The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted for public comment its draft Research Plan on screening for iron deficiency anemia in childhood and pregnancy. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public commen through May 8, 2013. To review the draft Research Plan and submit comments, please visit the US Preventive Services Task Force website.
A recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology has found that text message reminders are not very effective for encouraging pregnant women to obtain influenza vaccinations. Despite the texted reminders, only about 30% of women in the study obtained a flu vaccination, although 90% of women indicated that they enjoyed receiving the health-related reminders, and 70% said their prenatal care was more satisfying because of the text messages.
A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry has found that one in every seven women have significant postpartum depressive symptoms, underscoring the importance of prenatal as well as postpartum screening. Of the women who screened positive for depression, 19% thought of harming themselves, 30% had depression onset prior to pregnancy, 30% during pregnancy, and 40% had a postpartum onset of depression. To view the full study, visit http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1666651.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is looking for people to provide feedback on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) preconception health and health care website. The purpose is to determine how easy it is to find information on the website and how the website can be made easier to use. Volunteers are needed between February 12-15, 2013 and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate, please fill out this quick survey:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners will present a webinar, "Effective Strategies for Promoting Preconception Health," focused on improving the health of women of childbearing age, specifically through research and practice. Presenters include Dr. Sarah Verbiest, CDC Senior Advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. The webinar will take place on January 30, 2013 from 1-2 pm EST. To register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/113504336
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is offering a webinar, "Opportunities and Strategies for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform," on Tuesday, January 8 at 2 pm EST. The webinar will briefly describe preconception health and its importance on improving birth outcomes, as well as provide an overview of coverage for women's health while highlighting health reform.
The CityMatCH Annual Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Conference opened on September 10, 2005 in Fort Worth (TX) amid aftershocks from Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history. Conference organizers debated whether to cancel or postpone the conference, and in the end concluded there was no better time than the present to come together to share, learn, work, and heal. Some modifications were made to the Conference to reflect the gravity of the hurricane.
Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) is a comprehensive approach to help communities use data to reduce infant mortality. Designed for use in US cities with high infant mortality rates, PPOR brings community stakeholders together to build consensus and partnership based on local data.