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. The following are some state success stories taken from the Title V Information System. [read more]
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Health Reform Jumps Huge Hurtle in the House
By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP
Late in the evening of Saturday November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed H.R. 3962, the "Affordable Health Care for America Act.” Detailed summaries are available from Congress here and from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation here. And while these resources are comprehensive, I’m sure you are asking what specifically is in this bill for maternal and child health? [read more]
AMCHP Welcomes New Senior Program Manager for CYSHCN Treeby Brown
Treeby Brown is AMCHP’s new Senior Program Manager for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). She will be primarily serving as the Project Manager for the autism and birth defects cooperative agreements. [read more]
AMCHP Board Nominations Extended!
The AMCHP Board has extended nominations for all open Board positions through November 30 to encourage more members to nominate themselves or their AMCHP peers to serve on the Board. For more information, visit here.
Register Now for AMCHP's Annual Conference!
Register today online to attend AMCHP’s Annual Conference to convene on March 6-10, 2010, in Washington, DC. If you have any questions, please contact Registration Manager Lynn Parrazzo, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call AMCHP’s Conference Department at (703) 964-1240.
Save the Date – Text4Baby Webinar
AMCHP will sponsor a webinar for Title V programs on Thursday, December 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) to provide an overview of Text4Baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote healthy birth outcomes among underserved populations. Text4baby is made possible by a public-private partnership that is coordinated by the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), Johnson & Johnson, Voxiva, the CTIA Wireless Foundation, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Please join AMCHP to learn about this exciting new program and the pilot implementation in the Virginia Title V program. [read more]
AMCHP Rolls Out Innovation Station
Are you curious about how states are addressing the needs of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs? Do you want to know more about programs that tackle preconception health or infant mortality? Then visit the Innovation Station, AMCHP’s new searchable database for finding emerging, promising and best practices across the United States. You’ll also find useful links to other best practice databases and resources to help you evaluate your public health programs. Check out Innovation Station to learn more about what’s being done to improve the health of women, children and families! [read more]
Call for Applications
The Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Training Program is now accepting applications for fall 2010 for the two-year, full-time in-residence Master of Public Health (MPH) degree pathway. This pathway provides training in program management, policy formulation, assessment, evaluation, and research focused maternal and child populations in the United States. In addition to academic training, students also complete a practicum and a thesis project. If you know of someone who has clinical or public health experience with underserved maternal and child populations and would like to assume new professional responsibilities in working with these populations, please forward this email on to them.The program is interdisciplinary: students apply either to the Department of Epidemiology or the Department of Health Services. The deadline for the Department of Epidemiology is December 1; and the deadline for the Department of Health Services is January 15. [read more]
Call for Materials
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center is looking for materials that highlight concepts of health literacy and oral health-related materials that integrate those concepts. Share your publications, such as brochures, fact sheets, curricula, policy statements, tool kits, manuals, and protocols, with OHRC for inclusion in their library. To submit materials in hard copy, send it to: Sarah Kolo, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University, Box 571272 Washington, DC 20057-1272. Submit electronic materials via e-mail.
Data and Trends
See data on Preterm Birth rates from the March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center. [read more]
View and download resources on Prematurity and Preconception Health. [read more]
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