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Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
There is clear evidence that the implementation of universal newborn hearing screening substantially lowers the age at which children with congenital permanent hearing loss are identified.

Achieving and Measuring Success: A National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs
This national agenda aims to provide and promote family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for children with special health care needs. 

The Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) includes research, training and state demonstration programs.

For professionals who serve children with special health care needs:
MCH also supports a variety of training programs for health professionals who serve children with special health care needs.

  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)
    Trains future leaders in a variety of disciplines to improve the health of children who have or are at risk of developing neurodevelopmental disabilities or other similar conditions such as autism and intellectual disabilities.
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
    Enhances the behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental aspects of general pediatric care by supporting fellows in behavioral pediatrics and helping to prepare them for leadership roles as teachers, researchers, and clinicians.
  • Pediatric Dentistry
    Provides postdoctoral training for pediatric dentists designed to foster leadership in administration, education, public health, and oral health services, devoting particular attention to children with special health care needs, including children with behavioral problems.
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Centers
    Prepares health professionals to develop or improve community-based, family-centered health care for children with chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma.
  • Communication Disorders
    Trains speech-language pathologists and audiologists to provide comprehensive services to children and their families, and promotes the advancement of the field through information and knowledge dissemination.
  • Collaborative Office Rounds
    Supports community discussion groups to address mental health aspects of pediatric care. Pediatricians and child psychiatrists jointly lead these meetings, and participants may include community.