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Friday Update 7-5-13

July 05, 2013


Friday Update 7-5-13

Greetings faithful readers. We invite our growing legion of international Network faithful to join us in a little American birthday celebration with the amazing talents of the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that’s better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age. So let’s begin this issue of Friday Update with three great tunes and celebrate the brilliance of youth. Get inspired and then get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Investing in our future: The impact of federal budget decisions on children
Bruce Lesley of First Focus testified at a June 26, 2013, hearing of the Senate Budget Committee. This first-of-its-kind hearing, chaired by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) examined the impacts of federal budget decisions on America’s children. Great commentary worth reading!  The committee also prepared a hearing wrap-up, offering helpful background and context.

HHS awards $32 million in grants to sign up children for health coverage
HHS has awarded $32 million in grants to agencies in 22 states to enroll children in Medicaid and CHIP programs. According to the HHS press release, efforts to streamline Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal practices, combined with robust outreach activities, have helped reduce the number of uninsured children. Since 2008, 1.7 million children have gained coverage and the rate of uninsured children has dropped to 6.6 percent in 2012. 

Statewide Family Network grantees announced
Congratulations to the new Statewide Family Network Grants 2013!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services has announced the recipients of the Statewide Family Network Grant Program grants for fiscal year (FY) 2013. We’ve posted the list of winners on our website. Thanks to SFN grantees for their tireless efforts on behalf of youth and families.

Adolescents and STDs: A call to action for providers and health plans
Network faithful take note of an important upcoming webinar the raging rates of STD infections among 15-24 year olds. Nearly half of the 20 million new STD infections in the U.S. each year are among this age group. Yet many teens are not routinely tested for STDs as the CDC recommends, delaying possible diagnosis and treatment and undermining prevention efforts. Attend this webinar to learn about specific strategies for preventing and diagnosing STDs among adolescents.

Body image and bullying
Although bullying can occur among individuals of any weight, overweight and underweight children tend to be at higher risk for bullying.  Targets of verbal bullying based on weight, sometimes referred to as “weight teasing,” can experience a number of negative consequences, including a change in body perception.

Global Implementation Conference just around the corner!
Network faithful should consider marking down August 19 – 21, 2013 for the Global Implementation Conference. The Global Implementation Conference 2013 provides an opportunity for those engaged in supporting, promoting, or evaluating quality implementation in all health, human service, and education systems to gather to further the field of implementation science. This is your opportunity for some thoughtful and insightful dialogue with colleagues from around the globe.

Improving health for LGBT Americans
HHS recently posted a press release reminding all of us about some key benefits of the Affordable Care Act directed toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual individuals. Read the post by Jason Young, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Health Care and be reminded of how far we have come and how far we need to go. Nice infographic as well. Download it for your bulletin board!

Improving quality and access to integrated care for racially diverse and limited English proficiency communities
Network faithful are encouraged to check out another great webinar from the HHS Office of Minority Health on reducing health disparities. Learn about strategies for informing, educating and training community-based behavioral health and/primary care organizations and practitioners in culturally and linguistically competent integrated care delivery models with the goal of reducing health disparities.

The teen’s secret message
HHS HealthBeat is out with an interesting strategy for helping teens get out of a tight spot by enlisting the help of a parent. The peer pressure to drink – or get into some other kind of trouble – can be tough on a teen. But there’s a way for a teen with a mobile phone to slip out of those uncomfortable situations.

Help influence federal guidelines for opioid treatment
You can now comment on the Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment. This preliminary set of guidelines provides detailed information to opioid treatment programs (OTPs) and accreditation organizations about what they need to comply with new requirements.

Disseminating patient centered outcomes research to improve healthcare delivery
Research Network faithful take note – AHRQ is out with a great funding opportunity to “disseminate and implement existing evidence for improving the quality of health care delivery. Applicants are required to demonstrate the ability and commitment to leverage the capacities of existing broad-based networks of providers and other key stakeholders in their dissemination and implementation activities.” Sounds like “Systems of Care 101” to me!

Show a nurse some Network love!
Nice infographic on the value of nurses from the folks at RN to BSN Online. If you know a nurse, give him or her some Network love!


We’ve got a potpourri of resources this week. Enjoy!

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