October 2011
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
MCAH Toolbox: A Healthy Baby Begins with You
Model Practice Submissions Now Open!
Save Babies through Screening Foundation Website
The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Strategies for Health Plans (Webinar)
Text4baby Encourages Moms to Get the Flu Shot
ACHIEVE Request for Applications
New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO Dispatch
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MCAH Toolbox:
A Healthy Baby Begins with You

"A Healthy Baby Begins with You" is a national campaign to raise awareness about infant mortality, especially within the African-American community. This campaign, which offers an online media kit, supports local health departments in their efforts to address health inequities among populations disproportionately affected by poor birth outcomes.

Model Practice Submissions Now Open!

NACCHO is now accepting model practice applications, through Nov. 11. Is your LHD doing something innovative in the field of maternal, child, and adolescent health? If so, consider submitting an application to NACCHO's Model Practice program. This program has honored innovative LHD programs since 2003. If you have any questions concerning the Model Practice program, please e-mail the NACCHO membership team. For more information, visit NACCHO's website. 

Save Babies through Screening Foundation Website

The Save Babies through Screening Foundation strives to improve the lives of children and their families, by working to prevent disabilities and death resulting from disorders detectable through newborn screening tests. Their website includes information and resources for parents, health care professionals, and policymakers to increase awareness of the benefits of newborn screening. Visit their website to learn more.

The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Strategies for Health Plans (Webinar)

Join the National Institute for Health Care Management on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 1-2:30 PM EDT for this webinar on the business case for breastfeeding. The focus of the webinar will be on the economic benefits of breastfeeding
for employers. Learn more and register for the webinar online.

Text4baby Encourages Moms to Get the Flu Shot

Text4baby will be launching a new feature to their program to encourage moms to get flu shots. Educational messages about the flu shot and an option for flu shot appointment reminders are part of this new feature. A pilot program will be launched in five states on Oct. 25. The service will be offered nationally to all active subscribers starting Oct. 27. Stay tuned for updates about this exciting addition!

ACHIEVE Request for Applications
NACCHO announces a request for applications for ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE). Local health departments are invited to apply to become an ACHIEVE community. Three new communities (mentees) and three current ACHIEVE communities (mentors) will be selected. Both potential applicants must submit a joint application. For more information about ACHIEVE and to apply, please visit the ACHIEVE website. 

New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage

You may have noticed that your biweekly email updates have disappeared. All of the information you used to receive by email is now available online, and much more! NACCHO recently reorganized the Maternal and Child Health, Adolescent Health, and Birth Defects Prevention webpages into one easy-to-navigate Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health webpage. Check us out online for the latest news, resources, events, and funding opportunities available to LHDs. These subject areas will be updated weekly, so be sure to check back frequently to get the latest information. If you have any comments or questions about the new project pages, or if you have you any news or resources to contribute, please email mch@naccho.org

NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit offers downloadable tools and resources for local health departments. This toolkit aims to connect local health departments with publications, tools, and other resources related to maternal, child, and adolescent health. NACCHO welcomes any tools or resources you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a tool to the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit, contact mch@naccho.org.

Conferences and Trainings

For information on upcoming MCH-related conferences and trainings, visit NACCHO's event calendar.

Excerpts from NACCHO Public Health Dispatch

MCH- Related Tools and Resources

 

DispatchThis monthly newsletter is sent to all active NACCHO members and contains brief updates, events, resources, job postings, funding opportunities, member highlights, and other information of relevance to LHDs. For downloads of past issues and other NACCHO publications, visit http://www.naccho.org/publications/journals/.