September 2006: Models for Prematurity Reduction through Preconception Education
Representatives from the March of Dimes’ national office and Maryland and Texas MOD chapters discuss their efforts to reduce preterm births by disseminating preconceptual risk-reduction messages to women and their care providers. Speakers share specific model strategies and materials for integrating these messages into community-based programs. Resources:
July 2006: MCH Partnerships to Prevent Smoking among Women
Representatives from AMCHP, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Iowa Department of Public Health discuss their participation in a 3-year, CDC-funded initiative to develop sustainable partnerships to reduce smoking among women of reproductive age. Highlights include the formation of the national partnership, development of a Tobacco Action Learning Lab for 10 states, challenges and accomplishments of the national and state level partnerships, and lessons learned.Resources:
May 2006: Innovative Strategies to Promote Folic Acid
Adriane Griffen, President of the National Council on Folic Acid , and representatives from the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and Florida Folic Acid Coalition will share innovative strategies to promote the use of folic acid to improve birth outcomes.
March 2006: Preconception Care – Evidence and Recommendations for Action
The CDC defines preconception care as a set of interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behaviora, and social risks to a woman’s health or pregnancy outcome through prevention and management, emphasizing those factors which must be acted on before conception or early in pregnancy to have maximal impact. Hani Atrash of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities will discuss the evidence supporting preconception care and the forthcoming recommendations from the CDC’s Select Panel on Preconception Care.
January 2006: Bullying - The Tip of the Iceberg
The number of young adolescents in the U.S. who report having been involved in bullying has increased to about 30%. Bullies are four times more likely to have convictions than their peers, and bullying impacts children’s learning, health and safety. Learn about the Children’s Safety Network and HRSA/MCHB bullying campaign and actions states can take to promote injury and violence prevention.
January 2006: Child Public Health and Child Health Care
Dr. Edward Schor of the Commonwealth Fund
will presents on promoting partnerships between public health and pediatrics to promote good quality preventive child health care among community public health and child health care professionals.