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Best Practices/Innovation Station

AMCHP Releases New Video on Capturing Best Practices in Maternal and Child Health
During the 2016 AMCHP annual conference, AMCHP staff conducted video interviews with three members on the importance of capturing best practices in maternal and child health. Interviewees were Maria Nardella, Karin Downs and Katy Schalla-Lesiak. Check out the video here and be sure to share on social media! For more information on best practices, visit AMCHP's Innovation Station.
Zika Corner
Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new resource that serves as a guide for kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) district and school administrators for public health actions pertaining to Zika virus infection. It is intended to address concerns about the risk for Zika infection in K-12 schools across the continental United States and Hawaii, provide school districts with information for planning school-related activities and recommend actions that can be taken in consultation with local public health authorities and government officials to reduce the potential risk for Zika virus transmission on school premises and among students. To access the resource, click here. ​

Providing Family Planning Care for Non-Pregnant Women and Men in the Context of Zika 
​The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Population Affairs designed a toolkit to help providers of family planning services in a variety of educate their non-pregnant clients about the risk of Zika infection. The toolkit is based on current Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and is composed of core information about Zika virus and its implications for women and men’s family planning needs; guidance for health care providers on counseling non-pregnant women and men about family planning in the context of Zika; links to CDC’s clinical recommendations about Zika and other relevant resources; job aids and client handouts; and outreach materials. To access the resource, click here.

Workforce Development
New MCH Publication from the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota's Center for Leadership in Maternal and Child Public Health recently published MCH Professionals Making a Difference in Government, Health Care Services, Research, Policy and Academia, the second of a two-part series that commemorates the Center's 60th anniversary and celebrates 15 years of its publication, Healthy Generations. This volume features over 600 University of Minnesota MPH alumni in MCH who are local, state and national public health leaders. Topics covered in this volume include addressing the needs of children and youth with special health care needs, combating food insecurity through policy, and transforming the quality and use of data through research management and information visualization. To read first issue in the series, click here.
General & Maternal Child Health
 Language Access in Primary Care
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and the National Center for Cultural Competence published a resource that emphasizes the importance of a language access programs, especially in pediatrics. A language-access program delineates how a medical practice or organization provides services to individuals who speak languages other than English. To access the resource, click here.

Tennessee: Advancing the Medical Home Model in Pediatrics
In December 2014, Tennessee was awarded a two-year, $75 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant to transform the state's health care system. The SIM grant supports a patient-centered medical home program built off a quality improvement initiative facilitated in partnership the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information, click here.
Health Reform Implementation in Maternal and Child Health
Children's Health Coverage: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP and Issues for the Future
This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the importance of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits for kids and what it means for children with special health care needs if the funding for CHIP does not continue past September 2017.

State Pediatric Medicaid and CHIP Medical Homes Initiative: At-a-Glance Table
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, recently updated its State At-a-Glance table. The table provides an overview of publicly funded state programs that support the implementation and spread of the pediatric medical home model of care, including information on Health Home State Plan Amendments and on states that have Medicaid payment for pediatric medical home programs.

Strategies to Increase Access to LARC in Medicaid
The National Academy for State Health Policy and National Institute for Children's Health Quality published a new issue brief that details the use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) in preventing unplanned pregnancies, the current availability and education of women, barriers to prescribing LARC and potential Medicaid reimbursement models to improve LARC access. The issue brief was developed as part of the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality. To access this resource, click here.

 Child and Adolescent Health
School-Based Health Centers to Promote Healthy Equity
The Community Preventative Services Task Force created a resource that recommends the implementation and maintenance of school-based health centers in low-income communities, based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving educational and health outcomes. Improved health outcomes include the delivery of vaccinations and other recommended preventative services, asthma morbidity, emergency department and hospital admission, contraceptive use among females, prenatal care and birth weight and other health risk behaviors.

New Resources on Drowning Prevention
SafeKids Worldwide released two new reports. Keeping Kids Safe in and Around Water: Exploring Misconceptions that Lead to Drowning uncovers misconceptions families have that can lead to drowning and explains how to keep kids safe in and around water. Dangerous Waters: Profiles of Fatal Childhood Drownings in the U.S. 2005-2014 explores the three places children are more likely to drown: at home in bathtubs, at the pool and in natural water. The report compares risks across ages, genders and races to see how they differ.

Evaluation Findings from the Office of Adolescent Health
The results of the first set of evaluation findings from the Office of Adolescent Health's Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program grantees are now available. TPP program funded two types of grants that were rigorously evaluated: replications of evidence-based programs and/or new settings, as well as research and demonstrations of new and innovative programs. For more information on the findings, click here.

Teen Nutrition: Making Healthy Food Choices Easy
The American Public Health Association published Healthy You: a set of free and easy-to-understand tip sheets that provide information on a wide variety of health topics. This issue of Healthy You covers the nutrition needs of adolescents and ways to ensure that their eating habits set the foundation for the rest of their lives. Click here to read in English. The issue is also available in Spanish as well as in audio format.

Safe Routes to School—By the Numbers
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from the American Public Health Association, has released a new report, Safe Routes to School — By the Numbers. This report offers insights into how newly expanding access to data can assist in improving walking and biking programs, provides an overview of the current state of data access and its limitations and highlights case studies of communities and organizations using data to make walking and bicycling programs and policies function more effectively.

Addressing Health Coverage Inequities Among CSHCN in Your State
The Catalyst Center recently hosted a webinar for MCH leaders and other stakeholders to become acquainted with their Inequities Tutorial. MCH staff from Alaska and Michigan described the strategies they are using to promote health equity for children with special health care needs in their state. To access the archived webinar, click here. ​