CDC Begins Reporting Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes of Women Affected by Zika Virus During Pregnancy
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported on the poor outcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection. The CDC reported outcomes of live-born infants with birth defects and pregnancy losses with birth defects. For more information, click here.
Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
The Division of MCH Workforce Development presents Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce, a new MCH training diversity resource designed to share strategies and other information intended to support diversity efforts. Click here to access the resource. The division also conducted a webinar to share insight on the intent of the resource and suggestions on how to use it. To access the archived webinar, click here.
MCH Workforce Development Strategic Plan: 2015 Highlights
The Division of MCH Workforce Development uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work in advancing four goals related to maternal and child health workforce development: workforce development; diversity and health equity; interdisciplinary practice; and science, innovation and quality improvement. In 2015, the division continued to make strides toward strategic goals in partnership with grantees, national partners and the MCH field. This resource contains highlights from 2015, as well as an exciting look at the work that is underway in 2016. Get more information on the strategic plan.
General & Maternal Child Health
CDC Awards $30 Million to State and Injury Prevention Programs
for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $30 million to 23 state health
departments over the next five years as part of the Core State and Violence
Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP). The program will support states in the
implementation, evaluation and dissemination of strategies to address pressing
injury and violence issues, including child abuse and neglect. The Core SVIPP
program helps states collaborate with other states to share lessons, highlight
successful strategies and bring together partners working to prevent violence
and injury. Awarded through a competitive application process, the CORE SVIPP
includes a base component and two optional enhanced components: Surveillance
Quality Improvement and Regional Network Coordination Organization. For more
information and to view the selected states, click here.
Child and Adolescent Health
Attacking Childhood Asthma: Care Coordination
The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children published a new white paper describing how care coordination played a key role in reducing pediatric asthma emergency room visits by 49 percent in Dallas. Three facets helped tie together care coordination: a standardized Asthma Action Plan, the mobile asthma-management app My Asthma Pal and a community ambassador pilot program.
New Emergency Preparedness Curriculum for Families of Children with Special Needs
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center worked with an advisory committee of parents of children with special needs to create a curriculum that increases preparedness knowledge and allows for successful planning. The curriculum includes a toolkit, tip sheets and a template for a personal emergency plan.