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Organizations and Agencies

Administration for Children and Families (DHHS)
Includes information on Head Start and many other programs.

Alan Guttmacher Institute
AGI focuses on reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education. AGI publishes many reports and news briefs online, including State Policies in Brief.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
"The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization, dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States."

The Knowledge Center contains many papers and other media developed either by the Annie E. Casey Foundation or one of its grantees. The materials are on topics such as child welfare, family economic success, education, health, juvenile justice, and children of immigrants, among others.

Kids Count 2012 Data Book
The Kids Count project tracks the health status of children in the United States. Data is provided nationally and state-by-state. All data is available from an easy-to-use, powerful online database that allows you to generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles. You can also download the entire Kids Count data set as delimited text files. Some of the indicators tracked include:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center
At this site, one may "access reviewed health education material for free loan, research summaries, school health laws, programs, and consultant servcies, and links to reviewed health education websites". Subjects covered include HIV/AIDS education, nutrition education, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, and more. A newsletter is also available.

Child Trends
"Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to studying children, youth, and families through research, data collection, and data analyses…. Child Trends gathers data on the major indicators of children's health and well-being, analyzes trends in these data over time, and works to develop new or improved indicators of child and family well-being."

Child Trends DataBank
Contains data on trends, national goals, and more on each of over 80 indicators in six broad categories: health, social and emotional development, income, assets and work, education and skills, demographics, and family and community.

Children Now
Children Now is an advocacy group focusing on family, health, and media issues. Numerous publications are available online. California County Data Book contains county-level statistics about California children's health, education, family economics and child welfare.

Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERNet)
CYFERNet works to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families.

Children's Defense Fund
"CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves." Information, data, and publications are avaliable on CDF's issues of concern: child care, child health, child welfare and mental health, violence prevention and youth development, and family income.

Children's Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network's purpose is to protect the health of children with regards to environmental hazards. A national effort, the Network concentrates on three areas: education, research, and policy. It provides an introduction to the field of child environmental health and provides access to reports resulting from symposia and conferences.

Children's Safety Network, National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
"CSN works with maternal and child health, public health, and other injury prevention practitioners to provide technical assistance and information, facilitate the implementation and evaluation of injury prevention programs, and conduct analytical and policy activities that improve the state-of-the-art of injury and violence prevention." Their site has injury prevention resources and publications, as well as data on injury related deaths and costs (at state and county levels).

ChildStats.gov is the web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which is made up of representatives from many federal agencies and departments. The web site "offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment,and education."

America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being is an annual report on the status of the nation's children, presenting 25 key indicators on critical aspects of children's lives. Every two years, a detailed report is produced, alternating with a brief report on the other years. Reports from 1997 to the present are available online.

Family Health International
An international non-profit group committed to helping people obtain access to family planning services and to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. The site includes thousands of online publications and country profiles.

Family Health Outcomes Project (UC San Francisco)
FHOP works to develop or adapt standardized approaches to health outcomes monitoring; longitudinal tracking and unique client identification. FHOP provides technical assistance and training to state and local health jurisdictions, and also does research on the factors which impact maternal/child health outcomes. The site includes software downloads, reports, guidelines, and planning tools, and more.

GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization)
Has information about vaccine preventable diseases. GAVI's mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. GAVI Alliance members include WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, and the Bill $ Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies. Their site includes some educational materials such as Peristats, which is a database of national and state level maternal and infant health data.

The MCH Policy Research Center
"The MCH Policy Research Center is a health policy group that provides federal and state policymakers, public health officials, and provider and family organizations with analysis, objective research, and strategic guidance on financing and service delivery issues affecting children and adolescents, particularly those with special needs and those from low-income families." Their project areas and publications focus on Medicaid, managed care, health service delivery, provider capacity, and more.

National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC)
NAHIC "is based within UCSF's Division of Adolescent Medicine. The overall goal of NAHIC is to improve the health of adolescents by serving as a national resource for adolescent health information and research and to assure the integration, synthesis, coordination and dissemination of adolescent health-related information." The site includes numerous publications, fact sheets, and an annotated links section.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (Affiliated with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University.)
Includes an Organizations Database of more than 2,000 MCH and related organizations, and selected full-text NCEMCH publications (PDF files).

NCEMCH Knowledge Paths
"NCEMCH's knowledge paths on maternal and child health-related topics contain selections of recent, high quality resources and tools for staying abreast of new developments and conducting further research. Components of a knowledge path include links to Web sites, electronic publications, databases, and discussion groups, and citations for journal articles and other print resources."

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Includes a Oral Health Programs Database.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

State of the World's Children 2012
"Almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas; the report calls for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs." Published each year, this report also includes statistical tables on health, education, economic indicators, nutiriton, and more.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families
Has the latest information on screening guidelines as well as surveillance information and recent bibliographic citations for research publications funded by CDC. Also has statistics on child care, welfare caseloads, and more.

CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Has the latest information on screening guidelines as well as surveillance information and recent bibliographic citations for research publications funded by CDC.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
CWIG consolidates 2 clearinghouses: the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. Information available here for child abuse and negect, foster care, adoption and child welfare. Includes statistics, state laws and many publications available through their online catalog.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau
MCHB, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration is responsible for Title V Block Grants, Healthy Start, initiatives concerning women and infants, child health and safety, children with special health care needs, and more.

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
The DRC website includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN).

Bright Futures
A "national initiative to promote and improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents." Available publications include practice guidelines for nutrition, mental health, and more.

U.S. EPA Office of Children's Health Protection

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

California County Scorecard of Children's Well-Being
This scorecard tracks 26 indicators by county of the wellbeing of California's children. View results by county or by indicator. The data here comes in large part by analysis done by Children Now of 3 surveys: the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 American Community Survey, California Health Interview Survey and California Healthy Kids Survey.

Child Health and Development Studies (CHDS)
The CHDS researches the way that health and disease are passed on in families, looking at genes as well as social, personal, and environmental surroundings. Data was collected from 15,000 families who were members of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oakland between 1959 and 1967 and who voluntarily enrolled when a woman first thought she was pregnant. Researchers may apply to use the data files. CHDS is a project of the Public Health Institute and is supported with funds from the National Institutes of Health.

Children's Health Insurance Status and Medicaid/CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment, 2008: State Reports
This analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics pulls together numbers primarily from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) of the Current Population Survey, 2009, and the Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online.

Digital Ads new
"At DigitalAds, we track how food companies use cutting-edge ad campaigns to target kids 24/7 — and offer ideas for what to do about it." Digital Ads is jointly owned and operated by the Center for Digital Democracy and Berkeley Media Studies Group. The website offers a case study, publications related to this topic, and a database of digital marketing targeting children and youth which can be searched by company, brand, product, type of marketing, and by date.

Healthy Families Program, California
"The Healthy Families Program is a state and federal funded health coverage program for children with family incomes above the level eligible for no cost Medi-Cal and below 250% of the federal income guidelines."

Homeless Youth: Bibliography and Resources
"This California Research Bureau (CRB) report is a resource document on the subject of homeless youth. It was compiled for the California Homeless Youth Project.... In addition to an annotated bibliography, it includes policy seminar agendas and contact information for the seminar presenters, all of whom are knowledgeable resources about homeless youth, services for this population, and/or the current research in this area."

Innovative State Strategies to Insure Children
"This database includes qualitative information collected [in 1997] from program, Medicaid, and maternal and child health directors of the following states: California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington."

Kidsdata.org: Data and Resources about the Health of California's Children (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health)
"The kidsdata.org website allows users to easily find, customize, and share data on more than 400 measures of child health and well being. Data are available for every legislative district, city, county, and school district in California. User-friendly displays make it easy to incorporate data from more than 35 trusted public sources into reports, presentations, grant proposals, policy decisions, media stories, and advocacy work." You can search for information by region, by demographic group, or by topic. Kidsdata is useful for policymakers, service providers, grantseekers, advocates, media, parents, and educators, among others.

"A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider." From the National Library of Medicine's TOXNET.

Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) Survey (CDPH)
"The Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, or MIHA, is an annual, statewide-representative survey of women with a recent live birth in California. MIHA collects self-reported information about maternal and infant experiences and about maternal attitudes and behaviors before, during and shortly after pregnancy." Many publications and statistics based on the surveys are available here. Topics include preconception health, health disparities, alcohol use during pregnancy, maternal weight gain, oral health, and breastfeeding.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research: Measures Registry
"The NCCOR Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. The purpose of this registry is to promote the consistent use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity prevention and research at the individual, community, and population levels."

National Data Analysis System (Child Welfare League of America)
"NDAS is the most comprehensive collection of child welfare and related data in the country, providing access to all states' child welfare and related data for the most recent years available. Users of NDAS can develop their own tables and graphs for a state or group of states in a single year or across years." Data topics include: Administrative data, Child abuse and neglect, Children's health, Fiscal data, Outcomes, and more. There is also a section highlighting Children of Color in the Child Welfare System.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs Data Resource Center
Search data provided by The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. State Snapshots are also provided. Also available are tips and tools for using this data, as well as data downloads.

"PeriStats is an interactive perinatal data resource providing maternal, infant and child health-related data at the state-level and for many indicators at the county-level. Data are also available for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States." Tables may also be produced that compare the data to the United States as a whole, or to other states. From the March of Dimes, PeriStats uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, the Health Care Financing Administration, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Governors Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the March of Dimes.

System Capacity for Adolescent Health: Public Health Improvement Tool
This tool, developed by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, is a set of assessment and discussion tools designed to assist state maternal and child health programs in assessing six areas of capacity to support effective state adolescent health programs.

Youth Exposure to Advertising in National Magazines, 2001-2008 (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
This report studies youth exposure to alcohol advertising to see if it dropped during the 2001-2008 time period, during which time leading alcohol companies had pledged to reduce the amount of advertising in magazines with significant underage audiences.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
"The YRBS is a national school-based survey conducted biennially to assess the prevalence of health risk behaviors among high school students." Questionnaires, fact sheets, and some results are available from the survey.

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