May 2013  
     
NACCHO MCAH Newsletter
News, Resources, Updates, and Events for Local Health Departments
In This Issue
2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest
National Women's Health Week
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
Preeclampsia Awareness Month
Safe Kids Day 2013
Legacy 2013 Youth Leadership Institute
Funding Opportunity: Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders
Funding Opportunity: Street Outreach Program
Resource: Adolescent Mental Health
Resource: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care
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2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest 
NACCHO is formally supporting the 2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest, which kicked off on May 12, 2013. Through October 21, 2013, states will compete against one another to enroll the most text4baby users. Winners will be announced in early November in conjunction with the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. NACCHO is pleased to be a partner in the text4baby initiative and is encouraging local health departments and their partners to promote the service to the families they serve. For more information on text4baby, click here.
National Women's Health Week 
This week, May 12-18, 2013, is National Women's Health Week (NWHW). Local health departments can recognize this week by hosting a health fair, publishing women's health information in newsletters or on websites, and partnering with healthcare providers to offer women free or low-cost health services.  Read HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' news release on this important week and visit NACCHO's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Toolkit for downloadable resources.  

Any women's health event that occurs during the month of May is eligible for inclusion in the NWHW online Activity Registry. Organizations that add their events to the online registry will be considered NWHW partners and may access free online promotion and educational materials to support their efforts. Click here to learn more. 
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month 
Sponsored by HHS, OAH, ACF, and CDC, National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) is observed in states and communities to promote and support effective teen pregnancy prevention initiatives. The NTPPM activities implemented in your community can make a significant difference in the lives of teens and their families and can also inspire ideas for more inclusive and multi-disciplinary initiatives in the future. Click here to learn more. 
Preeclampsia Awareness Month 
Thousands of women and babies die or get very sick each year from preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This month, the Preeclampsia Foundation is bringing attention to this dangerous condition. Click here for facts and resources. 

Safe Kids Day 2013 


May 18, 2013
is Safe Kids Day, a time to raise awareness and funds to protect kids from injury. Sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide, the Day will be celebrated in more than 100 communities across the country with events focused on celebrating kids and helping people learn simple things they can do to protect kids everywhere. For example, by hosting a "Lookout Cookout" you can gather your community and share information and resources for preventing child injury. For more resources and ideas for celebrating Safe Kids Day, click here.

Legacy 2013 Youth Leadership Institute


Legacy is accepting applications through May 17, 2013 for the Youth Leadership Institute training to be held this July in Washington, DC.  Teams of one adult and up to two youth involved in community-based tobacco control work in your state may apply.  Legacy will cover travel, lodging and most meals.  Visit the Legacy site for more information. 

Funding Opportunity: Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders


CDC will fund 10 communities to increase accurate information on social media and educate WIC staff about vaccine recommendation and best practices. These activities will in the long term reduce barriers and lead to the reduction of morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases. The application deadline is June 5, 2013. Click here to learn more. 

Funding Opportunity: Street Outreach Program


HHS will fund 56 communities to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. The application deadline is June 28, 2013. Click here to learn more. 
Resource: Adolescent Mental Health
Approximately 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder. The Office of Adolescent Health outlines direct-service resources and links to more information about adolescent mental health disorders and adolescents' access to mental health services. Click here to view the resources.
Resource: National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care 
Last month, HHS released enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care - a blueprint to help organizations improve health care quality in serving our nation's diverse communities. The enhanced standards, developed by the HHS Office of Minority Health, are a comprehensive update of the 2000 National CLAS Standards and include the expertise of federal and non-federal partners nationwide, to ensure an even stronger platform for health equity. Click here to read the Standards.