Health In-service Materials

5/4/21

2021 FASD-SEI (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders /Substance Exposed Infants) Campaign on Maternal Depression

From Bridget Aliaga, FASD/SEI (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders /Substance Exposed Infants) Statewide Coordinator, Wheeler Clinic/Connecticut Clearinghouse:

Click on the link above for the May 2021 FASD-SEI (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders /Substance Exposed Infants) Campaign on Maternal Depression. Please share widely.

The sheet provides facts on maternal depression and perinatal mental health complications, and includes a list of organizations that provide resources and support for mothers and families.

6/27/18

Adolescent Health, Teen Legal Rights, Confidentiality in Care

Center for Children’s Advocacy Seminar Presentation: Healthcare and Teen Rights: Know the Basics
Adolescent Health, Teen Legal Rights and Confidentiality

Jay Sicklick, Esq., Deputy Director, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Director, Medical-Legal Partnership Project presented on

"Adolescent Health and Confidentiality: Teen Legal Rights and Healthcare Access"


Alyssa Bennett, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Division Head, Adolescent Medicine, CT Children’s Specialty Group, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center presented on "How to Provide Confidential Care to Adolescents"

2018

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest data book, including a warning that the 2020 census
is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger
than age 5. This discrepancy would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so,
underfund programs that are critical for family stability and opportunity. The Data Book looks at trends in
child well-being during a period that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed
results in the areas of health, education and family and community factors. The report includes the
Foundation's signature rankings in key areas of child well-being. This year, New Hampshire is at the top of
the rankings.

6/2017

The Office of the Child Advocate and the Child Fatality Review Panel are issuing a Public Health Alert

The Office of the Child Advocate and the Child Fatality Review Panel are issuing a Public Health Alert regarding the potential danger to infants and toddlers from over-the-counter medication called Diphenhydramine (marketed under various trade names, such as Benadryl).  Infants and toddlers are at greatest risk for untimely death, which in most instances is preventable. For very young and vulnerable children, most unexpected deaths are sleep related. Babies that can be hard to soothe are at risk of being shaken and sustaining a head injury.

Over a two-year period in Connecticut, four infants and toddlers died as a result of an overdose of Diphenhydramine. The public health alert (in English and Spanish) outlines relevant findings and recommendations from the OCA and CFRP.

Please see also an article from the Norwich Bulletin, and a clip from Good Morning America, both based on this Public Health Alert