Maternal & Child Health Newsletter, Iss. 34
Health Plan Approaches to Child Injury Prevention – With funding from the CDC, NIHCM Foundation and the Education Development Center collaborated on an issue brief that presents the latest evidence on the prevalence and cost of unintentional injuries and highlights prevention strategies.
Save the Date – Opioid Abuse in the US: An Urgent Public Health Crisis – NIHCM Foundation will host a webinar on September 16, 2015 ont he current opioid abuse epidemic, featuring government and health plan efforts to improve opioid prescribing practices and reduce prescription drug abuse.
Webinar Archive – The Virtual Visit: How Telehealth is Reshaping Care Delivery
Expert Voices – Small Business Health Insurance Coverage in a Post-ACA World by Sabrina Corlette, JD, Senior Research Fellow and Project Director, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University
Expert Voices – The Outlook for Reforming Payments to Graduate Medical Education by Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE
NIHCM Awards – Winners Named in 21st Annual NIHCM Foundation Awards
Health Plan Initiatives to Improve Maternal and Child Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation published a report, “Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health: What Works,” to evaluate and synthesize the evidence base for interventions to address social determinants of health—including the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), asthma management, and early childhood education.
The Wellmark Foundation awarded 23 grants through its 2015 Healthy Communities small grant program that encourages new collaborations to improve the health of communities. Recipients include Children and Families of Iowa, for a nutrition education program aimed at at-risk youth, and the Highland Park Presbyterian Church/Hearts & Hands: Women and Children’s Health Center, for a health exercise and fitness center.
Highmark Inc. is hosting its annual Fun, Fit & Fabulous Women's Health Conference on August 15th to bring together women from across the area to "find their fabulous" and be empowered to lead healthy lifestyles.
Highmark Foundation recently awarded over $1.1 million in grants to 11 organizations to improve health and wellness in their communities. Recipients include the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for an anti-bullying education program and the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced that it will reimburse members for the cost of an at-home course through the Cranberry Township Emergency Medical Service’s (EMS) Safe Landings Program that educates new and expectant parents about potential dangers for their newborns at home and in the car.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey was honored by The Salvation Army Newark Area Services for its efforts to help children better manage, prevent and overcome the symptoms of asthma through the Breathe Easier with Asthma Management (BEAM) initiative.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has partnered with Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch to host three local events this summer to inspire soccer parents and their daughters to live their lives to the fullest in a healthy way.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association are collaborating to transform open spaces across the state by installing PlayPrints—colorful ground markings that encouragphysical activity in children and are painted on existing pavement—as part of their Get Outside North Carolina! (GO NC!) program.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation awarded $1.5 million in grant funding for 24 projects to improve community health by focusing on the social and economic factors that greatly affect health outcomes. Recipients include WINDOW Victim Services, an advocacy agency, and Youthlink MN, an organization to help homeless youth in Minnesota.
Public Sector Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health
The CDC published the first national study on the use of behavioral therapy, medication and dietary supplements to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children with special health care needs. The study found that only half of preschoolers (4-5 years of age) with ADHD received behavioral therapy—which is the AAP’s current (2011) recommended first-line treatment for this age group. The CDC has created an infographic to raise awareness of the AAP recommendation among parents and health care providers.
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health announced more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities and others organizations. The 81 grants are expected to serve more than 291,000 youth each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) released two public service announcements, recorded in both English and Spanish, as part of its effort to help people better understand child traumatic stress and the importance of support in a child’s recovery. Additional learning material and technical assistance for families and health professionals can be found on the new NCTSI webpage.