October 27, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources: A Manual Based on Help Me Grow
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved October 23, 2006
  2. Child Health USA 2005
      Source: MCHB - Retrieved October 27, 2006
  3. Grants Notice - Integrated Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
      Source: Grants.gov - October 6, 2006
  4. Request for Comments - Study of the Program for Infant Toddler Care
      Source: Federal Register: October 26, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 207)
  5. A High-Performing System for Well-Child Care: A Vision for the Future
      Source: The Commonwealth Fund - October 2006

1. How to Develop a Statewide System to Link Families with Community Resources: A Manual Based on Help Me Grow

Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved October 23, 2006

A new online manual, available on the Commonwealth Fund Web site, provides guidance on creating a single-point-of-access system to connect children at risk for developmental or behavioral problems with community resources. It is based on Connecticut's Help Me Grow initiative, which assists families and providers in identifying developmental concerns in children from birth to age 8 and connects families with appropriate programs and services. For more information and to access the manual go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/General/General_show.htm?doc_id=381829

2. Child Health USA 2005

Source: MCHB - Retrieved October 27, 2006

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) recently released Child Health USA 2005, the 16th annual report on the health status and service needs of America's children. Data are presented for the target populations of Title V funding: infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, and women of childbearing age. The report also addresses health status and health services utilization, and provides insight into the Nation's progress toward the goals set out in the MCHB's strategic plan to assure quality of care, to eliminate barriers and health disparities, and to improve the health infrastructure and system. It is available online at http://mchb.hrsa.gov/mchirc/chusa_05/index.htm

3. Grants Notice - Integrated Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Source: Grants.gov - October 6, 2006

The Health Resources & Services Administration recently published a grants notice for "Family to Family Health Care Information and Education Centers for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs" (F2F HICs). Grants will fund state-based, family-run centers providing information, education, technical assistance and peer support to families of children with special health care needs. The closing date for applications is December 4, 2006. For complete information go to http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=11262&mode=VIEW.

4. Request for Comments - Study of the Program for Infant Toddler Care

Source: Federal Register: October 26, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 207)

The Institute of Education Sciences recently published an invitation to comment on the Study of the Program for Infant Toddler Care. This study will evaluate the impact of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) on child care quality and children's development. Evaluation measures include baseline and follow-up questionnaires for parents, programs, and caregivers; baseline and follow-up program observations; and two rounds of child observations/interviews to measure children's language, social and cognitive development. For more information see the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-4/102606d.html

5. A High-Performing System for Well-Child Care: A Vision for the Future

Source: The Commonwealth Fund - October 2006

A new report from the Commonwealth Fund describes how current well-child care in the U.S. is inefficient and not meeting the needs of many families with young children. The authors present a vision for a high-performance system for the delivery of well-child care that would include advanced access to services, team-based care, individualized developmental and behavioral screening, care coordination through a medical home, electronic health records, and tools for information and knowledge transfer. The report is meant to serve as a template for implementing changes in clinical practice and as a guide for further policy and research efforts. For more information and to access the report online go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/publications_show.htm?doc_id=417069