Week of January 24

15.1% of US Children Have Special Health Care Needs

The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, a project funded by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) released January 19 new data on children with special health needs in the U.S.
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Children’s Hospitals Admit More Patients with Neurological Disorders

On January 17, Family Practice News released a PLoS Medicine report.
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1% of Population Consumes 22% of U.S. Health Spending

An AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) new study reported by the Commonwealth Fund.
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25% of High Risk Insurance Plans Running Out of Money

January 12 Washington Post.
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Training Parents of African-American Children with Learning Disabilities

On January 18, Disability Scoop reported a new U.S. Department of Education-National Association for the Education of African-American Children with Learning Disabilities project to train parents about the appropriate role of special education. African-American children are 16.6% of public school students; 31% of children with intellectual disability and 28% of children with “emotional disturbance” are African-American.
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CDC Healthy Communities – 14 Strategic Alliance Implementation Guides Available

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Prevention and Public Health Fund – Allocation by Agency and Program

Trust for America’s Health has published on its website the allocation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund by federal agency and program.
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4 Wellness Trends for Private Employers

On January 18, the AHIP Smart Brief shared an Employee Benefits News article listing four wellness trends for private employees. The Employee Benefits News is only available by subscription. The four trends – focus on outcomes, social media use, wellness programs, and employee assisted medical decision making.
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One in Five American Adults Dealt with Mental Illness During the Past Year

New SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) report:.
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Electronic Health Records Fail in Identifying Adverse Drug Events

A January 19 Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association review by Fierce EMR.
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IOM Reports on Attributes of a Health Literate Organization

Summary of the IOM (Institute of Medicine) January 19 report.
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Federal Policies to Boost Health Literacy

On January 18, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) announced a new Health Affairs article on federal policies to boost health literacy. The article is available free of charge for two weeks.
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Knowledge Transfer Case Studies Available from AHRQ

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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