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U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. 2017. HRSA oral health: Across the agency. Rockville, MD: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 4 pp.

Annotation: This document offers information about federal programs that provide funding to health centers, states, academic institutions, and other entities to recruit, train, and retain health professionals, including dentists and dental hygienists, in efforts to increase access to oral health care. The document also highlights program efforts to establish benchmarks for the nation’s oral health status and for oral health care and to ensure that oral health care is available to people living with HIV/AIDS; mothers, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs; and those who receive care at health centers.

Contact: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (888) 275-4772 Secondary Telephone: (877) 464-4772 Fax: (301) 443-1246 E-mail: ask@hrsa.gov Web Site: http://www.hrsa.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adolescents, Benchmarking, Children, Community health centers, Federal programs, HIV infected patients, Health care delivery, Health occupations, Health status, Low income groups, MCH services, Mothers, Oral health, Primary care, Quality assurance, Recruitment, Service integration, Special health care needs, State MCH programs, Training, Work force, Young adults

Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board. 2016. Taking a bite out of school absences: Children's oral health report 2016. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, 122 pp.

Annotation: This report presents survey results on the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in students in kindergarten in public schools in Arizona. Contents include information about tooth decay and the impact of poor oral health on children, families, and society, with an emphasis on the relationship between oral health and academic achievement. Survey results are presented by domain, including prevalence of decay experience, untreated decay, pain and infection, annual dental visits, and insurance coverage. Comparisons to previous statewide surveys, benchmarks and national data, and regional and county highlights are provided. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board , 4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85012, Web Site: http://azftf.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Arizona, Benchmarking, Dental caries, Health insurance, Health status, Oral health, Population surveillance, Prevalence, Preventive health services, Risk factors, School readiness, State surveys, Statewide planning, Young children

U.S. Government Accountability Office. 2016. Newborn screening timeliness: Most states had not met screening goals, but some are developing strategies to address barriers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 48 pp. (Report to congressional committees)

Annotation: This report examines (1) what is known about the timeliness of newborn screening for heritable conditions, and (2) barriers identified as contributing to screening delays and strategies to address them. Contents include a review of the Department of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children recommended timeframe goals for newborn screening, data provided by states, missing data and variations in data collection, and federal support for activities to improve data for future analysis such as by clarifying data definitions and working with states to help ensure they use the definitions when submitting timeliness data.

Contact: U.S. Government Accountability Office, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20548, Telephone: (202) 512-3000 Secondary Telephone: E-mail: contact@gao.gov Web Site: http://www.gao.gov Available from the website. Document Number: GAO-17-196.

Keywords: Barriers, Benchmarking, Data collection, Measures, Newborn screening, Program improvement, State programs, Statistical data, Technical assistance, Trends

Jandu MB, Bourcier E, Choi T, Gould S, Givens M, Heller J, Yuen T. 2016. Equity metrics for health impact assessment practice, version 1. Oakland, CA: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment, 12 pp.

Annotation: This document describes a set of process and outcome metrics related to promoting equity through health impact assessment (HIA). The metrics emphasize community empowerment through the practice of HIA as a key process for advancing equity. Each metric is accompanied by an identified data source that includes how the process of the HIA engaged and built capacity of communities to increase their influence over decisions within the HIA and in other venues.

Contact: Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment, 304 12th Street, Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: (510) 452-9442, ext. 115 Web Site: https://sophia.wildapricot.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Community action, Decision making, Evaluation, Health disparities, Health planning, Measures, Outcome and process assessment

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. 2015–. Information on essential health benefits (EHB) benchmark plans. Baltimore, MD: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, multiple items.

Annotation: This resource provides state summaries of health plans in the individual and small group markets that cover the essential health benefits (EHBs) required by the Affordable Care Act (EHB benchmark plans). Benefit categories include ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management, and pediatric services including oral and vision care. Information about state-required benefits is included.

Contact: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Web Site: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Disease management, Health care reform, Health services, Preventive health services, State health insurance programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Professionals Gateway. 2015. Community health assessment and health improvement planning. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, multiple items.

Annotation: This website is designed to help state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) health departments as they develop community health assessments (CHAs) and health improvement plans (HIPs), whether for accreditation preparation, nonprofit hospital collaboration, or other reasons. Contents include a description of CHAs and HIPs and their benefits; requirements and mandates; models, frameworks, and tools; data sources and community-level indicators; information and experiences from state, tribal, and local jurisdictions; and links to national organizations that support community health assessment and health improvement planning.

Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Data sources, Needs assessment, Program improvement, Program planning, Public health, Quality assurance

Cardwell A, Jee J, Hess C, Touschner J, Heberlein M, Alker J. 2014. Benefits and cost sharing in separate CHIP programs. Portland, ME: National Academy for State Health Policy; Washington, DC: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Center for Children and Families, 127 pp.

Annotation: This report examines covered benefits, limitations, and premium and cost-sharing provisions in 2013 for 42 separate Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) in 38 states. Contents include an overview of findings on separate CHIP benefits and cost-sharing policies and state-level summary tables of selected benefits and cost-sharing. Topics include benchmark choices and comparison to Medicaid benefits; outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse services; physical, occupational, and speech/language therapies; dental services; and vision and hearing services.

Contact: National Academy for State Health Policy, 10 Free Street, Second Floor, Portland, ME 04101, Telephone: (207) 874-6524 Secondary Telephone: (202) 903-0101 Fax: (207) 874-6527 E-mail: info@nashp.org Web Site: http://www.nashp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Child health services, Children's Health Insurance Program, Cost sharing, State programs

Giovannelli J, Lucia KW, Corlette S. 2014. Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Revisiting the ACA's essential health benefits requirements. New York, NY: Commonwealth Fund, 10 pp.

Annotation: This brief examines how states have exercised their options under the initial federal essential health benefits (EHB) framework. Topics include the Affordable Care Act's 10 EHB categories and state approaches to selection of an EHB benchmark plan, regulation of EHB substitution, defining coverage for habilitative services, and coverage for pediatric dental services.

Contact: Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021, Telephone: (212) 606-3800 Fax: (212) 606-3500 E-mail: info@cmwf.org Web Site: http://www.commonwealthfund.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Dental care, Health care reform, Health insurance, Health services, Oral health, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pediatric care, Regulations, Rehabilitation, State programs

Jones K, Griffin, S. 2013. SEALS: Sealant Efficiency Assessment for Locals and States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Annotation: This software and accompanying user manuals and technical notes provides instruction for an evaluation and benchmarking tool for community dental sealant programs. One set of software, manuals, and notes is intended for use by individual program administrators, and the other is for state administrators to combine data from all local programs.

Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Dental care, Dental sealants, Evaluation, Forms, Oral health, Preventive health services, Software, Technical assistance

Comey J, Tatian PA, Freiman L, Winkler MK, Hayes C, Franks K, Jordan R. 2013. Measuring performance: A guidance document for Promise Neighborhoods on collecting data and reporting results. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 261 pp.

Annotation: This guidance is designed to help Promise Neighborhoods implementation grantees collect and assemble indicators to benchmark and track progress over time. Contents include an overview of data collection and use, the structure of a data system, indicators, core elements of the case management system, ensuring confidentiality and data security, neighborhood and school climate surveys, and neighborhood- and school-level data.

Contact: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Promise Neighborhoods, LBJ Building, Room 4W338, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5970, Telephone: (202) 453-6615 Fax: (202) 401-4123 E-mail: promiseneighborhoods@ed.gov Web Site: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/promiseneighborhoods/index.html Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Case management, Community development, Confidentiality, Data, Data collection, Family support programs, Federal initiatives, Information systems, Measures, Neighborhoods, Outcome and process assessment, School surveys, Schools, Systems development

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 2013. Report on pediatric restorative dental surgery and analysis of rates for anesthesia services. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 48 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information about pediatric dental surgery and payment rates for related anesthesia services in Maryland. The report discusses the use of pediatric restorative dental surgery for fiscal years 2006–2013 by facility, and analyzes rates of anesthesia services performed in connection to pediatric restorative dental surgery compared to rates paid by Medicare and commercial payors. Also included is a justification for why Medicare rates should be considered the benchmark for Medicaid anesthesia rates.

Contact: Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Telephone: (410) 767-6500 Secondary Telephone: (877) 463-3464 Web Site: http://www.dhmh.maryland.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Anesthesia, Benchmarking, Child health services, Comparative analysis, Dental surgery, Maryland, Medicaid, Medicare, Oral health, Pediatric care, Reimbursement, State programs, Third party payers

National Partnership for Women and Families and Childbirth Connections. 2012. Guidelines for states on maternity care in the Essential Health Benefits package. Washington, DC: National Partnership for Women and Families, 5 pp.

Annotation: These guidelines are intended to help states select an Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package (as required under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)) to help ensure that health coverage will provide sufficient, quality maternity care. Included are details on the type of care (preconception, prenatal care, and ancillary services) and examples of what should be covered (for example, genetic counseling, health history and assessment, fetal evaluation, and newborn services). The guidelines caution states to watch out for problematic limitations on coverage; to limit insurer's ability to swap actuarially equivalent benefits within or across categories of the EHB; and to confirm maternity coverage for dependent children.

Contact: National Partnership for Women and Families, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 650, Washington, DC 20009, Telephone: (202) 986-2600 Fax: (202) 986-2539 E-mail: info@nationalpartnership.org Web Site: http://www.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Guidelines, Health care reform, Maternal health, Prenatal care, Program improvement, State MCH programs

McManus P. 2012. A comparative review of essential health benefits pertinent to children in large federal, state, and small group health insurance plans: Implications for selecting state benchmark plans. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 44 pp.

Annotation: This report examines essential health benefits (EHBs) for children required by the Affordable Care Act and coverage in federal and state benchmark plans. The report compares federal and state employee and small group insurance plans, as well as policies in separate Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs) and Medicaid and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) programs. The report also outlines the plans' strengths and weaknesses by EHB category, including pediatric preventive, diagnostic, and restorative oral health services.

Contact: American Academy of Pediatrics, 345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143, Telephone: (630) 626-6000 Secondary Telephone: (847) 434-4000 Fax: (847) 434-8000 Web Site: https://www.aap.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescents, Benchmarking, Children, Cost-sharing, Employee benefits, Federal health insurance programs, Health care reform, Policy analysis, Special health care needs, State health insurance programs

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center. 2012. Healthy People 2020 crosswalk to EMS for children performance measures. Washington, DC: Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center, 1 p.

Annotation: This fact sheet illustrates the relationship between the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) performance measures and the Healthy People 2020 objectives. It is designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve EMSC objectives and provide science-based benchmarks that facilitate monitoring and tracking and health promotion efforts.

Contact: Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Telephone: (301) 244-6300 Fax: (301) 244-6301 E-mail: emscinformation@childrensnational.org Web Site: http://www.emscnrc.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Emergency medical services for children, Healthy People 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2011-. National strategy for quality improvement in health care. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, annual. (Report to Congress)

Annotation: This annual report focuses on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' efforts to collaborate with the private sector to develop agency-specific plans, goals, benchmarks, and standardized metrics to measure and improve health and health care quality in the United States. The report describes the initial strategy and plan for implementation. Contents include aims, priorities, and goals for improving quality; policies and infrastructure needed to support priorities; and next steps. The appendix presents goals, opportunities for success, and illustrative measures for each of the following six priorities: safer care, effective care coordination, person- and family-centered care, prevention and treatment of leading causes of mortality, supporting better health in communities, and making care more affordable.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, Telephone: (202) 619-0257 Secondary Telephone: (877) 696-6775 Web Site: http://www.hhs.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Federal initiatives, National health care reform, Program improvement, Public private partnerships, Quality assurance, Strategic planning

National Association for County and City Health Officials. 2011. Local public health workforce benchmarks. Washington, DC: National Association of County and City Health Officials , 49 pp.

Annotation: This report offers a blueprint for the development of benchmarks to assist local health departments in meeting current staffing standards and workforce development needs. The report reviews historical and currently available measures of the local public health workforce, which serves as a context for the assessment of local public health factors that may affect staffing and composition. Tables include statistics on occupational categories relevant to local public health departments; trends in the numbers of state and local health department employees in the United States; and numbers of full-time local health department employees based on population served, clinical service characteristics, and other variables. The report includes descriptions of data and information sources that can be useful in developing benchmarks along with examples of potential workforce benchmarks. Recommendations for developing local public health benchmark applications are included.

Contact: National Association of County and City Health Officials, 1100 17th Street, N.W., Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 783-5550 Fax: (202) 783-1583 E-mail: info@naccho.org Web Site: http://www.naccho.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Local government, Measures, Public health agencies, Staff development, Standards, Work force

MDRC, Design Options for Home Visiting Evaluation Technical Assistance Team. 2011. Life skills progression brief: Information and guidelines for use in meeting MIECHV benchmarks. New York, NY: MDRC, 7 pp.

Annotation: This document describes the Life Skills Progression, an outcome summary tool that home visitors can use to gather and organize information about family competencies, and outlines appropriate use of the instrument in meeting benchmarks of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Topics include scales, format, scoring, training, psychometrics, and data management. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: MDRC, 16 East 34th Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10016-4326, Telephone: (212) 532-3200 Fax: (212) 684-0832 E-mail: information@mdrc.org Web Site: http://www.mdrc.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Guidelines, Home visiting, Life skills, MCH programs, Outcome and process assessment

Child Trends. 2010. Home visiting application process: A guide for planning state needs assessments. Child Trends Highlights 1(4):1-25,

Annotation: This brief outlines steps and components for completing the grant application process for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program as outlined by the authoring legislation or guidance offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families. It provides resource information that can be used in planning and conducting the needs assessment, identifying high-risk populations, and selecting and measuring benchmarks. Information on state data sources and statistics is included.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.childtrends.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Benchmarking, Federal grants, High risk groups, Home visiting, Needs assessment, State MCH programs, Statistics

National School Climate Council. 2009. National school climate standards: Benchmarks to promote effective teaching, learning and comprehensive school improvement. New York, NY: National School Climate Center, 21 pp.

Annotation: This document provides a research-based framework and benchmark criteria for educational leaders (school boards, state departments of education, superintendents, principals, and after school leaders) to support and assess district and school efforts to enhance and be accountable for school climate. They also provide guidance for professional preparation and continuing education. The framework comprises five standards, including indicators for supporting student learning, positive youth development, and teaching.

Contact: National School Climate Council, 545 8th Avenue, Room 930, New York, NY Telephone: (212) 707-8799 Fax: (212) 957-6616 E-mail: info@schoolclimate.org Web Site: http://www.schoolclimate.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Accountability, Assessment, Benchmarking, Continuing education, Health promotion, Learning, Professional education, Program improvement, School districts, Schools, Standards, Students, Sustainability, Teaching, Youth development

Dudden RF. 2007. Using benchmarking, needs assessment, quality improvement, outcome measurement, and library standards: A how-to-do-it manual. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 464 pp. and 1 CD-ROM. (How-to-do-it manual for librarians, no.159)

Annotation: This guide explains assessment techniques and uses step-by-step instructions on how to perform evaluation studies. It is divided into three parts. Part one examines related management theory, defines the attributes of an ideal library and how to develop a culture of assessment, and what should be measured and what various measurements mean. Part two details five core methods of assessment and their application, followed by an overview of other quality improvement and evaluation systems. Part three provides tools for carrying out any type of study and effectively communicating the results; describes techniques such as surveys, focus groups, observation, interviews, sampling, and questionnaire design; and discusses ways to analyze and present data. The accompanying CD-ROM contains resources such as workbooks, supporting materials, a glossary, and an extensive list of recommended readings. An index is provided in the book.

Contact: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611, Telephone: (866) 672-6657 E-mail: info@neal-schuman.com Web Site: http://www.neal-schuman.com Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 978-1-5570604-3.

Keywords: Assessment, Benchmarking, Data analysis, Evaluation methods, Libraries, Manuals, Measures, Quality assurance, Resources for professionals

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.