Even before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care in April of 2006, many state Title V programs were already implementing approaches designed to improve both women’s health and pregnancy outcomes. Since then, most state Title V programs are looking at ways to incorporate preconception health into their programmatic activities. Below are some state success stories taken from the Title V Information System.
Every Woman Florida: A preconception health initiative that increases awareness on the importance of good preconception health. One of the goals of this initiative is to improve the integration of preconception health within all clinical settings. Another goal is to ensure the health of women of childbearing age. This initiative is a partnership of the Florida Department of Health and the Florida March of Dimes, in other partnerships with March of Dimes there has been a Folic Acid Campaign and the Florida Prematurity Work Group which also has focus areas that address preconception health. The Every Woman Florida website serves as a portal for preconception information for both providers and patients. The Every Women Florida Preconception Health Council is responsible for guiding the integration of preconception care in clinical and public health practice throughout Florida. You can access information and tools for the initiative here.
Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility: Part of Oklahoma’s Infant Mortality Campaign, the information covered by the campaign includes all the information a couple needs to know before and after they become pregnant. You can access the tools for the initiative here.
Coming of the Blessing, a Pathway to a Healthy Pregnancy: An informational booklet specific to both major tribes represented in Wyoming, will continue to be distributed to American Indian clients. Culturally sensitive information includes the role of the father during pregnancy and postpartum, the importance of preconception health, nutrition (including folic acid use), risk of substance use and domestic violence to birth outcomes, preterm labor signs and symptoms, and importance of prenatal care.