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NEW Survey on attending genetics appointments after referrals Open until Oct. 12
The NYMAC (New York-Mid-Atlantic Regional Genetics Network) — one of seven regional networks in the country funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration – is partnering with Family Health Information Centers on a project to help understand why or why not people schedule and attend genetics appointments after a referral. The survey is open to any person or parent/guardian of a child who has ever been referred to a genetics professional, whether or not they scheduled or attended an appointment. Survey results will be used to create strategies to increase attendance to genetics appointments. The survey is completely voluntary and will take about 10-20 minutes to complete. It is available in English and Spanish and is not limited to those living in the mid-Atlantic region. The survey can be taken online until October 12 here.

CMS Tribal LTSS Program Survey
This survey is being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help them develop a list of tribally operated long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs across Indian Country. The results will enable the sharing of LTSS best practices across Indian Country. Tribes and tribal organizations may provide these services directly, or through a contract or agreement with an outside organization.

Research Survey for Caretakers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A researcher at Brandeis University is conducting a study on sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is seeking family caregivers of such women to complete an online survey. The goal of the survey is to understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Of Possible Interest

Medicaid Covers Foster Kids, But Daunting Health Needs Still Slip Through the Cracks (Kaiser Health News, 8/24/18)

Law Allows Medicaid Flexibility for “Medically Fragile” Kids [in Illinois] (U.S. News – Best States, 8/20/18)

Prescription Medication Use Among Children and Adolescents in the United States
(Pediatrics, August 2018)
“CONCLUSIONS: Many U.S. children and adolescents use prescription medications with nearly 1 in 12 concurrent users of prescription medications potentially at risk for a major [drug-drug interaction]. Efforts to prevent adverse drug events in children and adolescents should consider the role of interacting drug combinations, especially among adolescent girls.”

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