February 2012 
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
Strong Start: Increasing Healthy Deliveries and Reducing Preterm Births
Invitation to Participate in a Local Health Department Review of the MCH Navigator
Call for Abstracts: Preconception Health and Health Care Resource
LHD Video Success Stories: Preventing and Addressing Birth Defects, Disabilities, and Blood Disorders
Vaccine Flyer for Preteens: Now Available in Spanish
Webinar: An Introduction to Teen Dating Violence
The Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce
New! NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Webpage
NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit
NACCHO Dispatch
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Strong Start: Increasing Healthy Deliveries and Reducing Preterm Births

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the Strong Start initiative to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and expectant mothers. This initiative includes two strategies: building a public-private partnership to reduce early elective deliveries and providing a funding opportunity for testing new approaches to prenatal care. A webinar will be held today, Feb. 15, 2012 at 3 PM EST, that will provide an overview of the funding opportunity and application process. Register for the webinar here

Invitation to Participate in a Local Health Department Review of the MCH Navigator

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau is interested in soliciting feedback from local health departments on the strengths and limitations of the MCH Navigator, an MCH online learning portal. Additional vetting processes are being implemented to assess whether the content and presentation of learning opportunities meet the needs of MCH professionals and practice. Your time, expertise and leadership as local public health professionals are very important to the quality of this learning tool for the field of MCH. For more information about this opportunity and to express your interest in evaluating the MCH Navigator, click here.

Call for Abstracts: Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center
The
Preconception Health and Health Care Resource Center will provide a centralized location for tools and resources LHDs, state health departments, and health professionals can use to advance the health of men and women of reproductive age and protect the health of future children and families. The resource center will be strategically organized to help users increase their awareness and knowledge of preconception health and healthcare resources, identify best practices and strategies for advancing preconception health, promote preconception health activities, and prevent risk factors that might affect future pregnancies. This first wave of abstract solicitation ends Feb. 20, 2012Please submit all abstracts and questions to phhcresourcecenter@gmail.com.
LHD Video Success Stories: Preventing and Addressing Birth Defects, Disabilities, and Blood Disorders
In partnership with the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), NACCHO selected Cleveland County Health Department, Coconino County Public Health Services District, Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County, and Schenectady County Public Health Services to create
video media projects highlighting their agencies' successes in preventing birth defects and developmental disabilities. This project was conducted as a part of NCBDDD's 10 Years of Service activities and to demonstrate how CDC's research and science help advance positive health outcomes at the local level.  

Vaccine Flyer for Preteens: Now Available in Spanish

The California Department of Public Health developed this flyer, which provides information about vaccines for preteens in Spanish. Vaccines highlighted include Tdap, HPV, influenza, meningitis, and varicella (chicken pox). Access the flyer here.

Webinar: An Introduction to Teen Dating Violence

Break the Cycle is hosting a webinar "Know More, Say More: An Introduction to Teen Dating Violence" on Feb. 23, 2012 at 1 PM EST. This webinar is intended for anyone interested in learning more about the issue of teen dating violence, and will include an introduction to this important topic, including what dating violence is and how it can impact a teen's health, safety, and academics. 

The Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce

The Roots of Health Inequity is an online learning collaborative and web-based course designed for the public health workforce. The site offers a starting place for those who want to address systemic differences in health and wellness that are actionable, unfair, and unjust. Based on a social justice framework, the course is an introduction to ground public health practitioners in concepts and strategies for taking action in everyday practice. For more information, including guidance documents about how your organization can use the course, please contact rootsofhealthinequity@naccho.org.

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/.