Innovation Station is AMCHP's searchable database of cutting-edge, emerging, promising and best practices in MCH. The database provides an opportunity for professionals to enhance the MCH field by sharing successful programs and challenges, lessons and information for policymakers and public health advocates. Check out some of the newest additions to Innovation Station below:
Prolonged Detection of Zika Virus RNA in Pregnant Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new peer reviewed paper in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The report highlights the experience of five pregnant women infected with the Zika virus who had evidence of the virus in their blood longer than is typically expected. CDC scientists raise important questions about what this finding might mean—whether it is unique to pregnant women and if so, whether it is linked to poor pregnancy birth or outcomes.
Contraceptive Use Among Non-Pregnant Women at Risk for Unintended Pregnancy and Female High School Students, in the Context of Zika Preparedness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines data utilized by CDC scientists from four state-based surveillance systems to estimate contraception use for non-pregnant and postpartum women at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually active female high school students who live in states with the potential for local Zika virus transmission.
Health Alert Network Message
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has identified an area with local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in Miami. Additional guidance can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website. Based on the earliest time of symptom onset and a maximal two-week incubation period for Zika virus, this guidance applies to women of reproductive age and their partners who live in or traveled to this area after June 15. This is an ongoing investigation and the CDC is rapidly learning more about the extent of active Zika virus transmission in the area identified by Florida's DOH. As more information becomes available, the recommendations will be updated.
General & Maternal Child Health
National Immunization Awareness Month
The National Public Information Coalition created a communications toolkit to promote the importance of immunizations during National Immunization Awareness Month (August). The 2016 edition of the toolkit contains key messages, vaccine information, sample news releases and articles, and links to web resources from CDC and other organizations. The toolkit also includes information on vaccines for pregnant women, infants and young children, adolescents and school-age children. For more information, click here.
Health Reform Implementation in Maternal and Child Health
New State Data Chartbook about Health Coverage
The Catalyst Center has designed a State-at-a-glance chartbook. This is a compilation of data on carefully selected indicators of health coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Data sources indicators include low birth weight, special education, household income, unemployment and Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility for children and pregnant women. There are also new data for health reform indicators, including types of Marketplace and benchmark plans for 2017.
Decreasing Unintended Pregnancy Opportunities Created by the ACA
Women of all ages are more likely to choose and continue using highly effective contraceptive methods when the contraceptive methods and accompanying services (including patient education and counseling) are provided without cost. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an article that explains how the Affordable Care Act might help to reduce further unintended pregnancies by removing cost as a barrier, as well as the physicians' roles and remaining challenges.
Child and Adolescent Health
Early Learning Systems Building: Leveraging Child Care and Referral
This archived webinar, hosted by the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance, provided an overview of child care resources and referral in evolving learning systems and examined trends and innovations at the state and local levels. This webinar benefits an array of audiences including state child care administrators, quality rating and improvement system professionals, professional development administrators, child care resource and referral staff.
New Report Examines health of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has prepared a chartbook, Experience Matters: A View into the Health and Wellbeing of U.S. Children and Families with Autism Spectrum Disorder, that provides a national portrait of children with Autism, and looks at how they receive their diagnoses and how the disorder affects their daily lives. The chartbook covers topics such as common health problems for children with Autism, how parents engage with the health care system to meet their child's needs and the role of early detection. Information for advocates, policymakers and researchers is also included.
Women's & Infant Health
Gestational Diabetes Collaborative: Better Data, Better Care
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Divisions of Diabetes Translation and Reproductive Health partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to create a report that serves as a multistate collaboration to identify gaps in gestational diabetes (GDM) data, conduct quality improvement strategies/interventions to improve documentation, increase postpartum glucose testing and promote education about GDM. Information about data quality improvement strategies, clinical care quality improvement, provider and consumer education strategies is included.
Resources for Providers to Boost Breastfeeding Support
National Breastfeeding Month (August) provides a great opportunity to call attention to the health care system and how it can be improved to support breastfeeding mothers. The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has complied five resources to show why breastfeeding is important and how providers can assist every mother who chooses to breastfeed. Find more opportunities related to breastfeeding under Legislative and Policy Corner, Get Involved and Best Practices.