Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Kids & Politics: Minding the Budget
Save the Date: Children's Budget Summit (July 20)Federal domestic spending on children has declined by 23 percent since 1960, according to the Urban Institute. To reverse this trend, Urban and the bipartisan advocacy organization First Focus are hosting this event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include policy and communications experts and state groups that have successfully advocated for additional funding. RSVP to Emily Mah at Emily@firstfocus.net by July 9. For more on the federal budget and kids, check out:
KIDS' SHARE 2007: How Children Fare in the Federal Budget (Urban Institute)
Policy Agenda/Resources (First Focus)
How the Budget Affects You (Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities)
Budget Topic Page (Coalition on Human Needs)
Federal Budget Research (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
Connect for kids: http://www.connectforkids.org/
Head Start Passes in Senate, Moves to Conference with House
On June 19th, the U.S. Senate passed its Head Start for School Readiness Act (S. 556). The House version of the bill, H.R. 1429, was passed on May 2nd. The differences in the two bills will be worked out in conference. The Child Welfare League of America says the bill, among other things:
Ends controversial standardized testing of 4-year-olds;
Increases the set-aside for Early Head Start;
Sets a "goal" that by September 2013, 50 percent of all center-based Head Start teachers in each state attain a Bachelor's degree.For more on the program, visit the official Head Start website.
How to Plan a Site Visit: Inviting Policymakers to See Your Work with Infants, Toddlers & Their Families
If a picture is worth a thousand words, showing someone your work firsthand can be worth even more. This advocacy tool from ZERO TO THREE helps early childhood workers learn about how site visits can connect policymakers' decisions to the faces of infants, toddlers, and families in the community.
Questions? Contact Debbie Rappaport at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information, join the ZERO TO THREE Policy Network (it's free). And visit the site to try out the interactive "baby brain map" and new School Readiness Interactive tools.
Supporting the Growth and Development of Babies in Child Care: What Does the Research Say?
Most infants and toddlers will spend some time in non-parental care during their early years, and research shows that secure relationships with parents and caregivers are of primary importance for cognitive, social, and emotional development. This Center for Law and Social Policy/ZERO TO THREE brief reviews existing research to make the case that state policies can promote quality early childhood experiences and promote healthy growth and development for kids in child care.
Connect for Kids: http://www.connectforkids.org/
(You'll need to register with Medscape to view the full article)
Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among Students Aged 13--15 Years --- Worldwide, 2000--2007 Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in adults and increases risk of SIDS, ARIs, middle-ear disease, worsened asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth in children.
MMWR 56(20) 2007
Here is a link to the MMWR article:
Nutrition and Fitness
Many Americans Lack Knowledge to Make Weight-Loss Efforts Successful
When it comes to losing weight, what people don't know can hurt them -- and their weight-loss efforts. The second annual Food & Health Survey, given to 1,000 American adults and conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, has found six major "diet disconnects" among consumers. For example, while 56 percent of Americans are trying to lose weight, 9 out of 10 don't know how many calories they should be taking in each day. "This survey is an important snapshot highlighting the gap between Americans' desire to have a more healthful diet and the reality of converting this desire into day-to-day behavior," said Susan Borra, registered dietitian and IFIC Foundation president.
Read the full article at: http://ific.org/newsroom/releases/2007foodandhealthsurvey.cfm
Childhood Asthma and Smoking
More Adult Smoking May Be Contributing to Rise in Childhood Asthma
Childhood asthma has been on the rise in the past century, and researchers have discovered a potential contributing cause. "We have identified parallel increases in childhood asthma and cigarette use among adults during the past century in the United States," said study author Renee D. Goodwin, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. "These parallel trends suggest that the increase in cigarette use may be a contributing factor to the rise in asthma among children during the same period through increased exposure to environmental tobacco smoke." Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is higher in some toxins than smoke inhaled directly from cigarettes by smokers, and because children breathe more air than adults and have narrower airways, they are more vulnerable than adults to ETS -- a risk factor for developing asthma and a trigger for worsening symptoms.
Read the full article at:http://www.mailmanschool.org/news/display.asp?id=546
Help smokers kick the habit with the resources at:http://channing-bete.com/public-health/smoking-cessation.html?src=em
Monday, June 25, 2007
We are delighted to release a new data brief entitled Infant Mortality – Understanding the complexities of death among Virginia’s youngest citizens.
Although Virginia ranks well among the states on most indicators of child well-being, Virginia ranks 31st on infant mortality (KIDS COUNT online data, 2004). We hope this brief will help advocates, policymakers, and the media understand more about the causes and complexities of infant mortality. As we point out in the brief, rates vary by locality and by race. The infant mortality rate for African Americans was 14.4 deaths per 1,000 births in 2005 compared to 5.9 for Whites.
Public Comment to Include Graduation Rates as a Requirement for Standards of Accreditation
Please submit public comment to the Board of Education in support of including graduation rates as a requirement for schools to meet their Standards of Accreditation. Comments are due July 13, 2007. For a copy of our public comment letter and talking points, courtesy of JustChildren, please contact email@example.com
Send your letter to:
Mrs. Anne D. Wescott
Assistant Superintendent for Policy and Communications
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Friday, June 22, 2007
This message from our Friends at the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!!! OUR CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP!!
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to report SCHIP legislation before the July 4th recess. And things are getting dicey.
You may have read that HHS released a report stating there are millions fewer uninsured children than previously believed. The response to this report has been angry and swift.
This should get your blood boiling and motivate you to write a letter to the editor and call our Senators again to support:
1. $50 billion in new funding for SCHIP (and Medicaid) over the next 5 years. Funding should come from an increase in federal tobacco taxes and the elimination of overpayments to Medicare Advantage Plans (which cost at least 12% more per patient than traditional Medicare)
2. Restore flexibility to states to determine how they want to verify citizenship and identity of Medicaid applicants. Virginia’s net enrollment of Medicaid children is still 10,000 lower than a year ago, as a result of the unduly restrictive federal documentation requirements.
3. Restore flexibility to states to cover more legal immigrant children and legal immigrant pregnant women.
Please take action TODAY!
Senator John Warner (R) 202-224-2023 202-224-6295 http://www.warner.senate.gov/
Senator Jim Webb (D) 202-224-4024 202-228-6363 http://www.webb.senate.gov/
Thursday, June 21, 2007
NICHQ’s Childhood Obesity Action Network is pleased to bring you exciting news in the field of childhood obesity. On Friday, June 8th, the recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity were released. These recommendations were made by the Expert Committee, convened by the AMA, CDC, and HRSA.
At a very exciting time in pediatric health care, the Childhood Obesity Action Network has launched an implementation strategy to help clinicians make these recommendations come to life. NICHQ, together with key partners, is creating an Implementation Guide to accompany the recommendations of the Expert Committee. This comprehensive Implementation Guide is for health care providers and will include detailed tools they can use with their patients.
The key to making these recommendations a reality is for providers to have easy access to tools and resources that they can start using immediately in their practice. The Implementation Guide will bring these together from successful practices that clinicians can easily adapt to their own patient population. To develop a guide that best serves you, we’d love to have input from you and your colleagues. Click here to complete a short survey, letting the team know what you would like to see in the Implementation Guide.
NICHQ’s Action Network works to ensure that providers have access to the best available evidence and promising practices on prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and the tools necessary to implement these recommendations. The Implementation Guide is kicking off a series of upcoming changes and developments in the Action Network that will help clinicians work together to make a strong impact on the childhood obesity epidemic. The Implementation Guide will be available on the NICHQ website the week of June 25th.
To learn more about the Childhood Obesity Action Network and other NICHQ programs, please visit www.nichq.org.
Note: The link is to the press release. As you read the release, at the end of the 4th paragraph you find another link to the actual recommendations page. Once you get to that page, the recommendations are listed as a PDF on the right side. If you don't want to read through all the accompanying materials, the PDF link is:
The committee's work is an important step forward and updates the 1998 guidelines. These new recommendations further address a critical public health issue for those who care for children and adolescents. CDC will take the expert committee's recommendations under advisement.
*The following organizations are members of the Expert Committee:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Family Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Dietetic Association
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Psychological Association
Association of American Indian Physicians
The Endocrine Society
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of School Nurses
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Medical Association and the Obesity Society
I thought you might be interested in this American Lung Association Action Network e-activism campaign to support the clean up diesel locomotives and marine engines. If you go to the URL below you can send your own free message directly to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Take action on this action alert from American Lung Association Action Network at http://lungaction.org/campaign/Locomotive_Marine
Need For and Use of Family Leave Among Parents of Children With Special Health Care NeedsParents of children with special health care needs are especially vulnerable to work-family conflicts that family leave benefits might help resolve. In this study, published in the May issue of Pediatrics, researchers find that many full-time working parents of kids with special health care needs say they need more leave than they have access to.
This journal is intended to advance practice-oriented learning in the fields of public health communication and social marketing.
From the CFK Archives: Not Their Parent's MD -- Why Teens Need a Doctor of Their OwnIn this CFK article, historian Heather Prescott argues that adolescent health care is a much-needed and often-overlooked field of health.
Centering Pregnancy Instructional Workshop
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond VA -- www.lewisginter.org
1. To understand the basic principles underlying a group approach to prenatal care and to
2. To articulate the theory guiding groups and to differentiate Centering groups from
3. To identify leadership components which contribute to success in leading Centering groups
4. To understand the potential contribution of the model to the education of professional
5. To develop a plan for the design and implementation of a Centering program within various
For further information please contact: Kathleen McClelland CNM at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-788-3145
Monday, June 18, 2007
Unintended Consequences: The Impact of New Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirements on Virginia's Children
Among the requirements of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 is a provision requiring documentation of citizenship and identity for all those applying for or renewing eligibility for Medicaid. This was added to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining public benefits intended for U.S. citizens, a problem that has not been identified in Virginia. Instead, the new federal requirement has hampered Virginia's ability to enroll eligible, uninsured children.
After years of steady growth and an average net increase of 1000 children per month in the 12 months immediately preceding the implementation of the new requirements, there has been a dramatic decline in the number of children enrolled in Virginia's Medicaid program since the requirements took effect. Specifically, there has been a net decrease of 11,108 children enrolled in Virginia's Medicaid program in the first nine months of implementation (7/06 - 3/07).
In an effort to "look behind" the enrollment data and to understand the overall consequences of the documentation requirements, the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) contracted with Matrix Research Group to conduct a telephone survey of 800 adults who applied for Medicaid for their children after the requirements were implemented. VHCF also conducted interviews with Medicaid eligibility workers from around the state.
The study found that the new requirements have had a much broader impact than expected, adversely affecting thousands of citizen children since implementation last July. In addition to the significant decrease in the number of children enrolled in Medicaid, other unintended consequences include:
4-6 month delays in obtaining Medicaid coverage for Virginia children;
Inability of citizen children to obtain medical care; and
A dramatic increase in emergency room utilization by those caught up in lengthy eligibility determinations
While waiting for their health coverage to be approved, Virginia children have gone without needed medical care, including care for illness or injury, immunizations, dental care and prescription medications. All evidence indicates that these are US citizen children, born in U.S. hospitals, with more than two-thirds born in Virginia.
The new requirements have also had a serious impact on state and local agencies responsible for administering the Medicaid program, and have undermined Virginia's previously successful efforts to simplify and streamline application procedures.
Virginia's impressive progress in enrolling eligible children in the Medicaid program is being diminished by these requirements, and the health of thousands of Virginia's most vulnerable children is threatened.
Details about the study and its alarming results have been shared with Virginia's congressional delegates, as well as with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal agency that administers Medicaid. We are hopeful that this overly restrictive policy will soon be changed.
For more information about the study, including a study brief and full study report, click here
Upcoming Immunization Satellite Broadcasts:
Please mark your calendars for several upcoming satellite broadcasts from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). These include Immunization Update 2007 (August 9, 2007) and Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (December 13, 2007). Also, the annual four-part series broadcast, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, will occur on January 31, February 7, February 14, and February 21, 2008. As more information becomes available, it will be posted at www2.cdc.gov/phtn.
Promotion of Pre-teen Vaccines
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 2:00 PM EST
Kari Sapsis, MPH, Health Communication Specialist, Office of Health Communication, NCIRD/CDC
Natalie Nakahara, MFA, Creative Director, Information and Education Section, California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch
Call Description: This TA call will provide an overview of pre-teen vaccine campaigns at the state and national levels. CDC is preparing to launch a national pre-teen vaccine campaign in August 2007 that will reach out to parents of 11 and 12 year olds as well as healthcare providers. In preparation for the campaign, CDC conducted extensive formative research and materials testing with these populations in four states. Kari Sapsis of the CDC will present the research results and an overview of the campaign activities and materials.
The state of California organized a Pre-teen Vaccine Week this past January, with pre-teens themselves as the primary target audience. Natalie Nakahara of the California Department of Health Services will discuss the campaign activities and results.
By the end of this TA call, participants will be able to:
- Name the materials and activities that CDC is planning for its upcoming pre-teen vaccination campaign.
- Describe parents' and providers' knowledge and attitudes about new pre-teen vaccines, based on CDC's formative research.
- Describe activities conducted by the state of California for its Pre-teen Vaccine Week.
Registration: To register for this TA call, please email email@example.com, with the subject line “Sign me up for the Pre-teen Vaccine Call.”
Visit IZTA Online:
Order Immunization Materials: CDC’s publication order system is now up and running. To order immunization materials, please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/default.htm. (The order form is located at the bottom of the web page.) Immunization materials that are currently available include immunization schedules, CD’s, DVD’s and annual reports. More items are expected to be available in the near future.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
On behalf of the Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH) and the Virginia Department of Health, you are invited to attend the Virginia Pediatric Asthma Conference on July 26, 2007, in Norfolk, VA.
The conference will be held in the Brickhouse Auditorium at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from 8am-3pm in conjunction with Pediatric Grand Rounds. Please share this information with your colleagues and friends.
Although this is a free conference, registration is required. Click on the link to access a brochure and electronic registration: http://pediatrics.evms.edu/.
If you have any questions, please contact CINCH at 668-6495 or CINCH@evms.edu
Friday, June 8, 2007
The following workgroup meetings are confirmed for the week's of June 11-15 and June 18-22:
Allies Against Asthma
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Conference room A2-A & A2-B
E.V. Williams Hall
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Conference room A4
E.V. Williams Hall
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Conference room A4
E.V. Williams Hall
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Park Place Medical Center
Immunization Service Providers
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conference Room A
E.V. Williams Hall
**Don't forget, the following groups will NOT be meeting in July:
Covering Kids & Families
Immunization Service Providers
Allies Against Asthma
Children with Special Health Care Needs
If you are not a member of CINCH but would like to become a member, please call 757-668-6426.
A report released on Thursday, May 17, 2007 by Berkeley Media Studies Group and the Center for Digital Democracy revealed that food and beverage companies are using the latest digital media technologies to promote their products to children and adolescents.
The report, entitled “Interactive Food & Beverage Marketing: Targeting Children and Youth in the Digital Age,” documents in vivid detail how major food, soft drink and fast food brands are deploying a panoply of new techniques -- including cell phones, instant messaging, video games, user-generated video, and three-dimensional virtual worlds --to target children and adolescents, often under the radar of parents. The report also reveals a range of new digital strategies these marketers have devised for targeting multicultural youth, including African Americans and Hispanics.
Among the many digital marketing examples cited in the 98-page report are the following:
To “create a compelling way to connect with the younger demographic,” 600 McDonald’s restaurants in California launched a mobile marketing campaign, urging young cell phone users to text-message to a special phone number to receive an instant electronic coupon for a free McFlurry dessert.
As Rapid Responders, we urge you to monitor your local media for coverage of the report and to respond with letters to the editor and op-eds. Specific actions to highlight include: Asking the FTC to compel food and beverage companies to provide information on specific practices documented in the report, including “cookies,” “tags,” and other profiling and tools; “psychosocial research”; social-network campaigns; user-generated content; immersive media; and avatar-based techniques.
We welcome you to share any letters or op-eds that get published with the rest of the Strategic Alliance membership by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS THE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE?
The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity away from a focus on individual choice and lifestyle towards one of environment and corporate and government responsibility. Current Steering Committee members are: California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFit), California Center for Public Health Advocacy, California Food Policy Advocates, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Parks and Recreation Society, California Project LEAN, California WIC Association, Child Care Food Program Roundtable, Latino Health Access, Partnership for the Public's Health, Prevention Institute, Samuels & Associates and YMCA of the East Bay.
The Strategic Alliance is currently engaged in building a broad and diverse statewide membership. To join or for more information, please visit us on the Web, www.eatbettermovemore.org, or contact Sana Chehimi at 510.444.7738 or Sana@preventioninstitute.org. And even if you're already a member, please forward this message on to your colleagues so we can continue to strengthen our coalition. Thank you!
The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity--from a focus on individual choice and lifestyle, towards one of environment and corporate and government responsibility.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
What: Grantwriting and More Workshop
When: July 23, 24, and 25
Where: Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Who should attend? It is specifically targeted to Faith-Based and Community nonprofit organizations . While our community and industry partners are always welcome at HUD events, this training will not allow us to respond to the concerns of our more advanced partners or local governments, and it is not appropriate for "for-profit" businesses. Our focus will be on emerging Faith-Based and community grass-roots organizations who are just starting to develop their programs and seek funding; and those who have tried, but have not been successful, with program and funding development. Others who may benefit from attendance are staff members with responsibility for fund development. Topics will include business management issues for Faith-based and nonprofit groups, as well as organizational development, Board development, strategic planning, marketing, budgeting, grants research, outcomes planning and reporting, sustainability strategies, HUD funding, factors for awards and application basics. The workshop does not lend itself to partial attendance. There will be a lot of material, mostly consisting of an extensive powerpoint presentation, with applied learning exercises on the third day. Materials will be given to you at the workshop, which will be interactive - with visuals, discussions and homework. Its value will be diminished if participants are not able to attend the full 3-day session. Here is a link to directions to Tidewater Community College Virginia Beach campus: http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/locations/vabeach/info/auto.htm. At this site, you can also click on a map of the campus. If you need to stay overnight, here is a link on the City of Virginia Beach Tourism webpage for lodging: http://www.vbfun.com/visitors/lodging.asp?cat=7 As some of you know, but many of you maybe don't know - neither Congresswoman Drake nor HUD is permitted to spend (your) tax dollars on food or beverages. Here is a link to search for places to eat: http://www.vbfun.com/visitors/dining.asp?cat=6 There are also a few places very near the campus at the corner of Independence Blvd. and Princess Anne Road. Thank you.
"Restoring African American Families: A Unique Approach to Addressing Community Violence & Behavioral Challenges". Presented by: Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc.
When: Thursday, June 28, 2007
Where: Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel
950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Cost: $99/person (includes continental breakfast)
Who Should Attend??? Professionals and leaders in the following fields: Social Services, Community Relations, Cultural Diversity, Education, Human Rights/Human Relations and anyone interested in investing in Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc.’s training programs to help make positive changes in the condition of the African American community.
To register, please download attached registration information. Registration deadline is Monday, June 25, 2007. Any registrations received after the 25th will incur an additional $10 on-site registration fee. For more information, please contact Lisa Sheppard at (757) 238-7790 , email email@example.com or visit our web site at http://www.diversityrestoration.com/.
Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up? (2007) http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11722#toc
Kids Data: Community Resources
Get Kids in Action
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health: Kids Weigh In
Mayo Clinic: Children’s Health
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Healthy Eating and Activity Together (HEATSM)
North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO): Childhood Overweight
CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
National Dairy Council: Parents Family Guide to Healthy Eating
Moving to the Future: Tools for Planning Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs
Nutrition.gov: Smart Nutrition Starts Here
The Portion Plate
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Virginia Center for Health Communities
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
SIGN ’EM UP! Free Training on FAMIS!
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007
10:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M.
Hampton Health District
3130 Victoria Boulevard
Hampton, VA 23661
This workshop will provide detailed information on Virginia’s Health Insurance
Programs for Children (FAMIS, FAMIS Plus and FAMIS Select) and Pregnant Women (Medicaid for Pregnant Women and FAMIS Moms).
This workshop is for people who work with families who want to know more about FAMIS or who need an update on recent changes.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol Jones, Sustainability Specialist,
Consortium for Infant and Child Health at (757) 668-6472.
PLEASE RSVP YOUR ATTENDANCE by clicking on the link above to register!