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 Resources

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.

  • How are CHIPRA quality demonstration States improving perinatal care?: A recently released report highlights the work of Florida and Illinois as part of the CHIPRA quality demonstration. These states took on projects to improve the quality and outcomes of perinatal care, motivated by their involvement with the March of Dimes "Big 5" initiative – a collaboration among the five states in the nation with the highest birth rates to explore and promote data-driven quality improvement programs targeted at specific perinatal quality indicators.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG): 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.

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.

  • Economic Analysis of LARC Programs: Current research literature for the economic evaluation of LARC programs lacks specific examples of return on investment (ROI) analyses that calculate net financial gain from the provider perspective. In an effort to encourage the implementation of LARC program ROI analyses in state and local health departments, AMCHP created a resource sheet on the Economic Analysis of LARC Programs that can facilitate the process. The resource sheet summarizes previous LARC studies, describes the need for ROI analyses, differentiates ROI and cost-effective analyses, and identifies the steps to consider in implementing an ROI analysis for LARC programs.
  • Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States: Complements the existing Every Mother efforts by providing tools to develop a comprehensive maternal health initiative in your state. The new AMCHP guide is one part resource and one part planning tool. It is both a menu of options for improving women's and maternal health and a starting point for dialogue and innovation.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): MCH program: Addresses issues affecting families, women of reproductive age, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special healthcare needs. The ASTHO MCH program aims to increase state capacity to develop and implement policies and programs that respond to challenges and effectively promote state MCH.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): 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/other health care professionals.

Before, Between, and Beyond Pregnancy: The National Preconception Curriculum and Resources Guide for Clinicians: Continuing education modules, descriptions of state plans and programs for preconception and interconception care, news, key articles and guidance for specific high-risk conditions, and practice supports for physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants.

Centering Healthcare Institute: CenteringPregnancy: Information about this model for group prenatal care that integrates health assessment, education, and support to empower women to choose health-promoting behaviors. Includes a bibliography of research and evaluation studies and video clips about the model.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Women's Health: Offers women's health spotlights, research studies, health and wellness resources, statistical snapshots, conferences, and events:

CityMatCH: Tools and resources for implementing initiatives to support the improvement of local perinatal HIV systems, mobilize urban communities to reduce infant mortality and pregnancy loss, and reduce racial inequities in infant mortality in urban communities.

Family Planning National Training Centers (FPNTC): Resources for Title X family planning grantees and agencies to deliver reproductive health services to the Title X community and beyond. Includes family planning guidelines, fact sheets, and other publications; webinars and courses; and information on events, the Affordable Care Act, new recommendations, and communities of practice.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): For Women: Information on women's health topics, fact sheets in English, Spanish, and Asian languages, product recalls and alerts, pregnancy registries, research and FDA study findings, and links to women's health information from other government websites. 

Global Library of Women's Medicine: Peer-reviewed clinical information/guidance on women's health for health professionals. Includes surgical video clips, diagnostic atlases, information about laboratory tests, patient-education materials, and a special section on safer motherhood.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Women's Health: Provides podcasts, state women's health profiles, materials on the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellesss program, women's health data books, and reports on women's health in public health school and pharmacy school curricula. The latest data book is: Women's Health USA 2011.

Health4Women.org: Supplies evidence-based information and preventative health guidance for women hosted by the Association for Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

HealthyWomen.org: Presents conditions, diseases, and women's health issues covered under health topics A-to-Z. Current medical information, news, tools, expert advice, and blog posts also provided via online "health centers" that focus on topics such as midlife, pregnancy, parenting, and breast health.  

HHS Office on Women's Health: The Office on Women's Health provides national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls by educating professionals and the public, informing policy and supporting model programs, so that all women and girls achieve the best possible health.

  • BodyWorks Program: BodyWorks provides parents and caregivers with tools and information to help their family make small, specific changes in the way they eat and are physically active. These changes can help maintain a healthy weight. Research strongly suggests parents play a critical role in shaping the exercise and eating habits of their children. Therefore the primary audience for the BodyWorks program is parents.
  • Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions: An online resource that provides businesses with cost-effective tips and solutions for any industry setting.

HHS Office of Minority Health: The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): Women's Health Policy: Fact sheets, issue briefs, meeting materials, and data for policymakers, journalists, advocates, and public health professionals about women's reproductive health and access to care, including pregnancy-related care.

Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card: National and state data on key indicators of women's health, including access to care, wellness and prevention services, key health conditions, and living in a healthy community. It is provided by the National Women's Law Center and Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Medline Plus: Women's Health: Provides overviews of women's health issues, health-check tools, research findings, statistics, reference tools, and links.

MCH Navigator: A centralized portal for pursuing continuous learning in MCH and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways.

National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition (NMHB): Is a recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents, and policymakers through its membership of more than 100 local, state and national organizations.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Office of Research on Women's Health: Provides fact sheets, reports, podcasts, journal articles, NIH research priorities for women, and interdisciplinary initiatives that focus on gender factors in health. 

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Women's Health: Find links to women's health information provided by the various NIH institutes. 

National Library of Medicine (NLM): Women's Health Resources: Resources related to health topics, research initiatives, and overarching themes of the 2011 NIH Priorities for Women's Health.

Our Bodies Ourselves: Learn of women's health programs, publications, and links to the Women's Health Information and Resource Center, which includes, excerpts from Our Bodies Ourselves series of books, Web-exclusive content, links, resources, and health news.

Preconception Health Cafe: This online course provides an overview on the importance of preconception health, with specific focus on the first six of the CDC 10 Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Healthcare. These recommendations include individual responsibility across the lifespan, consumer awareness, preventive visits, interventions for identified risks, interconception care and pre-pregnancy checkup.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Maternal and Infant Health: Preconception and pregnancy research and program information, algorithms for the management of high-risk pregnancies, screening protocols and policies, and patient-education fact sheets in English and Spanish on pregnancy topics, genetics, and serious pregnancy and fetal conditions.