[NFIMR] April 8 2009 NFIMR Listsersv

Kathleen Buckley KBuckley at acog.org
Wed Apr 8 12:58:13 EDT 2009

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of NFIMR)  or contact us at nfimr at acog.org 
Heads UP FIMR Programs: New Funding Opportunities from NIH.  Deadline
April 27, 2009. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has received new
funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As
part of this Act, NIH has designated at least $200 million for a new
initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science
Research, to fund 200 or more grants. The NIH has identified a range of
Challenge Areas that would benefit from an influx of funds. This new
program will support research on specific Challenge Topics under each
broad Challenge Area, addressing specific scientific and health research
challenges. The deadline is April 27, 2009.
The Challenge Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement has been released
in the NIH Guide at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-003.html (
A compilation of all Challenge Topics can be accessed in a single
document at:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/challenge_award/Omnibus.pdf (
Communities across the Country Join the Observance in Support of
Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.  The American Public
Health Association (APHA) kicks off National Public Health Week (NPHW)
2009, themed Building the Foundation for a Healthy America. This year,
NPHW, which runs April 6-12, aims to raise awareness of public health’s
critical role in improving the U.S. health system. The week is
coordinated by the American Public Health Association and supported by
the work of more than 500,000 public health workers, as well as scores
of national, state and local partner organizations. In conjunction with
NPHW, APHA is launching Healthiest Nation in One Generation, a new viral
video campaign aimed at raising awareness of the role of public health
in ensuring a healthy America and illustrating how investments in public
health can dramatically improve health outcomes in the span of one
generation. The video can be viewed at www.generationpublichealth.organd
easily shared with friends, family and coworkers. 
April is Autism Awareness Month
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that autism spectrum disorders
(ASDs) are a group of related brain-based disorders that affect a
child's behavior, social, and communication skills. They include three
pervasive developmental disorders (PDD):
·         Autistic disorder 
·         Asperger syndrome 
·         PDD-not otherwise specified
Approximately 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with an ASD. ASDs are
lifelong conditions with no known cure. However, children with ASD can
progress developmentally and learn new skills. Some children may improve
so much that they no longer meet the criteria for ASD, although milder
symptoms may often persist. The AAP strongly believes in the importance
of early and continuous surveillance and screening for ASD to ensure
that children are identified and receive access to services as early as
possible. The sooner autism is identified, the sooner an intervention
program can start.Visit the AAP web site to learn more about ASD at
After the Injury, Helping Parents Help Their Kids Recover Monday, April
20, 2009; 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern).  
Over the past decade, Drs. Winston and Kassam-Adams have conducted
numerous research studies to better understand the psychological and
emotional impact of pediatric injury for children and families, and to
develop and evaluate practical tools to help parents and providers help
children after injury. With funding from HRSA/MCHB, they have developed
screening tools, assessment measures, and brief interventions that can
be integrated into pediatric trauma care. The After the Injury website
for parents translates the best research evidence into practical
information, tips, and tools for parents.
To register for this webcast please go to:
For those who cannot attend the webcast live, the webcast will be
archived at www.mchcom.com
LARGE RECALL! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in
cooperation with Evenflo Company Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio announced a
voluntary recall of 643,000 Evenflo Envision™ High Chairs made in China.
Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can
loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline
unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair
and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, abrasions, cuts and bruises.
Detached hardware also poses a choking hazard to children. Evenflo has
received 320 reports of seatbacks detaching or reclining unexpectedly,
resulting in 19 reports of bumps and bruises to the head and 35 reports
of other injuries including abrasions, pinches and bruises. Evenflo has
also received 13 reports of recline fasteners and screws falling out of
the high chair, resulting in one incident in which a fastener and/or
screws were found in a child’s hand or mouth but were removed before
choking occurred. Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores
nationwide, including Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us, K-Mart and Burlington Coat
Factory from December 2002 through April 2006 for between $80 and
$110.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled high chairs
and contact Evenflo at www.evenflo.com (
http://safety.evenflo.com/cs/sc/cssc_RD.phtml/ )to receive a free repair
kit.For more information or to view the product, go to
TheEvidence-Based Maternity Care report (
)was developed by the Childbirth Connection,the Reforming States Group
and the Milbank Memorial Fund that collaborated in planning, developing
and issuing the it. The report highlights best evidence that, if widely
implemented, would have a positive impact on many mothers and babies and
would improve value for payers. The report also identifies barriers to
providing evidence-based maternity care, and presents policy
recommendations to address the

In the same vein, the American College of Nurse Midwives has developed
a fact sheet titled Health Care Reform: Seven Key Principles which
include providing universal coverage, reducing disparities, focusing
health care resources on wellness, disease prevention and primary care,
improving care coordination and integration, aligning payment systems
with evidence based practice, improving women’s access to high quality
care and significantly improving maternal and infant health. To download
the fact sheet, go to
Pistashio Recall Update. The FDA and the California Department of
Public Health continue to investigateSalmonella contamination in
pistachios and pistachio products.  Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella
Inc., Terra Bella, Calif., is voluntarily expanding its recall of
roasted pistachios to include all lots of roasted in-shell pistachios
and roasted shelled pistachios that were produced from nuts harvested in
2008.  The firm is also recalling those raw shelled pistachios from the
2008 crop that are not subsequently roasted prior to retail sale. The
pistachios may be contaminated withSalmonella.To read the latest go to
This knowledge path about depression during and after pregnancy has
been compiled by the Maternal and Child Health Library (
http://www.mchlibrary.info/ ) <http://www.mchcom.com>
at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of current,
high-quality resources about the prevalence and incidence of perinatal
depression; identification and treatment; impact on the health and
well-being of new mothers and their infants; and implications for
service delivery. The knowledge path is aimed at health professionals,
policymakers, program administrators, and researchers. A separate
section presents resources for women experiencing perinatal depression
and their families. This knowledge path will be updated
New KIDS COUNT Data Center Launches
 ( http://datacenter.kidscount.org/ )Our KIDS COUNT Data Center now
includes community-level data on children and families in addition to
national, state, and city-level data. Find more than 100 indicators of
child well-being including economic status, education, health, and
safety. Create your own maps, graphs, and charts for use in
presentations and on your own website. http://www.aecf.org/ 
NB: Very nice resource!
CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly April 3, 2009 / Vol. 58 / No. 12
Sociodemographic Differences in Binge Drinking Among Adults (
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5812a1.htm ) 14 States, 2004

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