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Since 2000, the number of babies born dependent on opioids due to maternal drug use has increased 5-fold nationally and 16-fold in the state of Tennessee. This brief describes BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation's efforts to address this growing problem.

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Read about important events, research, community investments and programs to improve public health in NIHCM's newsletter, Population Health Spotlight.

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This webinar, co-hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, explored ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the impact of the ACA on dental insurance options; strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care; and efforts to educate pregnant women on dental care.

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This fact sheet details how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a powerful coalition of stakeholders launched a series of school-based obesity prevention programs designed to help schools with different sets of needs and resources.

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One in five American kids lives below the federal poverty line—a start that leads to health disparities and life-long achievement gaps. Services like home visits for new mothers have been proven to mitigate the impact of poverty on young kids, and a new model is shaking up the way these services are financed.

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This Health Matters webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, provided context for chronicling the threat posed by lead in communities nationwide, identifed potential policy solutions, and highlighted leaders who are ahead of the curve on minimizing exposure.

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Nearly 300,000 babies were born to teen mothers in 2013, with substantial immediate and long-term health, social and economic costs associated with each pregnancy.

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When parents and communities are squeezed, their young children pay the price. How can we do better? The acclaimed new documentary series The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation shows how a strong start for all our kids leads to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable nation. Watch the opening signature hour and more on Video on Demand, order the DVD, or check your local public TV listings to see when it is airing in your area.

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Premera Blue Cross has a new resource for parents on encouraging teens to take responsibility for their own health and preventive care. The CDC has updated its free online course on preventing teen dating violence. Read about these programs and more in this latest issue.

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