Greetings from NCBDDD Chair
Even if you normally skip this column, please take a few minutes to read it as we have some important updates to share. Fall has been busy so far! We have restarted the Communications Committee, recruited Champions for our key thematic areas, and been planning our in-person-meeting for November.
Communications Committee Update
The Communications Committee is a standing subcommittee of the Friends of NCBDDD. Specific charges for the committee include: 1. Highlight existing resources, like the monthly e-newsletter, website, national listserv, and twitter hash tag #FriendsNCBDDD, 2. Create a communication strategy plan, and 3. Encourage self-promotion of Friends members to foster collaboration.
The communications strategy plan has three main goals: 1. Increase awareness of NCBDDD at CDC and public health agencies, 2. Increase awareness of how your organization plays a role in public health, and 3. Increase communication with others beyond members of the Friends. To achieve these goals, we will work together across the Friends, and our sister Advocacy Coalition, to reach three main audiences: the Hill, families, and other NGOs.
Many thanks for the communications committee’s ongoing efforts to develop a streamlined approach that helps to keep you connected with each other!
We will be working with volunteers from the Friends who will serve as Champions or advisors in each thematic focus area of the Friends and NCBDDD:
- Saving babies through birth defects prevention and research
- Understanding developmental disabilities like autism to help children live to the fullest
- Protecting people and preventing complications of blood disorders
- Improving the health of people with disabilities
These Champions will serve as a member liaison for key partners whose mission and work relate to the thematic focus area. A full list of Champions is available on the Friends home page at www.friendsofncbddd.org. Champions will be your conduit to the Friends Executive Committee and leadership of the Center, so please reach out to the Champion in your particular focus area to share any updates or ideas you may have.
The Champions, members of the communications committee, and leaders from NCBDDD will be at our Friends working-meeting next month. You definitely want to make plans to attend and get connected! The theme of the meeting is “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Friends Together”
“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Friends Together”
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 12pm-4pm
Location: Renaissance Washington, 999-9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Register: Fee for lunch $30.
Register today to secure your place at this working-meeting! Please register by October 31 so we may have a better idea of the exact number of Friends who will join us. This in-person-meeting of the Friends will be held in conjunction with the AUCD conference.
The Friends is a dynamic coalition of like-minded, engaged professionals and families in the areas of blood disorders, birth defects, developmental disabilities, and improving the health of people with a disability across the lifespan. Come prepared to contribute to this working-meeting! Here are some ways that you can prepare:
- Think about your calendars and bring them with you in November. We want to have a coordinated action plan for 2015.
- Think about your public health activities and how they are connected to one of the thematic areas.
- Think about your strengths, what you do well, and what talents you can share.
Elections…Remember to Vote Next Week!
We have four open slots on our Executive Committee and many great, highly-qualified candidates that our Nominations and Elections Committee have pulled together. So, let us hear from you and vote for the candidates of your choice. Each organization gets one vote – the first votes received will be the one that is counted! This year, we have streamlined the voting process and will be sharing more details on that next week. You will have the chance to meet the incoming Executive Committee at the in-person-meeting.
Thanks for reading. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Adriane K. Griffen, MPH, MCHES
Chair, Friends of NCBDDD
News from NCBDDD
Newly Funded Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Efforts
CDC has recently awarded funding to FASD Practice and Implementation Centers (PICs). Six university-based centers will work closely with medical societies, national professional organizations, and national partner organizations to develop, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate FASD training programs for health care professionals addressing the prevention, identification, and treatment of FASDs. Program activities will have an increased emphasis on primary prevention, training, and sustained practice change among health care professionals. New awardees are University of Alaska Anchorage; Baylor College of Medicine; University of California, San Diego; University of Missouri; University of Nevada, Reno; and University of Wisconsin.
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Consortium Steering Committee Meeting
On September 24-25th, CDC, in partnership with the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Boston Children’s Hospital Global Health Program, convened the first meeting of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Consortium Steering Committee. This committee is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders interested in enhancing prevention, improving the quality of and access to care, and expanding research related to spina bifida and hydrocephalus. The purpose of this inaugural meeting was to determine the focus of the consortium, to outline key activity areas, and to discuss options for how the consortium might be structured.
October: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Each year, about 6,000 babies born in the United States have Down syndrome. This means that Down syndrome occurs in about 1 out of every 700 babies. As you may know, October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a great opportunity for people to learn more about Down syndrome and the activities that CDC and other organizations do to research this condition.
October 13 was World Thrombosis Day
World Thrombosis Day (WTD) is one day – October 13 – around the world dedicated to focusing attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease burden caused by thrombosis globally…but it is not a one-time observance.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health cordially invites you to a Webinar: Improving Health & Quality of Life of Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions
HHS data show that more than one-quarter of all adults and two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries are living with multiple chronic conditions. Persons with more than one chronic disease account for two-thirds of America’s health care costs.
Save the Date: CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:“How Pharmacists Can Improve Our Nation’s Health”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EDT
CDC’s Global Communications Center (Building 19)
New Research from NCBDDD
- Diabetes before pregnancy and congenital heart defects
A new CDC study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined the impact of establishing glycemic control prior to pregnancy in women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes on preventing congenital heart defects. Researchers found that establishing glycemic control prior to pregnancy could potentially prevent 2,670 cases of congenital heart defects each year in the U.S. This information might be useful for women planning a pregnancy or for physicians treating women with diabetes. We invite you to visit here to read a summary of the key findings from this paper, or here to view the article’s abstract.
- Prescription Medication Use among Women in the United States, 1999-2006
The Maternal and Child Health Journal published a new CDC study where researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to better understand the frequency of prescription medication use among pregnant women and non-pregnant women between 15-44 years of age. They also identified the most commonly used prescription medications within these two groups of women. CDC researchers found that almost 1 in 4 pregnant women and nearly half of non-pregnant women between 15-44 years of age reported using prescription medication in the last 30 days. These results highlight the importance of understanding the safety of medications that women use just before pregnancy and during pregnancy. For more information, we invite you to read a summary of the key findings from this paper or to view the article’s abstract.
- Long Term Outcomes in Children with Congenital Heart Disease
In a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, CDC researchers examined the impact of congenital heart disease (CHD) on a child’s daily life, other illnesses or conditions, and healthcare use. Researchers found that children with CHD are more likely to report worse health overall, to need more healthcare services, and to have other health conditions (e.g., autism, intellectual disability, or asthma), compared to children without CHD. This information will be helpful to parents and healthcare providers to ensure that children with CHD receive needed services. Please visit this web feature for a summary of the key findings from this paper or view the article’s abstract.
News from our Partners
TSA-CDC Partnership Educates Professionals and the Public Across the Country
The national Tourette Syndrome Association celebrates its 11th year of program partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Public Health Practice and Resource Center. Through this partnership, TSA-CDC provides Tourette Syndrome (TS) education and outreach to medical, clinical and educational professionals, as well as to the general public.
Advancing the Pediatric Medical Home Model in Iowa: New resource from NCMHI
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI), in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, is working to provide the most up-to-date information about exceptional state programs advancing the medical home model in pediatric populations. View this month’s Iowa state profile to find out about Iowa’s Health Home programs and their impact on pediatrics.
Management and Prevention of Pediatric Influenza in Healthcare Settings
The American Academy of Pediatrics collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to coordinate a 1-hour Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity http://www.bt.cdc.gov/coca/ webinar titled “Management and Prevention of Pediatric Influenza in Healthcare Settings”, in September 2014. During this webinar, subject matter experts discussed pediatric recommendations, strategies to improve influenza prevention and control in children, and ways to leverage seasonal influenza planning in pediatric offices and hospitals to improve pandemic preparedness.
Love That Max Blogpost: On giving your kid with special needs superhero confidence
This post originally ran on Love That Max, a blog for parents of kids with special needs who kick putt. Reprinted with permission. By Ellen Seidman
English language training targeted to help families of children with special medical needs
An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis center and a local community organization are co-recipients of a Community Health Engagement Program grant of nearly $23,000 to apply academic research to solve a community health issue.
New Resource – Improving Newborn Screening in Emergencies
Pediatricians and public health and other leaders can collaborate in their states to prepare for disasters and ensure that newborn screening services are maintained in a disaster situation.
U.S. Department of State Seeks Virtual Fellow
SADR wishes to host a Fellow to conduct research on the accommodations provided by U.S. and other criminal justice systems for victims of gender-based violence with physical, cognitive, or psychosocial disabilities.
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 Adriane Griffen.