America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?
|According to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, gaps in children’s health across the U.S. may be related to their families’ income and education levels. This report is the first to rank U.S. states on infant mortality and children’s health status based on key social factors. In nearly every state, children in the poorest and least educated households suffered the worst health outcomes. Across the U.S. and in nearly every state, the rates of infant mortality were lower among babies born to mothers with at least 16 years of education as compared to mothers who had not completed high school. In almost every state, children in middle-income families also experienced shortfalls in health compared with those in higher income families, with differences seen across racial and ethnic groups. This report suggests that raising maternal education and family income are likely to improve children’s health.Read the news release by clicking HERE.|
PPN Web site announces launch of Expert Perspectives Section
|PPN is pleased to announce the addition of a new Expert Perspectives section to the website! This new section is a collection of our past expert features, including videos of policy and research events and questions answered by child policy experts. Features include such topics as educational television programming for young children, child abuse prevention, effective SCHIP policy, and the quality of children’s health care in America. Future PPN child policy expert events and features, including the current feature on low birth weight, will also be included in this collection of Expert Perspectives.View the Expert Perspectives Section by clicking HERE.|
The Effect of a Mailed Brochure on Appointment Keeping for Screening Colonoscopy
This program is designed to increase colorectal cancer screening by educating patients about colorectal cancer and colonoscopy, addressing their most common questions and concerns, and reminding them to schedule a procedure. The intervention includes a brochure mailed by the physician’s office shortly after they receive referrals for a colonoscopy procedure.
For more information about this or other evidence based cancer programs, please visit the National Cancer Institute’s Research Tested Intervention Programs website by clicking HERE.
Best Practice Resources
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Abstract, summaries, and full evidence reports on cancer related issues including cancer care quality measures, clinical trial recruitment, cancer pain and symptom management, etc.
The Community Guide: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guide to Community Preventive Services. Evidence-based recommendations for programs and policies to promote population health.
Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPS): Summary statements, ratings, and products from cancer prevention and control programs tested in research. (NCI, SAMHSA)
The information above was selected to provide information about best practices and evidence based practice for cancer-related issues. The ICC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of the content on the web links or imply the endorsement of the programs identified.