General Maternal and Child Health
NACCHO Presents Toolbox for Immunization Programs
The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) provides a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community. Tools within the toolbox are materials and resources public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives. Current examples of tools include, but are not limited to case examples, presentations, fact sheets, drills, evaluations, protocols, templates, reports and training materials. For more information, click here.
New MMWR Touches on Tobacco Use and Reproductive Health
The Nov. 2 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)touches on two important MCH issues, tobacco use and reproductive health. Current Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure (SHS) among Women of Reproductive Age – 14 Countries, 2008-2010 focuses on several low- and medium-income countries participating in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. The authors suggest levels of exposure of pregnant women to in many countries are sufficient to threaten the health of their unborn children. Assisted Reproductive Health Technology Surveillance, US, 2009 presents data on ART use and birth outcomes for U.S. states and territories. The authors analyzed data from the CDC National ART Surveillance System (NASS) to report on ART use and ART-related perinatal outcomes. To view the issue, click here.
Women's and Infant Health
New Article on Developing a Standard Approach to Infant Mortality Examination
States can improve pregnancy outcomes by using a standard approach to assess infant mortality. The State Infant Mortality Collaborative (SIMC) developed a series of analyses to describe infant mortality in states, identify contributing factors to infant death, and develop the evidence base for implementing new or modifying existing programs and policies addressing infant mortality. The SIMC was conducted between 2004 and 2006 among five states: Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana, Missouri and North Carolina. States used analytic strategies in an iterative process to investigate contributors to infant mortality. Click here to read the full article.
MMWR Publishes Study on Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease
The CDC and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network have published a study in the MMWR titled “Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD): Potential Roles of Birth Defects Surveillance Programs – United States, 2010-2011.” CDC worked with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network to assess how state birth defects tracking programs could assist with CCHD screening. States were surveyed in November 2010 after the initial recommendation and again in November 2011 after the approval of the Secretary. The purpose of the surveys was to assess the potential roles of the program, capabilities and readiness to assist with newborn screening activities for CCHD. To view key findings, click here. To read the full article, click here.