October 21, 2013  
Welcome Back to our Federal Colleagues! 
             In This Letter              
Interactive Data On Healthcare Quality and System Performance
State Profiles
Christina Bethell
on Engaging Parents
CAHMI's WVP Tools Engaging Parents
This brief video describes CAHMI's Well-Visit Planner (WVP) tools designed to customize, tailor and improve the quality of well-child care for young children by engaging parents as proactive partners in planning and conducting these visits.
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Want to Learn More About Exciting New Child Health data and Engagement Tools?

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.





New Paper on the Life Course Perspective for CSHCN 
A new paper authored by Christina Bethell examines key issues and the importance of a life course approach for children with special health care needs. Read the abstract and get the paper here. 

Visualizing the Impact of the Government Shutdown
Click here to see an informative infographic that summarizes the impact and scope of the government shutdown on federal agencies. This infographic was created by Enigma Technologies.

About Us
The DRC is a project of the CAHMI
The DRC is a project of the CAHMI supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, 
ChildHealthDayCelebrating Child Health Day
October 7th was Child Health Day! Read more about the history of child health day on the Maternal and Child Health Bureau website and also check out their interesting timeline of maternal and child health across the years.

In keeping with the spirit of Child Health Day, the CAHMI is currently developing several projects with the overarching goal of improving child health outcomes including the newly expanded Well-Visit Planner suite of tools.


NHIS Data Sets Available Soon 

Data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) will soon be available on the CAHMI's Data Resource Center website childhealthdata.org. This new data will supplement existing NSCH and  NS-CSHCN data already available on our site to paint a more complete picture of child health across the nation.


Curious about the health of children in your state?  Access our interactive state-by-state snapshots for new data from 2011/12 NSCH child health indicators. The survey sections child health indicators for the 2011/12 NSCH are coming to the DRC website soon!   


 Request a Data Set Today! 

WVPEngaging Parents and Providers with
The Well-Visit Planner

In the fall of 2012, the Child and Adolescence Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) in partnership with the Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the public-use version of The Well-Visit Planner (WVP), a new and innovative patient engagement tool designed to customize, tailor and improve the quality of well-child care for young children.   


Expanding and Adding to the Well-Visit Planner

This has been a big year for the Well-Visit Planner! Work on adding additional features to the tool is well underway. As part of this expansion, new content and educational materials have been developed to cover the 4, 5 and 6 year well-child visits, and a Spanish language version of the tool has been created. Selected pediatric primary care providers are already scheduled to begin using and incorporating the Well-Visit Planner in their clinics.


The CAHMI is now partnering with pediatric providers to implement this patient engagement tool into their health information technology (HIT) system. Several federally qualified health centers are currently acting as pilot sites for the EHR-integrated version of the WVP. Pediatric primary care providers interested in engaging patients in accordance with Meaningful Use recommendations for use of Health IT should visit the WVP provider portal and contact cahmi@ohsu.edu for more details.

The CAHMI is also working with Head Start/Early Head Start centers to apply the WVP to the HS/EHS population. The expansion of the WVP is geared towards reaching as many communities as possible to help make child health information and tools accessible to the entire population. For more information on the Well-Visit Planner, visit the public site, check out the educational materials for parents, and watch a 5 minute video tutorial of the tool.   


 CAMPediatric Integrative Medicine:

Where do we go from here?

Help Craft a National Health Services Research Agenda

Did you know that...

  •  One quarter of children with a chronic health condition use some type of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM)?
  • One quarter of children who used herbal or non-vitamin supplements also used prescription medications for at least 3 months?

Many children are using CAM today. You can help shape the future direction of the pediatric integrative medicine (IM) field by participating in a brief, anonymous survey being conducted by the CAHMI and the Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Network (PedCAM) with funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Results will be used to craft a national research agenda on CAM/IM for children including clinical, health services, and policy research recommendations.


To add your voice and vision to the discussion on the future of pediatric CAM/IM research, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8VT2XK8.


Please feel free to forward the survey to your colleagues.

We value your input.


NewsNews and Policy Updates  

US DHHS Strategic Plan

If you are interested in human health and services issues, now is your chance to voice your thoughts! The Department of Health and Human Services has released their updated strategic plan for 2010-2015. For more information, you can read the plan here. Comments and input for the 2014-2018 draft will be accepted until the October 15th deadline. Your comments can be sent to strategicplanning@hhs.gov.   


The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know

The Affordable Care Act was passed into law in 2010 and has since been implemented into many new programs that have changed health care coverage for families and children. For further information on what you and your family should know, new benefits, and the expanded coverage, go here. 

U.S. Teens Are Eating More Vegetables, Exercising More, and Watching Less TV
                                                                              A recent article published in Pediatrics shows that teens in the US are becoming healthier. Teens are grabbing more fruits and vegetables and sticking to regular physical activity. Experts are
looking at a more conscientious childhood upbringing and the early treatment of obesity as the causes of this significant shift. Read a summary and access the full article here
AutismSpotlight on Autism Spectrum Disorder 

Updated National Profile of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Using data from the 2009/10 NS-CSHCN and 2011/12 NSCH, the Data Resource Center developed this three-page data brief on children with special health care needs (CSHCN) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The data brief describes characteristics of CSHCN who currently experience an ASD, the impact on families of having a CSHCN with ASD, and how health system performance and contextual factors from the home, school and neighborhood environments may affect these children.
Also check out the following figures from a recently published book chapter which utilize data from the 2009/10 NS-CSHCN to examine how families and children with special health care needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder experience the system of care: 
Impact of ASD on the child and family
- System of Care and MCHB Core Outcomes: comparing 
  CSHCN with and without ASD

PresentationsUpcoming Presentation

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".   

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