April 2013  
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates, and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
Boston Marathon Recovery Resources
U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Declined in Recent Years
National Infant Immunization Week 2013
Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges
STD Awareness Month 2013
CDC Vital Signs on Teen Pregnancy
Web-Based Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Toolkit
Improving Hospital Breastfeeding Support - Implementation Toolkit
ntegrating Technology into the WIC Experience - 'Anna' the Avatar
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
How to Implement Suicide Prevention Strategies in High Schools
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Boston Marathon Recovery Resources 
NACCHO wishes solace to the families who lost loved ones and a speedy recovery to all those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. We appreciate the capabilities and resilience of first and continuing responders. During this period of healing, we cannot stress enough that all disasters, both natural and man-made, strike locally and emergency preparedness must continue to be a national priority.
Local health departments prepare communities for disasters and respond when emergencies occur. They also work closely with community partners such as Medical Reserve Corps units, first responders, hospitals, mental health professionals, and social workers to recover from a crisis and to prevent future tragedies from occurring.
Click here for resources to share with community partners, individuals, and families to aid in their recovery and for local health department preparedness training.
U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Declined in Recent Years 
A new CDC report, Recent Declines in Infant Morality in the United States, 2005-2011, documents a 12% decline in infant mortality rate. Infant mortality declined from 2005 through 2011 for all major racial and ethnic groups, with the most rapid decline among non-Hispanic black women (16%). The report is based on information from death certificates filed in state vital statistics offices and subsequently compiled into national data and included in the National Vital Statistics System. Click here to read the full report.
National Infant Immunization Week 2013 
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. This year, NIIW is Apr. 20-27. Click here to view CDC's new promotional materials.
Funding Opportunity: Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges 
The Department of Health and Human Services released a new federal grant opportunity for those interested in serving as navigators in states with partnership and federally facilitated marketplaces. This announcement represents new resources ($54 million) that may be available to state Title V MCH programs and your partners to support outreach and enrollment for individuals gaining insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. CMS will hold a pre-application conference call for potential applicants on Apr. 19, 2013, 3:30pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time, which will provide an overview of the FOA, budget guidance, and other available materials. To join the call, dial 877-267-1577; ID: 2917. The deadline to apply is June 7, 2013.

STD Awareness Month 2013  

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to call attention to the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to promote prevention and testing across the country. New CDC estimates show that there are nearly 20 million new infections in the United States each year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs. You can play an important role in educating people about STD prevention and CDC has resources that can help. Visit CDC's STD Awareness Resource Site for materials, education tools, and other information to support your STD awareness and prevention activities.

CDC Vital Signs on Teen Pregnancy

According to CDC's newest Vital Signs report, Preventing Repeat Teen Births, nearly one in five births to teen mothers, ages 15 to 19, is a repeat birth. Repeat teen births were highest among American Indian/Alaska Natives (22%), Hispanics (21%), and non-Hispanic blacks (20%), and lowest among non-Hispanic whites (15%).  Please also, click here to view the video and presentation slides from the Mar. 19th session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, "Reducing Teen Pregnancy in the United States."  

Web-Based Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Toolkit

The American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all children affected with FASDs receive apprpriate and timely interventions. Click here to view the toolkit.  

Improving Hospital Breastfeeding Support - Implementation Toolkit

Kaiser Permanente launched its breastfeeding toolkit, which is designed to provide hospitals and health care systems with information and resources on planning and implementing performance improvement projects to promote breastfeeding as an option to give babies the healthiest start possible. Click here to view the toolkit. 
Integrating Technology into the WIC Experience - 'Anna' the Avatar
Dr. Phred Pilkington is integrating technology into the WIC experience.  Cabarrus Health Alliance and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) collaborated to adapt a Virtual Character or avatar to the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) environment. The avatar, 'Anna,' leverages Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) technology from Engineered Care. 'Anna' the avatar was designed to introduce WIC to new participants. Click here to read the full article.

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition released a brief informational video to help you share the value of the text4baby service with your colleagues.  In the video, health care experts describe the impact of the service and easy steps for your colleagues to enroll mothers and connect them to valuable health information. Click here for text4baby resources.  

How to Implement Suicide Prevention Strategies in High Schools

Released by SAMHSA, Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools, assists in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health. The toolkit includes tools to implement a multifaceted suicide prevention program that responds to students' needs and cultures. Click here to download the tool.