Measuring Infant Head Circumference
An instructional video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention features a step-by-step demonstration of the recommended techniques for accurately measuring and recording infant head circumference and length. It is important for practitioners to take measurements in the same way to accurately identify if an infant has microcephaly — which is especially important amid the Zika outbreak. The video is available in English and Spanish.
Updated Guidance for People Living in or Traveling to South Florida
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance for the Miami-Dade County in Florida with active Zika transmission.
Description of 13 Infants Born With Congenital Zika Virus Infection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published a new study that completed a retrospective assessment of 13 infants in Brazil with normal head size at birth and for whom laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection was conducted. These findings provide evidence that among infants with prenatal exposure to Zika virus, the absence of microcephaly at birth does not exclude congenital Zika virus infection or the presence of Zika-related brain- and other abnormalities.
Initial Evaluation and Outpatient Management
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a checklist for providers to utilize during the first 12 months of life for infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.
General & Maternal Child Health
Sexual Violence on Campus: Strategies for Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new resource to help states, colleges and universities prioritize efforts to prevent sexual violence on campus. The resource highlights five components to consider when working to prevent sexual violence in college and university settings, such as comprehensive prevention, audience, infrastructure, partnerships and sustainability, and evaluation.
Young Men's Knowledge of Contraceptive Use
Child Trends published a resource that studied young men's and women's reports of recent contraceptive use, within heterosexual couples, and found inconsistencies between partners' responses.
TVIS Web Reports
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Title V Information System Web Reports are available with the latest data from the fiscal year 2017 application/fiscal year annual reports as well as new functionality. Examples include state snapshots, financial data from multiple years and state performance measure data.
Health Reform Implementation in MCH
Challenges and Opportunities for Pediatric Medical Home Implementation and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the National Academy for State Health Policy created a new fact sheet that addresses the challenges and opportunities to provisions of care for children and youth with special needs enrolled in Medicaid-managed care plans.
Potential Options and Policy Questions for Improving Exchange Coverage for Children
If federal funding is not extended for the Children's Health Insurance Program beyond September 2017, some children may need to transition to exchange coverage. The National Academy for State Health Policy published a brief that examines potential options and policy questions for improving exchange coverage for children in terms of both affordability and pediatric benefit adequacy.
Child and Adolescent Health
Understanding Early Childhood Systems
With help from the Boeing Company, the Illinois Action for Children has produced a series of short videos profiling early childhood system programs. The instructional clips, outlining programs from Early Head Start to home visiting to government subsidies, are designed to help the early childhood workforce make referrals and connect young children and families to services they need.
What are the Barriers to Wellness for Young People?
With support from the Center for Promise at Boston University School of Education, America's Promise Alliance published Barriers to Wellness: Voices and Views from Young People in Five Cities. The report addresses various themes such as unsafety in public gathering places, lack of access to healthy food and engaging in unhealthy behaviors to cope with stress.
Changes in Physical Education Among U.S. High School Students
The National Physical Activity Alliance released a new report that assesses the data from multiple nationally representative surveys to evaluate levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior in American children and youth and the facilitators, barriers and health outcomes related to physical activity.
Innovative Approaches to Childhood Obesity Prevention
The American Public Health Association provided slides from an archived webinar that discussed the development of childhood obesity from a pathological perspective, identified the targets for intervention and provided practical guidelines for prevention and management of childhood obesity from the family home.
Legislation & Policy in MCH
Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a toolkit to help engage school staff and parents in school wellness using ready-to-go communication tools. The toolkit includes customizable flyers, presentations, newsletter articles and social media posts.
Women's & Infant Health
Trends in Obesity Among Participants Aged 2-4 Years in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — United States, 2000-2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report features a study from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on obesity rates among young children enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.