How to Use Administrative Data and Other Sources to Evaluate What is Working
Child Trends and other partners of The National Center on Childhood Quality Assurance hosted a webinar that provided an introduction to evaluation planning and will offer a template to guide State's efforts. To access the archived PowerPoint and webinar recording, click here.
Title V Information System Web Reports is Now Available
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau is pleased to announce that TVIS (Title V Information System) is now available to the public. The website has been redesigned to reflect the new reporting requirements contained in the 2015 Application/Annual Report Guidance and help communicate to the public how Title V programs are impacting health outcomes and improving accountability. TVIS presents the Title V data in charts, graphs and tabular reports and now provides you the ability to download the charts and data for your own use. Grantees and partners can also view state block grant narratives, Title V contact information, information on the national performance measures, and more. To access the website, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
Exploring Topics Within MCH
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health's newest volume of Healthy Generations "MCH Professionals Making a Difference for Families, Children, Youth, Women, and Priority Populations" is now available. Healthy Generations is published 2 to 3 times a year. Each issue focuses on a specific MCH theme and contains articles about current research, programs, policies, and resources. The is the first of a two-volume series, which covers a wide range of topics and features the expertise of the Center's alumni, who are local, national, and global experts on MCH. This issue can be viewed here.
Child & Adolescent Health
New CDC Report: Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years
The CDC/NCBDDD's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network released a new report on the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children. The report indicates the estimated percentage of children with ASD remains high, and highlights the need to promote early identification and comprehensive evaluation of all children with ASD, so that interventions can be initiated at the youngest age possible. This data – as well as support for state programs through implementation of the HRSA Autism CARES and CDC's Learn the Signs. Act Early. Initiatives – are key in helping state build comprehensive systems of care for children to ensure early identification, diagnosis, and connection to needed services and family supports. For more information, download the full report or a summary of the key findings. AMCHP supports addressing ASD and other developmental disabilities by promoting expanded screening and early identification, and supporting implementation funding for the Autism CARES Act, as well as increased appropriations for the Title V MCH Block Grant to provide states and communities the tools and resources to address autism and other leading MCH issues. For more information about AMCHP work to support systems of care for children and youth with ASD/DD through its State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC), please click here.
Special Supplement on ASD
April is Autism Awareness Month and Pediatrics has published a special supplement on health care and medical treatment of children and adolescents with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This issue is the second Pediatrics supplement from the MCHB's Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health and Autism Treatment Network. To access the publication, click here.