Maternal & Child Health Newsletter, Iss. 33
Children's Asthma Management: Partnering to Improve Clinical Training — NIHCM Foundation recently published a fact sheet highlighting a partnership between the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and Health Care Service Corporation to help health care providers with high-risk patients integrate guidelines-based asthma care into their practices.
NIHCM Maternal and Child Health Updates
Presentation — Partnering with Health Plans in Prevention — This presentation at the AMCHP 2015 Conference featured survey research conducted by NIHCM Foundation and the Education Development Center and highlighted Highmark Foundation’s child injury prevention efforts.
Webinar Archive — Patient-Centered Pediatrics: Coordinating Care for Kids — NIHCM Foundation and the American Academy of Pediatrics co-hosted this webinar highlighting efforts to strengthen care coordination for kids, including patient-centered care innovations and value-based payments.
Other NIHCM News
PBS Air Date — "The Homestretch," a film by NIHCM Foundation grantee Kartemquin Educational Films, will air on PBS on April 13th at 10pm EDT
Webinar Archive — King vs. Burwell: Debating the Future of the ACA
Chart Story — Health Care's 1%: The Extreme Concentration of U.S. Health Spending
Health Plan Initiatives to Improve Maternal and Child Health
HealthNow New York partnered with the Rochester Sports Group to sponsor "Healthy Heroes: Fun With Fitness" and develop a season-long program that takes professional athletes into area schools and brings students into the arena to see firsthand that fitness is important to success.
Wellmark is sponsoring the Grand Blue Mile, an annual one-mile fitness run/walk, in partnership with Nationwide and the Drake Relays. Proceeds from the event benefit Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles among youth.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey recently awarded $1.3 million to 56 organizations, including those that provide case management for young adults transitioning out of foster care, deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate health literacy education, and offer comprehensive mental health services for homeless youth.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is adding pediatric practices to its list of practices transitioning to patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) to improve care coordination for children and their families.
Wellmark named 16 community project winners in Iowa and South Dakota as part of its 75th Anniversary celebration contest. The winning projects inspire and encourage healthy behaviors to improve overall community health and wellness.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation partnered with the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University, to provide nearly $100,000 in Healthy Living Equipment Grants to 14 local Partnership for Children/Smart Start recipients and five community colleges.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation and its employees gave a total of $17.4 million to nonprofits and other institutions in 2014, including Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Mothers’ Milk Bank of South Carolina, and South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Public Sector Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the results from the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey showing that use of cigarettes and alcohol and abuse of prescription pain relievers among teens has declined since 2013, while marijuana use rates were stable. This year’s study also included e-cigarettes, finding their use is high among teens.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine finding that children younger than 5 years of age account for 70 percent of pneumonia hospitalizations among children, with pneumonia remaining a leading cause of hospitalization among children in the United States.
The CDC has also issued a report on suicide trends, the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds in the United States.