September 17, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Survey of Early Head Start Programs: Comment Request
      Source: Federal Register - September 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 178)
  2. Resource Brief on Integrating Early Childhood Health Into MCH Block Grant
      Source: AMCHP Pulse - September 17, 2004
  3. 2004 Maternal and Child Health State Profiles Now Online
      Source: AMCHP Pulse - September 17, 2004
  4. Policies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Child Health and Health Care
      Source: The Commonwealth Fund - September 14, 2004

1. Survey of Early Head Start Programs: Comment Request

Source: Federal Register - September 15, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 178)

Early Head Start directors, Early Head Start coordinators and specialists, teachers, home visitors, and parents of Early Head Start children are asked to comment on a proposed research study intended to obtain a national picture of Early Head Start. This will begin a process of describing how the Early Head Start initiative has grown over time, how programs are currently implementing services, and who is being served. The study will be conducted between September 2004 and May 2005. or more information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-20782.htm.

2. Resource Brief on Integrating Early Childhood Health Into MCH Block Grant

Source: AMCHP Pulse - September 17, 2004

The Women's and Children's Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University has produced a technical resource brief entitled, Integrating Measures of Early Childhood Health and Development into State Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Plans. The brief provides information about opportunities for collaboration with state MCH programs for policy makers, program managers, and providers concerned with early childhood health and development. Available at http://www.jhsph.edu/WCHPC/Publications/measures_ec_health.pdf.

3. 2004 Maternal and Child Health State Profiles Now Online

Source: AMCHP Pulse - September 17, 2004

Every year, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) produces a profile on maternal and child health in every state and territory. The 2004 profiles are now available online at http://www.amchp.org/Advocacy/LegislationPolicy/Pages/StateProfiles.aspx. The profiles give an overview of block grant funding in the state, discuss current Title V-funded activities and list continuing needs.

4. Policies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Child Health and Health Care

Source: The Commonwealth Fund - September 14, 2004

This paper reviews recent reports that demonstrate disparities in health care for children and current federal efforts to eliminate them. Instead of simply describing disparities, this paper also presents recommendations that can reduce disparities. By reviewing current problems, practices, and recommendations in health care coverage, quality, and provider training, the author maps out a plan for reducing disparities in child health that complements existing efforts. The fragmentation of current and proposed initiatives would benefit from an oversight body based at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would monitor progress and coordinate efforts for eliminating disparities. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=237885.