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.
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.
OAH awarded a grant to JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., to support the online National HIV/AIDS Resource Center, which is focused on preventing HIV/AIDS in adolescents. The Resource Center will promote practical strategies for community-based providers and youth-serving professionals, offer information and resources targeted to adolescents who might be at high risk for HIV infection and those living with AIDS, provide linkages to training and technical assistance, and incorporate interactive media and social media as tools to improve the health and well-being of adolescents. Learn more.
This interactive Guide can be used by community-based organizations to integrate financial capability services into existing programs. The interactive tools in the Guide walk organizations step-by-step through the process of developing an integration plan. The tools in the Guide can also be used on their own and adapted to meet the user’s needs. Read the Youth.gov feature article on the Guide for more information or learn more.
Date: July 9, 2015
The first White House Tribal Youth Gathering will convene in Washington, DC, as part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous initiative to improve the lives of Native youth nationwide. The event will provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and The White House Council on Native American Affairs. Learn more.
Dates: June 12-18, 2015
Planned to coincide with the National Maker Faire being held in Washington, D.C., on June 12 and 13, the Week of Making will feature makers from across the country who develop creative solutions to important problems and will include participation by multiple federal agencies. Learn more.
This initiative (PDF, 34 pages) will provide funding to: (1) develop statewide juvenile indigent defense legal delivery systems; (2) implement standards of practice and policy; and (3) establish state or regional resource centers to help juvenile defense systems enhance legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives. Learn more (PDF, 34 pages).
Date: June 17, 2015, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
This webinar will discuss the Dear Colleague Letter on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act for Students With Disabilities in Correctional Facilities (PDF, 21 pages), which was released as part of the Correctional Education Guidance Package. Presenters will discuss the provisions of the letter and the major challenges that juvenile secure care settings face in providing a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities, and will highlight jurisdictions that exemplify the recommended practices in the letter. Registration will be available online soon.
IdentityTheft.gov is a new website, developed by the FTC, that can help people report and recover from identity theft. This resource can help users understand the critical steps to take if identity theft occurs and includes printable checklists and sample letters. IdentityTheft.gov also features information on child identity theft and data breaches. The website is also available in Spanish at RobodeIdentidad.gov. Learn more.
Developed by the American Psychological Association, this resource can help parents develop resilience in their children, which can prepare them to face and overcome negative experiences throughout life. It provides information for fostering resilience in the home, the community, the child care environment, and at school. Learn more.
CDC has conducted the first national study on the use of behavioral therapy, medication, and dietary supplements as treatments for children, ages 4-17, with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Results show that about four in 10 children with ADHD were treated with medication alone, one in 10 received behavioral therapy alone, three in 10 were treated with both medication and behavioral therapy, and one in 10 received neither medication nor behavioral therapy. Overall, about one in 10 children took dietary supplements for ADHD. Learn more.
Women’s Health Week — May 10-16, 2015 — is an opportunity to encourage women to take control of their health. The National Women’s Health Week website includes an interactive checklist with suggestions for good health for women of all ages, as well as a pledge women across the country can take, committing themselves to take steps for better health. Learn more.
USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the selection of 30 university students to attend “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held February 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. USDA chose 20 college students based on an essay about "Agriculture as a Career” and 10 graduate students based on their essay about "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” Learn more.
The CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that teens and young adults are the group most likely to arrive at a hospital emergency department with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The study found race to be another factor that increased an individual’s chances of crash-related emergency room visits, with higher injury rates for blacks than whites or Hispanics. Learn more.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers recommendations, findings, and other materials on a variety of programs related to academic success, health, and well-being of children and teens. Intended for center-based, full-day kindergarten, high school completion, and out-of-school time academic programs, recommendations are based on a systematic review of the scientific literature. Learn more.
“Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration” estimates the long-term costs incurred by taxpayers as a result of the negative outcomes of incarcerating juvenile offenders. Such long-term costs include the effects of recidivism, fewer future earnings and tax revenues, additional public assistance spending, and higher victimization rate. These long-term costs could cost taxpayers $8-$21 billion each year. The report offers recommendations for reducing incarceration, including shifting funding to community-based alternatives and investing in diversion and prevention programs. This report was released by the Justice Policy Institute. Learn more.