Issue 169

CDC Webinar: Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP)

Published Date: 
Wed, 2014-03-26

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funds statewide Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) in California, New York, and Ohio and worked with these networks to sponsor a series of Webinars from October 2012 through August 2013. The series has been extended through 2014 due to popular demand.

As part of a PQC webinar series the CDC will host a webcast Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST to discuss Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP).

2014 MCH Epi Awards: Nominate Your Peers Today!

Published Date: 
Tue, 2014-03-25

Nominate your peers for the 2014 MCH Epidemiology Awards, by April 15. Awards will be presented at the 2014 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference in September.

Seven categories of awards are sponsored by the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology:

Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination

Published Date: 
Tue, 2014-03-25

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates. HPV vaccination has failed to keep pace with recommendations despite the fact that the available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing devastating cancers and other HPV-related illnesses.

Nominate a Colleague for an APHA Award

Published Date: 
Tue, 2014-03-25

The American Public Health Association is accepting nominations for its Awards Program, from now until April 25, 2014. Nominate a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication, and contributions in the field of public health. Awards are to be presented at the 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 15 – 19, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Learn more about the awards.

Funding Opportunity: Healthy Community Design Initiative

Published Date: 
Mon, 2014-03-24

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative is awarding funds to, "increase the capacity of public health departments to include health considerations in transportation and land use planning decisions, and to expand the scope of health impacts considered when making decisions that impact community design." Total project funding over a period of three years is approximately $2.6 million.

MCH Library Releases ASD Knowledge Path

Published Date: 
Mon, 2014-03-24

Just in time for Autism Awareness Month in April, the MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path and set of resource briefs about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about ASD; to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment, and care; for program development; and to locate information to answer specific questions.

Revamped WIC Program Provides Greater Access to Healthy Foods

Published Date: 
Thu, 2014-03-13

Educate families in your communities on the recent changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). For the first time since 1980, the Department of Agriculture announced comprehensive revisions to the federal food assistance program for low-income women and young children. The revamped program gives recipients greater access to vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

Study: Effects of Healthy Diet on Risk of Preterm Delivery

Published Date: 
Thu, 2014-03-13

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health conducted a study to determine the effects of a healthy diet, during pregnancy, on the risk of preterm delivery. Participants indicated what they had been eating and drinking, through a questionnaire, since becoming pregnant. Results indicated that women with the 'healthiest' diets had a roughly 15% lower risk of preterm delivery compared to those with the most 'unhealthy' diets.

Dialogue4Health Conversation with Mary Pittman and David Lawrence

Published Date: 
Thu, 2014-03-13

Join the Public Health Institute's (PHI) Dialogue4Health conversation, with PHI President and CEO Mary Pittman, DrPH, and former CEO of Kaiser PErmanente David Lawrence, MD, MPH. The webinar is Wednesday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. PST.

Spread the Word: Deadline to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage is Approaching

Published Date: 
Mon, 2014-03-10

You don't need to be an enrollment expert to educate your community members about the importance of health insurance and how to get covered. With the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage for 2014 approaching, CityMatCH encourages all providers and health professionals to educate their communities about the importance of health coverage and new options available through www.healthcare.gov.

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