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Bogenschneider K, Small S, Riley D. n.d.. An ecological, risk-focused approach for addressing youth-at-risk issues. Chevy Chase, MD: National 4-H Center, 24 pp.

Annotation: This paper presents a prevention model to reduce problem behavior in adolescents by identifying risk factors and protective factors in an adolescent's environment and targeting gaps between the two at all stages of the adolescent's environmental system—individual, family, peers, school, work, and community. The paper reviews current research on risk and protective factors that influence the well being of youth and suggests implications of this research for developing comprehensive community based prevention programs.

Contact: National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, Telephone: (301) 961-2800 E-mail: info@fourhcouncil.edu Web Site: http://www.fourhcouncil.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent behavior, Community programs, Environmental influences, Models, Prevention programs, Protective factors, Risk factors

United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association. 2016. America's health rankings: A call to action for individuals and their communities–Health of women and children report. Minnetonka, MN: United Health Foundation, 179 pp.

Annotation: This report applies a model of health to rank states across 60 measures related to the health and well-being of women of reproductive age, infants, and children. The model reflects that determinants of health directly influence health outcomes and includes a health outcomes category and the following four categories of health determinants: behaviors, community and environment, policy, and clinical care. The report presents findings on the health of women and children between and within states, healthy communities for children, racial disparities in measures of mortality, and variations in smoking. State summaries are also provided.

Contact: United Health Foundation, 9900 Bren Road East, Minnetonka, MN 55343, Telephone: (952) 936-3068 E-mail: unitedhealthfoundationinfo@uhc.com Web Site: http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Child health, Environmental influences, Health behavior, Health care disparities, Health disparities, Health status, Infant health, Measures, Public policy, Racial factors, Trends, Women's health

Coalition for Healthier Schools. 2016. Back to school and beyond action kit. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, multiple items.

Annotation: This toolkit provides resources on indoor environmental quality and children's health and ways to improve the school environment. Contents include a sample op-ed, information on buying healthy products, an indoor air quality and pest management checklist, a green cleaning checklist, a guide for parents on lead in school drinking water, and a guide on disinfecting wipes. Additional contents include research, federal resources, a position statement, and policy recommendations.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Community action, Environmental exposure, Environmental health, Hazards, Prevention, Resources for professionals, Risk factors, Safety, School age children, School health, Schools

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. 2016. Taking a bite out of oral health inequities: Promoting equitable oral health policies for communities of color. Oakland, CA: California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, 11 pp.

Annotation: This brief highlights oral health disparities within communities of color in California. Topics include oral health disparities, the impact of oral health inequities (oral health and children, oral health and employment, and oral health and chronic conditions), and causes of oral health inequities (lack of access to affordable care, absence of a culturally and linguistically competent work force, and social and environmental inequities). It also provides policy recommendations (improve access to and quality of oral health care, ensure that there is a culturally competent work force, and engage in efforts to improve underlying socioeconomic inequities).

Contact: California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, 1221 Preservation Park Way, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94612, Telephone: (510) 832-1160 Fax: (510) 832-1175 E-mail: info@cpehn.org Web Site: http://www.cpehn.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, California, Children, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Environmental influences, Equal opportunities, Health care disparities, Health status disparities, Oral health, Policy development, Social factors, State surveys, Work force

Healthy Schools Network. 2016. Towards healthy schools: Reducing risks to children. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, 66 pp.

Annotation: This report features published media reports from states on school environmental conditions. Contents include data on key characteristics of schools, staff, and poverty levels; structural support mechanisms that exist for schools at the state level; and programs available in some states to address identified external impacts on children such as food allergies, hazardous cleaning products, indoor air quality, and lead and asbestos contamination. Information from interviews with state and county environmental health directors about children and learning environments are also included.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Data, Environmental exposure, Facilities, Financing, Mass media, Policy analysis, Public health services, Public schools, Risk factors, Safety, School age children, School health, State programs

Spencer A, Freda B, McGinnis T, Gottlieb L. 2016. Measuring social determinants of health among Medicaid beneficiaries: Early state lessons. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies, 13 pp.

Annotation: This brief explores state-based efforts to collect and use social determinants of health (SDOH) data including what data health plans and providers are required to collect. Topics include early state efforts to define SDOH and collect information; state efforts to select SDOH measures; using SDOH data at the patient and population level; challenges to collecting, sharing, and using SDOH information; and considerations for advancing SDOH measurement approaches.

Contact: Center for Health Care Strategies, 200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Telephone: (609) 528-8400 Fax: (609) 586-3679 E-mail: Web Site: http://www.chcs.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Accountability, Data collection, Data linkage, Environmental exposure, Environmental influences, Financing, Health behavior, Low income groups, Measures, Medicaid, Model programs, Outcome and process assessment, Policy development, Reimbursement, Risk assessment, Risk factors, Service delivery systems, Social conditions, Socioeconomic factors, State programs

Healthy Schools Network. 2016. Environmental health at school: New solutions put children first. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, 28 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes a conference held on June 6–7, 2016, in Washington, DC, to advance research, policies, and programs to reduce children's risk for environmental exposures in child care facilities and P–12 schools. Topics include opportunities for public health agencies to protect children from environmental threats in schools, state and local agency experiences in promoting healthy schools and healthy children, the Environmental Protection Agency's role in protecting children's health in child care and school settings, prevention and intervention pilots, advancing children's rights, and establishing a national children's environmental health commission.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child care centers, Child safety, Children, Collaboration, Environmental exposure, Environmental health, Hazardous materials, Injury prevention, Intervention, Policy development, Preschool children, Program development, Research, Responsibility, Risk factors, Role, School age children, Schools, Systems development

Davis R, Rivera D, Parks LF. 2015. Moving from understanding to action on health equity: Social determinants of health frameworks and THRIVE. Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute, 23 pp.

Annotation: This paper provides an overview of the development of the Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) and reviews its purposes and uses. It briefly introduces social determinants of health (SDOH) frameworks that have been developed, highlights similarities and differences among and between the frameworks, and provides examples of how SDOH frameworks are influencing local, regional, and national health and public health initiatives. The paper concludes by highlighting the added value of THRIVE as a tool that translates a complex set of ideas and research into a practical resource for communities.

Contact: Prevention Institute, 221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: (510) 444-7738 Fax: (510) 663-1280 E-mail: prevent@#preventioninstitute.org Web Site: http://www.preventioninstitute.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Environmental health, Equal opportunities, Health status, Program development, Protective factors, Resilience, Resources for professionals, Social factors

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015. Dietary guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 (8th ed.). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture,

Annotation: These guidelines, published every five years, are designed for professionals to help all individuals ages 2 and older and their families to consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet. The document discusses key elements of healthy eating patterns, shifts needed to align with healthy eating patterns, and roles of everyone in supporting healthy eating patterns.

Keywords: Behavior, Environmental factors, Food consumption, Food safety, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical activity, Prevention, Research, Weight management

Healthy Schools Network. 2015. Environmental health at school: Ignored too long. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, 54 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes a national facilitated workshop held on November 9–11, 2015, in Washington, DC, to develop research and policy recommendations for addressing environmental health hazards commonly found in the nation's PK–12 schools and child care facilities. Contents include the problem statement, identifying environmental health exposures in or near schools and child care facilities, and the needs and perspectives of state and county health departments. Topics include expanding or enhancing federal and state standards and guidelines and enforcement of environmental health in schools and child care facilities; developing prevention, intervention, and tracking programs; and developing training, education, and guidance for parents and guardians and for health care and public health professionals.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child care centers, Collaboration, Environmental exposure, Environmental health, Hazardous materials, Injury prevention, Law enforcement, Policy development, Preschool children, Research, Risk factors, Safety, School age children, Schools

Davis R. 2015. Measuring what works to achieve health equity: Metrics for the determinants of health (rev.). Oakland, CA: Prevention Institute, 45 pp., exec. summ. (8 pp.)

Annotation: This paper provides a framework for understanding how disparities in health outcomes are produced and how health equity can be achieved, particularly by addressing the determinants of health. The paper lays out the determinants of health (structural drivers; social-cultural, physical-built, and economic environment; and health care services) that must be improved to achieve health equity and describes the methods and criteria for identifying health equity metrics. Finally, the paper delineates a set of metrics that could reflect progress toward achieving health equity.

Contact: Prevention Institute, 221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607, Telephone: (510) 444-7738 Fax: (510) 663-1280 E-mail: prevent@#preventioninstitute.org Web Site: http://www.preventioninstitute.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Behavior, Environmental exposure, Environmental influences, Equal opportunities, Health disparities, Measures, Models, Social conditions, Socioeconomic factors

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 2014. Safe infant sleep. Arlington, VA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet provides an overview of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the recommended safe sleep practices to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, and strategies for state and territorial health agencies to reduce the rates of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. Topics include laws and regulations, Cribs for Kids, safe sleep campaigns, WIC messaging, and public health recommendations.

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 2231 Crystal Drive, Suite 450, Arlington, VA 22202, Telephone: (202) 371-9090 Fax: (571) 527-3189 Web Site: http://www.astho.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Consumer education, Environmental influences, Infant death, Infants, Injury prevention, Legislation, Policy development, Public awareness campaigns, Regulations, Risk factors, SIDS, Sleep, Sleep position, State health agencies

Coalition for Healthier Schools. [2013]. Healthy purchasing for healthy schools: A guidance memo. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, 20 pp.

Annotation: This document is designed to help organizations and education policymakers make decisions to reduce the presence of toxic chemicals in schools. Contents include guidance on purchasing products, equipment, and services that have reduced adverse effects on human health and on the environment, as well as costs. Topics include cleaning supplies, office equipment, interior wall and ceiling paints, office supplies, art supplies, and furniture. The document is customizable. Posters and guidelines for child care are also included as appendices.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Child care centers, Community action, Costs, Environmental exposure, Environmental health, Hazards, Policy development, Prevention, Resources for professionals, Risk factors, School age children, Schools

National Library of Medicine. 2013–. Tox Town. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine, multiple items.

Annotation: This website provides an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks that individuals may encounter in everyday life and in everyday places. Users can use the neighborhoods page to learn about the location of chemicals and their related health risks. Additional contents include curriculum units and other resources that teachers can use to stimulate classroom learning about environmental-health-related issues and careers. The resource is available in English and Spanish. A text version is also available.

Contact: National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894, Telephone: (301) 594-5983 Secondary Telephone: (888) 346-3656 Fax: (301) 402-1384 E-mail: custserv@nlm.nih.gov Web Site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Chemicals, Curricula, Environmental health, Health occupations, Multimedia, Neighborhoods, Risk factors, Toxicology

Woolf SH, Aron L, eds; National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. 2013. U.S. health in international perspective: Shorter lives, poorer health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 394 pp.

Annotation: This book presents information about the U.S. health disadvantage, that is, the fact that Americans live shorter lives and experience more illnesses and injuries than people in other high-income countries. The book explores possible explanations and provides recommendations for both government and nongovernment agencies to address the problem. Topics include shorter lives, poorer health, explaining the health disadvantage, framing the question, public health and medical care systems, individual behaviors, social factors, physical and social environmental factors, policies and social values, and a research agenda.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-26414-3.

Keywords: Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Environmental influences, Health, Health care systems, Income factors, Injuries, Injury prevention, International health, Prevention, Public health, Public policy, Research, Service delivery system, Social values

Wildsmith E, Barry M, Manlov J, Vaughn B. 2013. Dating and sexual relationships. [Bethesda, MD]: Child Trends, 10 pp. (Adolescent health highlight)

Annotation: This report presents key research findings about the prevalence of and trends in adolescents' dating and sexual relationships. Additional topics include dating and sexual behaviors that may put adolescents at risk for negative outcomes; how these behaviors vary by gender, age, and race/ethnicity; and individual, family, and media influences on adolescents' sexual behaviors.

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. Document Number: Pub. no. 2013-04.

Keywords: Adolescents, Environmental influences, Relationships, Risk factors, Sexual behavior, Sexual development, Sexual health, Sexual partners

Winthrop R, Matsui E. 2013. A new agenda for education in fragile states. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, Center for Universal Education, 70 pp. (Working paper; no. 10)

Annotation: This report presents a broad review of the field of education in fragile states and charts an agenda for maximizing education's contribution to the development and well-being of people living in these contexts. Topics include reasons for investing in education in fragile contexts, the global response to education in fragile states, four challenges for the field of education and fragility, education's low policy priority at the national and global levels, education's financing level and modalities, and education outcomes and quality learning including it's influence on physical and psychosocial health. The report concludes with a discussion of the need to scale up the field's vision, policy prioritization, financing, attention to quality, and investments. The appendices contain a description of frameworks and actors and a summary of education sector plans addressing disaster/conflict risk reduction.

Contact: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 797-6000 Fax: (202) 797-6004 E-mail: communications@brookings.edu Web Site: http://www.brookings.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Developing countries, Development, Disaster planning, Education, Environmental influences, Financing, International programs, Learning, Public policy, Risk factors

Pies C. [2012]. Moving the life course work forward: Recommendations from the Life Course Town Hall Meetings. Washington, DC: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs; Omaha, NE: CityMatCH, 10 pp.

Annotation: This report synthesizes information from two life course town hall meetings hosted by the Association of Maternal and Child Heath Programs and CityMatCH at their respective membership meetings in September 2010 and February 2011. The life course perspective encourages focus beyond the individual and individual behavior change to look more broadly at how the interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, environmental, and social protective and risk factors contribute to health outcomes across the life span. The report provides a brief overview of the meetings, reviews key themes and recommendations identified by participants, and offers ideas for federal agencies exploring next steps as well as for states and localities seeking to either begin or continue their efforts at integrating the life course perspective into their communities and work. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, 1825 K Street, N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20006-1202, Telephone: (202) 775-0436 Fax: (202) 478-5120 E-mail: info@amchp.org Web Site: http://www.amchp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Behavior, Communities, Environmental influences, Federal programs, Health, Life course, Local programs, Protective factors, Psychosocial factors, Risk factors, State programs

Institute of Medicine, Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention. 2012. Measuring progress in obesity prevention: Workshop report. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 144 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes presentations and discussions from an Institute of Medicine workshop held in March 2011 to explore measurement and methodology in obesity prevention. Report topics include an overview of issues related to measurement in two key areas: (1) physical activity and the built environment and (2) food and nutrition policies and environments; measures, data sources, and methods that relate to both of these environments and that may help researchers and policymakers assess progress in obesity prevention; marketing strategies, public health campaigns, and data on marketing exposure; state and local policy efforts; and ethnic, geographic, and other disparities in obesity prevalence.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-22239-6.

Keywords: Economic factors, Environmental influences, Ethnic factors, Geographic factors, Marketing, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical activity, Prevention, Public awareness campaigns, Public health, Public policy, Racial factors, Research, Statistical data

Healthy Schools Network. 2012. Molds at school. Albany, NY: Healthy Schools Network, 6 pp.

Annotation: This brief provides information about molds and the potential impact of molds on children's health. Topics include types of mold; symptoms of exposure to mold in children; allergies, asthma, and mold; monitoring, prevention, and cleanup tips; and tips on remediation for school officials, parents, and school personnel.

Contact: Healthy Schools Network, 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12208, Telephone: (518) 462-0632 Fax: (518) 462-0433 E-mail: info@healthyschools.org Web Site: http://www.healthyschools.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Allergies, Asthma, Environmental exposure, Environmental health, Environmental pollution, Hazards, Respiratory diseases, Risk factors, School age children, Schools, Testing, Toxic disorders

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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.