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 Women's and Infant Health Webinars

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health, AMCHP coordinates the Women's Health Information Series. These quarterly webinars showcase promising and evidence-based practices in women’s and perinatal health, highlight federal and national initiatives and resources, and allow discussion of related policy and research. For more information and archives of our previous calls please see the information series archives.

Women's Health Info Series Archives

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2016 Webinars

Understanding the New CDC Contraception Guidelines
Date: Thursday, Aug. 25th, 2016 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST 

WEBINAR RECORDING

Women, men, and couples have more options than ever for safe and effective contraceptive methods to reduce the risk of an unintended pregnancy. With these expanded options comes the need for evidence-based guidance to help health care providers offer quality family planning care to their patients, including choosing the most appropriate contraceptive method for individual circumstances and using that method correctly, consistently, and continuously to maximize effectiveness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) periodically revises its contraceptive guidance for health care providers after review of the scientific evidence and consultation with national experts. The CDC has recently released updated guidelines (available here: U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 and U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016).

Co-presented by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this webinar will help public health and MCH professionals understand the implications of the revised CDC guidelines for state and local health departments in their efforts to improve reproductive health.

Featured speakers: 

  • Katharine Simmons, MD MPH, Guest Researcher, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Andria Cornell, MSPH, Senior Program Manager, Women's Health, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

  • Michelle Eglovitch, MPH, Program Associate, Women's and Infant Health, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

2015 Webinars

Making Room for Moms: Building Lactation Space and Implementing a Model Policy in State Health Departments
Date: Tuesday, July 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted a national webinar highlighting state efforts to implement a model policy to support breastfeeding mothers at work. This webinar  included information and photos on how state health departments developed lactation rooms to support their new moms.

WEBINAR RECORDING: Please note, due to a technical error, slides automatically advance for the first 4 minutes of the broadcast. After that point, the slides follow the presenters. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Making Room for Moms Slides

Vermont Department of Health  Workplace Breastfeeding Support

Tennessee Department of Healt Breastfeeding Activities And Support

Tennessee Breastfeeding Welcomed Here Campaign

Featured speakers:

  • Katie Potestio, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

  • Grisel Rivera, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

  • Ilisa Stalberg and Karen Flynn, Vermont Department of Health

  • Michael Warren and Melissa Blair, Tennessee Department of Health

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for MCH Populations
Date: Tuesday, June 16 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

The CDC Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) has responded to disasters for more than a decade from the Sept. 11 attacks to the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the need for literature and resources to address critical questions regarding the impact of disasters for women of reproductive age, pregnant, and postpartum women became evident. DRH collaborated with local, state, and federal partners to develop a wide array of tools to assess post-disaster reproductive health needs and respond to them. These tools apply to a variety of disasters including natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and preparedness for an anthrax bioterrorism event.

WEBINAR RECORDING

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for MCH Populations Slides

Pulse Special Edition: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Featured speakers:

  • Sascha Ellington, MSPH, CPH, Epidemiologist, Strengthening Emergency Preparedness and Response for Reproductive Health

  • Marianne Zotti, DrPH, MS, FAAN, Consultant, Unique Challenges of Protecting Pregnant and Postpartum Women During an Anthrax Incident

  • Mary Ellen Simpson, R.N., Ph.D., Instructor of Community Health, Implementing the RHAD Toolkit to Improve MCH Services

 

A Primer on Maternal Levels of Care for MCH Programs 
Date: Thursday, April 16 from 1 – 2:30 pm ET

During this webinar, national experts provided an overview of the recently released Obstetric Care Consensus document, jointly developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, including a discussion of the history and need for uniform designations as a part of the effort to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States, the proposed classification system for levels of maternal care,  and recommendations to enable their implementation. Following the presentation, national experts engaged in discussion with MCH program leaders, staff, and partners on the alignment of maternal levels of care with perinatal regionalization efforts, and learned from participants about implementation opportunities and barriers.

WEBINAR RECORDING

Click on the following links for the slide decks presented by Wanda Barfield, Kate Menard, and Sarah Kilpatrick.

Featured speakers:

  • Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service – Director, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH - UpJohn Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Vice Chair for Obstetrics and Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Co-Director of the Center of Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine

  • Sarah Kilpatrick, MD, PhD - Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Dean of Faculty Development at Cedars-Sinai

 Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM: Maternal Health) 
Date: Wednesday, April 1 from 1 – 2:30 pm ET

On Wednesday, April 1 from 1-2:30 pm ET, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM: Maternal Health), a partnership between the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care (via the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, hosted a special webinar for state and territory MCH programs. During this webinar, AIM: Maternal Health core partners described the goals, approach, and plan of the initiative to eliminate 1,000 maternal deaths and 100,000 cases of severe maternal morbidity nationally over the next 4 years. This was a special opportunity for MCH programs to learn how they can participate in the initiative on multiple levels in their own effort to build capacity to implement statewide maternal safety initiatives. The United States now ranks 64th in the world for maternal mortality.  The CDC reports that severe maternal morbidities (major birth complications) have risen 50% in the last decade.  The proportion of women having a Cesarean birth in their first pregnancy has also increased from 21% to 33% in the same time period.  A cesarean in the first birth will lead to cesareans for all future births in over 90% of American women.  In addition, our system of preparation for pregnancy and interconception care is badly fragmented. AIM: Maternal Health will address these major challenges in U.S. maternity care and support national efforts by the Maternal Child Health Bureau and other organizations to improve maternal outcomes. AIM will partner with states, individual hospitals, and major hospital systems to implement maternity safety practices (bundles) in all hospitals for the 3 most preventable causes of maternal death: Hemorrhage, Severe Hypertension, and Venous Thromboembolism (Blood clots/pulmonary embolism). Additional maternal safety bundles focus on safely reducing first-birth low-risk Cesarean deliveries and improving postpartum care as the first step towards interconception care. These represent best practices for maternity care supported by national organizations representing multiple disciplines.

WEBINAR MATERIALS

For questions about AIM: Maternal Health, please contact Kisha Semenuk, Program Manager, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, at ksemenuk@acog.org

 

Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Part II: Defining the Challenge and Connecting the Partners
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 1-2:30 pm ET

In partnership with the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, we present this webinar to focus attention on the impact of obesity on the health of young women and any future children they may wish to have as well as to share ideas and strategies for addressing this public health crisis among MCH and chronic disease partners.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: a) describe evidence-based guidelines in managing overweight and obesity in women and men of reproductive age; b) describe the cultural, ethical and social issues related to weight loss; c) describe several innovative MCH approaches to healthy weight; and d) describe a host of resources that are available on healthy weight and nutrition.

WEBINAR RECORDING

Obesity Overweight and Preconception Health Part II Slide Deck

Obesity Prevention Resources

Featured Speakers:
  • Barbara Millen, DrPH, RD, National Obesity Expert Panel

  • Julie Metos, PhD, RD, Division of Nutrition and Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah

  • Kiko Malin, MSW, MPH, Alameda County Public Health Department

  • Adeline Yerkes, BSN, MPH, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Obesity/Overweight and Preconception Health Part I: Defining the Challenge and Connecting the Partners
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1-2:30 pm ET

In partnership with the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, we present this webinar to focus attention on the impact of obesity on the health of young women and any future children they may wish to have as well as to share ideas and strategies for addressing this public health crisis among MCH and chronic disease partners.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: a) Describe the prevalence, population and trends in obesity and related chronic conditions in the U.S. among women of childbearing age, b) Discuss the clinical impact of overweight and obesity on women's health, pregnancy and infant health, c) Describe the MCH perspective and opportunities for addressing overweight and obesity, and d) Discuss new approaches to chronic disease prevention and management.

WEBINAR RECORDING

Obesity Overweight and Preconception Health Part I Slide Deck

Featured Speakers:
  • Shin Kim, MPH, CDC Division of Reproductive Health, NCCDPHP

  • Anne Dunlop, MD, MPH, Emory University, School of Nursing

  • Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, National Preconception Health & Health Care Initiative

  • Jean Alongri, DrPH, MPH, National Association of Chronic Disease

 

Staff Contact

Megan Phillippi 
Program Analyst, Women's & Infant Health
x115, (202) 775-9085