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Delta Dental Plans Association. 2014. 2014 oral health and well-being survey. [Oak Brook, IL]: Delta Dental Plans Association, 9 pp.

Annotation: This brochure describes findings from a public opinion poll about connections between oral health and overall well-being. Topics include the percentage of Americans who rate their oral health as good, very good, or excellent; report overall health as good or better vs. fair or poor; have unresolved oral health issues; understand the connection between oral health and overall health, heart disease and gum disease, and diabetes and gum disease; visit the dentist at least once a year; have dental insurance; have concerns about visiting the dentist; brush their teeth twice or more a day; and floss at least once a day.

Contact: Delta Dental Plans Association, 1515 West 22nd Street, Suite 450, Oak Brook, IL 60523, Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Health behavior, Health insurance, Oral health, Oral hygiene, Preventive health services, Public opinion

FrameWorks Institute. 2011. Framing children's oral health for public attention and support: A FrameWorks MessageMemo (rev.). Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute, 14 pp.

Annotation: This paper presents information about how the environment affects child health advocates’ ability to communicate effectively about children’s oral health. Topics include the conceptual frameworks used to reason about children’s oral health versus those evident in news coverage and in professional materials. Efforts to measures success in increasing awareness, understanding, and support for key policies are also addressed.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Attitude change, Children, Communication, Community participation, Oral health, Policy development, Public awareness campaigns, Public opinion, Research

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 2010. Communicating effectively about vaccines: New communication resources for health officials. Arlington, VA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 28 pp.

Annotation: This document presents results of a study to identify better ways to communicate with parents, policy makers, media, and the public about the benefits and safety of vaccines. The study was aimed at vaccine-hesitant parents and core influencers of these parents. The document discusses how to understand the target audiences, key messages, and creative advertising concepts. The messages were developed using surveys and focus groups with the target audiences.

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: Available from the website.

Keywords: Beliefs, Communication, Immunization, National surveys, Parenting attitudes, Public opinion, Trust

FrameWorks Institute. 2010. Talking about children's mental health. Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute, (This toolkit was developed by the FrameWorks Institute with funding from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (JMB))

Annotation: This toolkit is a compendium of research on how Americans think about children's mental health, and how to increase public support for policies and programs that support children's mental health. Contents include a a summary of research findings that provides advocates and experts with a communications map for improving the public's understanding of children's mental health and the value of solutions that scientists and policy leaders seek to advance. A variety of framing tools are also provided to help advocates understand and apply the research findings and recommendations on how to talk about children's mental health.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Child advocacy, Child mental health, Communication, Market research, Policy development, Public opinion, Public relations

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 2010. Communicating effectively about vaccines: Summary of a survey of U.S. parents and guardians. Arlington, VA: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 12 pp.

Annotation: This document for state and territorial health officials summarizes results from a survey of U.S. parents and guardians to gather information about reasons for delaying or refusing vaccines. Contents include demographic, geographic and attitudinal profiles of respondents; reasons for opposing or supporting vaccinations; ratings of messages about vaccinations; sources of influence; and discussion and conclusion.

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: Available from the website.

Keywords: Beliefs, Communication, Immunization, National surveys, Parenting attitudes, Public opinion, Trust

FrameWorks Institute. 2005. Framing public issues. Washington, DC: FrameWorks Institute, 60 pp.

Annotation: This toolkit is designed to help issues advocates document how the public understands various social issues and how they can frame the public discourse on those issues to advance policy outcomes. The toolkit describes strategic frame analysis, an approach to communicating social issues that incorporates key concepts from the cognitive and social sciences that govern how people process information, especially news, with special emphasis on social problems. Contents include information on strategic planning and elements and techniques for framing a message. A checklist, definitions, and a bibliography are included.

Contact: FrameWorks Institute, 1333 H Street, N.W., Suite 700 West, Washington, DC 20005, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adults, Advocacy, Attitude change, Children, Communication, Community participation, Oral health, Policy development, Public opinion, Research, Social problems

Salganicoff A, Wentworth B, Ranji U. 2004. Emergency contraception in California: Findings from a 2003 Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Menlo Park, CA: Kaiser Family Foundation, 22 pp.

Annotation: This report presents survey findings on knowledge of and attitudes toward emergency contraception among Californians of reproductive age. It also discusses the experiences of Californians in obtaining and using emergency contraceptives. It concludes with a summary of key findings and a discussion of challenges to increasing public awareness of emergency contraceptives to reduce unintended pregnancy. Statistical information is presented in figures throughout the report.

Contact: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Telephone: (650) 854-9400 Secondary Telephone: (202) 347-5270 Fax: (650) 854-4800 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, California, Emergency contraception, Public opinion, Surveys, Unwanted pregnancy, Women's health

Genetics and Public Policy Center. 2004. Reproductive genetic testing: What America thinks. Washington, DC: Genetics and Public Policy Center, 66 pp.

Annotation: This report presents the results of research on the public's attitudes about reproductive genetic testing and possible approaches to its oversight. The report provides an overview of reproductive genetic testing and discusses (1) public awareness and knowledge, (2) perceptions about appropriate uses, (3) views about embryos and fetuses, (4) human control over reproduction, (5) implications for individuals, families, and society, (6) accuracy and safety, and (7) oversight of reproductive genetic testing. Statistical information is presented in figures and tables throughout the report. The report includes one appendix that discusses qualitative research methodologies.

Contact: Genetics and Public Policy Center, , 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 663-5971 Fax: (202) 663-5992 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Safety, Public opinion, Genetic screening, Reproduction, Reproductive health

Guzman L, Lippman L, Moore KA, O'Hare W. 2003. How children are doing: The mismatch between public perception and statistical reality. Washington, DC: Child Trends, 7 pp. (Research brief; 2003-12)

Annotation: This research brief describes the findings of three public opinion polls designed by Child Trends to ascertain the public's understanding of the current circumstances and trends in the well-being of American children. The brief includes an overview; a description of the polls; and discussion of the current circumstances of children's lives, variations in perceptions, influences on perceptions, and implications for public policy. Statistics are presented in pie charts throughout the brief. The brief concludes with a list of endnotes.

Contact: Child Trends, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1200 W, Bethesda, MD 20814, Telephone: (240) 223-9200 E-mail: Web Site: Available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Child health, Perception, Public opinion, Public policy, Research, Trends

Pyramid Communications. 2003. Healthy schools for healthy kids. [Princeton, NJ]: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 46 pp.

Annotation: This report describes an investigation of programs and policies relevant to increasing children's physical activity and healthy eating in schools nationwide. The report discusses a national opinion poll of public school teachers and parents; reviews federal-, state-, district-, and school-level policy; discusses environmental policy change; and identifies and reviews in-school and after-school programs. The report includes an executive summary as well as the following sections: (1) findings, (2) recommendations, (3) promising approaches, and (4) programs reviewed.

Contact: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 50 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540-6614, Telephone: (877) 843-7953 Fax: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: After school programs, Children, Environment, Federal policy, Nutrition, Parents, Physical activity, Public opinion, Public schools, State policy, Teachers

Wye River Group on Healthcare. 2003. Communities shaping a vision for America's 21st century health and healthcare. Austin, TX: Wye River Group on Healthcare, 138 pp.

Annotation: This report describes the first phase of a project initiated to elicit from health care leaders at the community level, their thoughts about the values and principles that should be the foundation of health care policymaking in this country as discussed in healthcare roundtables in ten communities around the country between July 2002 and May 2003. The first section of the report gives an overview of the discussions, the lack of a meaningful social contract for health care, the public's expectations, laying the groundwork for a national dialogue, transforming the role of consumers, restoring confidence and trust in health care, spending money wisely, and translating talk into action. The second section consists of community advisory reports on access to health and healthcare, quality and safety, aligning incentives in health care, information infrastructure, and the role of public health in binding a community's health. The appendices include community reports from each of the ten sites, and extensive case studies organized by geographic location. The executive summary includes information on the roundtable discussions, how sites were selected, the roles of the advisory boards, the national summit to showcase the findings, a description of phase two elements, and a summary of the findings.

Contact: Wye River Group on Healthcare, P.O. Box 1682, Austin, TX 78767, Telephone: (512) 472-2005 Fax: (512) 263-5776 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Case studies, Communities, Community surveys, Conferences, Health care, Health care delivery, Health care reform, Leadership, Public health infrastructure, Public opinion, Strategic plans

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 2001-2012. With one voice 20__: America's adults and teens sound off about teen pregnancy. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, irregular.

Annotation: This report presents key findings from a national survey that asked adolescents and adults about a core set of questions about adolescent pregnancy and related issues. It offers information about factors that might influence adolescents' decisions about relationships, sex, contraception, and pregnancy as well as information for parents, program leaders, funders, and policymakers. The report describes the survey methodology, provides the specific wording of each survey question, and charts responses from adults and adolescents; comparable data from prior surveys are shown when available.

Contact: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy = Power to Decide, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 478-8500 Fax: (202) 478-8588 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Abstinence, Adolescent behaviors, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexuality, Prevention programs, Public opinion, Statistics, Surveys

David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 2001. Caring for infants and toddlers. Los Altos, CA: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 157 pp., exec. summ. (7 pp.). (The future of children; v. 11, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2001)

Annotation: This issue of "The Future of Children" focuses on the daily care of the nation's youngest children -- those between birth and age three. The articles discuss the developmental needs of infants and toddlers, review the findings of recent child care studies, examine public opinion surveys, summarize the ways in which employers and governments try to help parents with infants to manage employment and caregiving, and describe recent innovations that seek to improve the care that these most vulnerable children receive. Case studies provide information on family and medical leave, child care within the family, military child care, Early Head Start for Low-Income Families, the Starting Points initiative, and a program in California.

Contact: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 343 Second Street, Los Altos, CA 94022, Telephone: (650) 948-7658 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Infants, California, Case studies, Child care, Child care services, Child development, Early Head Start, Employer initiatives, Family leave, Federal initiatives, International programs, Military, Program descriptions, Public opinion, Public private partnerships, State programs, Surveys, Toddlers, Young children

Berinstein P. 2000. Finding statistics online: How to locate the elusive numbers you need [2nd Ed]. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 356 pp.

Annotation: This book is intended as both a how-to-do-it text and a desktop reference. Chapter 2 and the glossary of statistical terms provide information on understanding and using statistics. The book shows how to effectively search the Internet and professional online services for needed numbers. It discusses where and how to start searching, important systems and sources, and how to evaluate data for reliability. Chapters 5 through 18 discuss how to find statistics on demographics and population; industry, market, and general business; finance and economics; health and medicine; science, agriculture, and the environment; history; public opinion and trends; politics and government; sports, entertainment, and the arts; the law and crime; international issues; technology; education; and transportation.

Contact: Information Today, 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750, Telephone: (609) 654-6266 Secondary Telephone: (800) 300-9868 Fax: (609) 654-4309 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0910965250.

Keywords: Art, Business, Crime, Demography, Economics, Education, Environment, Government, Health, History, Industry, Internet, Medicine, Political processes, Public opinion, Sports, Statistics, Technology, Transportation, Vital statistics

U.S. Center for Mental Health Services and National Institute of Mental Health. 1999. Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Center for Mental Health Services; Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Mental Health, 458 pp., exec. summ. (21 pp.).

Annotation: This report is a summary of an extensive review of more than 3,000 research articles and other materials in the field of mental health. Chapter 1 is an overview of the themes in the report and includes copies of the conclusions from the chapters that follow. Chapter 2 is titled the Fundamentals of Mental Health and Mental Illness. It discusses the structure of the brain, the etiology and epidemiology of mental illness, physical and psychological development, risk factors and prevention, mental health services, and cultural diversity as a factor in treatment and response. Chapter 3 is about children and mental health. It examines normal development, risk factors and prevention, mental disorders in children, and health service delivery. Chapter 4 discusses adults and mental health, and chapter 5 focuses on older adults. The topic of Chapter 6 is organizing and financing mental health services. Chapter 7 deals with ethical, legal, and policy issues in the confidentiality of mental health information. Chapter 8 proposes broad courses of action to remove barriers that prevent people from obtaining mental health treatment.

Contact: U.S. Government Publishing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20401, Telephone: (202) 512-1800 Secondary Telephone: (866) 512-1800 Fax: (202) 512-2104 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 0-1605-9001-9.

Keywords: Adolescents, Adults, Attitudes, Children, Confidentiality, Cultural diversity, Epidemiology, Ethics, Etiology, Health care financing, Legal issues, Mental disorders, Mental health, Mental health services, Models, Older adults, Physical development, Prevention, Psychological development, Public opinion, Reports, Risk factors, Service delivery

Meyer JA, Wicks EK, Anthony SE, Rosenberg LE, Perry MJ. 1999. Business and employee attitudes toward the new State Children's Health Insurance Program: Results from a national survey and focus groups. Washington, DC: Economic and Social Research Institute, 91 pp.

Halperin S, ed. 1998. The forgotten half revisited: American youth and young families, 1988-2008. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum, 182 pp.

Annotation: This report reviews what our nation has accomplished for late adolescents and young adults, especially ages 18 to 24, in the decade since the publication of the predecessor reports of the William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship: The Forgotten Half: Non-College Youth in America and The Forgotten Half: Pathways to Success for American Youth and Young Families (both 1988). The contributors discuss how they believe today's "forgotten half" are still losing ground, public opinion and the youth of America, the changing American family, communities as resources for America's youth, youth and school reform, postsecondary education, preparing for employment, the Youth in Service to America program, promoting youth development, and America's youth facing the new century.

Contact: American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-2505, Telephone: (202) 775-9731 Contact Phone: (202) 751-2600 Fax: (207) 775-9733 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 1-887031-63-4.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescent employment, Adolescents, Community participation, Families, Postsecondary education, Public opinion, Reports, Young adults

Arnsparger A, Ledell M. 1997. Do-it-yourself focus groups: A low cost way to listen to your community. Denver, CO: Education Commission of the States, 25 pp.

Annotation: This manual is intended to help school or community leaders facilitate discussions with community groups about improving schools. The manual gives information on how to sponsor do-it-yourself focus groups, how to select a facilitator, the logistics of hosting focus groups, how to recruit participants, a sample conversation guide, how to analyze findings, how to report to the community, and how to turn findings into action. Sample questions and forms are included.

Contact: Education Commission of the States, 700 Broadway, Suite 810, Denver, CO 80203-3460, Telephone: (303) 299-3600 Contact Phone: (303) 299-3692 Fax: (303) 296-8332 E-mail: Contact E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Focus groups, Manuals, Public opinion, Public schools

Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development. 1995. Great transitions: Preparing adolescents for a new century. New York, NY: Carnegie Corporation of New York, 167 pp., abridged (55 pp), exec. summ. (16 pp.).

Annotation: This book considers the development and maturation of adolescents; it examines factors that affect the process and makes recommendations to help more adolescents make a successful transition to adulthood. It reviews the risks that adolescents between 10 and 14 face, notes conditions that are essential for healthy adolescent development, and suggests societal and institutional changes that will foster healthy adolescents. It includes a bibliography, and appendices describing the Council, its meetings and workshops, publications, and biographical information on its members. An executive summary is also available.

Contact: Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022, Telephone: (212) 371-3200 Contact Phone: (202) 429-7979 Web Site: $10.00; discounts available for bulk orders. Document Number: ISBN 0-9623154-4-3.

Keywords: Adolescent development, Adolescents, Family relations, Health promotion, Life skills, Physical development, Psychosocial development, Public opinion

National Commission on Children, National Opinion Research Project. 1991. Speaking of kids: A national survey of children and parents. Washington, DC: National Commission on Children, 69 pp.

Annotation: This report presents the results of two national surveys, one of parents and their children and the other of adults, some currently raising children, conducted in 1990 by the National Commission on Children. The surveys investigated many aspects of family life, including parent-child relationships; use of time; financial situation; societal changes such as increased maternal employment or increased divorce rates; and feelings about neighborhoods, schools, and community organizations. The data were broken down by demographic factors such as parents' marital and employment status, family income, race or ethnic background, and place of residence. The report combines textual overviews with graphic presentation of statistics. There is an appendix describing the survey methodology.

Keywords: Children, Demographics, Family income, National surveys, Parent child relations, Parents, Public opinion


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.