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​​​​​​​​​​​​ The following programs/policies/tools represent some best practices in American Indian/Alaska Native child health. Please send recommendations for additional links to indianhealth@aap.org 

​G​​ENER​AL

​​Indian Health Services Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts
This website contains a collection of prevention/intervention strategies that works to improve the health of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) populations.​

BREASTF​EE​​DI​NG

American Academy of Pediatric Breastfeeding Initiatives  
AAP breastfeeding initiatives including recommendations, advocacy materials and resources for the health professional in support breastfeeding families.                                                                            ​

Indian Health Service Breastfeeding Promotion and Support
Information in support of IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

INJUR​​Y P​​REVEN​TION

Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program Website
Publications, programs, and training opportunities in injury prevention.

OBESITY​​/HE​A​​LTHY​ WEI​​​GHT

AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight
Resources and tools to optimize healthcare, engage families and catalyze communities to combat childhood obesity.

Healthy Weight for Life, Indian Health Service
Includes data and resources for promoting healthy weight among American Indians and Alaska Natives across the lifespan.

ORAL HE​​​​​ALTH

AAP Children's Oral Health Web Site
The AAP supports pediatricians and other health care professionals to provide preventive oral health services as part of early well child exams and continued throughout the child's life until a dental home can be found. The new Children's Oral Health Web site provides opportunities for education, advocacy, and resources to help you to implement oral health services in the pediatric practice. For more information about the AAP's Oral Health efforts email oralhealth@aap.org.

AAP Policy Statement:
Early Childhood Caries in Indigenous Communities

Indian Health Service Best Practices for Oral Health
Best practices and tools for oral health from birth through age 5.

P​OL​​ICY

First Kids 1st

Native Children's Policy Agenda: Putting First Kids 1st
First Kids 1st is a joint initiative of the National Indian Health Board, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Child Welfare Association, and the National Indian Education Association to improve the social, emotional, mental, physical, and economic health of Native children and youth to allow them to achieve their learning and developmental potential. First Kids 1st gives voice and support to Native children and youth and their Tribal communities so they can grow and thrive for years to come.

POV​​​​​​ERTY

AAP Policy Statement:
Poverty and Child Health in the United States. Pediatrics 2016; 137(4)

​AAP Technical Report:
Mediators and Adverse Effects of Child Poverty in the United States. Pediatrics 2016; 137(4)

PRA​C​​TI​CE

​AAP Policy Statement:
Child Health Disparities: What Can a Clinician Do? Pediatrics 2015; 136(5)

RESILIENC​​E/​​TOXIC ST​​RESS 

AAP Symposium on Child Health, Resilience and Toxic Stress
Information from 2014 AAP Symposium, including webcast.

​AAP Policy Statement: 
Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician:  Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health

​Photo credit: Used with permission of US Indian Health Service​

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