Adverse Outcomes of Pregnancies Affected by Zika
Starting on June 16, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting poor outcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infections for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Specifically, the CDC will report outcomes that fall into two groups: live-born infants with birth defects and pregnancy losses with birth defects. To view this resource, click here.
Zika: CDC Interim Response Plan
This resource explains the Centers for Disease Control's response plan for the first locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection in the continental United States and Hawaii. The response activities outlined in the plan are based on currently available knowledge about Zika virus and its transmission, as well as response activities that would occur after locally acquired Zika virus transmission has been identified. For more information, click here.
Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities released a new resource that outlines recent advances in knowledge and practice skills that public health professionals need to include people with disabilities in core public health functions: assessment, policy development and assurance. Strategies, examples and e-learning resources are available on how to implement the competencies in the daily work of public health professionals as well as embed them into existing public health curricula and training. To access this tool, click here.
General & Maternal Child Health
Roots of Health Inequity
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is offering a free online learning collaboration open to any professional interested in addressing the root causes of health inequity. This resource offers knowledge to address systemic differences in health and wellness that are actionable, unfair and unjust. It also includes case studies, readings, presentations and options for completing the course within an interactive group. For more information, click here.
Men's Health Month
In observance of Men's Health Month in June, the Centers for Disease Control's Division of Reproductive Health and the Office of Population Affairs released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Male Attendance at Title X Family Planning Clinics — United States, 2003-2014. The report analyzes data from the 2003-2014 Family Planning Annual Reports to examine men's use of services at Title X Family Planning Program sites and characteristics of male family planning users. The report underscores the importance of a client-centered, male-focused approach in health care settings to meet reproductive health care needs and a broader range of preventative services for males. To access the resource, click here.
Paternity Leave Helps Everyone
The United States is one of the few advanced nations with no dedicated leave for fathers. In observance of Father's Day, Richard Reeves from the Brookings Institution argues that provision of paternity leave is the first step toward overcoming gender inequality in the workplace and home. To access the resource, click here.
Health Policy in Maternal Child Health
Putting Evidence to Work in State Health Policymaking: Home-Visiting Programs
The National Conference of State Legislatures blog series, Putting Evidence to Work, is designed provide information for state policymakers looking for ways to invest in programs that have documented evidence of their effectiveness. The series also provides state policymakers with information to determine the cost effectiveness of different programs, through return on investment analysis. To access this resource, click here.
Putting Evidence to Work in State Decision Making for Health: Teen Pregnancy Prevention
This installment of the National Conference of State Legislatures blog series discusses methods for teen pregnancy prevention, including policy informed by scientific evidence, that might be a factor behind recent reductions in teen pregnancy rates and that can help to narrow the disparities in teen births between groups. To access the resource, click here.
Child & Adolescent Health
The Young Child Risk Calculator
The National Center for Children in Poverty has updated its interactive tool to show users how many children under age nine in each state are experiencing serious risks to their development. The tool allows users to select from five age groups, as well as three economic groups and seven other risk factors known to affect children's development. To access the resource, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
First National Consumer Preconception Health Resource and Social Campaign
The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative launched a new resource center that serves as a clinically-reviewed hub for overall health improvement. The resource features one-click, easily-sharable facts and multimedia that encourage positive daily choices before pregnancy. The site highlights physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health topics, as well as tools to help young adults take strides to achieve educational, financial, family and life goals. To access the resource, click here.
HIV Prevention Toolkit
The Office of Women's Health (OWH) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy recognize that gender-related issues are a key driver of this epidemic among women and girls. OWH developed the HIV Prevention Toolkit: A Gender-Responsive Approach. The toolkit is designed for health departments, clinical staff, academics, program planners, managers and community providers who are involved in HIV prevention programs for women and adolescent girls. For more information on the toolkit, click here.