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Resources by Topic: Children and youth

Zika in Babies in US Territories
Provides an overview of the Zika infection in pregnancy and its impact on babies. Focuses on babies born in American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Identifies what health departments, healthcare providers, and parents can do.
Additional links: Fact Sheet, Video
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Vital Signs: Zika-Associated Birth Defects and Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities Possibly Associated with Congenital Zika Virus Infection — U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, 2018
Focuses on children one year of age or younger born in the U.S. territories and freely associated states whose mothers had laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy and who had follow-up care reported. Reports data on Zika-associated birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities possibly associated with congenital Zika virus infection.
Author(s): Marion E. Rice, Romeo R. Galang, Nicole M. Roth, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(31), 858-867
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Overview of Pediatric Emergency Department Visits, 2015
Reports on pediatric emergency department (ED) visits in 2015. Compares pediatric and adult ED visits by three types: all ED visits, treat-and-release ED visits, and ED visits resulting hospital admission. Table 2 provides statistics on the type of ED visit and pediatric patient characteristics including patient residence, such as metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Author(s): Kimberly W. McDermott, Carol Stocks, William J. Freeman
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Price Variability Across Food Product and Vendor Type in Food Benefit Redemptions Under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Examines variability in prices for WIC purchases in 4 WIC State agencies, using data on 2014 Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions. Features statistics including geographic distribution of WIC vendors by State agency, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated locations.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Patrick W. McLaughlin, Stacy Gleason, Margaret Wilkin
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Comparing Rural and Urban Drug Use and Violence in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey
Highlights a study on urban and rural differences in substance use and violent behavior among youth in Pennsylvania. Looks at substance use and instances of violence, both as perpetrators and as victims, for 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Jennifer Murphy
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program
Highlights an anti-bullying program developed by Union General Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Union Parish, Louisiana. Describes how the hospital and local law enforcement collaborate to teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the negative effects bullying and how to model positive social behavior.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Adverse Childhood Experiences, Health‐Related Quality of Life, and Chronic Disease Risks in Rural Areas of the United States
Discusses a study on the correlation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and adult chronic disease and poor physical and mental health among rural people. Breaks down data by age, race, and education, among other factors. Compares prevalence of ACEs rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Amy Chanlongbutra, Gopal K. Singh, Curt D. Mueller
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018, 7151297
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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Summer Meals: Improvements Needed to Address Participation Estimates and Program Challenges
Testimony before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, U.S. House of Representatives, summarizing the May 2018 Government Accountability Office report on summer meals. Addresses what is known about Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) participation, other summer programs that feed low-income children, challenges in providing rural children with summer meals, and the extent to which the USDA provides assistance.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kathryn A. Larin
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Child Poverty Heavily Concentrated in Rural Mississippi, Even More So Than Before the Great Recession
Explores child poverty in rural areas, especially in the South and Southwest in counties with high concentrations of Native Americans and along the Mississippi Delta. Includes statistics comparing rates in 2007 and 2016, with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro areas and by geographic area, and county-level maps showing high child poverty rates and persistent rural child poverty rates.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Telepsychiatry Program: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
Describes the development, impact, lessons learned, and future goals of a telepsychiatry program designed to provide behavioral healthcare services to children in rural Nebraska.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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