Issue 161

Strategies to Minimize and Address Missing Data for MIECHV Grants

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-08-12

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau is offering a webinar, "Strategies to Minimize and Address Missing Data for MIECHV Grants," on Friday, August 16th, from 2-3 pm EST. The webinar will function as a technical assistance webinar for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees and staff.

Public Health Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality in the United States

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report, "CDC Grand Rounds: Public Health Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality," which highlights some (but not all) of the approaches being used in addressing this national health priority. According to the report, opportunities exost to reduce the mortality rate among infants born preterm by addressing key risk factors, such as prenatal smoking. Also, many very low birthweight infants are not born in hospitals that have level III neonatal intensive-care units, which have been shown to significantly reduce mortality.

Obesity Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children--United States, 2008-11

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report about the obesity epidemic among young children, finding that about one in eight children ages 2-5 is obese in the United States. The report also found that overweight or obese preschoolers are five times more likely to become overweight or obese adults. However, obesity rates among low-income preschoolers have leveled off from 2003-2008 and now appear to be falling, and the percentage of obese preschoolers declined slightly in 19 of the 43 states and territories studied.

Teen Dating Violence Public Service Announcement Contest

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced a call for video submissions for the "I VetoViolence Because..." Teen Dating Violence Public Service Announcement Contest by August 15, 2013. Participants should submit a video of 60 seconds or less in one of three categories - general public; student; or violence prevention professional, which focuses on the importance of teen dating violence prevention. To enter the contest, please visit the Teen Dating Violence Contest website.

Insights from a National Epidemic: The Medicine Abuse Project

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Children's Safety Network is offering a webinar on Thursday, September 5 from 3-4 pm EST, "Insights from a National Epidemic: The Medicine Abuse Project - Free Resources for States and Communities," which will clearly illustrate the nature, extent and underlying attitudes/beliefs related to intentional medicine misuse and abuse behavior within the general population. It will also identify proactive steps, resources and tools to effectively adress the issue.

Call for Comments: Communication of Benefits and Risks of Medical Products to Underrepresented Populations

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Food and Drug Administration has released a call for public comment on how the agency communicates the benefits and risks of medical products to health care providers and patients, especially underrepresented populations, including racial subgroups. The deadline for comments is September 9, 2013. To submit a comment, please visit the FDA website.

Care Counts: Educating Women and Families Challenge

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new challenge to raise awareness about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and important benefits for women made possible by the Affordable Care Act. The challenge offers an exciting chance to develop ways to disseminate information in English and Spanish regarding how Americans can find healthcare coverage that meets their needs at the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. Eligible entities include state, local, Tribal, and other non-governmental organizations.

New Communication Channels: What They Are, Why They Are Here to Stay"

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering a webinar "New Communication Channels: What They Are, Why They Are Here to Stay, and Why You Need To Be There," on August 14 at 3 pm EST. The webinar is designed to help local health departments strengthen their communications capacity.

Call for Comments: The Impact of Sequestration on State MCH Programs

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs is asking for your participation on a survey on sequestration so that information can be captured about the impact these cuts have had on your state programs and the populations that are being served. The survey is designed to capture information on the impact of sequestration on your state's MCH programs. To participate in the survey, please visit the AMCHP website.

Regional Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs Grant

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-08-09

The Aetna Foundation has released a request for applications for the "Regional Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs" Grant, which will be awarded to programs that target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active.

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