Special Notice: The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention is seeking videos created by adolescents (ages 13-18) that send a positive message about the importance of being "more than a bystander" to bullying in their schools and communities. Adolescents are encouraged to submit 30- to 60-second original public service announcements that showcase ways they are taking action against bullying and promoting a culture of kindness and respect in their schools and communities. The deadline for submission is October 14, 2012. The contest winner will receive $2,000, with the two runners-up earning $500 each. More information is available at http://stopbullying.challenge.gov
1. Resource Center Releases Guide on Preventing Injuries at School
Focus on Injuries at School: Resource Guide 2012 contains information on organizations working to create safe environments in schools; data and research on child and adolescent risk behavior, school crime data, and aggression reduction in the classroom; policies and prevention strategies used across the country; and school programs that teach conflict resolution and violence prevention. The guide was produced by the Children's Safety Network (CSN), a resource center for maternal and child health and injury-prevention professionals in state and territorial health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents. CSN is supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The guide is available at http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/sites/childrenssafetynetwork.org/files/InjuriesAtSchool_ResourceGuide2012.pdf
2. Curriculum Offers Training in Early Intervention
Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention for Children Birth to Five is a series of training modules and resources on early childhood intervention and services for education, health, therapeutic, and social service professionals. The curriculum was produced by the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Topics include assessing and promoting the social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of infants and young children in partnership with families in the context of their communities; identifying problems and disorders early; intervening effectively using evidence-based knowledge and practices; and providing leadership. The curriculum is available as a graduate certificate program, for continuing education credit, for no credit, or for group training at http://www.teachingei.org
3. National Campaign Promotes Healthier and More Nutritious Food in School
The School Day Just Got Healthier campaign is designed to raise awareness about improvements that are being made across the country to transform school food and to promote better nutrition and reduce obesity. The campaign was launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service in partnership with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Department of Education, Fuel Up to Play 60, Let's Move, the National Agricultural Library, and others. Resources include a toolkit containing brochures, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, fliers, school lessons, templates, and more to help parents, educators and students, school administrators and school food service workers, community members, and the media prepare for the changes to school meals being made this school year. The toolkit and other campaign resources are available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/healthierschoolday/default.htmA fact sheet about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and updated standards for school meals is also available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/healthierschoolday/pdf/HHFKA_080112.pdf
4. Study Examines the Effect of a Parent and Adolescent Recall Intervention on Immunization Rates
"Our study adds to the literature describing obstacles to adolescent immunization," write the authors of an article published in Pediatrics online on August 20, 2012. Adolescent immunization rates are well below the Healthy People 2020 goals for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4); tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap); and varicella vaccine (VAR). Client reminder-recall interventions are strongly recommended by the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the American Academy of Pediatrics as a way to increase immunization rates. The article presents findings from a randomized controlled trial to examine the effect of an immunization recall intervention involving parents alone or involving both parents and adolescents on adolescent immunization rates.
The study was performed at the Adolescent Medicine Practice at Boston Children's Hospital. Participants included adolescents ages 13-17 with a billing code for a physical examination within the 3 years before May 3, 2010, and who met one or more of the following criteria: had not received MCV4; had not received Tdap in the past 5 years; or had received only one VAR but did not have a documented history of chickenpox. The trial had three study arms: (1) a control arm in which no specific immunization-related outreach took place and in which adolescents received usual clinical care, (2) an intervention arm in which the parent or guardian was called and informed that the adolescent was overdue for immunizations, and (3) an intervention arm in which both the parent or guardian and the adolescent were called and informed that the adolescent was overdue for immunizations. Immunization records were assessed for receipt of any immunizations at 4 weeks and 1 year following randomization.
The authors found that
"It will take continued creativity and innovative interventions to successfully reach the Healthy People 2020 immunization goals," the authors conclude.
Brigham KS, Woods ER, Steltz SK, et al. 2012. Randomized controlled trial of an immunization recall intervention for adolescents. Pediatrics [published online on August 20, 2012]. Abstract available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2012-0471
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