December 2011
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet
APHA: Policy Innovation Contest
SNAP to Health Website
Guide: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth
Adolescent and Medical Home Interventions
New Website: Go Beyond MCH
New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO Dispatch
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Folic Acid Awareness Week
January 8-14 will be Folic Acid Awareness Week. Find out more about how adequate folic acid intake prevents birth defects.
Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet
A product of the Healthy Native Babies Project, this workbook packet explores ways to promote safe sleep messages and prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among American Indian/Alaska Native infants. The contents of this workbook include handouts, a toolkit disk, and a toolkit user guide. Local health departments may use the toolkit to design culturally-appropriate posters, flyers, postcards, brochures, and other materials.

APHA: Policy Innovation Contest

Local health departments are invited to submit a proposal to the American Public Health Association (APHA) for an innovative policy approach to a critical public health problem that also focuses on building capacity and reducing health disparities. Health departments may apply independently, or in partnership with non-profits. A letter of intent is due January 18, and applications are due January 31, 2012. Learn more. 

SNAP to Health Website 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has launched a website, SNAP to Health, as a forum for dialogue on how to strengthen the program, focusing particularly on improving nutrition, decreasing food insecurity, and preventing obesity.

Guide: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth

This guide, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is designed to help health professionals identify youth who are at risk for alcohol-related problems. Learn more about the guide, and download it for free, online.

Adolescents and Medical Home Interventions

This report, from the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, discusses how adolescent health can benefit from the medical home model, wherein the primary care physician coordinates comprehensive, accessible, and continuous care. The report consists of 12 interviews with leaders of medical home programs across the country. 

New Website: Go Beyond MCH 

The Well Family System is a web-based maternal and child health program and case management system. Benefits of using the system include the ability to manage services in complex family situations, decreased duplication of services, more efficient work processes at lower operating costs, and more. Learn more about the system on the Go Beyond MCH website.

New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage

You may have noticed that your biweekly email updates have disappeared. All of the information you used to receive by email is now available online, and much more! NACCHO recently reorganized the Maternal and Child Health, Adolescent Health, and Birth Defects Prevention webpages into one easy-to-navigate Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health webpage. Check us out online for the latest news, resources, events, and funding opportunities available to LHDs. These subject areas will be updated weekly, so be sure to check back frequently to get the latest information. If you have any comments or questions about the new project pages, or if you have you any news or resources to contribute, please email mch@naccho.org

NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit offers downloadable tools and resources for local health departments. This toolkit aims to connect local health departments with publications, tools, and other resources related to maternal, child, and adolescent health.
NACCHO welcomes any tools or resources you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a tool to the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit, contact mch@naccho.org.

Conferences and Trainings

For information on upcoming MCAH-related conferences and trainings, visit NACCHO's event calendar.

Excerpts from NACCHO Public Health Dispatch

MCH- Related Tools and Resources

 

DispatchThis monthly newsletter is sent to all active NACCHO members and contains brief updates, events, resources, job postings, funding opportunities, member highlights, and other information of relevance to LHDs. For downloads of past issues and other NACCHO publications, visit http://www.naccho.org/publications/journals/.