Health Publications & Toolkits

The Health Information Group has developed health communication print materials on a wide variety of topics: health supervision, public policy, oral health, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and vulnerable populations (including Medicaid beneficiaries). Through projects such as the Bright Futures initiative, it is estimated that over 4 million copies of our materials have been disseminated to professionals and families.

Recent Materials

MCH Needs Assessment Toolkit

The Health Information Group developed the infrastructure to house this toolkit to help states use tools to dig deeper into the complex system surrounding the health of the MCH population. The toolkit uses the practical Ready-Set-Go model to:

  • Introduce tools likely to be helpful in needs assessment.
  • Align the tools with the specific steps of the needs assessment process.
  • Provide guidance on how to use the tools for the needs assessment process (via facilitator scripts and scenarios).

State MCH-Medicaid Coordination Toolkit

This toolkit supplements an environmental scan of State Interagency Agreements (IAAs) of Title V and Medicaid programs and supports the report: State MCH-Medicaid Coordination: A Review of Title V and Title XIX Interagency Agreements, 2nd edition. It includes access to the final report, full-text, current IAAs (collected from the MCH Title V Block Grant FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Reports) and the 36 IAAs used in the scan, a searchable database, recommendations, and additional resources.

Advancing Online Public Health Training Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Completed for the Public Health Learning Network, this report provides the first step in reviewing the current landscape of online public health learning systems, identifying components of systems that are effective in making learning more efficient, and providing promising practices to emulate in modernizing the nation’s public health training delivery system.

Translation Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help those who work with the estimated 55 million individuals in the United States who speak a language other than English in their own home. It allows users to access resources related to addressing language barriers. Instructions for using this website's built-in Google Translate button are also included.

What to Expect & When to Seek Help

These four developmental tools offer a framework for providers and families to begin a conversation together about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children and teens. The tools gently encourage families who have questions or concerns about their child's development to "check it out" -- and offer a number of tips for when, where, and how to seek help through local, State, or national resources.

Written in family-friendly language, the tools may be used by families and child development professionals in a range of disciplines, including health, education, child care, and family services. The companion Referral Tool and the guide to Locating Community-Based Services to Support Children and Families are tailored to help providers and families connect with the specific resources they need.

Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Pocket Guide for Pediatric Providers

Developed by the Health Information Group and Bright Futures at Georgetown University, this pocket guide is a companion to the Well-Child Care curriculum for Pediatric Providers. Chapters in the pocket guide correspond to the six online core modules including the major components of a pediatric preventive health visit - Health History, Physical Examination, Screening and Risk Assessment, Screening with Laboratory Tests, Immunizations, and Health Education/ Anticipatory Guidance. Four other chapters correspond to modules addressing special interest topics - Development/Behavioral Health, Oral Health, Documentation, and Cultural Competence.

HealthCheck Training and Resource Center Educational and Outreach Materials

The Health Information Group developed a series of printed materials, including a two-sided back-to-school flyer for school health officials, a postcard for providers promoting the Center, a postcard for families promoting the Healthy Smiles dental service initiative, and a 5-panel brochure with Well-Child check-up information for families in English on one side and Spanish on the reverse. The content for each piece was adjusted to match the literacy and professional level of each intended audience, while the design of each publication was coordinated with the graphic design of the DC HealthCheck website to tie the program's efforts together under a single "identity package."