The Family Room Blog
When I first met “Baby Jenny” she was the picture of fragility. Buried in the rubble of the Haitian earthquake for seven days, the three-month old had a bad head injury and her arms were so wounded she could barely move them.
Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of Head Start funding in 97 Head Start service areas across the country.
This week child welfare advocates from all sectors of society (social work, education and law enforcement) will converge in Washington, D.C., for the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. This conference is the nation’s leading training event for policy makers, practitioners and researchers involved in promote child safety and well-being.
This week, the Obama Administration appointed Dr. George Askew to become the first-ever Chief Medical Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Askew will provide expert advice and consultation to the Assistant Secretary on the development of plans, programs, policies and initiatives that address the health needs and strengths of vulnerable children and families, including people with developmental disabilities and refugees.
On April 3, the Administration for Children and Families kicked off Minority Health Month with a panel of experts from the Office of Minority Health discussing health equity in the United States. Four knowledgeable officials gave us a look at initiatives designed to increase access to health care for people of color, immigrants, and the LGBT community.
Child care providers across the country have adopted Let’s Move! Child Care recommendations by getting their children up and moving and off to a healthy start. States and territories have also embraced the state challenge. They are competing to have the greatest percentage of their providers registered for the effort.
Provisions in the nation’s new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will help New York’s underserved Latino population get more access to health care, said Dr. Jaime Torres, Health and Human Services New York Regional Director, at a recent Latino legislative conference.
How are babies and toddlers affected by early trauma? And how can we help them heal? Those are key questions addressed by Tulane University’s Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
The statistics on recidivism are alarming. According to the 2006 national study Confronting Confinement: a Report of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons indicates that 67 percent of former prisoners are rearrested and that 52 percent are re-incarcerated within three years of their release.
As the first day of spring approaches, many Americans look forward to picnics, outdoor sports, and lower utility bills. For the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR), springtime means the beginning of extreme weather conditions that can cause tornados.