Health
New MCH Digital Library
The Strengthen the Evidence team at Johns Hopkins University recently launched the redesigned Maternal and Child Health Digital Library. The new site offers enhanced functionality and appearance. Improvements to the overall search experience include additional options to refine search results and the ability to access from external search engines.

Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool
The new and improved Leading Through Health System Change Planning Tool supports public health departments and their partners in navigating challenges and opportunities introduced by health reform. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, the tool guides users through a five-step journey — from understanding the questions to creating implementation plans.

Health Reform Implementation in MCH
Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the EPSDT Benefit
The National Academy for State Health Policy published a brief that provides clarification on the services provided to Medicaid-eligible children with autism and the adherence to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. Examples of strategies currently being used by multiple states to provide necessary treatment services are included.

Tools to Support Organizations with Enrolling Remaining Uninsured Children
Children Now released new materials to encourage the remaining uninsured population to enroll. A customizable health coverage outreach poster is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. An illustration of a timeline of the progress of children's health insurance since the 1990s is also available.

Child and Adolescent Health
The Neurologist's Role in Supporting Transition to Adult Health Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed a consensus statement on the pediatric neurologist's role in helping adolescent patients with neurologic conditions transition to the adult health care system. The statement is published in Neurology and includes eight common principles for promoting a patient's successful transition, with appropriate medical record documentation.

Gain a Better Understanding of Prader-Willi
The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research created a slide deck to help families educate others on the complexities of Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Topics covered include causes, challenges, treatments and the progression of people with PWS from infancy to adulthood.

Utilizing Science-Based Approaches
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Reproductive Health released a new resource, Promoting Science-Based Approaches Using Getting to Outcomes (PSBA-GTO). PSBA-GTO is a step-by-step manual to help teen pregnancy prevention program managers use science-based approaches to plan and set goals for prevention programs, develop and conduct process and outcome evaluations of programs, and learn ways to improve and sustain programs that are reaching outcomes.

Women's & Infant Health
Updated Recommendation for Safe Infant Sleeping Environments
The American Academy of Pediatrics published SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Death: Evidence Base for 2016 Updated Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. Recommendations include supine positioning, use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing and avoidance of overheating.

November is Prematurity Awareness Month
In observance of Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes released the 2016 Premature Birth Report Cards. A report card is given to each state and is assigned by comparing the 2015 preterm birth rate in a state or locality to the March of Dimes goal of achieving an 8.1 percent rate by 2020.

Birth Control Access Map
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy launched a new map that provides a visual representation of the challenges that millions of women have in accessing the full range of contraceptive methods. The map depicts the availability of publicly funded clinics in each U.S. county that provide any form of birth control, as well as the full range of methods.

The Nutrition and Marketing of Baby and Toddler Food and Drinks
The University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity published Baby Food Facts. The report examines the nutritional content of food and drink products marketed to parents for their babies and toddlers (up to age three), the messages used to promote those products and how well the marketing messages correspond with expert advice on feeding young children.