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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Tackling Poverty in Rural Communities
Discusses the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative in Weber County, UT. Details efforts to support health and well-being, access, resiliency, and dignity through mentors and role models in order to promote self-determination in impoverished youth.
Additional links: Webinar Links, Webinar Slides
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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2017 Report on Disproportionality of Placements of Indian Children
Explains the concept of disproportionality in child welfare, paying particular attention to the overrepresentation of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in the child welfare and foster care systems. Discusses the problem at the national level, and also lists the top 15 U.S. states with the highest rates of disproportionality.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Child Welfare Association
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Assessing the Research on Home Visiting Program Models Implemented in Tribal Communities Part 2: Lessons Learned about Implementation and Evaluation
Reports on the Home Visiting Evidence and Effectiveness (HomVEE) project's tribal review, which assess the effectiveness of home visiting models in tribal communities. Analyzes different implementation and evaluation strategies of home visiting models designed to accommodate American Indian and Alaska Native cultural practices and family structures.
Author(s): Andrea Mraz Esposito, Rebecca Coughlin, Armando Yanez, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Assessing the Research on Home Visiting Program Models Implemented in Tribal Communities Part 1: Evidence of Effectiveness
Reports on the Home Visiting Evidence and Effectiveness (HomVEE) project's tribal review, which assess the effectiveness of home visiting models in tribal communities. Analyzes different studies of home visiting models designed to accommodate American Indian and Alaska Native cultural practices and family structures.
Author(s): Andrea Mraz Esposito, Rebecca Coughlin, Steven Malick, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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What’s Killing Our Children? Child and Infant Mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives
Examines social, behavioral, and environmental factors to determine the root causes behind significant disparities in infant and childhood mortality among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Highlights specific issues and makes policy recommendations to tribal and public health agencies, covering topics such as domestic violence, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol use, environmental degradation, unintentional injuries, and more.
Author(s): Teshia G. Arambula Solomon, Felina M. Cordova, Francisco Garcia
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Supporting the Development of Young Children in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Who Are Affected by Alcohol and Substance Exposure
Policy statement providing recommendations that promote the early development of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children who have been exposed to alcohol and substance abuse during pregnancy or early childhood. Discusses best practices and reviews promising strategies that tribal early childhood programs can use to support children's development and wellness. Also points out health disparities that exist between tribes and the general U.S. population, and uses case studies to show where success has been achieved in reducing the destructive effects of substance abuse.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse (Policy Brief)
Presents findings and policy recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' 2016 meeting with rural residents, healthcare providers, and stakeholders regarding the impact and effects of opioid use disorders on rural families. Topics addressed include drug overdose and death, conflict with partners and children, emotional disturbance, adverse health risks, and related impacts on employment and economic sustainability.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Transforming Child Welfare Outcomes for Alaska Native Children for Alaska Native Children: Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Discusses a 5 year sustainable plan to transform outcomes for Alaska Native children in the child welfare system, and includes consultant conclusions and recommendations.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Having a Rural Impact on Poverty and Child Abuse: Hope and Care for the Future
Discusses the effects of child abuse and neglect on rural children and families. Highlights the planned work of Rural Impact, a public-private collaboration led by the White House Rural Council, which will use a multi-generational approach to invest in low-income families and communities.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Healthy Alaskans 2020
Describes 75 evidence-based strategies to support and improve the 25 leading health improvement goals identified by Healthy Alaskans 2020, a statewide health initiative. Includes activities currently in progress and other activities recommended but not funded, and identifies organizations advocating for the health of Alaskans.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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