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Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health Friday Notes

Posted over 2 years ago by Rachel VanDenBrink

May 22, 2015

In this issue
2015-16 Budget On Track To Be Finalized
Senate Passes E-Cigarette, Powdered Alcohol Restrictions
Feds Tap Michigan to Help Shape Program for Traumatized Children
2015-16 Budget On Track To Be Finalized
Despite speculation that the rejection of Proposal 1 would delay finalization of the 2015-16 fiscal year state budget, it is on track to be finished by mid-June. The signed budget target framework is complete, but an unusually large number of major items are left for House-Senate conference committees to resolve.

One major question is what will happen to Graduate Medical Education. Gov. Snyder proposed ending General Fund support for the program and instead having hospitals put up the funding (which they would recoup through federal matching funds). The House supported that proposal while the Senate did not. Closed workgroup sessions among conference committee members have been happening all week but no details will be available until c
onference committees begin meeting next week to report out those budgets.

Conferees named for the Department of Health and Human Services budget are Sens. James Marleau, Mike Shirkey and Curtis Hertel, Jr.; and Reps. Rob VerHeulen, John Bizon and Brandon Dillon.

Stayed tuned to Friday Notes for ongoing state budget updates.
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Senate Passes E-Cigarette, Powdered Alcohol Restrictions
Sales of e-cigarettes to minors and the sale or use of powdered alcohol would be prohibited in two bills given unanimous approval by the Senate on Wednesday.

SB 231 on prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes has been a controversial issue for some time, as Governor Rick Snyder has opposed the bill because he believes the product should be regulated like other tobacco products--a position echoed by MCMCH and numerous health advocacy groups. Governor Snyder vetoed similar legislation last year.

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products will hold its third and final public workshop to obtain information on electronic cigarettes and the public health on June 1-2, according to its website. It will accept public comments on the matter through July 2, 2015.

The Senate also passed SB 240 to prohibit the sale, distribution and possession of powdered alcohol.
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Feds Tap Michigan To Help Shape Program For Traumatized Children
Michigan is one of three states chosen by the federal government to help form policies designed to treat children who suffer from trauma caused by violence, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the Department of Justice chose Michigan, California and Massachusetts to help with its defending childhood state policy initiative.

The state, with support from the federal government, will develop a strategic plan to implement statewide efforts to identify, screen, assess and treat children who have been exposed to violence in their lives.

The support from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice will include technical assistance and help from national experts in how to build effective trauma-informed systems. Each of the chosen states will receive the assistance through September 2015.

"The research is very clear and troubling that children who have witnessed or experienced violence and do not receive the support and help they need are at enormous risk later in their lives and will likely never recover or reach their full potential," said DHHS Director Nick Lyon. "This effort will help us identify and reach more of these children with the help they need and deserve before it is too late."

The state will focus on collaboration as it shapes the new plan. Senior-level policy makers will work with child-serving agencies in the state to find effective ways to help those children who have been significantly and negatively impacted by violence and trauma.

The Michigan team will include representatives from Governor Rick Snyder's office, DHHS, the Department of Education, courts, law enforcement, private providers and the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
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Contributors to this Issue
Gongwer News Service
HealthDay
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Quick Links . . .

Michigan Caries Prevention Program Launches Provider Training at Hurley Medical Center
The Michigan Caries Prevention Program has officially launched its first provider training with the Hurley Medical Center Pediatric Residency program. These physicians received training to act as a first line of defense against the most common chronic disease among children today - tooth decay. A majority of children see a family physician or a pediatrician for frequent well-child visits but very few are seen by the dentist for the recommended age 1 dental check-up. Trained physicians can receive reimbursement for providing preventive oral health services to children in well-child visits and help to eliminate the burden of this preventable disease among Michigan children.

The Michigan Caries Prevention Program is providing education to pediatricians, family physicians, other primary care providers, and dentists to improve delivery of preventive oral health services, and using outreach and education to families to close the dental awareness gap. Learn more about the program and how you can get involved at www.MITeeth.org.
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2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Combined Datasets Released
CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health has released the 2013 National, State, and District Combined Datasets on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) website at www.cdc.gov/yrbs/. The combined datasets are unique because:
they include more than 1.3 million records from 820 YRBS high school surveys conducted from 1991-2013;
the standard variables have been aligned across the years to facilitate trend analyses and combining data; and
they include selected additional data from optional questions about sexual identity, sex of sexual contacts, HIV testing, bullying, and other topics.
The YRBS website has been redesigned and reorganized to make it easier to view and access content across devices.
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Call for Workshop Proposals for SCHA-MI Conference
In partnership with the Child and Adolescent Health Center Program's Coordinator's Meeting (October 12), SCHA-MI will have a one-day conference on October 13, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids.
Continuing with the theme of "The Power of Partners", which has been an essential component in the Health Center Program, SCHA-MI is excited to continue that same theme as well, in partnership with MDHHS, our centers, schools, and community.
Continuing Education credits will be pursued for Nurse Practitioners, Health Educators, and Social Workers. Download and complete this application and return by May 26, 2015, to Robin Turner.
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U of M Injury Center Sport Concussion Summit: September 24
Registration for the University of Michigan Injury Center Sport Concussion Summit is now open. A webcast option is available for those unavailable to attend in person. Go online for complete information and a link to the registration site.