April 11, 2003

In this Issue:

1. New Federal Privacy Regulations

Source: HHS Press Office - April 11, 2003

As of Monday, April 14, 2003, millions of health plans, hospitals, doctors and other health care providers around the country must comply with the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). An extensive collection of frequently asked questions and other information about HIPAA are available on the HHS Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/index.html.

2. Research on Psychosocial and Behavioral Interventions in Autism: Confronting the Methodological Challenges - Meeting summary

Source: www.nimh.nih.gov - April 8, 2003

On September 5 and 6, 2002, the multi-Institute NIH Autism Coordinating Committee (NIH/ACC) convened a workgroup to discuss methodological challenges and possible solutions, related to conducting research on psychosocial interventions for children with autism and related disorders. The meeting was a follow-up to a meeting in April 1999 sponsored by the NIH/ACC and the Department of Education, on "Treatments for People with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Research Perspectives". The purpose of the September, 2002 meeting was to review the state-of-the-science with regard to psychosocial, behavioral, and educational interventions for children with autism; to examine the barriers to progress in the field; and to discuss potential strategies for overcoming the barriers. A summary of is available at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/scientificmeetings/autismconference.cfm [Note: Link checked on 10/19/2007 - this document is no longer available online].

3. Genes, Brain And Behavior Symposium April 16

Source: NIH News - April 9, 2003

Prominent experts on genes, brain and behavior will discuss the impact of genomics on neuroscience in an all-day scientific symposium at the National Institutes of Health, April 16. Sponsored by seven NIH Institutes, the event is a satellite symposium of "50 Years of DNA: From Double Helix to Health," http://www.genome.gov/About/April2003/Scientific a month-long celebration of the genome, sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute. The symposium, "Genes, Brain, Behavior: Before and Beyond Genomics," http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2003/genes-brain-and-behavior-symposium-april-16.shtml will be held 7:30 AM - 5:45 PM, Wilson Hall, Bldg 1, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland.

4. Foster Care: States Focusing on Finding Permanent Homes for Children, but Long-Standing Barriers Remain

Source: Today's GAO Reports - April 9, 2003

The General Accounting Office (GAO) today released the following testimony: Foster Care: States Focusing on Finding Permanent Homes for Children, but Long-Standing Barriers Remain, by Cornelia M. Ashby, director, education, workforce, and income security issues, before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means. GAO-03-626T, April 8. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03626t.pdf

5. Task Force Evaluates Interventions to Promote Healthy Social Environments

Source: MCH Alert - April 11, 2003

"These reviews focus on social resources that have an effect on individual risk for morbidity and mortality," state the authors of a report published in the April 2003 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. This issue of the journal contains articles that describe a systematic literature review process undertaken to determine the effectiveness of three types of community interventions to improve health: early childhood development, family housing, and culturally competent health care. The report represents the work of the independent, nonfederal Task Force on Community Preventive Services (the Task Force)... One recommendation of the Task Force is the following:

*On the basis of strong evidence of improved cognitive development and academic achievement, the Task Force recommends comprehensive, center-based, early childhood development programs for children ages 3 to 5 from families with low incomes. Evidence was insufficient to determine the effects of early childhood development programs on children's social outcomes, children's health screening outcomes, or family outcomes.

Task Force on Community Preventive Services. 2003. Recommendations to promote healthy social environments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 24(3S):21-24.

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