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.
Newborn screening is a vital public health program that detects serious medical conditions that can cause devastating effects if treatment is not given prior to the onset of symptoms. Not all of the blood sample collected from newborns is used during routine screening, however, and after testing has been completed, many states retain the residual dried blood samples (DBS). This toolkit is intended to assist state policymakers to develop or improve policies for the use of DBS and related information
This resource suggests model contract provisions for coverage of vision and hearing services in Medicaid managed care.
Children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. This report surveys states’ contracts with managed care entities to document the extent to which EPSDT services address children’s hearing and vision services and how these services are monitored.
This brief covers federal and state laws pertaining to breastfeeding in the workplace and the barriers faced by breastfeeding employees.
All 50 states have adopted compulsory immunization laws for school children and also established some type of waiver, or exemption, for the immunizations. This resource examines the different types of immunization waivers -- medical, religious, and philosophical -- and provides examples of the requirements for various state waivers.
Congenital heart defects impose a large burden on newborn health. Seven of these heart defects, called critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs), are especially concerning. Fortunately, screening for these defects can be done non-invasively with a pulse oximeter. Several states have policies or laws regarding the screening for CCHDs. This Critical Congenital Newborn Screening fact sheet examines laws and policies in the Network’s Northern Region as well as early adopters of a policy to screen for CCHDs.