January 2012 
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
NACCHO Annual 2012: Call for Session Proposals Extended
Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation
Webinar: Working with Schools to Meet Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents
Webinar: Gender Sensitive Medical Care for Transgender Adolescents
Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: Virtual Clinic
Public Health Associate Program
New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO Dispatch
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National Birth Defects Prevention Month
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. This year's theme is "And the Beat Goes On... Looking to the Future for Healthy Hearts," which focuses on congenital heart defects. Visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network's website to learn more, and to explore resources and tools related to the prevention and treatment of congenital heart defects.
 
NACCHO Annual 2012: Call for Session Proposals Extended
The theme for
NACCHO Annual 2012 will be, "Navigating the Currents: Positioning Local Health Departments for the Future." The deadline to submit a session proposal has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 24. Session tracks are: 
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Control - Funding Prevention vs. Treatment
  • Policy, System, Environment, and Organizational Change
  • Making the Case for Local Health Departments with Limited Resources
  • Transforming and Supporting the Local Public Health Workforce
  • Building a Disaster Resilient Community:  Sustainable Approaches to Planning, Response, and Recovery for Public Health Emergencies
  • Public Health Research
Additional session track descriptions and learning objectives can be found at NA12 Session Track Descriptions. Please visit NA12 Call for Sharing Session Proposals for details on submitting a proposal for consideration.

Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation
"Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation" is a resource designed to promote alternatives to traditional breakfast service models provided by educators, school professionals, and other community leaders. Among other options, this guide suggests the importance of providing breakfast in the classroom, in addition to "grab n' go" and "second-chance" breakfast options. Information is also presented about the benefits of school breakfast, innovative solutions to increase school breakfast participation, hands-on tools for advocates, and success stories from communities across the nation. 

Webinar: Working with Schools to Meet Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Advocates for Youth present this webinar, Working with Schools to Implement Evidence-Based Programs and Identifying Opportunities to Better Meet the Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents. The purpose of the webinar is to increase understanding of how the education system works, discuss strategies for building positive relationships with key stakeholders in schools, and provide tips for implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in schools. The webinar will be held Jan. 19 at 1:30 PM EST.  

Webinar: Gender Sensitive Medical Care for Transgender Adolescents 

The Center for Strengthening Youth Prevention Paradigms (SYPP Center) is putting on this webinar, which is focused on the health of transgender youth. The webinar, to be held Jan. 19 from 2-3 PM EST, is targeting professionals who serve transgender youth who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the medical issues that these youth face. Register online. 

Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: Virtual Clinic 

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), along with other partners including the CDC, has developed a website to serve as a virtual clinic to promote smoking cessation among women who are pregnant and/or are in their reproductive years. This website contains resources and information for the target audience, while providing a unique forum for interaction.  

Public Health Associate Program  

The CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is looking for prospective associates and host sites for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). PHAP is a competitive, two-year, paid CDC fellowship for recent baccalaureate college graduates (BA/BS) who wish to begin a career in public health. A PHAP associate is assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and works alongside local public health professionals. Benefits for host sites include access to CDC expertise and resources, participation in CDC trainings, as well as the placement of the associate, who is CDC-funded. Find out more about this opportunity.

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 MCAH-related conferences and trainings, visit NACCHO's event calendar.

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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/.