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August 2014

Resource for States: Care Coordination for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
This report outlines the necessary components of effective care coordination in California and six other states, offering valuable insights on the implementation of this key medical home function.

Strategies to Integrate Behavioral Health Components in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Integration of behavioral health services is a crucial component of a medical home. This article, published in the Annals of Family Medicine, provides joint principles of integration and critical needs that must be addressed to realize this principles. 

Learning Opportunities for Maternal and Child Health Professionals
Presented by Georgetown University, this training spotlight provides resources for professionals who work with children and youth with special health care needs. Included are training videos, recorded webinars, and online continuing medical education courses.

Tips for Recruiting Physician Champions for Improvement Projects
Pediatric practices looking to conduct a quality improvement project can benefit from having a physician champion on board. The physician champion plays a crucial role when it comes time to make the case for other physicians to support an improvement idea. This concise list of tips provides strategies for recruiting physicians for improvement projects.

Recommendations for Partnering with Patients, Families, and Communities
This set of recommendations from the Macy Foundation Conference provides concrete implementation strategies to create strong partnerships between patients, families, and communities.

Recommendations for Improving Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
A new issue brief from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health identifies unmet needs for children and youth with special health care needs as they transition to adult health care. Recommendations for improving the transition process are provided.

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August 2014

Webinar: Communication, Care Coordination, and Co-management
August 27, 2014, 3:00 – 3:30 pm ET
This webinar, hosted by the Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants in the American Academy of Pediatrics, will confirm the importance of a medical home and its role in working with patients and families. Faculty will review the development of comprehensive care plans and present several case studies to demonstrate different approaches to care coordination and co-management.
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September 2014

ASTHO Annual Meeting and Policy Summit
September 9-11, Albuquerque, NM
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) annual meeting brings together leaders in state and territorial public health. Participants will be able to discuss strategies to advance population health, build community resilience, and navigate through a new era of health information. Opportunities for networking and training will be available.
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CityMatCH Leadership & MCH Epidemiology Conference
September 17-19, Phoenix, AZ
This conference, hosted in part by the National Organization of Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) leaders, will provide education and data necessary to support the development and implementation of maternal and child health programs and policies at the federal, state, and local levels. Opportunities to discuss innovative strategies to enhance the reach and impact of public health programs in urban environments will be discussed.
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Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation
Published by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, this chartbook features the latest data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health and provides both national and state-level estimates for key indicators of child health and factors that may impact the well-being of children and the health care clinicians that care for them.

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Shared Resources to Sustain Primary Care Transformation: Strategies for Federal and State Policymakers
A state health policy briefing, published by the National Academy for State Health Policy, outlines key elements of state and federal infrastructure necessary to specific aspects of primary care transformation such as improved care coordination, case management, and effective utilization of data and technology.  

Family Liaison Opportunity: Request for Proposals
The Friends of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a request for proposals for a subcontract with a consultant in order to engage families in program planning and services. Reponses are due August 25, 2014. Contact Adriane Griffen for more information.

Call for Applications: Action Learning Collaborative, Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN
In March, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) released the Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). Beginning in September, AMCHP, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, will host an Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) to support Title V staff and partners in the use of these standards. The application deadline is August 29, 2014. Learn more and download the application.   

Community Health Workers and Children with Special Health Care Needs
This report, published by the National Center for Ease of Use of Community Based Services, presents findings from an environmental scan to identify programs that are engaging community health workers to enhance services for children with special health care needs from Latino families. Best practice examples of such programs are included, providing innovative models of pediatric practitioners working with this population.

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State-by-State Pediatric Medical Home Information
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) state pages include detailed descriptions of state initiatives which work to advance pediatric medical homes. In partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, NCMHI has been updating these pages to reflect the most up-to-date medical home initiatives. If you have any information about activities in your state, contact us, and we will update your state page accordingly.  

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