February 13, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The National Survey of Children's Health 2003. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005.
  2. The 2006 Child Abuse Prevention Web site
      Source: Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1. The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The National Survey of Children's Health 2003. Rockville, Maryland: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2005.

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005 provides an overview of broad health characteristics for children, brings together national and state-level data for the first time, and points to a need to improve access to health care for children from low-income families, children with no health insurance, and children with special health care needs. The chartbook, produced by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, is based on data from the National Survey of Children's Health and focuses on measures of children's physical and mental health, health care, and general well-being as it relates to their families, schools, and neighborhoods. Information for each state, easy-to-follow bar graphs, and breakdown analyses by race and ethnicity are included. The report is available at http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/thechild/index.htm.

2. The 2006 Child Abuse Prevention Web site

Source: Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The 2006 Child Abuse Prevention Web site contains resources for communities to help parents understand and meet their children's needs and protect them from harm. The Web site is produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and its National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, and the FRIENDS National Resource Center. The site features a database titled What Works to Promote Safe Children and Healthy Families, which contains information on promising practices and innovative approaches to promote safe and healthy families. The Web site also includes the 2006 Community Resource Packet in both English and Spanish. The packet provides practical information on how individuals, organizations, and communities can support and strengthen families. A corresponding poster is included in each packet. The Web site is available at http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/toc_eng.cfm.