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General Maternal and Child Health

MCHB EnRICH Webinar Archives Available
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) is a series of webinars that feature special topics related to MCH research. Each event features one or more speakers who are experts in the field. EnRICH webinars are conducted by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center, which is funded by the MCHB Division of Research, Training, and Education. Several past webinars are available in the archives, including Preparing a Successful Manuscript; Preparing a Successful Research Grant Application; Latent Variable Analysis in MCH Research: A Practical Application of Structural Equation Modeling and Latent Growth Models; and Youth with developmental disabilities transitioning into adulthood. For more information, click here.

Family Voices Releases Free, Health and Wellness Fact Sheets for Families
Family Voices recently released a series of fun, concise and user-friendly fact sheets designed to support families in providing their children with a healthy start in life. These informative one-pagers for families focus on the 10 themes that recur in all stages of child development. Each fact sheet provides a description of the theme, how the theme relates to the child and family, how the theme relates to the different ages/stages, what families can do to promote healthy development as part of that theme, and additional resources. To view these publications, click here.

Women’s Health

"Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic" Now Available
The Interactive Media Laboratory at Dartmouth Medical School, in collaboration with ACOG and CDC, released an updated interactive Web-based program, “Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic.” This online training is designed for health care professionals to enhance their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking. The curriculum teaches a best practice approach for smoking cessation, the five As, and is based on current clinical recommendations from the U.S. Public Health Service and ACOG. The target audiences of the program are physicians, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses, nurse practitioners, certified health educators, other health educators, pharmacists, health professional students and other health professionals that may interact with women of reproductive age. For more information, click here.

Adolescent Health

New Adolescent Health Infrastructure Toolkit from NACCHO
Effective partnerships are developed from clear agreements, a thorough understanding of the work to be done, sufficient capacity to achieve set goals and proper management. This National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) toolkit, developed by the Forum for Youth Investment, guides youth advocates and professionals in building partnerships and leadership councils; aligning and strengthening coalitions, commissions, and intermediaries; and engaging key stakeholders in setting priorities and solving problems. For more information, click here.

Children’s Health

Oral Health Education Guide from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
This series of guides for professionals highlights resources on oral health topics and includes materials and websites on a specific topic. Topics include children with special health care needs, dental home, dental sealants, early childhood caries, fluoridated community water, fluoride varnish, Head Start, health literacy, injury, pregnancy and periodontal health, and school-based and school-linked services. To view the K-12 education guides, click here.

New Healthy Start Teacher’s Guide for Healthy Smiles
Oral Health for Maryland's Kids: A Head Start Teacher's Guide for Creating Healthy Smiles is a curriculum to help Healthy Start teachers instill positive oral health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in children and their families. It also serves as an introduction to good oral health habits for children. Each lesson plan, seven in total, contains learning objectives, background information for teachers, Head Start domains and elements, special instruction, a description of the main lesson plan, a list of materials needed to conduct the lesson, questions to check children’s knowledge and understanding, optional small group supplemental/enrichment activities, and a newsletter for parents. To view the curriculum, click here.