January 2011

News from our Partners

HHS-CMS Report to Congress on Prevention and Obesity Related Services Available to Medicaid Enrollees

Report to Congress from the Department of Health and Human Services required by the health care reform law “regarding preventive and obesity-related services available to individuals enrolled in Medicaid.” The law also “requires States to design public awareness campaigns to educate Medicaid enrollees on the availability and coverage of such services…. This is the first of the required reports to Congress, and it provides baseline information on the types of preventive and obesity-related services covered by Medicaid, as well as a summary of current and planned Federal and State activity.”

Spina Bifida Association’s New Resources

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) is pleased to announce the availability of several exciting new online resources for the Spina Bfida community: SBA’s Preparations website was created to give parents of children living with Spina Bifida and their clinicians tips and tools to help kids with Spina Bifida develop into successful and happy adults. It also has information for young adults seeking ways to become more independent and lead a fuller, richer life.  This interactive website allows users to answer a series of questions about their child, or  themselves. The site then generates a report specific to the child’s developmental needs and  provides suggested interventions as well as resources and tips. Spina Bfidia University is a series of pre-recorded presentations on the clinical and social aspects of Spina Bfidia. Sessions are aimed at providing the most up to date and accurate information to persons living with Spina Bifida, their families and caregivers. Currently thirteen sessions are available to view, covering a variety of  topics such as: bladder and bowel management;  education and employment; aging with Spina Bifida; and general health and wellness.  Additional sessions will be available in early 2011.  Simply register as a viewer to receive a username and password  to view all sessions.  SB Tween2Teen is a site exclusively for adolescents and teens. It offers: inspiring videos on youth living with Spina Bifida; an Ask the Expert section that offers a place for youth to ask pertinent medical and social questions; fact sheets addressing the many facts of teen life; and a blog.  And that’s not all!  SBA has many more resources available. Be sure to visit www.spinabifidaassociation.org for full details on all of SBA’s publications, products, and services.

Disability and Health Journal Accepted into Thomson Reuters Indexing

The Disability and Health Journal, the official journal of American Association on Health and Disability is pleased to announce that the DHJO has been accepted into Thomson Reuters indexing services. The Journal will be indexed and abstracted in:

•        Science Citation Index Expanded

•        Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition

•        Social Sciences Citation Index

•        Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition

•        Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences

•        Current Contents/Clinical Medicine

The DHJO is now in the two most prestigious indexing services: Thomson Reuters and Index Medicus/Medline. The Journal will receive a 2010 Impact Factor available in mid-2011.  Members of AAHD receive the DHJO at a substantial discount www.aahd.us/membership.  To view the current and archived issues of the DHJO, visit www.disabilityandhealthjnl.com.

AAP Birth Defects Prevention and Identification Webinar Series Archives

In recognition of January as National Birth Defects Prevention Month the AAP’s Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) – a cooperative agreement with the CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities – invites you to access three online webinars that were offered in Fall 2010 as a part of the Birth Defects Prevention and Identification Webinar Series:

Medications Use During Pregnancy: What the Pediatrician Needs to Know
This webinar included an overview of common teratogens and their potential effects on pregnancy and infant outcomes and suggestions for how pediatricians can better recognize, evaluate, and prevent exposure to teratogenic medications.

Sound Beginnings: Changing the World for Children with Hearing Loss
During this webinar participants learned about different degrees of hearing loss, risk factors of hearing loss, screening methods, and follow-up strategies.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Children in the Foster Care System
This educational session provided an overview of screening and identification of FASDs and will include discussion about children in foster care and special considerations for adoption counseling.  For additional information, please contact Chelsea Fosse (cfosse@aap.org).

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