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Innovative Practices in Women's and Infant Health
This issue of Pulse contains several examples of how states are working to improve women's and infant health. More examples can be found in Innovation Station – the AMCHP searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in MCH. Below are some of the related practices to women's and infant health that you will find:

Preconception/Interconception Health:

Prenatal/Perinatal Health:

Women's Health:

Infant Health/Improving Birth Outcomes:


For more information about these programs and other successfully reviewed MCH practices, visit Innovation Station at amchp.org/programsandtopics/BestPractices/InnovationStation/Pages/default.aspx or the AMCHP Best Practices homepage at amchp.org/programsandtopics/BestPractices/Pages/default.aspx.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Links to evidence reports and research findings about maternal health and pregnancy.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG): I Information and materials about preconception and pregnancy for health professionals. Topics include health care for underserved women; perinatal HIV; maternal mortality; diabetes and pregnancy; tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse; and women with disabilities. Note: Some resources on the website are accessible to members only. Web accessible resources include:

  • Immunization for Women: Updates and advisories on immunizations for adult and adolescent women, including those who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Includes information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, immunization safety fact sheets, recommended immunization schedules, and practice-management guidelines.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: This online resource presents the latest diagnostic procedures, leading-edge research and expert commentary in maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility and gynecologic oncology as well as general obstetrics and gynecology.

American Pregnancy Association: The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, support, advocacy, and community awareness. This online resource offers tools and patient education materials for women and families before, during and after pregnancy as well as a toll-free helpline.

Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief: This brief addresses disparities in infant mortality and describes strategies for reducing the infant mortality rate, providing pre-pregnancy education and counseling to all women and men, ensuring timely prenatal care for all women and expanding access to medical care for infants in the first month of life.

APHA Health in All Polices Guide: This guide for all state and local governments encourages health priorities in all policies because where we live, work and play have a significant impact on our health. Access this resource to learn how to improve health and safety by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors and policy areas.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP): AMCHP is 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. AMCHP supports state maternal and child health programs and provides national leadership on issues affecting women and children. AMCHP's Women's and Infant Health Team carries out this mission in a number of ways and works to improve the health of women and infants through increased capacity of Title V MCH programs and coordination between stakeholders.

Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP): ASIP provides national leadership and support for state and local infant mortality programs, professionals and families. ASIP works to reduce the risk of sudden infant death while ensuring high quality bereavement services for families.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): MCH program: Addresses issu