Maternal & Child Health Newsletter, Iss. 32
NIHCM Maternal and Child Health Updates
Webinar Archive — Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Strategies for States and Health Plans — This webinar, co-hosted by ASTHO, explored strategies for reducing drug abuse and treating substance-exposed newborns.
Issue Brief — Born Too Early: Improving Maternal and Child Health by Reducing Early Elective Deliveries — This brief highlights strategies for public and private collaboration around education and payment reforms to reduce early elective deliveries.
Fact Sheet — Preventing Early Childhood Obesity in North Carolina — This fact sheet highlights the early success and future expansion of Shape NC, a partnership to help improve the nutrition and physical activity of young children through child care centers and community alliances.
Other NIHCM News
Latest Expert Voices Essay — Meeting the Demand for Primary Care: Nurse Practitioners Answer the Call by John Iglehart
Webinar Archive — Improving Access to Integrated Palliative Care
Health Plan Initiatives to Improve Maternal and Child Health
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to construct a neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment unit at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
The Highmark Foundation hosted a symposium called "Huddle Up Against Bullying" to discuss linking community, school and health care professionals in bullying prevention. In collaboration with the Center for Safe Schools and Clemson Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Highmark Foundation also released a new white paper, “Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools: Considerations for Practitioners and Policymakers.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation presented the Boys and Girls Club of America with the first Health Champion Award for its Triple Play program. The award recognizes an individual or organization that is making a positive impact on the health and wellness of the country.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois awarded a $15,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant to the nonprofit Angelic Organics Learning Center to support its Roots & Wings Urban Agriculture and Youth Development Program.
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 Blue Shield of Massachusetts awarded its 2014 William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical to Project 352, a youth organization focused on leadership development and community service.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with the Detroit Pistons to sponsor the Mob Squad—a youth hip-hop and jazz dance team—to connect kids and get them moving and developing healthier habits.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey awarded over $600,000 in grants to 31 nonprofit organizations. Grantees include Friends of Grace Seniors, to support the Obesity Prevention Program for Korean-American Children and Youth, which provides screening, education, one-on-one counseling and special physical activity classes.
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation helped launch the state’s five-year obesity action plan, www.SCaledown.org, a collaboration to make healthy choices easier in communities, work sites, health care, schools and child care.
Public Sector Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its Parents Are the Key website for National Teen Driver Week (October 19-25). The website contains new English and Spanish materials and resources for parents, pediatricians and other partners, including a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement. The CDC also released the 2012 data from the National Vital Statistics System on its Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Motor vehicle fatalities remain the leading cause of death for teenagers.
The CDC’s September Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement reported that millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States are not receiving key clinical preventive services. The CDC has published a Prevention Checklist for parents to increase awareness of the recommended preventive services by age group. The CDC recommends that health care providers inform parents about the list while also incorporating clinical prevention services into their practices and adopting electronic and personal health records.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a report, “Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults,” calling attention to the surprisingly poor health profile of young adults and the consequences for future health, educational attainment and economic well-being. The report provides recommendations for improving the health of this population, such as easing the transition from pediatric to adult medical and behavioral health care and enhancing preventive care specifically for young adults.