Policy and Advocacy
This category contains resources and information from Federal agencies, as well as from policy institutions. This category also contains information for self and community advocates.
Updated Chartbook Addresses Coverage and Financing of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
The Catalyst Center State-at-a-Glance Chartbook on Coverage and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs provides demographic, economic, health care services, and coverage information for CYSHCN residing in states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The updated chartbook, produced by the Catalyst Center with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, combines data from more than 15 sources, including the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, the National Survey of Children's Health, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the American Board of Medical Specialties. The chartbook also presents several new indicators, including states' progress toward achieving the six core performance outcomes for CYSHCN. Users can get data by state or compare data from two states and the nation in a printable table. Tips for interpreting and using the data accurately and information on data sources and methods are included.
by Dr. Peter van Dyck
Before retiring as Associate Administrator for Maternal and Child Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration on July 29, 2011, Dr. Peter van Dyck offered three gifts to the MCH Community: three videotaped presentations that we call the "Legacy of a Leader" series. In each presentation he reflects on his life and his experiences as an MCH leader.
This is a free, self-paced webcourse available 24/7 that provides an overview of disability rights laws. The course takes approximately 2 hours and includes real life scenarios, quizzes and a final exam. Upon completion of this course, you will have a general understanding of the major federal disability rights laws (the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Air Carrier Access Act). Additionally, you will be able to assess what laws apply in different discrimination scenarios, and have resources for help and information about disability rights laws.
Early Childhood - Growing Ideas Tipsheets: Laws that Support Early Childhood Education; Universal Design in Early Care and Education; Providing Guidance for Social Skill Development; Aggression; Biting; Daily Transitions and more.
This 28-minute video was produced for use by the University of North Carolina School of Government and other legal organizations in consultation with UNC Division TEACCH to develop continuing legal education training regarding the identification, safety, and needs of those with autism in their communities.
The life course approach to conceptualizing health care needs and services evolved from research documenting the important role early life events play in shaping an individual's health trajectory. The interplay of risk and protective factors, such as socioeconomic status, toxic environmental exposures, health behaviors, stress, and nutrition, influence health throughout one?s lifetime.