Issue 160

Maternal Health Town Hall Listening Session

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The MCH Bureau is offering a live presentation, the "Maternal Health Town Hall Listening Session," on Tuesday, August 27 from 2-3:30 pm EST, to share and discuss proposed strategies and to solicit ideas in support of the National Maternal Health Initiative. Presenters will include Michael Lu, the Associate Administrator of the MCH Bureau; Hani Atrash, the Director of the Division of Healthy Start at MCHB, and Keisher Highsmith, the Director of Special Initiatives at MCHB.

Infant Mortality Toolkit: Resources for a Public Health Approach

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The MCH Library has released the "Infant Mortality Toolkit: Resources for a Public Health Approach," which provides resources to help the MCH workforce strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality. The resources are organization by a four-part conceptual model of public health, including surveillance and monitoring; identifying risk factors and protective factors; developing and testing of prevention strategies; and ensuring widespread adoption.

Changes in Cesearean Delivery Rates by Gestational Age: United States, 1996-2011

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report, "Changes in Cesarean Delivery Rates by Gestational Age: United States, 1996-2011" which found that the preliminary cesarean delivery rate among singleton births was unchanged from 2009 to 2011, after 12 years of consecutive increases. Cesarean delivery rates decreased more than five percent among births at 38 weeks of gestation, but increased four percent among births at 39 weeks. To view the full report, please visit the CDC website.

Enumeration and Characterization of the Public Health Nurse Workforce

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the results of the 2012 Public Health Nurse Workforce Survey, which discusses the characteristics of the public health nurse work force. The report aims to improve knowledge about the size, composition, and education and training background of the public health nurse work force. Topics include background, methods, organizational-level resulsts, individual-level results, and importance of registered nurses in health departments.

Funding Opportunity: Community Design/Land Use Planning

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The National Association of County & City Health Officials has released a request for applications for a NACCHO HIA Mentorship Project. NACCHO is seeking applicants for both HIA mentors experienced in conducting HIAs and mentees new to the HIA process, interested in receiving assistance and technical support, and involved in a coalition planning to conduct a HIA. The aim of the Project is to increase the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) among local health departments. Applications are due by August 9 for mentors and August 16 for mentees.

Funding Opportunity: Creating a Home for HIA through Public Health Institutes

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The National Network of Public Health Institutes has released a call for proposals, "Creating a Home for HIA through Public Health Institutes," which will award grants for up to two public health institute members to conduct health impact assessments, or HIAs. The support will include training, technical assistance, and travel to the national HIA meeting. NNPHI members who have completed at least one HIA are eligible to apply, and applications are due by July 25.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Chartbook 2009-10 Now Available

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Chartbook 2009-10, which presents the major findings of the NS-CSHCN on the national level, stratifying each indicator by selected sociodemographic variables such as age, race, income level, and type of insurance. To view the chartbook, please visit the HHS website.

Map: The Healthiest Regions in the U.S.

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Washington Post has released a new interactive map analyzing the nation's health across three different categories - lifespan, obesity, and physical activity. The map found that men are generally living longer, but in a few select counties, women's lifespans are decreasing. From 2001 to 2009, both obesity and physical activity were on the rise. To view the map, please visit the WashingtonPost.com website.

The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has released a new report, "The State of U.S. Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study," which presents key findings from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010. The report presents trends in nearly 300 different diseases and injuries that are killing people prematurely and disabling them. The report sheds light on the substantial health threat posed by potentially modifiable risk factors such as poor diet, high BMI, and lack of physical activity.

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

Published Date: 
Thu, 2013-07-18

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released a report, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013," which presents key indicators on children's well-being in seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The 2013 report found that the percentage of children living in the United States declined slightly, while the percentage of children who are Asian, Hispanic, and two or more races increased.

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