9/20/2011 National HMHB news letter with several health related topics. See below. Diane
Diane Bailey, MN, Public Health Nurse Consultant
Washington State Department of Health- Prevention and Community Health
Office of Healthy Communities -Access and Care Coordination Section- Child Health Unit
PO Box 47880
Olympia, Washington 98504-7880
Tel. 360/236-3580 FAX 360/586-7868
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News from National
Don't forget - it's National Child Passenger Safety Week. See item #4 for a valuable opportunity to ask questions of our colleagues from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA about occupant protection. You can also learn more by visiting http://www.safekids.org/our-work/news-press/press-releases/new-research-shows-that.html
National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
1) New Resources from Save Babies Through Screening
2) Late Preterm Birth and Asthma in Young Children
3) Congenital Heart Defects Web Site from CDC
4) Child Passenger Safety Week Live Twitter Q&A Event
5) Webinar: How to Use the Media to Communicate Vaccine Messages
6) Poor Oral Health and Children's School Attendance and Performance
MATERNAL-INFANT HEALTH NEWS
1) NEW RESOURCES FROM SAVE BABIES THROUGH SCREENING
This past week, Save Babies Through Screening Foundation (SBTS) unveiled a new Web site designed to serve as a comprehensive online resource center on newborn screening for families and health practitioners. The new Web site will also host an interactive portal for new and expecting families to ask questions and view educational content about newborn screening, including SBTS's new video, "One Foot at a Time." The video shares information from medical advisors and features stories of four American families who have had the course of their lives changed by newborn screening. The availability of these new resources coincides with National Newborn Screening Awareness Month, designed to bring national attention to newborn screening and its detectable disorders. SBTS works to reach the more than four million families expecting babies each year, and to serve as an ongoing national support system for families affected by disorders detected by newborn screening. Access the SBTS
Web site at http://savebabies.org/.
2) LATE-PRETERM BIRTH AND ASTHMA IN YOUNG CHILDREN
A study appearing in the September edition of the journal Pediatrics evaluates the association of late-preterm birth with asthma severity among young children. The study authors conducted a retrospective cohort study with electronic health record data from 31 practices affiliated with an academic medical center. Study participants were children born in 2007 at 34 to 42 weeks of gestation and monitored from birth to 18 months. Late-preterm birth was defined as a pregnancy of 34-36 weeks, with low-normal birth happening at 37-38 weeks. 7,925 infants (7% late-preterm and 21% low-normal gestation) were included in the study. Overall, 8.3% had been diagnosed with asthma by the age of 18 months. When compared with full-term babies, being born late-preterm was associated with significant increases in persistent asthma diagnoses, inhaled corticosteroid use and a number of acute respiratory issues The study authors conclude that birth at late-preterm and low-normal gestational
ages might be a key risk factor in the development of asthma and for increased health service use in early childhood. To read the study online go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/09/08/peds.2011-0809.
3) CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS WEB SITE FROM CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a new Web site focused on the issue of congenital heart defects. The site is designed to be research-based, user-friendly and up-to-date and includes easy-to-read information on prevention, risk factors, diagnosis, and living with a congenital heart defect. Also featured are a compilation of important data and scientific publications, plus an overview of the work of CDC and its partners in the area of congenital heart defects. To view the Web site, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/index.html. Messages about congenital heart defects are also available on the CDC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CDC) and Twitter (at #NCBDDD).
CHILD, ADOLESCENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS
4) CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK LIVE TWITTER Q&A EVENT
On Wednesday, September 21st from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET, safety experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA will answer questions live on Twitter on how to travel safely with children in the car. This "Twitter Party" is hosted as part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24). Parents, caregivers and anyone who travels with kids or has questions about car seats, booster seats and seat belts is encouraged to participate and submit questions. Questions can be submitted to @childseatsafety (NHTSA's child passenger safety Twitter account) using the hashtag #cpsweek. More information is available at http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/.
5) WEBINAR: HOW TO USE THE MEDIA TO COMMUNICATE VACCINE MESSAGES
On Tuesday, September 27th, Every Child By Two will host the webinar, "How to Use the Media to Communicate Vaccine Messages: A Training Workshop for Vaccine Advocates." Scheduled for 2:00pm ET, the workshop is directed at potential parent advocates, immunization program managers, coalition members, non-profit staff, public communication staff and other with a desire to improve communications with the media. In order to be prepared and considered credible, an immunization advocate needs to have a good understanding of the many issues related to vaccines, not just the one they may be passionate about. Join Every Child By to learn about key vaccine messages and how best to communicate them to the media. Participants will learn about crafting vaccine messages, vaccine-preventable diseases and how to communicate with the media through print and televised interviews, quotes, letters to the editor and op-eds. To register, go to https://cc.readytalk.com/r/au2sn14ca79x.
6) POOR ORAL HEALTH AND CHILDREN'S SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PERFORMANCE
A study appearing in the September edition of the American Journal of Public Health examines the impact of poor oral health on children's school attendance and performance. The study authors looked at school days missed for routine dental care versus days missed for dental pain or infection to determine the relationship between children's oral health status and school attendance and performance. Data from 2008 from the North Carolina Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program was utilized and included over 2,000 children. Variables assessed included school absences and performance, oral health status, parental education, health insurance coverage, race, and gender. Children with poor oral health status were found to be nearly three times more likely than their counterparts to miss school due to dental pain. Absences caused by pain were also associated with poorer school performance, though absences for routine care were not. To review the study online, go to http://
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