children's health

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The major political discussions about health insurance in our country revolve around how to get more people covered.  So it perplexed more than a few observers when the numbers of children covered by public health insurance programs like Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) appeared to dip last year. 

California, because of its large population, showed one of the largest declines, though not by percentage.  Was it an improving economy, or something else? 

Dr. Cara James at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) keeps an eye on children's coverage. 


Maybe it happened to your son: a friendly, chatty kid turned into a sullen, silent adolescent.  What IS it with boys? 

They require some special treatment, says psychologist Dr. Adam Cox. 

He interviews young people for hundreds of hours each year, and he's got ideas for approaching young males in his book Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys


In most of Oregon's counties, less than half of the children born into low-income families will reach the middle class or beyond as adults. 

That is one of the starker findings of the Oregon Community Foundation's "Tracking Oregon's Progress," or TOP, report for 2017.  The latest TOP also finds that child poverty is on the rise in the state, which could doom even more people to less-than-middle-class status for life. 

Caitlyn Ruffenach of OCF was the lead author of the report. 

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Some of the themes and incidents in Rene Denfeld's life are reflected in her recent novel The Child Finder.

Denfeld is a licensed investigator in Oregon, and she has devoted herself to helping death penalty inmates, sex trafficking victims, and children in need.  She adopted three children out of foster care. 

Denfeld's book is receiving critical acclaim while she tours in support of the book. 


In card games, getting an ace is usually a good thing.  In life, not so much... at least when ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. 

Therapists and community service providers increasingly pay attention to the ACEs people have had in their life. 

It's part of taking a "trauma-informed" approach to providing services from education to public safety. 

This is a focus of Southern Oregon Success, working to build resilient communities in the region. 

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The kids we get are not necessarily the kids we expected. 

Nature has a way of making changes in the family tree.  Andrew Solomon talked to hundreds of people in families where the children were born in a variety of circumstances... with disabilities or other differences from the parents. 

How parents and society cope is the focus of Solomon's book Far From The Tree

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Many women find it tough to go back to work after delivering a child. 

But economic realities limit most American women to around ten weeks off with the new baby. 

It's a critical time for the child's development, as Erica Komisar points out in her book Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters

Komisar, a psychotherapist, points out the many ways in which children develop more fully with mom's attention. 

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Law enforcement is greatly aided by sharing information: about suspects, about cases, about places. 

Three decades ago, there was no central database to keep track of missing children.  That changed, partly due to the efforts of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NCMEC works to end sexting, sextortion, and child abduction and exploitation.   A NCMEC rep visits the Rogue Valley for a session at the Medford Library today (November 7), at the invitation of the Children's Advocacy Center. 

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The children's advocacy center concept has helped authorities investigate child sex abuse cases; advocacy centers are quiet, comfortable places for interviewing and treating victims.

But who oversees them?  Accreditation comes from the National Children's Alliance, which oversees the centers in Jackson and Josephine Counties and nearly 800 others. 

NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar will visit the CAC in Medford next week while in town for a child abuse symposium. 

Project Helps Parents Understand Autism

Apr 1, 2016
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Diagnoses of autism in children have zoomed in recent years, and Oregon is among the states where the rate of new diagnoses is the highest. 

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has a chapter in Eugene, which offers training workshops for parents of children with autism. 

They begin later this week (April 8) and will present parents with tools, resources, and a greater understanding of the autism diagnosis.

Hey Kids! Time For "Recess"

Mar 23, 2016
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Don't you miss the teacher sending us out for recess?  All that running around on the playground gave us a chance to forget about math and spelling for a little while, and blow off some steam. 

And you know, it's not like anybody's STOPPING us from running outside for a little while each day. 

In fact, Ben Applebaum and Dan DiSorbo encourage us, in a book called Recess

It contains guides to playing the games of recess, for those of us who can't remember the rules (or the games themselves). 

Crowdfunding Transplants For Children

Oct 28, 2015
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In a society where health care is not universal, people have to ask other people for financial help with major medical expenses.

The concept has morphed from bake sales and car washes to online crowdfunding. 

Enter the Children's Organ Transplant Association.  COTA helps families pull together the money--often in six figures--required to pay for organ transplants and followup care. 

What Early Head Start Grants Are Supposed To Do

Mar 12, 2015

When we're really young, our brains grow by leaps and bounds… in normal conditions. 

Now imagine what happens to a growing child's brain if conditions are sub-standard. 

Giving all children a shot at a good life is the aim of Head Start programs.  And Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants from the federal Office of Head Start are meant to expand programs for the youngest kids. 

An Oregon partner just got a grant to help programs in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, among others. 

Oregon Children Growing Up Poor

Apr 9, 2014
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One in four children in Oregon grow up poor. 

That's the most straightforward finding of the annual progress report prepared for Children First For Oregon.

The report ranks Oregon in the bottom half of states for child poverty.