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- MONDAY MORNING MEMO -

Posted Aug 17 2009 12:00am
To: HMHB Members
Date: August 17, 2009, Volume 11, Edition 33

News from National
Is your national meeting on our conference calendar?  Be sure to visit our website, http://www.hmhb.org/calendar.html.  Let us know if you have an event of interest to our national network of maternal and child health advocates. 

Judy Meehan
Executive Director

This Week:
1) National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
2) Prenatal Substance Use Training DVD
3) Financial Assistance for RSV Prevention
4) New Polio Vaccination Recommendations
5) From NAPNAP:  Resources for Disasters and Traumatic Events
6) Bathtub and Shower Injuries Among Children

MATERNAL-INFANT HEALTH NEWS
1) NATIONAL INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS MONTH
September has been designated as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month.  The month is designed to raise awareness and promote the effectiveness of programs and efforts to reduce infant deaths, low birth weight, preterm births and disparities in perinatal outcomes.  Look for more information about the observance in coming months, and visit the Office of Minority Health website, http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=117,
for more information about the campaign "A Healthy Baby Begins with You."
2) PRENATAL SUBSTANCE USE TRAINING DVD
The Indiana Perinatal Network has produced a unique training DVD to educate health care providers on proper screening and treatment for pregnant women using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.  "Integrating Screening and Treatment of Substance Use into Prenatal Care" incorporates practical role-play scenarios with clinical and research-based materials and interventions.  It also emphasizes the importance of taking a supportive and empathetic approach with pregnant women as opposed to a shame-based approach.  The DVD has been approved for CME's, nursing contact hours and social work CEU's.  For more information about the DVD and how to order copies, visit http://www.indianaperinatal.org and look under Latest News.
3) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR RSV PREVENTION
MedImmune has expanded access for eligible premature infants to receive medication administered to high-risk infants for the prevention of serious lower respiratory tract infections caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).  The MedImmune Assistance Program is designed to provide the medicine for free to qualifying patients who lack health insurance and whose family household income is within a certain range of the federal poverty level (FPL) guidelines.  The company recently increased the eligibility for the program to 400 percent of the FPL (e.g. a household of four with an income up to $88,200, and without health care coverage or medical insurance could receive medication at no cost).  This is an expansion of the program's previous eligibility ceiling.  The MedImmune Assistance Program is administered as part of the Synagis Reimbursement Hotline and can be reached by calling 1-877-778-9010.  More information about additional help available for RSV prevention and treatme
nt can be found by visiting https://www.panfoundation.org/.  For more information about RSV, go to http://www.synagis.com/what-is-rsv.aspx.
CHILD, ADOLESCENT, FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS
4) NEW POLIO VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has released updated recommendations for routine polio vaccination.  The updates emphasize the importance of the booster dose of polio vaccination at four years of age; extend the minimum interval from dose 3 to dose 4 of the vaccine from four weeks to six months; add a precaution for the use of minimum intervals in the first six months of life; and clarify the polio vaccination schedule when specific combination vaccines are used.  Access the recommendations in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5830a3.htm?s_cid=mm5830a3_e.
5) FROM NAPNAP:  RESOURCES FOR DISASTERS AND TRAUMATIC EVENTS
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) has created a compilation of links and resources designed to help children, parents and health care providers prepare and cope with disasters and traumatic events such as hurricanes, fires, acts of terrorism, violence and war.  NAPNAP's Web page contains information on helping children cope with these types of events as well as valuable information for health care providers about planning for and responding to a mass casualty event.  For more information go to http://www.napnap.org/DisasterResources.aspx.
6) BATHTUB AND SHOWER INJURIES AMONG CHILDREN
A study in the August edition of the journal Pediatrics examines the epidemiological features of injuries associated with bathtubs and showers among children in the US.  The study authors conducted a retrospective study using nationally representative data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 1990 through 2007 for children under 18 years of age.  They report that there were nearly 800,000 bathtub and shower-related injuries among children during this time period.  The largest number of injuries involved children two years of age, with children four years of age and younger making up 54.3 percent of the injuries.  81 percent of cases were caused by a slip, trip or fall.  For more information, access the study online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/2/541.
Sources:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/2/541
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5830a3.htm?s_cid=mm5830a3_e
http://www.healthystartassoc.org/
http://www.indianaperinatal.org
http://www.napnap.org/DisasterResources.aspx
http://www.synagis.com/what-is-rsv.aspx
https://www.panfoundation.org/
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Information is reported as provided and does not necessarily represent the view of or the endorsement by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. A complete copy of HMHB's disclaimer is available on the HMHB Web site at http://www.hmhb.org/disclaimer.html
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