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Zika Corner
Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new resource in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which highlights that congenital infection with the Zika virus appears to be associated with sensorineural hearing loss.

Updated Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Infants Born to Mothers with Zika Infection

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that discusses updated recommendations for the initial laboratory testing and evaluation of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection, and outpatient management of infants with Zika virus infection and with abnormalities associated the virus.

Key Zika Considerations for Health Care Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new fact sheet to help health care professionals prepare for patients with Zika coming to clinics, hospitals or physician's office. The fact sheet includes nine steps health care leaders should consider.

Epidemiology & Maternal and Child Health
New Data and Surveys Available

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health has provide four new downloadable datasets from the National Health Interview Survey-Child and Family Core (NHIS-Child). Conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, the NHIS Child and Family Core includes questions on the health status, health care access and utilization, family resources, health care costs, food security and mental health of children ages zero to 17. The NHIS-Child data portal includes FAQs, fast facts, a guide to survey topics and questions, and methodology information.

General & Maternal Child Health
Improve Your Health Care from Your Phone

In July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (U.S. MEC) and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (U.S. SPR). These recommendations are intended to assist health care providers when they counsel women, men and couples about contraceptive method choice, and to provide evidence-based guidance to reduce medical barriers to contraception. Download the 2016 U.S. MEC and U.S. SPR app, an easy-to-use reference that combines information from both documents and features a streamlined interface to access the guidance quickly and easily. The app is available in the Apple Store and the Google Play Store

Child and Adolescent Health
Prevent Youth Violence in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invites health professionals to visit Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), a resource for practitioners and their team members to create, edit and save a customized youth violence prevention plan. The resource includes customized tools to support your community's circumstances, needs and decisions; quickly identify strategies for your community, based on the best available evidence; and lean from real world experiences.

Solutions for Improving Food Security

A new brief from the Children's HealthWatch analyzes how the high costs associated with raising a child with disabilities can strain the family budget and lead to trade-offs between basic needs. The brief illustrates that families of children with special health care needs who received Supplemental Security Income were more likely to be food insecure compared with families of children with special health care needs who did not receive that income.

New Resources for Pediatric Residency Programs and Educators

The American Association of Pediatrics has released five case-based educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatrics residency programs. Each module is designed to be incorporated into existing curricula by program directors and faculty. The modules educate residents about the characteristics and benefits of the patient and family-centered medical home, care coordination, care planning, transition to adult care and team-based care.

A Silent Epidemic

National Public Radio created an interactive infographic about the prevalence of mental health problems among the nation's students, and how families and school personnel can work together to ensure children in need of mental health services are identified and supported.

Women's & Infant Health

Take Action During Infant Mortality Awareness Month

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) and the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality are continuing their efforts to bring awareness to the high infant mortality rates in the United States. NICHQ provided information on statistics, steps to prevent infant mortality, resources on pre- and interconception care, personal stories and more. Visit NICHQ's website to learn more about how you can raise awareness and take action to help lower the U.S. infant mortality rate. NICHQ also developed a toolkit to help states leverage a national campaign and draw attention to infant mortality and the work being done in specific states.

Responding to Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health has developed a new online course for federal, state, local public health and other health professionals. The course highlights preparedness and response resources for emergencies, as well as tools specific to the field of reproductive health. It addresses special risks and needs for public health and medical services when disasters or infectious disease strike, describes challenges in the surveillance of this population, and contains CDC resources about prophylaxis and treatment of pregnant and postpartum women for selected infectious diseases.

Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care in Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published a clinical report for birthing centers and delivery hospitals caring for healthy newborns to assist in the establishment of appropriate skin-to-skin care and safe sleep policies.