Announcements

Posted: July 29, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP); Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, ODEP and MCHB have released a joint letter emphasizing the importance of health care transition for youth with chronic health conditions and disabilities and highlights opportunities to integrate health care transition and career planning through the Affordable Care Act and the Workforce Innovation Act. The letter includes information and resources that youth-serving professionals within each transition domain — including education, health, community living, employment, housing, and transportation — can use to promote youth success. The letter also includes resources for youth, including ”The Transition QuickGuide: Take Charge of Planning and Managing Your Own Health and Career Goals” (PDF 6 pages). Created by an Alliance with the Youth Transitions Collaborative, Got Transition/ Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the QuickGuide includes information about health insurance coverage, self-care, health care transition, decision-making, and career planning and management. Learn more.
Posted: July 20, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)
OAH announced the award of more than $86 million in 81 new teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities and others in communities where teen birth rates remain high. These grants, which provide the first year of funding for a five-year grant period, support replication of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in communities with the greatest need; increase capacity in communities to serve vulnerable youth; fill gaps in the knowledge of what works to prevent teen pregnancy; and test innovative approaches to combating teen pregnancy. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Labor
Job Corps is an encouraging environment where students can earn their GEDs and find career direction. Brittany, a young mother of two, shares how Job Corps helped her restart her life. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
The White House
White House interns reflect on their experiences interning for the Executive Office of the President. The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Deadline: August 20, 2015 We R Native invites American Indian and Alaska Native youth, ages 13-21, to share in the community and regality of Native-style dance by submitting a photo of Life on the Powwow Trail. Winners will receive We R Native gear and $75 (1st place), $50 (2nd place), or $25 (3rd place) cash prizes. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Violent Crimes Against Children Section
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with COPS and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section, released “Child Sex Trafficking: A Training Series for Frontline Officers.” This free, self-paced online course will educate frontline officers on how to recognize and respond to victims of child sex trafficking. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
To help prevent summer hunger, USDA partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations to provide free meals to children during the summer. Individuals and organizations interested in being Summer Meal champions in their community can use USDA’s Summer Meals Toolkit to get the word out, learn about program policy and administration, and develop ideas for collaborating with stakeholders. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC)
Created by CDC’s OADC, the Health Literacy for Health Professionals training plan features five courses that can help build health professionals’ knowledge and skills consistent with new professional communication competencies, including the introductory Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals course and Writing for the Public; Speaking for the Public; Using Numbers and Explaining Risk; and Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has created the Data Online Query System, a new tool for accessing information from its public use database. The first dataset available is for information on emergency department visits, which can be filtered by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity, for years 2005-2010. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released selected estimates of health insurance coverage (PDF, 31) for the civilian, non-institutionalized population in the United States based on data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. Estimates for 2014 are based on data for 111,682 people. Learn more (PDF, 31).
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education
This blog post describes President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the administration’s efforts to provide guidance, mentoring, and support to all children, including young boys and young men. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)
A new report from SAMHSA shows a significant decline in the level of past month underage alcohol consumption and a drop in underage binge drinking from 2002 to 2013. The report also shows that more young people, ages 12-20, currently use alcohol (22.7%) than use tobacco (16.9 %) or illicit drugs (13.6 %). Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
SARTs, or sexual assault response teams, can help victims of sexual assault through the maze of governmental and community agencies they interact with to receive assistance. The SART Toolkit can help communities considering developing a SART program or communities that have an established coordinated response but want to improve it. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This report presents preliminary 2014 data on births in the United States (PDF, 19 pages). The report shows births by age, live-birth order, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. Information on the birth rate for teenagers is also included. Learn more (PDF, 19 pages).
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
USICH released an amended version of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (PDF, 80 pages), which reflects what USICH has learned since its initial launch in 2010 and includes new strategies for progress. Learn more (PDF, 80 pages). 
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education (ED); National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)
NDTAC held its 2015 National Conference, “Looking Ahead: Preparing for the Future of Your State Title I, Part D Program,” in Arlington, Virginia, in May 2015. The conference brought together Title I, Part D coordinators, experts in the field, and ED and NDTAC staff to explore federal and state topics related to effective program administration and the education of youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk. The session descriptions, slides, and handouts are now available on the NDTAC website. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
The White House
As part of Let's Move!, the First Lady led the Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015, which promoted a global dialogue about the future of our food system. The First Lady and the Presidential Delegation shared the successes of Let's Move! and learned from other countries' leaders about how they are addressing childhood obesity and raising healthier families. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The Check Out MyPlate Video Search contest provided an opportunity for kids to showcase their creative thoughts and ideas about food and health. Parents and teachers were challenged to create a 60-second video demonstrating a MyPlate inspired healthy eating message and a physical activity tip. The contest drew more than 100 submissions from across the country, and the top winners from each age group are featured on the USDA website. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education
The Department of Education announced the 2015 President’s Education Awards Program recipients, honoring nearly three million students from more than 30,000 public, private, and military schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Elementary, middle, and high school students are honored in two categories for this program: the Award for Educational Excellence, recognizing students’ academic success in the classroom, and the Award for Outstanding Educational Achievement, recognizing students’ hard work, often in the face of special obstacles to their learning. Learn more.
Posted: July 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The challenge of summer hunger is particularly great in rural areas and Indian Country, where 15% of households are food insecure. This blog post describes how USDA’s Summer Food Service Program is addressing this issue. Learn more.