Program in Focus
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 20 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum's annual report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, provides the Nation with a summary of national indicators of child well-being and monitors changes in these indicators over time. You can learn more about the Forum by visiting http://www.childstats.gov/.
You can also view and order publications related to health statistics by going to http://www.ask.hrsa.gov/results_materials.cfm?type=kword&searchterm=790 and clicking on the publication titles.
August Public Health Observances:
- National Immunization Awareness Month
- National Breastfeeding Month
- Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
For more information on these and other August National Health Observances, see HealthFinder’s National Health Observances Calendar at http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp?year=2012#m8.
September Public Health Observances:
- National Cholesterol Education Month
- National Recovery Month
- Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
The complete list for September can be found at http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/nho.asp?year=2012#m9.
New Publications Available at the HRSA Information Center
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2012
This report, a summary version of the America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being report to be published in 2013, provides an easily accessed compilation of selected statistics from 22 federal government agencies with the latest available data on well-being of children in the United States. It presents background data and highlights 41 key indicators of well-being covering eight domains related to demographic background, family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. The report includes tables, figures, and references. Use inventory code MCH00429 to order.
Child and Adolescent Oral Health Issues
This fact sheet provides health professionals with information on issues in child and adolescent oral health. It examines the prevalence of unmet oral health needs for a significant number of children and adolescents whose families cannot afford dental care. The topics include dental caries, access to care, children and adolescents with special health care needs, dental sealants, fluorides, nutrition, injury and violence, and tobacco. The fact sheet includes references and contact information for the national Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. Use inventory code MCH00423 to order.
Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Maryland Oral Health Summit: Pathways to Common Ground and Action Background Papers and Commentaries
This issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry presents papers developed at the October 2011 Maryland Oral Health Summit. One goal of the Summit was to address disparities in child and adolescent oral health care in response to the 2007 death of a 12-year-old boy from an untreated dental infection that spread to his brain. It contains commentaries from healthcare professionals within the dental community, experts representing local, state, and federal programs, and academia, that provide perspectives on past, present and future goals of oral health at the state level, and strategies to bring public awareness to treatable and preventable diseases that have the potential to cause serious illness, even death. The issue contains tables, figures, and references. Use inventory code MCH00420 to order.
Rural Policy Brief. March 2012: Rural Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update (Brief No. 2012-3, May 2012)
This policy brief presents updates on the growth of rural Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment. It compares rural MA enrollment to urban enrollment and enrollment in other health insurance plans from 2007-2012. The brief includes figures and a link to additional MA enrollment data. Use inventory code ORHP00563 to order.
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