June 12, 2013 
Updates on the 2011/12 National Survey of Children's Health:
Data Set and Codebooks Now Available
In This Letter

View Your State's Medical Home Profile

Compare States by Medical Home
Check out our Free Online Tool for 
Parents of Young Children
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Friends & Family

 Parents, did you know there are 13 well-child care visits in the first 4 years of your child's life? The CAHMI's Well-Visit Planner
is designed to help you learn about and prepare for your child's well-care. 

Health Care Providers 
You can use the Well-Visit Planner to engage and empower parents as proactive partners in improving well-child care and insert parent data into the electronic medical record.
Focus on Fathers
June 16th is Father's Day. 
Learn more about how father's mental/emotional health is affected by having a child with special health care needs. Or check out the overall health of fathers in your state!

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News Spotlight
The Impact of the Recession on CSHCN
Read this very interesting and relevant article on how the recession has forced cutbacks in care for CSHCN. Look for a quote from CAHMI's Dr. Christina Bethell!

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB) sponsors and leads the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH).  With HRSA/MCHB support, the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) is pleased to announce the availability of "research ready" NSCH data files and variable codebooks designed to expedite the advancement of knowledge on child health and health care in the US.  In addition to the online data search feature available through the DRC, we offer these "research ready" datasets to enhance your research capabilities. Data files and codebooks are available in SAS and SPSS (or flat files) for all NSCH years (2003, 2007 and 2011/12).

Access Publicly Available Findings from the 2011/12 NSCH 
Use the DRC's point & click interactive data search tool to access data today! In addition to state-by-state snapshots on key measures, new child health indicators are being added every day.  Browse all the data available to date.
Comparison Findings Across Years:
2007 vs. 2011/12 NSCH

Learn how data results may have changed in the nation and your state on indicators of children's health status, health care, school and activities, family, and neighborhood.
Spotlight on New Data Findings  
The 2011-12 NSCH provides first-time national data on Adverse Child and Family Experiences for children.  View  this data brief to learn more about the prevalence of adverse child and family experiences nationwide, as well as variation across states and child subgroups.

The ACEs Connection website highlighted the new NSCH data in a blog post featuring prevalence among US children and associations between adverse child and family experiences, child and parent health, contextual factors, and resiliency factors.

Nearly a third of US youth
age 12-17 have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences (30.5%), with a range of 23.0% to 44.4% across states.

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your state's prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Learn More about ACEs
1. This infographic created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a fantastic visualization of ACEs and their  implications. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports researchers who are applying the science behind toxic stress exposure to the prevention and treatment of physical and behavioral health conditions.

2. View this short clip from Frontiers of Innovation, a project of Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child. This video provides a 5-minute look at the Frontiers of Innovation community's goal to address ACEs and other threats to child development by focusing on adults and strengthening communities. 

3. Toxic Stress:  Read the American Academy of Pediatrics
report: A Public Health Approach to Toxic Stress. This report addresses toxic stress and the translation of scientific advances in epigenetics and brain development into practice to improve public health.

4. The ACEs Connection website offers a wealth of resources and  informational toolkits for trauma survivors, family members, advocates, researchers, and practitioners.  


5. Read the ongoing report from the National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences that features an article on the power of resilience and a poem that conveys a message of hope for those who have experienced trauma.  

Data in Action: The California Example
Learn About Data-Driven Efforts to Make Reform Work for Children  
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health (LPFCH) uses the NSCH and NS-CSHCN to profile and highlight important issues for CSHCN in this time of health care reform and to explain the implications of the Affordable Care Act for CSHCN and their parents. Also view recent legislative briefings to integrate data findings into policy to ensure access to high quality care for CSHCN.


Get Your State's Quality Profile  

View the 2007 NSCH Quality and System Performance Profile in your state and sign up to get the 2011/12 NSCH Profile (Coming soon!)    


Got Data?
Click here to sign up to receive an announcement when the 2011/2012 NSCH System Performance Profile is competed.


Upcoming Presentations

Improve Your Scientific Writing   

Looking for ways to improve your scientific writing and publish public health related articles? Attend this short course offered by the Learning Institute of the 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association: "Scientific Writing for Peer-Reviewed Publications for Public Health Professionals". 


Promote the Health of Mothers and Girls 

Sign up here to listen and participate in the new Radiant Moms and Girls educational teleseries, which features the DRC and reaches out directly to empower mothers and girls. 


Access Presentation Archives

DataSpeak Webinar on the 2011/12 NSCH 

View this presentation sponsored by HRSA/MCHB to officially announce the public release of the 2011/12 NSCH: "Findings from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health".


AAP Medical Home  Measurement Webinar 

Data on children's health can be a powerful tool to educate stakeholders, inform decision makers, and motivate and track improvement of children's health care delivery in practice. This webinar, co-hosted by the AAP's National Center for Medical Home Implementation and The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, describes how national and state data on Medical Home can help drive medical home practice improvement efforts and be leveraged to enrich these local efforts. 


Be Prepared to Advocate for Children's Health

These upcoming health awareness dates are great opportunities to advocate for child health awareness in your state.

August 1st through 7th is World Breastfeeding Week  

August is National Immunization Awareness Month 

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month 

October 1st is Child Health Day 

October 10th is World Mental Health Day 


Learn More About the 2011/12 NSCH
The Data Resource Center partners with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to make data and information about the national surveys accessible and understandable to all.
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