Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections


In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired) cases identified in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico(See Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] link below for countries and territories in the Americas with Zika virus transmission). Further spread to other countries in the region is likely.

Local transmission of Zika virus has not been documented in the continental United States. However, Zika virus infections have been reported in travelers returning to the United States. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States likely will increase. These imported cases may result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the continental United States, meaning these imported cases may result in human-to-mosquito-to-human spread of the virus.

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Popular Child Welfare News and Information from NCWWI – February 2016


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Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse February 2016 Newsletter

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February is African American History month and the SSRC is highlighting recent research on parenting and child support and how these issues impact African American families. This newsletter also provides information on our new Emerging Scholar, Dr. Sarah Kimberlin, and events including an upcoming SSRC webinar on connecting opportunity youth to work, and OPRE’s 2016 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS).

Long-term consequences of adolescent parenthood among African-American urban youth: A propensity score matching approach

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NCFY News | February 11, 2016 with Funding Opportunities

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February 11, 2016

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the State Personal Responsibility Education Program, also known as PREP! Interested applicants should submit their materials by February 29.

This February, Educate Yourself on Ways to Prevent and End Teen Dating Violence
Federal News —— Join the Family and Youth Services Bureau and its partners for a number of events scheduled for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. read more

4 Ways to Prevent Violence By Promoting Healthy Relationships During Childhood
Program Strategies —— See how two organizations in Colorado and Michigan are teaching children about safe, respectful boundaries. read more Continue reading

Revised Opioid Overdose Toolkit Now Available


SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.

Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.

The revised content now includes information on the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The updated toolkit is available for free download on the SAMHSA Store.

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Final Report Released

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) has released their final report, Within Our Reach: A National Strategy toEliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

This final report from the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities presents the Commission’s findings and its recommendations to the White House and Congress for ending child maltreatment fatalities in the United States within the context of a new child welfare system for the 21st century.

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A ‘Twofer’ March for the Children’s Bureau: Celebrating Women’s History and Social Work

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March has the dual distinction of being both National Women’s History Month and National Social Work Month. At the Children’s Bureau, both hold a special significance as the first two leaders of the Bureau were women-a dynamic duo whose dedication to protecting impoverished children and other disadvantaged members of society helped to launch the child welfare and social work movements we know today.

Julia Lathrop, the first director of the Children’s Bureau and the first woman to head a Federal agency, and Grace Abbott, the second CB director, were referred to, respectively, as “America’s First Official Mother,” and “The Mother of America’s 43 million children.”

Julia Lathrop’s devotion to social service reform began with her 1893 appointment to the Illinois State Board of Charities, where she advocated for the training of professional social workers. She was appointed the first head of the Children’s Bureau in 1912, where maternal and infant health and child labor practices were a major focus of her work.

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