Public Health Resources

Children's Health

    • + Federal
      • Administration for Children and Families
      • Child and Adolescent Health A topic page that provides access to resources, research findings, and news for policymakers and professionals on AHRQs initiatives in child health.
      • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Service The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service is Medicaid's comprehensive and preventive child health program for individuals under the age of 21. It includes periodic screening, vision, dental, and hearing services.
      • HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) administers Title V Block Grants, Healthy Start Initiative, Universal Newborn Screening Program, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers among other special programs. It's over-arching goals are: 1) Provide National Leadership for Maternal and Child Health; 2) Promote an Environment that Supports Maternal and Child Health; 3) Eliminate Health Barriers and Disparities; 4) Improve the Health Infrastructure and Systems of Care, and 5) Assure Quality of Care.
      • Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Open Opportunities Comprising six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.
      • Insure Kids Now! Insure Kids Now! is a national campaign to link the nation's uninsured children -- from birth to age 18 -- to free and low-cost health insurance.
      • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development The NICHD, established by Congress in 1962, conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.
    • + International
      • UNICEF UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
      • World Health Organization: Child Health The staff of WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health strive towards a world in which EVERY woman, newborn, child and adolescent realizes their right to physical and mental health and well-being. Page provides information, statistics, publications, and description of WHO's work in improving child health.
    • + Professional and Research
      • American Academy of Pediatrics An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Information regarding the Academy's many programs and activities, policy statements and practice guidelines, publications and other child health resources.
      • Annie E. Casey Foundation Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs.
      • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs AMCHP supports state maternal and child health programs and provides national leadership on issues affecting women and children.
      • Child Welfare League of America CWLA is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services. We are the Child Welfare League of America. Our highest mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families. We advocate for the advancement of public policy, we set and promote the standards for best practice, and we deliver superior membership services.
      • Children's Defense Fund The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.
      • Children's Health Campaign Dedicated to making high-quality, affordable health insurance coverage for all of America's children a top national priority. We are a diverse group of organizations who represent health care providers, educators, parents, advocates, and others, all of whom share a commitment to our nation's children. The Campaign coordinates public education efforts across the country to demonstrate the importance of health insurance for children and families and to show why national action is needed to expand coverage for children.
      • CityMatCH CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. The mission of CityMatCH is to improve the health and well-being of urban women, children and families by strengthening the public health organizations and leaders in their communities.
      • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's® (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
      • National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) is a free information service for communities, organizations, and individuals interested in developing new and effective strategies for supporting young people and their families. NCFY was established by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to link those interested in youth issues with the resources they need to better serve young people, families, and communities.

BAM!   - Health topics from the CDC of interest to youth. Kid friendly site. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

BAM! Body and Mind Campaign   - Campaign to provide guidance for youth in healthy living, including nutrition, physical activity, safety, and diseases. Site includes mobile applications, recipes, games, and tips. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC Student and Educator Resources   - Extensive list of kid friendly websites covering wide range of topics. For young children to teens. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

FDA Kids' Home Page   - A website filled with fun activities for kids. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Net Smartz Kids   - The NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource to teach kids and teens how to stay safer on the Internet. (Net Smart)

APHA Get Ready Campaign   - APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Autism Society of America   - ASA, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. (Autism Society of America)

CDC - Children's Health   - Resource for information on developmental issues for school age children. Topics range from nutrition and exercise, injury prevention, violence, asthma as well as many others. Extensive set of fact sheets and information for the lay public as well as resources for program planners, such as statistics, tools, program guides. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC - Infants and Toddlers   - Resource for information on developmental issues for children. Topics range from recognizing signs of autism, breastfeeding, SIDS, immunization schedules. Both lay public information as well as resources for program planners, such as statistics, tools, program guides. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC - Injury, violence and safety   - Statistics, publications, tools for injury and violence prevention. Preventing injury and violence, Safety at Home and School, Safe on the Go and at Play. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS)   - A nonpartisan policy, resource and technical assistance center with a history of developing school-connected strategies for better health and education outcomes for children. CHHCS partners with foundations, government health and education agencies, school districts, and providers across the country to support their school-connected initiatives. (Center for Health and Health Care in Schools)

Children's Safety Network   - CSN is a resource center for maternal and child health and injury prevention professionals in State and Territorial health departments who are committed to reducing injuries and violence among children and adolescents. CSN staff provides expertise, resources, and contacts on any injury topic and can help you develop, implement, and evaluate injury and violence prevention activities. (Children's Safety Network)

March of Dimes   - The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. (March of Dimes)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   - NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Has information on child passenger safety, teen driving, school buses and other car safety issues. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

National WIC Association   - National WIC Association (NWA) is a voluntary, non-profit membership organization that represents 90 Geographic, Territorial and Native American State Agencies and more than 2,000 Local Agencies that together provide quality nutrition education, breastfeeding support, health care and other referral services to over 8.00 million at-risk women, infants and children in over 10,000 WIC clinics nationwide. (National WIC Association)

Safe Kids Worldwide   - Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only international nonprofit organization dedicated solely to preventing unintentional childhood injury. It focuses on one specific problem: more children 1 to 14 die from accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, poisoning and falls than any other cause. Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children. (Safe Kids Worldwide)

US Consumer Product Safety Commission   - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition   - National education program designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. The program provides tools, fun activities, and more to help encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH)

    • + Data
      • Child Trends Nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development and provides research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media.
      • Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) develops and maintains a number of quality measurement tools and strategies that assess the quality of care provided to children and young adults, as well as projects to advance the effective use of data to improve policy and practice.
      • National Survey of Children's Health This survey examines the physical and emotional health of children ages 0-17 years of age. Special emphasis is placed on factors that may relate to the well-being of children, including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and safe neighborhoods.

A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute   - The A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute was originated in 1985 by the Anti-Defamation League and WCVB-TV in Boston. Its mission: To provide hands-on training that enables children and adults to challenge prejudice and discrimination, as well as the tools to live and work successfully and civilly in an increasingly diverse world. (Anti-Defamation League)

Clinicians and Providers Resources   - Access to scientific evidence, recommendations on clinical preventive services, and information on how to implement recommended preventive services in clinical practice. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)

Healthy People 2010 - Maternal, Infant and Child Health Chapter   - Healthy People 2010 (HP2010) is a ten-year health promotion program for improving the health of all Americans. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HP2010 is organized into 28 focus areas with 467 public health objectives. These objectives, developed and selected through consultation with a broad range of organizations, groups, and individuals, provide a framework for monitoring and measuring improvements in health status of the American population over the ten-year period from 2000 to 2010. (Healthy People)

Maternal and Child Health Knowledge Base and Library Collection   - Provides toolkits, resource guides (including knowledge paths), and briefs (family, resource, and evidence) contains recent, high quality materials for staying abreast of new developments and conducting further research. The resources include links to websites, electronic publications, databases, discussion groups, and other materials. (Georgetown University)

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health   - The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas--program development, education, and state-of-the-art knowledge--to improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and families. (Georgetown University, National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health)