Maternal and Child Health (MCH) & Chronic Disease (CD) Collaboration Project: To Address Gestational Diabetes and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
By Jessica Hawkins, MPH, CHES
Senior Program Manager, Women’s & Infant Health
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs
AMCHP is partnering with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Women’s Health Council and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health on a MCH and Chronic Disease pilot project to address gestational diabetes and prevention of type 2 diabetes. The project has convened three state teams (Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia) that are forming state-level partnerships to foster collaboration between MCH and chronic disease programs. Each state team consists of representatives from maternal and child health, chronic disease, diabetes, MCH epidemiology and other key stakeholders.
State teams are currently working to implement inter-agency action plans, develop joint initiatives, enhance existing programs, policies and data systems. Examples of state activities include:
· Promoting patient awareness of GDM as a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and the necessity of postpartum glucose testing and referral to follow-up care
· Messaging and dissemination of appropriate GDM and diabetes information
· Increasing provider awareness and utilization of diabetes screening tools and treatment guidelines
· Improving quality and integration of GDM data
As these states move forward in their work, we look forward to sharing their successes and lessons learned. To learn more, contact Jessica Hawkins or call (202) 266-3054.