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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and its collaborators in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities recently released a packet of tailored training materials and activities intended to help spread safe infant sleep messages in Native communities. The new Healthy Native Babies Project Facilitators Packet: http://1.usa.gov/1a1jHZm currently available online only (print copies coming soon), is designed to complement the Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook Packet: http://bit.ly/19wtF8n.
Find more information about the Safe Infant Sleep Campaign Packet online: http://1.usa.gov/Hfvq0w.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. See the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website for resources and ideas: http://1.usa.gov/H2L1jp
Monday, October 21st, 2013
From the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University:
“The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents. The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about the topic, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve health coverage and access to care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. The knowledge path is available at http://bit.ly/19R6RPv.
A separate brief presents resources to help families learn more about and locate health insurance and health care for their children. The brief is available at http://bit.ly/GUtZUs.”
Monday, October 14th, 2013
From the CDC:
“The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special supplement investigating the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) and social contexts in the cycle of child maltreatment across generations. Efforts focused on enhancing SSNRs between parents and children, as well as between parents and other adults, may be a helpful prevention strategy for breaking the cycle of child maltreatment and promoting life-long health.”
The articles in the special supplement are available at no-cost, and the CDC announcement includes links to additional resources on the prevention of child maltreatment.
Friday, October 4th, 2013
October is SIDS Awareness Month. Learn more about the problem and the risk factors and take action to reduce the risk. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than one year old. Some people call SIDS “crib death” because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year old. Most SIDS deaths occur when babies are between two months and four months old. Premature babies, boys, African Americans, and American Indian/Alaska Native infants have a higher risk of SIDS.
The percentage of nighttime caregivers who reported that an infant usually shares a bed with a parent, another adult, or a child more than doubled between 1993 and 2010, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Sharing a bed, with an adult or another child, increases an infant’s risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS or other sleep-related causes. To reduce infants’ risk of sleep-related deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants should not be placed to sleep on an adult bed at any time.
Trends and Factors Associated With Infant Bed Sharing, 1993-2010: The National Infant Sleep Position Study: http://1.usa.gov/1gaLIEX
MedlinePlus (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome): http://1.usa.gov/18BHCS8
CDC (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome): http://1.usa.gov/176rOmi
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The N7 Fund is committed to inspiring and enabling participation in sports for American Indian and Alaska Native populations in North America. The N7 Fund is funded through the sale of footwear created specifically fo the Native community, called Nike Air Native N7. The N7 Fund provides grants to organizations that have sports and physical activity programs for youth.
Award amount: Up to $10,000
Application Deadline: December 31, 2013
More information and the application for the N7 Funding opportunity is available on the N7 site: http://bit.ly/GzKrJF
Monday, September 30th, 2013
The American Heart Association and Nemours are partnering to support healthy eating and physical activity in child care settings. Healthy Way to Grow is a technical assistance program for child care centers across the country aimed at decreasing obesity among children ages birth to five years old. The program provides direct, hands-on assistance, customized training, resources and tools to support healthy lifestyles in child care environments. Healthy Way to Grow will launch in fall of 2013.
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
FindYouthInfo, a service of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, has a resource guide on youth disaster preparedness and recovery. The goals of the guide are to educate those who work with and care for young people about the special needs of youth in a disaster and to empower youth to get involved in the planning and response activities of their communities.
Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/16t4Dm7
See other Youth Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1bBcc1I
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Psychological First Aid Online
PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
Continuing Education Series
The NCTSN Learning Center provides free access to NCTSN experts and up-to-date, science-based information in the areas of assessment, treatment and services, training, research and evaluation, and organizational and systems change for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Continuing education credits are available for many courses in this expanding online catalog that has been developed for mental health professionals, parents and caregivers, policymakers, and others who work with and care about children and adolescents. (1.5 continuing education contact hours per 1.5 hour presentation.) Current courses include Crossover Youth and Trauma-Informed Practice, Culture and Trauma, Polyvictimization and Complex Trauma, and The Role of Trauma Among Families Struggling with Substance Abuse.
Psychological First Aid Online: http://bit.ly/1f1dcMD
Continuing Education Series: http://bit.ly/1gtPNkE
Friday, September 6th, 2013
Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences. Despite acceleration in efforts to characterize, comprehend, and act on this problem, further understanding is needed on the progress and effectiveness of implemented preventive interventions.
After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. In 1980, no state was above 15 percent; in 1991, no state was above 20 percent; in 2000, no state was above 25 percent; and, in 2007, only Mississippi was above 30 percent. F as in Fat features a series examining high-impact policies to prevent and reduce obesity in the United States. The series highlights significant policy accomplishments over the past decade, but stresses that they are not yet implemented or funded at a level to reduce obesity trends significantly.
An IOM committee developed a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts – specifically, the success of policy and environmental strategies recommended in the 2012 IOM report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts develops a concise and actionable plan for measuring the nation’s progress in obesity prevention efforts. This book offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts. This framework is for specific use with the goals and strategies from the 2012 report and can be used to assess the progress made in every community and throughout the country, with the ultimate goal of reducing the obesity epidemic. It offers potentially valuable guidance in improving the quality and effect of the actions being implemented.
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013: http://bit.ly/17dnCEx
Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress: http://bit.ly/1cPfxbl