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Group Projects: Health Communication

The MCH Group has developed health communication print materials on a wide variety of topics: health supervision, public policy, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and vulnerable populations (including Medicaid beneficiaries). Through projects such as the Bright Futures initiative, it is estimated that over 4 million materials have been disseminated to professionals and families.

Recent Health Communication Materials

:: State MCH-Medicaid Coordination: A Review of Title V and Title XIX Interagency Agreements (2nd edition)
Developed by the MCH Group and the MCH Library, this seminal handbook looks at how Title V programs complement Medicaid by (1) providing gap-filling services to enrollees, (2) assisting in the identification of potentially eligible beneficiaries, and (3) creating an infrastructure in communities to ensure that the capacity exists to support the delivery of quality health care services for women and children. A key factor in assuring coordination and mutual support can be the Interagency Agreement (IAA), required in both Title V and Title XIX legislation, between the State agencies (or divisions within a State agency) that administer the two programs.

What to Expect & When to Seek Help
These four developmental tools offer a framework for providers and families to begin a conversation together about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children and teens. The tools gently encourage families who have questions or concerns about their child's development to "check it out" -- and offer a number of tips for when, where, and how to seek help through local, State, or national resources.

Written in family-friendly language, the tools may be used by families and child development professionals in a range of disciplines, including health, education, child care, and family services. The companion Referral Tool and the guide to Locating Community-Based Services to Support Children and Families are tailored to help providers and families connect with the specific resources they need.

Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Pocket Guide for Pediatric Providers
Developed by the MCH Group and Bright Futures at Georgetown University, this pocket guide is a companion to the Well-Child Care curriculum for Pediatric Providers. Chapters in the pocket guide correspond to the six online core modules including the major components of a pediatric preventive health visit - Health History, Physical Examination, Screening and Risk Assessment, Screening with Laboratory Tests, Immunizations, and Health Education/ Anticipatory Guidance. Four other chapters correspond to modules addressing special interest topics - Development/Behavioral Health, Oral Health, Documentation, and Cultural Competence.

Helping Baby Back to Sleep
Developed by the National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death and Pregnancy Loss Resource Center and the MCH Group, this publication discusses the importance of placing babies on their back to sleep to lower the risk of SIDS.

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