Special Update, March 1, 2012 
Preconception Health and Health Care Update


This is a bi-monthly communication for individuals interested in improving the health of women and infants through preconception health and health care. We welcome your readership and contributions.

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Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center Abstract Deadline Extended to March 21 


A new Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center will provide a central location for information and tools useful to state and local health departments, health professionals, and researchers.  The Resource Center will help users identify best practices for advancing and promoting preconception health.

For this to succeed, we need your input. Does your health department have an exemplary policy or program related to preconception health?  If yes, please share it! 

It is easy to submit an abstract.  We are confident you have small amount of time required to prepare an abstract.  Just do it!

The deadline for abstract solicitation has been extended to March 21, 2012.  Click here to download a PDF version of the abstract solicitation.

Journal of Pregnancy: Call for papers on Preconception Risk and Care 
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Authors are invited to submit original research articles, as well as review articles, related to preconception risk factors and preconcpetion care.  The call for papers can be found at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jp/osi/

Topics include: epidemiological studies; the role of public policy; the ethical, legal, social, and psychological aspects of preconception care; motivating couples and professionals to give attention to preconception health and health care; and emerging approches to integration of preconception care into primary care and clinical settings. 
Manuscripts are due: July 20, 2012.

The lead guest editor is Dr. Leo P. ten Kate, Department of Clinical Genetics, VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands. Guest editors are: Kay A. Johnson, Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School; and Zulfigar A Bhutta, Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan Univeristy, Pakistan.
Strong Start Initiative - Deadline March 21 for LOI

As one of the two key components of the Strong Start initiative, the CMS, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CCMI), released a funding oportunity announcement to test and evaluate three approaches: group prenatal care, comprehensive prenatal care facilitated by teams, and enhanced prenatal care including psychosocial support, education, and health promotion.


Important Deadlines 
  • Letter of Intent: March 21, 2012, by 5:00 pm EST
  • Applications are due: June 13, 2012, by 5:00 pm EST
  • Anticipated Award Date: September 10, 2012
Follow this link to the federal website for more information http://www.innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/strong-start/

To download a Strong Start factsheet, click here.


The intent of this grant component of the initiative is to test prenatal care models and develop innovations that improve care, improve health, and lower costs for Medicaid beneficiaries who are pregnant and at-risk for preterm births.
Eligible grant applicants must have the capacity to serve at least 500 pregnant Medicaid beneficiareies considered at-risk for a preterm birth each year.  Categories of applicants include:
  • Providers of obstetric care
  • State Medicaid agencies
  • Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs)
  • Conveners in partnership (e.g., states, provider associations, other health services related organizations).
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