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Supporting Mental Health in Schools<p>​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) and with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), conducted in-depth interviews with representatives of seven U.S. school districts with comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs). This report highlights findings and insights into core features of comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs) and recommendations for implementation and strengthening of these systems, including opportunities for greater engagement of pediatricians and the pediatric community.</p>
Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care<p>​SAMHSA and the HHS Office of Minority Health developed and releases "Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care."</p>
Journal article on the "Adverse Birth Outcomes Associated With Prepregnancy and Prenatal Electronic Cigarette Use."<p>​This journal article explores the adverse birth risks associated with the use electronic cigarettes before and during pregnancy. <br></p>
WHO releases report on the "Global Tobacco Epidemic"<p>​"This report tracks the progress made by countries in tobacco control since 2008 and, for the first time, presents data on electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as ‘e-cigarettes’. The report shows that many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco, but some are not addressing emerging nicotine and tobacco products and failing to regulate them" </p>
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency - Preliminary Medicaid and CHIP Data Snapshot<p>​This report explores COVID-19's effect on Medicaid and CHIP services and utilization through October 31, 2020. CMS " show that, from March through October 2020, beneficiaries have foregone millions of primary, preventive, and mental health care visits due to the COVID-10 PHE, compared to the same time period in 2019. Although utilization rates for some treatments have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, mental health services show the slowest rebound...."</p>
NIH: " Structural Racism and Discrimination: Impact on Minority Health and Health Disparities"<p>​This supplemental "Ethnicity and Disease" journal issue "highlight[s] the need for a broader approach —one that addresses the interconnected systems perpetuating racism and other forms of discrimination—to reduce health disparities...."</p>
NIAAA Article "Brain Research: A Focus on Childhood Trauma and Alcohol Misuse"<p>​This article reviews literature on the connections between childhood trauma, alcohol misuse, and the development of the brain.<br></p>
National Center of Health Statistics releases Drug Poisoning Mortality Report<p>​"This <a href="" target="_blank">NCHS Health E-Stat</a> provides information on drug overdose mortality by state (and the District of Columbia) and by race and ethnicity, and adds to findings from a recently published Data Brief on drug overdose death rates."</p>
U.S. Census releases brief on Childhood Disabilities in the United States<p align="left">Using estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau 2019 American Community Surveys, this brief examines the prevalence of disabilities among children and compares this against 2008 data.   </p>
New SAMHSA Guide Highlights HIV Prevention and Treatment for People with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders<p>​"The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released <a href="" target="_blank">Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders</a>, a guidebook that addresses the co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness and/or substance use disorder and reviews effective programs and practices to prevent HIV and, for those with HIV, to increase linkage and retention to care in order to improve health outcomes..."</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
CDC Reports on the "State of State, Territorial, and Tribal Suicide Prevention"<p>​The new <a href="" target="_blank">CDC report</a> "found a diverse array of resources and activitiess across states, territories, and tribes for suicide prevention. The report identifies key areas for improvement and gaps in capacity to carry out a comprehensive approach needed to address the problem of suicide in our country."</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
CDC Report Shows a Decline in Suicide Rates Between 2018-2019 and Other Key Findings in Suicide Prevention<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">CDC</a> found that, "in 2019, approximately 47,500 lives were attributed to suicide. From 2018 to 2019, the suicide rate declined for the first time in more than a decade..."</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
SAMHSA Reviews Interventions for "Treatment for Youth and Young Adults with Mood Disorders and other Serious Emotional Disturbances and Co-occurring Substance Use"<p>​"This <a href="" target="_blank">guide</a> reviews interventions on treating substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUD) in youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED), distills the research into recommendations for practice, and provides examples of the ways that these recommendations can be implemented."</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
APA releases findings on the health consequences of pandemic stress<p>APA’s <a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">Stress in America<sup>TM</sup> poll reveals secondary pandemic health crisis</a>; parents, essential workers, communities of color more likely to report mental, physical health consequences.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.</p>
Review and Prevention of Child Deaths - 2019 Annual Report and Supplemental Materials<p>Delaware Child Deaths Review Commission</p><p>The Child Death Review Commission was established “in order to provide its findings or recommendations to alleviate those practices or conditions which impact the mortality of children and pregnant women.” </p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication<br></p>
Prescription Opioid Misuse and And Use of Alcohol and Other Substances Among High School Students - Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019<p>Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) August 20, 2020</p><p>"This report presents estimated prevalence of current (i.e., previous 30-days) marijuana use, prescription opioid misuse, alcohol use, and binge drinking and lifetime prevalence of marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, injection drug use, and prescription opioid misuse among U.S. high school students." </p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-June 30, 2020<p>Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) August 14, 2020</p><p>"During June 24–30, 2020, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation...."</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.</p>
Key Policy Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Care for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders <p>The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine created the Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders to generate strategies to address the most persistent problems in delivering mental health and substance use services. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the Forum's inaugural workshop held in October 2019 which explored the key policy challenges that impede efforts to improve care for those individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to download the report.<br></p>
NAP - The State of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth in the United States<p>​New interventions have emerged to address the recent opioid crisis affecting young people and families across race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic level. However, there is no overarching strategy to collect data on or measure impact of these efforts. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop in October 2019 to bring together relevant stakeholders and to highlight some of these potential solutions. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to access the publication.<br></p>
State Teen Birth Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin: United States, 2017-2018<p>​This National Vital Statistics report was prepared by the National Center for Health Statistics and highlights disparities among teen birth rates by ethnicity and state.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to download the report.<br></p>
Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body: Early Childhood Development and Lifelong Health Are Deeply Intertwined<p>​This paper examines how different biological systems interact in developing children and how these systems adapt to adverse childhood experiences. The paper further explores how these adaptions can lead to lifelong negative consequences to both physical and mental health.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to read the working paper.</p><p>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here </a>to read a brief of the paper.<br></p>
Just Released: New Healthy People Law and Health Policy Substance Abuse Report<p>Laws and policies can help support healthier, safer, and more livable communities, reduce the negative effects of alcohol use, and support achievement of national goals proposed by Healthy People 2020. </p><p>The newest report, <em>The Role of Law and Policy in Reducing Deaths Attributable to Alcohol to Reach Healthy People’s Substance Abuse Goals in the United States</em>, is the fourth in a series of reports that highlight the practical application of law and policy to improve health across the nation.<br></p>
Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers Aged 15–19 in the United States, 2015–2017<p>​Monitoring sexual activity and contraceptive use among teenagers aged 15–19 in the United States informs understanding of the risk of pregnancy. By 2018, the U.S. birth rate for teenagers dropped 72% from its peak in 1991 (<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">1</a>), paralleling a decline in the teen pregnancy rate (<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">1</a>,<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">2</a>). While this represents progress toward national goals, these rates are still higher than those in other developed countries (<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">3</a>,<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="">4</a>). Using data from the 2002 through 2015–2017 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), this report provides trends and national estimates of sexual activity and contraceptive use among teenagers.<br></p>
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality<p>This booklet from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an overview of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (MMM) in the U.S. along with a discussion of opportunities for prevention and intervention.</p><p><a href=""></a></p>
Federal Data Summary School Years 2015-2016 through 2017-2018 Education for Homeless Children and Youth<p>Among other findings, the number of enrolled students identified as homeless increased by 15% during this three-year period.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
Breaking Down New CDC Data on Suicide from Discussing the CDC's Recent Mortality Data<p>A podcast by Education Development Center (EDC) showcases the current suicide trend as well as prevention resources. In this podcast, EDC’s Jerry Reed and Kristen Quinlan break down the new data and offer their perspectives on the current state of suicide prevention initiatives in the United States. </p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
Mortality in the United States, 2018<p>This report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents the final 2018 U.S. mortality data on deaths and death rates by demographic and medical characteristics. These data provide information on mortality patterns among U.S. residents by variables such as sex, age, race and Hispanic origin, and cause of death.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
Ring The Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America<p>The Congressional Black Caucus releases a troubling report quantifying and discussing the recent sharp rise in suicide rates among black youth. </p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
Leveraging Data on the Social Determinants of Health<p>This report from the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) is based on one of three roundtable sessions co-hosted by CODE and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the sessions was to improve the way health data is shared and utilized for the public good.​</p>
The 2019 Annual SHIP Meeting<p>The 2019 Delaware State Health Improvement Plan Meeting was hosted by the Division of Public Health (DPH), along with state and community partners. The 2019 annual SHIP report was released at the meeting, and stakeholders participated in several panel discussions including chronic disease, maternal and child health, and substance abuse. <a href="" target="_blank">The 2019 SHIP report is now available online.</a>​</p>
Delaware Health and Social Services Released Homicide and Suicide Death Data from 2000 to 2017<p>Delaware Health and Social Services has released data on homicide and suicide death rates in Delaware between 2000 and 2017. The data show that over the 18-year period, homicides have gradually but steadily increased, and suicide rates have remained higher than homicide rates.​</p>
Delaware Child Death Review Commission Released 2018 Annual Report<p>The Child Death Review Commission (CDRC) oversees three fatality review programs that are linked by their common mission to safeguard the health and safety of Delaware'schildren and mothers. The 2018 report is now available online.​</p>
Most U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problems Among Their Peers, February 20, 2019.<p>The Pew Research Center released a report about the wellbeing of U.S. Teens. The report showed that anxiety and depression were on the rise among America’s youth. In addition, these mental health issues become the top problems among teens, followed by bullying, drug and alcohol use.​</p>
National Institutes of Health releases 2018 Monitoring The Future survey results, December, 2018.<p>​The Monitoring The Future survey measures drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 44,482 students from 392 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey.<br></p>
New York Times article highlights Del-Can project<p>To capture the relationship between unintended pregnancy and poverty, a New York Times article illustrates the programs and initiatives that promote the availbality of contraceptions to women across different states. The Delaware Contraceptive Access Now (Del-Can) project is highlighted as an effort to increase accessibility to long-term contraception (LARCs) in Delaware.​</p>
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Releases 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes, September, 12, 2018<p>The Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes brings together the latest data available on the drug overdose epidemic in America, including opioid prescribing patterns, and various health behaviors and outcomes such as drug use and nonfatal overdoses and deaths.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
The 2018 Delware Kids Count Report is Released at The Anunal Kids Count Forum on May 2, 2018<p>KIDS COUNT in Delaware provides high quality data about the well-being of children, youth and their families for the purpose of effecting positive changes in policy, priorities and programs. The 2018 Fact Book showcases building resiliency to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and provides comprehensive data on Delaware children through various lenses, such as economic well-being, health, and safety.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC): I. Identification, Assessment, and Initial Management, November, 2007<p>By using a combination of evidence- and consensus-based methodologies, guidelines were developed to assist primary care clinicians in the management of adolescent depression for youth aged 10 to 21 years.  Guidelines, including identification of at-risk youth, assessment and diagnosis, and initial management, correspond to initial phases of adolescent depression management in primary care.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""></a><br></p>
DEA releases 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment, October 23, 2017<p>2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs. This reports  highlights the scope and magnitude of the ongoing opioid crisis, and the prevalence of  drug abuse issues on other types of drugs as well. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""></a><br></p>
Suicidality and Death by Suicide among Middle-Aged Adults in the United States, Sep 26, 2017<p>SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality announces the release of a new short report, Suicidality and Death by Suicide Among Middle-Aged Adults in the United States. The report, based on data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Vital Statistics System, analyzes suicide attempts and suicide death rates among adults ages 45 to 64 from 2009 to 2014.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
2017 Lasker Awards Recognize Planned Parenthood, Cancer Researchers Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award goes to Planned Parenthood, September 5, 2017<p>​The 2017 Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award honors Planned Parenthood for providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century.<br></p>
Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award goes to cancer researchers, September 5, 2017<p>The 2017 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award honors two scientists from the National Cancer Institute, Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller, whose technological advances enabled the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, which prevent cervical cancer and other tumors.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
CDC releases 2017 Public Health Preparedness Snapshot<p>The Public Health Preparedness and Response National Snapshot 2017 highlights activities that occurred during 2015 and 2016 and demonstrates how federal investments enhance our nation's ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies. Specific public health crises that are focused on in this report include the responses to Zika, Ebola, Polio, and the Flint, Michigan Water Contamination.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>
SAMHSA Releases New National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data, September 7, 2017<p>SAMHSA released the latest findings from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which provides the estimates on substance use including including opioids (both prescription pain relievers and heroin), and the prevalence of mental health issues such as mental illness, depression, and suicidal thoughts.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
New National Report Focuses on Behavioral Health, Including Opioid Misuse, September 7, 2017<p>SAMHSA released the latest findings from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which provides the estimates on substance use and mental health in the United States, including the misuse of opioids.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br></p>
Interagency Forum Releases 2017 America’s Children Report, August 8, 2017<p>The report compiles federal data and statistics related to a wide range of factors important to children’s lives, including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.</p><p><a href=""></a><br></p>

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