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The Winnable Battles Initiative: Strategies and Opportunities to Improve Health

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a new report, "The Winnable Battles Initiative: Strategies and Opportunities to Improve Health," which addresses some of the efforts that have been made in the health areas designated in the Winnable Battles Initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC's Winnable Battles include Nutrition, Physical Activity, Obesity and Food Safety; Healthcare-Associated Infections; HIV; Motor Vehicle Injuries; Teen Pregnancy; and Tobacco.

U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: State Trends by Age, Race, and Ethnicity

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new report published by the Guttmacher Institute includes population counts and trends for each U.S. state's adolescent pregnancy and abortion rates for 1988-2008, as well as trends in birth rates for 1988-2010. The report found that between 1988 and 2000, and again between 2000 and 2005, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state. However, between 2005 and 2008, the rate decreased fiver percent or more in seven states, while increasing by five percent or more in 16 states.

Webinar: Health Communication Series: Applying Health Literate Communications

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

The California Pacific Public Health Training Center is offering a free webinar, "Health Communication Matters! Applying Health Literate Communications- Examples from a Nasty Flu Season, on March 27, 2013 at 2 pm EST. The presentation will provide tips and resources where public health professionals can make a difference in increasing the success of their communication efforts.

C-Section Delivery Rates Vary Widely Across Nation

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new study published in the journal Health Affairs has found that the overall rates of C-sections vary from seven to seventy percent in the nation's hospitals. Researchers also found a wide variation in C-section deliveries even among women with lower-risk pregnancies, where rates varied from 2.4 to 36.5 percent. The study recommends better coordination among providers of maternity care to reduce the need for C-sections and better data collection on the procedure.

Infographic: Birth Settings in the United States

Published Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-08

A new infographic by the Institute of Medicine gives percentages for the use of alternative birth settings in the United States. While hospitals are the most common choice, many women choose to have their babies outside of traditional hospital settings. To access the infographic, please visit the IOM website.

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