March 2013  
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates, and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
NRFC Webinar: Working with Child Support - Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships
Join NACCHO's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health/Birth Defects Workgroup
New Editions of Child Health USA and Women's Health USA
CityMatCH Call for Abstracts
View the 2012 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference Archive
NACCHO's Resource Center for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans
MCH Library Releases Resource Guides about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
U.S. House of Representatives passes the Senate's Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
ASPR Blog: Infant Feeding During Disasters
New Resource from the National Center for Cultural Competence
Teen Parenthood Most Common in Rural America
New AHRQ Report Identifies Safety Strategies that Work and How Best to Use them
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NRFC Webinar: Working with Child Support - Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships 
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will host a webinar on Mar. 28, 2013, 12:30pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time to provide ideas and resources on meeting the needs of non-custodial fathers and their families. This webinar will feature federal, state and local policies, partnerships and initiative, and explain how fatherhood practitioners can partner with local child support offices. Click here for more information. 
Join NACCHO's Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health/Birth Defects Workgroup 
NACCHO welcomes you to volunteer for a committee or workgroup for the 2013-2014 appointments.  NACCHO's committees and workgroups are the primary and recognized vehicles for identifying opportunities and challenges facing local health departments and and informing NACCHO's work at the national level.
 
Log in to MyNACCHO and click on "join" in the My Groups section to complete an application by Mar. 31! Click here for more information on how to apply.
 
Contact advisorygroups@naccho.org for more information.  

New Editions of Child Health USA and Women's Health USA 

The 2012 editions of Child Health USA and Women's Health USA are now available online. The databooks are produced annually by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with HRSA's Office of Women's Health for Women's Health USA. They are designed to provide MCH professions with an easy-to-use collection of current and historical data from multiple Federal sources on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, children, families, and communities. 

CityMatCH Call for Abstracts

CityMatCH is seeking Program/Policy and Scientific Research/Data focused abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Share your successes, results, research, and lessons learned with urban MCH leaders  from across the United States. Online abstract submission takes place from Mar. 11 through May 15, 2013. The 2013 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference is Sept. 23-25, 2013 in Savannah, GA. More information is available on the CityMatCH website.
View the 2012 Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference Archive
The 2012 Conference Archive is now available. Click here to discover an innovative video celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the MCH EPI Program; view the "Workshop: Simultaneously Investigating Multiple Influences" and Magda Peck Leadership Symposium; watch the Keynote Address "Improving MCH In America: A New Approach" and Plenary sessions; and learn from the Pre-Conference Trainings and offer feedback through the archive evaluation.  

 

NACCHO's Resource Center for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans

NACCHO has developed the Resource Center for Community Health Assessments (CHAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to support local communities in their community health improvement efforts and meeting relevant Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures. This resource center is an online, publicly accessible venue that contains over 150 resources developed by and for health departments and their partners, including:  

  • Practical, customizable tools;
  • Key resources;
  • Example high-quality CHAs and CHIPs; and
  • "How-to" webinars and training materials.

To access the CHA/CHIP Resource Center, visit www.naccho.org/chachipresources. 

MCH Library Releases Resource Guides about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University presents a new knowledge path, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about racial and ethnic health disparities, health equity, and removing barriers to care; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Click here to view the knowledge path online.  

U.S. House of Representatives passes the Senate's Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

On Feb. 28, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Senate's bipartisan and inclusive Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, sending the bill to the President for his signature. Click here to read remarks by the President and Vice President at the signing of the Violence Against Women Act. 

 

ASPR Blog: Infant Feeding During Disasters  
The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Blog released an article on infant feeding during disasters on Feb. 27, 2013. Click here to read strategies for emergency management planners and to view resources on infant feeding during disasters. 

 

New Resource from the National Center for Cultural Competence

The National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce a new resource to support addressing racial and ethnic disparities in sudden unexpected infant death. Toolkit for Community Health Providers: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep provides practical information about engaging a trusted source of information in many racial and ethnic communities--ethnic media.  Learn the why, what and how.  

Teen Parenthood Most Common in Rural America

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released a report with first-ever data comparing rural, suburban, and urban teen childbearing. This first of its kind analysis shows that the teen birth rate in 2010 in rural counties surpasses that in suburban counties and major urban centers. The new research is based on National Campaign tabulations using birth data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.  Visit www.TheNationalCampaign.org for more information about the new research, including the definition of rural, suburban, and urban areas.  

New AHRQ Report Identifies Safety Strategies that Work and How Best to Use them

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality identifies 22 patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective and provides information on how they work best so they can be adapted to local needs.

The report, Making Health Care Safer ll, An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, includes reviews of the strength and quality of evidence for 41 patient safety strategies, including the chapter, "Promoting Engagement by Patients and Families to Reduce Adverse Events." The reviews identify strategies that have the strongest evidence of effectiveness and also include evidence about context, implementation and adoption to help clinicians understand what works, how to apply it and under what circumstances it works best. Clinicians and health systems can use the report to guide or realign efforts that are already underway for patient safety improvement.

The report also identifies gaps where more research can propel patient safety efforts even further. To learn more about the online report, click here.