Maternal and Child Health


Latest Resource for Maternal and Child Health

Issue Brief: Health Related Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act

This issue brief provides an overview of sections in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that are particularly relevant to public health, including the title and a brief descriptive summary of the section. For most provisions, citations are provided for the ESSA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), and the U.S. Code.

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From the Public Health Law Blog

When Kids' Lunches Get Schooled: Scaling Back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

On May 1, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made an announcement difficult to stomach: certain school nutrition standards implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 would be scaled back. As American kids consume as much as half their daily calories at school, reforming school-provided meals can meaningfully impact childhood obesity, which affects over 12.7 million kids and adolescents in the United States.

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From the Legal Assistance Library

Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federally-funded program in the United States providing no-cost vaccines to children who lack health insurance or who cannot otherwise afford the cost of vaccination. A public health worker from Arizona recently contacted the Network asking several questions about the VFC Program and insurance coverage.

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Primary Legal Issues

The Network is available to assist with the range of issues that affect maternal and child health, such as:

  • Screening services, including newborn screening, immunizations and medical, vision, hearing and dental screening for children and youth
  • Early intervention services for young children
  • Nutrition,  including breastfeeding, WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Child safety, including injury prevention, child abuse reporting and anti-bullying
  • Funding for maternal and child health services, including Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), Title V and Affordable Care Act provisions
  • Delivery systems and linkages, including managed care entities, Accountable Care Organizations,  school-based  services and health departments
  • Data retention/use/sharing and confidentiality, including newborn screening, minor consent and sharing between agencies and providers

Technical Assistance Capacity

The Network’s maternal and child health team is available to assist with a range of legal and policy issues that affect maternal and child health including providing legal technical assistance and training. The Network also prepares written work products, including issue briefs, fact sheets and model policies. Technical assistance includes litigation support and, where appropriate, preparation of friend-of-the-court legal briefs. The Network can also connect requesters with other professionals who have worked with a variety of maternal and child health stakeholders to improve their understanding of laws affecting public health care delivery and access, outreach, quality and performance, and wellness and prevention.

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