March 2012 
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
Toolkit for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
Abstinence Education and Comprehensive Risk Reduction for Teens
Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
Web Forum: Improving School Policies and Settings to Increase Physical Activity
Fact Sheet: Ten Things You Need to Know about Birth Defects
New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO Dispatch
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Toolkit for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

This toolkit, from the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, provides an improved framework for engaging community leaders, clinicians, families, and Title V directors to assist children and youth with special health care needs (CSHCN). Each collaborative involved in creating the toolkit identified and tested a number of tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for CSHCNs. Examples of communication tools include the Family Newborn Hearing Screening Roadmap, care notebooks, and a pictorial description of seizures. 

Abstinence Education & Comprehensive Risk Reduction for Teens

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) recently published its findings on comprehensive risk education and abstinence education as interventions to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs. Based on findings from interventions delivered to teens in school and community settings, the Task Force recommended comprehensive risk education as effective; the Task Force was unable to determine if abstinence education is also effective. Learn more about the Task Force's findings or read the article in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a new policy statement in March 2012, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. This policy statement reaffirms AAP's recommendations of exclusive breastfeeding for six months followed by breastfeeding combined with complementary foods until 12 months of age. These recommendations are based on the high efficacy of breastfeeding as a preventative measure protecting the health of the baby and the mother. Additionally, the policy statement encourages health professionals to serve as advocates and supporters of breastfeeding. Read the policy statement here.
Web Forum: Improving School Policies & Settings to Increase Physical Activity
Co-sponsored by Active Living Research and the Public Health Institute, this Web forum features national leaders discussing the role schools play in supporting regular physical activity for children. Examples of school policies and interventions designed to increase physical activity will also be presented. Register online for this Web forum, which will be held March 28 from 2:30-4:00 PM EDT.

Fact Sheet: Ten Things You Need to Know about Birth Defects   

This fact sheet, from CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, contains information about birth defects, including statistics on incidence and cost, common causes of birth defects, and strategies and behaviors that can prevent birth defects. Access the fact sheet here.

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.

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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/.