Zika Topic of the Week
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will release weekly topics related to Zika prevention. This week's topic is mosquito control. Learn what steps families should take in order to prevent Zika at home. The CDC has also developed a series of Zika-related communications toolkits in multiple languages.
Local MCH Response to Zika
City MatCH facilitated a learning network call that focused on how health departments are preventing and mitigating the effects of Zika, how they are communicating about Zika and how they are using data to achieve impact. To access the recording, click here. Additional resources related to this call are also available.
General & Maternal Child Health
U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016
The United States Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) includes evidence-based recommendations for using specific contraceptive methods by women and men who have certain characteristics or medical conditions. The 2016 U.S. MEC updates the 2010 U.S. MEC with new guidance including recommendations for women with cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis, and women using certain psychotropic drugs; revisions to the recommendations for emergency contraception; and revisions for postpartum women. To access the resource, click here.
U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016
The United States Selected Practice Recommendations (SPR) provides evidence-based recommendations for common, but sometimes complex, questions regarding initiation and use of specific contraceptives. The 2016 U.S. SPR updates the previous 2013 SPR with new guidance including recommendations for the use of medications to ease insertion of intrauterine devices and revised recommendations for starting regular contraception after the use of emergency contraception pills. To access the resource, click here.
Health Reform Implementation in Maternal and Child Health
New Reports Shed Light on Family Engagement in Title V
Families play an increasingly important role in helping to improve maternal and child health programs to serve low-income families and children with special needs, according to new reports by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs.
AMCHP conducted a nationwide survey of family engagement policies and practices in Title V maternal and child health programs and programs for children and youth with special health care needs. The survey report and companion case studies – produced with the support of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health and the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau – spotlight effective practices and areas for improvement.
Among the findings: Almost all MCH and CYSHCN survey respondents said they seek family input, but many struggle with the nuts and bolts of meaningfully employing, compensating and engaging families.
The report, Sustaining and Diversifying Family Engagement in Title V MCH and CYSHCN Programs, is published as a series of briefs that detail the results in specific areas: Creating a Culture of Family Engagement; Levels of Family Engagement; Roles of Family Staff or Consultants; Family Members Employed as Staff; Sustaining and Diversifying Family Engagement; and Evaluating Family Engagement. The case studies provide examples of engaging families and diverse populations in five states.
Women's & Infant Health
Expansion of PRAMS and Release of New Data
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Safe Motherhood and Infant Health Initiative. It was developed to reduce infant morbidity and mortality by providing data that was not available on pregnancy and the first few months after birth. PRAM's data is used to identify groups of women and infants at high risk for health problems, provide information for state health officials to improve the health of mothers and infants, allow states and the CDC to monitor changes in maternal and child health indicators, and address emerging issues of particular concern to pregnant women. As of May 2016, PRAMS was funded in 51 sites and covered 83 percent of all live births in the United States. To request data from the most recent year available (2013), click here.