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Prevention of birth defects: Resources

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 3% of babies born in the United States have an identifiable structural birth defect.

Prevention of birth defects is the subject of an article in this week’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report:

Additional information on the prevention of birth defects is available from MedlinePlus:

New Issue of The Nation’s Health

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The October 2015 of The Nation’s Health from the American Public Health Association has several articles of interest to BHIC readers, including:

  • Public health messaging helps public understand environmental health
    A new toolkit is available to make environmental health accessible for nonprofessionals.
  • Study: Not enough gay, bisexual teen boys get tested for HIV
    At-risk kids do not have the knowledge, access they need.
  • Exiting military for misconduct linked to homelessness risk
    A study shows homelessness is more likely for veterans with marks on their record.
  • Healthy You: Yoga: A complementary health approach

Access full issue:

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Office of Adolescent Health’s Adolescent Health: Think. Act. Grow. (TAG) builds on previous national initiatives in adolescent health. OAH convened leaders of national organizations in the fields of health, social services, faith-based communities, and education; and parent and youth serving groups to develop and implement TAG. These groups identified the five essentials for adolescent health and possible roles and responsibilities that, together, have helped inform this national effort. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve adolescent health, including physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

OAH Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG):

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

SAMHSA has announced the availability of a new series of Regional Behavioral Health Barometers. These barometers divide existing SAMHSA data into separate reports for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), collected annually. Topics addressed in the reports include youth substance use, youth mental health and treatment, adult mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use and treatment.

SAMHSA Regional Behavioral Health Barometers:

New Healthy Schools page from the CDC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Start the school year equipped with information to help teachers, parents, and students create a healthier school environment. CDC’s Healthy Schools website offers a number of resources and guidance tools to help get things started.”

Healthy Schools:

Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm

Monday, September 21st, 2015

According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, over 950,000 children and teens live on farms in the United States (source: Additionally, this time of year, many families and school groups are headed to farms for autumn activities.

On September 23, from 12-1 pm CDT, there will be a webinar entitled Harvest Season: Are Children Safe?

Details and registration:

Farm Safety resources:


ToxTown Farm:

New Resources in Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The CDC, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit , an online collection of educational materials related to sickle cell trait (SCT).  This toolkit has information for all audiences. There is helpful information for athletes who may be affected by SCT, as well as their trainers, team doctors, and coaches. New fact sheets have been added related to SCT and sports, diabetes testing and blood and organ donation.

Remember September is National Sickle Cell Month.


2015 State Baby Facts

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, presents the 2015 factsheets for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These provide information for early childhood professionals and policymakers about the status of infants, toddlers, and families in their state. The State Baby Facts present data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. To learn more about how to use State Baby Facts in your advocacy efforts, download the toolkit:

Center for Changing Our Campus Culture

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture: An Online Resource to Address Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking (The Center) is supported by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women in collaboration with its designated Campus Program Technical Assistance Provider Team. This comprehensive online clearinghouse provides important resources for colleges and universities on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The Center has gathered information from the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for campus administrators, faculty and staff, campus and community law enforcement, victim service providers, students, parents and other stakeholders as they work to change the culture on their campuses. The Center has worked collaboratively and sought guidance from experts on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This innovative clearinghouse includes the latest research, sample campus policies, protocols, best practices, and how to access training opportunities and technical assistance. These promising practices models, trauma informed curricula and cutting edge tools can be replicated, adapted and used (with permission when noted as necessary) by institutions of higher education to support efforts to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on their campuses.

The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture: An Online Resource to Address Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking:

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (DM-CAPT)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention helps educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. Based on insights from teachers, this online, accredited course uses expert interviews, creative visuals, interactivity, and compelling storytelling to communicate the relevance of teen dating violence prevention to anyone working with youth. This training is designed for anyone interested in learning more about how to stop teen dating violence—before it happens.

Dating Matters Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (DM-CAPT) is an online system that helps local health departments and their school and community partners assess and monitor their capacity for implementing a comprehensive teen dating violence initiative. The DM-CAPT allows for organizations to gather information on organizational and intervention specific capacity, instantly generate automated capacity assessment reports, and work with partners to determine capacity priorities and develop a web-based action plans for monitoring capacity building efforts.

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention:
Dating Matters Capacity Assessment and Planning Tool (DM-CAPT):