January 31, 2003

In this Issue:

1. Pediatric Provider Capacity for Children with Special Health Care Needs: Results from a National Survey of State Title V Directors

Source: AUCDigest - January 21, 2003

This report summarizes the results of a national survey of state Title V directors of programs for children with special
health care needs on access to pediatric providers. It addresses Title V directors´ assessments of access to medical homes;
pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty care; inpatient hospital care; home health care; occupational, physical, and speech
therapies and audiology services; dental care; and mental health care. It also includes an analysis of the most significant causes of access difficulties. Innovative strategies and recommendations to address pediatric provider problems are highlighted.
To download, go to: http://www.mchpolicy.org/publications/pdfs/title5.pdf

2. Paige Announces $72 Million in Early Reading First Grants

Source: www.ed.gov/PressReleases/ - January 23, 2003

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced the first-ever Early Reading First grants -- 30 grants totaling more than $72 million -- to support local efforts to improve the language and pre-reading skills of young children.  Early Reading First is President Bush's initiative to transform existing early education programs into centers of excellence that provide high-quality, early education to young children, especially those from low-income families. It builds upon the president's vast Good Start, Grow Smart initiative to improve early learning.

 School districts, other public, nonprofit and private organizations -- including faith-based organizations -- and collaborations of the same entities competed for the grants. The grants announced today are going to organizations in 22 states. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for up to three years, the projects incorporate strategies, curricula, materials and professional development for teachers to prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive and early reading skills that can avert reading difficulties and ensure continued school success.  For more information go to:

3. President to Propose Improvements in Childhood Vaccine Programs

Source: HHS RELEASE - January 25, 2003

In his fiscal year 2004 budget request, President Bush will propose a series of improvements in the financing of childhood vaccines to meet three goals -- improve vaccine access, restore tetanus and diphtheria toxoid vaccines (Td, DT) to the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program, and build a national stockpile of childhood vaccine. The proposed improvements are part of HHS' fiscal year 2004 budget request and will expand on the department's efforts to improve access to health care for all Americans...  For more information go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030125.html

4. Tool Kit Available for Promoting Child Passenger Safety Week

Source: MCH Alert - January 31, 2003

The Child Passenger Safety Week (February 9-15, 2003) planner contains ideas and resources to help promote booster seats to child care providers, parents, and others. Developed and made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), the planner includes an introductory letter, a list of activities, a sample press release, media tips, a fact sheet, logos, contact information for state and territory highway safety offices, and a "talking point creator." NHSTA is encouraging pediatricians, clinics, and local health departments to distribute correct child passenger safety information to parents and child care providers. NHSTA is also coordinating with National SAFE KIDS Campaign coalitions in delivering training in "Moving Kids Safely in Child Care," a curriculum developed by NHSTA and the American Academy of Pediatrics to educate child care providers about how to transport children safely. The planner and additional information about Child Passenger Safety Week is available at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/menuitem.9f8c7d6359e0e9bbbf30811060008a0c/.

[Originally published in MCHAlert © 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

5. Summits Seek to Reduce SIDS Risk In African American Community

Source: NIH News Release - January 30, 2003

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has
joined forces with three national African American Women's organizations in a year-long program to reduce the risk of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) among African American infants. The leadership and members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Women in the NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will work with the NICHD to conduct SIDS risk reduction training and outreach activities in communities around the country. Each organization will hold a regional summit meeting to launch its activity. At the summits, members of the organizations and community leaders will be equipped with educational techniques, strategies, and promotional materials to conduct outreach activities on reducing infants' risk for SIDS.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women will sponsor the first of the three summits on January 31 and February 1 at the Kellogg Conference Center, Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Women of the NAACP will conduct the second summit in Los Angeles, California. on March 14-15. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will sponsor the third summit in Detroit, Michigan on May 30-31. For more information go to: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/sids_risk.cfm