General & Maternal Child Health
Racial Healing and Achieving Health Equity in the United States
Trust for America's Health released this issue brief as part of the second annual National Day of Racial Healing. The brief highlights health inequities, the factors that influence them, and policy recommendations that can help the nation achieve health equity.
Epidemiology and MCH
Preconception Health Indicators for Public Health Surveillance
Authors from AMCHP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative describe the process used to evaluate, prioritize, and select 10 priority preconception health indicators, a refinement of the original list of 45 indicators.
Disparities in Preconception Health Indicators — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013–2015, and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 2013–2014
Authors at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide estimates of priority preconception health indicators and how they vary by age group, race/ethnicity, insurance status, and reporting area.
Legislation and Policy in MCH
New Resources on Title X Family Planning
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association is pleased to share new resources on the Title X family planning program, including a national map of the network and two fact sheets for every state and the District of Columbia. These documents show the importance of providing robust support for publicly funded family planning.
Women's and Infant Health
Report Shares Lessons from Oral Health Project
A new report called Learning for Action shares challenges and lessons that emerge from the first three years of the Perinatal & Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) initiative. AMCHP has been a lead partner in this federally funded initiative to strengthen the oral health of pregnant women and infants. The initiative created a National Learning Network that grew to include 16 states. The Learning to Action report explores the impact through PIOHQI of working collaboratively across organizations and using the quality improvement methodology.