American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) – A national medical organization representing more than 100,300 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students nationwide. Founded in 1947, its mission has been to preserve and promote the science and art of family medicine and to ensure high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – With more than 52,000 members, ACOG is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women.
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) – A national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.
- Innovation Station – The AMCHP Innovation Station is a searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH.
- Videos highlighting Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah presenting on their work as participants in the AMCHP Preconception Health & Adolescents Action Learning Collaborative can be found on the Adolescent Health Programs & Topics page on the AMCHP website.
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) – A nonprofit membership organization that works to improve and promote the health of women and newborns, and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professional.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Operating within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC collaborates to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
- Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care – Recommendations published by the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Preconception Care Work Group and the Select Panel on Preconception Care in 2006.
- Beforeandbeyond.org – Developed in conjunction with the CDC Select Panel on Preconceptional Care and in partnership with the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, this website provides information on professional education, state resources, patient resources, practice supports and more.
- Preconception Care – This Web page provides a range of information about preconception health. Through a two-year collaborative effort, CDC successfully aligned the efforts of a number of its external partners and internal programs to develop a set of 10 recommendations for improving preconception health and care. These recommendations serve as a strategic plan for improving the health of women, their children and their families.
- Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) – Surveillance project of the CDC and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and shortly after pregnancy.
- Premature Birth – This Web page provides information about premature birth, risk factors and more.
CityMatCH – A national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. CityMatCH works to improve the health and well-being of urban women, children and families by strengthening the public health organizations and leaders in their communities.
Every Woman Southeast – The Every Woman Southeast Initiative was started with the goal of developing a multi-state, multi-level partnership to share and develop expertise on preconception/interconception health care, policies, research, programs, social marketing and evaluation in order to improve the health of women and infants in our region of the United States.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) – An independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.
- Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps – Based on the report from July 2011, the IOM recommends that HHS require health insurance plans cover the following preventive services for women with no cost sharing:
- Screening for gestational diabetes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing as part of cervical cancer screening for women over 30
- Counseling on sexually transmitted infections
- Counseling and screening for HIV
- Contraceptive methods and counseling to prevent unintended pregnancies
- Lactation counseling and equipment to promote breast-feeding
- Screening and counseling to detect and prevent interpersonal and domestic violence
- Yearly well-woman preventive care visits to obtain recommended preventive services
March of Dimes – A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
- Preconception Health Care – This Web page provides information on preconception health care, including answers to a range of common questions.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) – MCHB provides leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health population, which includes all of the nation’s women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, Including fathers and children with special health care needs.
The Maternal & Child Health Library at Georgetown University: Preconception and Pregnancy Knowledge Path – The preconception and pregnancy knowledge path was compiled by the MCH Library at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze perinatal health statistics, describe effective prenatal care programs, and report on research aimed at improving access to and quality of prenatal care and improving perinatal health outcomes.
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) – A national nonprofit organization working to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease and improve the quality and length of all lives.
The Office of Minority Health: Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program – The goals of PPE is to reach the college-age population with targeted health messages emphasizing preconception health and healthcare, train minority college students as peer educators, and arm peer educators with materials, activities and exercises to train their peers in college and in the community at large.
Text4baby – The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) launched text4baby, the first free health text messaging service in the United States. Text4baby supports moms by providing accurate, text-length health information and resources in a format that is personal and timely, using a channel she knows and uses.
Womenshealth.gov – Provides leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches.
- Preconception Health – This Web page provides information on why preconception health matters, five ways to boost preconception health, how to talk to your doctor, your partner’s role in preparing for pregnancy, genetic counseling and more.