April 2017

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News from Executive Committee
Dear Friends of NCBDDD,

We hope your spring is off to a great start! The Executive Committee was excited to kick off the season with our first Friends of NCBDDD quarterly call of the year. If you missed it, be sure to check out the archived video (details below).

In other news, your Executive Committee is hard at work with a number of “spring cleaning” duties. Be on the lookout for updates to the Friends of NBCDDD membership list and website in the next couple of months. Also, we’d love your feedback on the Friends of NCBDDD. Please take a few moments to complete our member survey to help guide our efforts in the year ahead.


Becky Abbott

Chair, Friends of NCBDDD

Now Archived: Quarterly Check-In of the year: So You Think You Know NCBDDD?

view_webinar_buttonFeaturing updates from Stephanie Dulin, NCBDDD Deputy Director, and members of the Friends of NCBDDD Executive Committee.  


Saving Babies
Twitter Chat – Know before you go: Where in the world is Zika this vacation season?

UnknownThe March of Dimes and its partners will be hosting a bilingual Twitter chat on May 3 at 1pm EST about Zika prevention and travel. The hashtag is #ZAPzika and is called “Know before you go: Where in the world is Zika this vacation season?” The chat handles/participants include @MotherToBaby, @modhealthtalk, @CDCgov, @PartnersforGood, and @AmerAcadPeds.


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Become a NACCHO Health and Disability Workgroup Member

NACCHO LogoNACCHO is now accepting applications for 2017–2018 advisory group appointments, including the Health and Disability Workgroup. The advisory groups are a primary and recognized vehicle for identifying the opportunities and challenges facing local health departments (LHDs) and the field at large. NACCHO members from all areas of public health come together to explore the many facets of the field and help NACCHO best serve its members. Apply by May 5. Learn more and apply 

MMWR on Rural Health

Members of the Child Development Studies team in NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability wrote the latest report in the MMWR’s rural health series entitled “Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders among Children Aged 2-8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas – United States, 2011-2012”, released on Thursday March 16th. The report provides suggestions for states, healthcare systems, and primary care providers to help families and children with mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders so that they can benefit from better access to mental and behavioral health care, programs that support parents and caregivers, and opportunities to learn, play, and socialize. More about the report’s findings are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/features/rural-health.html.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

CDC Releases Report on Screening for Excessive Alcohol Use and Brief Counseling of Adults in 17 States and the District of Columbia, 2014

CDC published Screening for Excessive Alcohol Use and Brief Counseling of Adults – 17 States and the District of Columbia, 2014* in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on March 31, 2017. This is the first surveillance report to provide state-level estimates of alcohol screening and brief intervention (alcohol SBI) among people who reported having a checkup in the past 2 years. Findings indicate that continued work is needed to increase the provision of alcohol SBI in health systems and individual practices so that it becomes a standard of care. Please read the feature highlighting this study and the full MMWR articleAlso available are two podcasts: Excessive Alcohol Use Can Be a Problem A Minute of Health with CDC (0:59) and A Cup of Health with CDC (4:03)

*McKnight-Eily LR, Okoro CA, Mejia R, Denny CH, Higgins-Biddle J, Hungerford D, Kanny D, Sniezek JE. Screening for Excessive Alcohol Use and Brief Counseling of Adults – 17 States and the District of Columbia. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2017;66(12):313–319.

American Academy of Pediatrics Shares New Resources

During Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the AAP reminds pediatricians about the importance of screening adolescent patients for alcohol use. The AAP Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guide* offers information about each component of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) as well as the importance of addressing adolescent substance use, including alcohol. This new resource supports AAP recommendations to use a validated screening tool at every visit, offer brief intervention tailored to the screening results, and refer patients to treatment when necessary.

Additionally, Sharon Levy, MD, FAAP, contributed a piece to AAP Voices, the official blog of the AAP, that features the guide. Dr. Levy’s piece, The Critical Role Any Pediatrician Can Play in Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse, is found here.

*The development of the guide was led by Sharon Levy, MD, FAAP, chair of AAP’s Committee on Substance Abuse, adapting content from the Massachusetts Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit for Providers, NIAAA’s Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide, and CDC’s Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use

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CDC’s 2017 Autism Awareness Month Event

April 20, 2017, 6:00pm 8:00pm ET

CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Autism Speaks, Autism Society of Georgia, The Autism Foundation of Georgia, Atlanta Autism Consortium, Inc., and the Emory Autism Center invite you to join us for an Autism Awareness Mount event. Event Flyer  /  Register Here

Division of Human Development and Disability Awardee Meeting

NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD), Disability and Health Branch will be hosting a state and national awardee meeting from April 24-27 in Atlanta where attendees will take part in innovative skills workshops, share major accomplishments and lessons learned, and set goals for the future.  

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinar Panel on YouTube!

webinar-thumbThe 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month webinar panel, which was organized by NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD), in collaboration with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), is now available on  YouTube. Please take a moment to watch Inclusion Works: For Business, Opportunity, Innovation, and Health and learn about the link between employment for people with disabilities and health from experts in the field. Panelists included Dr. Georgina Peacock (DHDD Division Director, CDC), Jeremy Norden-Paul (State Director of Employment and Day Services at TN Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), Terry Blum (Director, Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech), Liz Weintraub (Self Advocacy Specialist at AUCD), and Randy Lewis (Creator of Nogwog Disability Initiative).

Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus

Tuesday May 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. ET

NCBDDD’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team will take part in an interagency Congressional Briefing Luncheon on May 2 hosted by the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. Representatives from CDC, HRSA, and NIH’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will discuss collaborative efforts related to implementing EHDI programs and increasing positive outcomes for infants and children with hearing loss. Dr. Georgina Peacock (DHDD Division Director, CDC) will present on CDC’s work. Event Flyer

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The Friends of NCBDDD is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in promoting child development; preventing birth defects and developmental disorders/disabilities; and enhancing the quality of life and preventing secondary conditions among people who are living with mental or physical disabilities, or a combination thereof. For any questions regarding this edition or previous editions please contact Anna Costalas.

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