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Rutgers Occupational Training and Education Consortium. n.d.. Trauma training: Child development, trauma and the brain—The DYFS mental health screening program. Buhl, ID: National Family Preservation Network,

Annotation: This website links to a training guide and participant workbook that provide activities that focus on trauma as a way of understanding how children and adolescents in the child welfare system are especially vulnerable to mental health challenges. The training materials were developed to help providers think about the physical effects of trauma on children, adolescents and young adults; understand the biological underpinnings of their challenges; and identify children with a suspected mental health need. Included are activities to help providers administer the New Jersey Mental Health Screening Tool (MHST) to assist with identifying children who may have mental health need and require further assessment.

Contact: National Family Preservation Network, 3971 North 1400 East, Buhl, Idaho 83316, Telephone: (888) 498-9047 E-mail: director@nfpn.org Web Site: http://nfpn.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Child welfare, Children's mental health, Interventions, New Jersey, Screening, State programs, Training, Trauma

Holt K, Tinaoff N, Garcia RI, Battrell A, Casamassimo P, Grover J. 2017. Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference—Executive summary. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 12 pp.

Annotation: This executive summary provides an overview of the Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference and key findings. It also presents a list of proposed strategies for preventing childhood obesity in the following areas: research, dental students’ education and training, oral health professionals’ continuing education and training, advocacy/policy, consumer-based education interventions, interprofessional collaboration, and reimbursement.

Contact: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9771 E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.mchoralhealth.org

Keywords: Dental caries, Education and training, Interventions, Obesity, Oral health, Prevention, Public policy, Research, Young children

Tinanoff, N. 2017. Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 77(S1):S5-S140,

Annotation: This special supplement includes nine articles prepared for the Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference. The articles discuss the state of the science related to preventing childhood obesity and reducing children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and strategies that oral health professionals and organizations can employ to prevent childhood obesity. The articles examine (1) the state of the science related to preventing childhood obesity, (2) the state of the science related to reducing children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages or sugar-containing beverages, and (3) strategies that could be employed by oral health professionals and organizations and others to prevent childhood obesity. An introduction and a conference summary and recommendation are included.

Keywords: Dental caries, Education and training, Interventions, Obesity, Oral health, Prevention, Public policy, Research, Young children

Pergamit M, Gelatt J, Stratford B, Beckwith S, Martin MC. 2016. Family interventions for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 92 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes existing evidence on family intervention strategies for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The report includes a summary of common elements of effective interventions and a discussion of gaps in the evidence base. Key implementation lessons and challenges of implementing family intervention models are also included. The appendices contain information abuot the literature review methodology; key informants; and program descriptions including evidence-based, evidence-informed, promising, and emerging interventions as well as interventions of interest and those with mixed findings.

Contact: Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, Telephone: (202) 833-7200 Fax: (202) 467-5775 E-mail: http://www.urban.org/about/contact.cfm Web Site: http://www.urban.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Family support services, Homeless persons, Homelessness, Interventions, Model programs, Youth services

Wilkniss S, Tripoli S. 2015. Health investments that pay off: Strategies to improve oral health. Washington, DC: National Governors Association, 9 pp.

Annotation: This brief outlines oral health interventions to improve population health and the quality of health care and to reduce health care costs. Contents include an overview of the problem, strategies to implement and finance evidence-based interventions, and strategies to support data collection related to interventions. Topics include expanding dental sealant programs; paying primary care health professionals to provide fluoride-varnish applications; updating and investing in community-water-fluoridation systems; improving data-analysis capabilities; expanding scope-of-practice laws and changing Medicaid reimbursement policies; and considering emerging models for new types of health professionals, including dental therapists and advanced dental hygienist practitioners.

Contact: National Governors Association, 444 North Capitol Street, Suite 267, Washington, DC 20001-1512, Telephone: (202) 624-5300 Secondary Telephone: Fax: (202) 624-5313 E-mail: webmaster@nga.org Web Site: http://www.nga.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Costs, Data analysis, Data collection, Dental sealants, Fluorides, Health care delivery, Interventions, Oral health, Preventive health services, Primary care, Quality assurance, Water, Work force

Vanderbilt Evidence Based Practice Center. 2014. Smoking cessation interventions in pregnancy and postpartum care. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 88 pp., exec. summ. (12 pp.). (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 214)

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. 2014. Connecting the dots to improve birth outcomes: Key considerations and recommendations from a national meeting. Washington, DC: Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, 32 pp.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 2014. Drug use, illicit: Primary care interventions for children and adolescents. Rockville, MD: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, multiple items.

Center for Mental Health in Schools. 2014. Education leaders' guide to transforming student and learning supports. Los Angeles, CA: Center for Mental Health in Schools, 26 pp.

Patlak M, rapporteur; Institute of Medicine, Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive Affective, and Behavioral Health; National Research Council, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. 2014. Strategies for scaling effective family-focused preventive interventions to promote children's cognitive, affective, and behavioral health: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 120 pp.

Sontag-Padilla L, Schultz D, Reynolds KA, Lovejoy SL, Firth R. 2013. Maternal depression: Implications for systems serving mother and child. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 8 pp.

Annotation: This brief highlights evidence on the impact of maternal depression on the mother and child as it relates to the public-sector systems that serve them and discusses potential short- and long-term cost implications. This brief describes a supplemental component of the Helping Families Raise Healthy Children initiative implemented in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which successfully implements depression screening in early intervention, develops cross-system referral processes, engages caregivers in services, and increases local capacity for providing relationship-based services by addressing many of the barriers identified in earlier stages of the collaborative’s work.

Contact: Rand Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90407-3208, Telephone: (310) 393-0411 Fax: 310-393-4818 E-mail: correspondence@rand.org Web Site: http://www.rand.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Case studies, Early interventions services, Local initiatives, Maternal mental health, Mother child relations, Pennsylvania, Postpartum depression

National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths. (2012). Child injury prevention tool: Selecting best practices. Okemos, MI: National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths,

Annotation: This website provides information to help identify effective strategies and evidence-based interventions to help prevent childhood injuries. Site users can choose the mechanism (or cause) of injury that they are working to prevent and then find an overview of the problem, links to resources and partners, and recommended or promising prevention strategies in the areas of education, legislation and policy, modification of products, physical environments, and social environments. The strategies presented were identified through a comprehensive search of the literature and review by experts in the field of child injury prevention. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, c/o Michigan Public Health Institute, 1115 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (800) 656-2434 Secondary Telephone: (517) 614-0379 Fax: (517) 324-6009 E-mail: info@childdeathreview.org Web Site: https://www.ncfrp.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Child health, Injury prevention, Interventions, Model programs, Prevention programs

Vanderbilt Evidence-Based Practice Center. 2012. Intervention for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 374 pp. (Comparative effectiveness review; no. 65)

Annotation: This report examines the effects of available interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), focusing on the following outcomes: core symptoms of ASD (impairments in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behavior); medical and mental health comorbidities; functional behaviors and independence; the transition to adulthood; and family outcomes. The report discusses the various interventions discussed in the literature (behavioral, social skills, educational, comprehensive intensive behavioral, vocational, adaptive/life skills, medical, and allied health); discusses the method used to systematically review the evidence; and summarizes the study findings. It examines the strength of the evidence for effective therapies; examines the applicability of the evidence; and discusses gaps in the evidence and areas for future research.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ Pub. No. 12-EHC063-EF.

Keywords: Adolescents, Autism, Interventions, Literature reviews, Reports, Research, Young adults

Bandy T. 2012. What works for male children and adolescents: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 20 pp. (Fact sheet)

Annotation: This fact sheet on male children and adolescents examines programs and interventions that work (as well as those that don't work) as this population transitions into young adulthood. It examines the challenges that can impede the healthy development of young people, highlighting differences between males and females, and summarizes findings from a review of 115 interventions that either target or provide impact data on male children and adolescents. Outcome areas include academic achievement, delinquency, acting out, mental health, physical health and nutrition, reproductive health and sexuality, social skills, and substance use.

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: Adolescent development, Child development, Evaluations, Gender, Interventions, Literature reviews, Male children, Reports, Risk factors

Greaves L, Poole N, Okoli CTC, Hemsing N, Qu A, Bialystok L, O'Leary R. 2011. Expecting to quit: A best-practices review of smoking cessation interventions for pregnant and postpartum girls and women (2nd ed.). Vancouver, BC: British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, 104 pp.

Annotation: This report examines interventions designed to reduce or eliminate smoking during pregnancy. Using a systematic review methodology from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) combined with a "better practices" methodology developed in 2002, the report identifies components of interventions and programs for pregnant smokers that commonly appear in the effective interventions. These components include counseling, peer support, quit guides, partner counseling, information/education, nicotine replacement therapies, incentives, feedback about biological changes, group support, and various forms of follow up. Based on evidence for their effectiveness and methodological strength, the authors recommend 14 interventions and classify 27 others as “showing promise.”

Contact: British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, E311 - 4500 Oak Street, Box 48, Vancouver, BC, CANADA V6H 3N1, Telephone: (604) 875-2633 Secondary Telephone: (888) 300-3088 x2633 Fax: (604) 875-3716 E-mail: bccewh@cw.bc.ca Web Site: http://www.bccewh.bc.ca/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Interventions, Pregnant women, Program improvement, Research reviews, Smoking cessation

Insight Policy Research. 2011. Results of the Combating Autism Act initiative: HRSA's efforts to improve ASD service delivery through research, training, and state implementation. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., [51 pp.]

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. (2010). State EHDI coordinator orientation kit. Logan, UT: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, 1 v.

Annotation: This orientation kit was developed to provide coordinators of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI programs with information and tools to help facilitate their work. It is divided into ten sections, which cover technical support for EHDI, guidelines and position statements, hearing loss, program evaluation, newborn hearing screening, diagnostic hearing tests, medical evaluations, early intervention, early childhood hearing screening, and hot topics. Also included is a listing of additional resources; a newborn hearing screening training curriculum on DVD, an infant hearing guide on CD-ROM, a pamphlet for parents on parent-child communication, and a brochure on early identification of hearing loss.

Contact: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah Sate University, 2615 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322, Telephone: (435) 797-3584 Web Site: http://www.infanthearing.org

Keywords: Evaluation, Hearing screening, Interventions, Neonatal screening, Newborn infants, Professional education, Program development, Program management, Training

Viswanathan M, Kraschnewski J, Nishikawa B, Morgan LC, Theida P, Honeycutt,A, Lohr KN, Jonas D. 2009. Outcomes of community health worker interventions. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ca. 610 pp. (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 181)

Annotation: This report provides information about a study to review the evidence on characteristics of community health workers (CHWs) and CHW interventions, outcomes of such interventions, costs and cost-effectiveness of CHW interventions, and characteristics of CHW training. The report provides the methods, results, discussion, and conclusion.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ Pub. No. 09-E014.

Keywords: Community health workers, Cost-effectiveness, Costs, Interventions, Research, Training

Qureshi N, Wilson B, Santaguida P, Little J, Carroll J, Allanson J, Raina P. 2009. Family history and improving health. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ca 320 pp. (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 186)

Annotation: This review evaluates (1) key elements of family history (FH) that usefully predict subsequent diseases, (2) the accuracy of reporting FH, (3) the impact of FH-based risk information on the uptake of preventive interventions, (4) the potential for harms associated with collecting cancer FH, (5) factors that facilitate or hinder the collection of FH, and (6) future directions. Methods, results, and conclusions are provided.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ Pub. No. 09-E016.

Keywords: Cancer, Families, Interventions, Medical history, Prevention, Research, Risk factors

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program. 2009. Maternal and child health epidemiology. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health, 1 CD.

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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.