Educational Materials for Patients

Available Resources
This fact sheet offers suggestions on how to reduce your exposure to chemicals, especially if you work in a nail salon. These ideas can help you protect your health, your pregnancy and your job.
Bonus clip from HBO and the Institute of Medicine's collaborative video, The Weight of the Nation. This video excerpt is tailored for the maternal, child and adolescent health population and is about 30 minutes long.
Keywords: preconception weight; pregnancy weight; gestational diabetes; postpartum risks; breastfeeding; early childhood; risk factors; weight; obesity
March of Dimes preconception resources with information about preconception risk reduction, resources for patients and continuing education.
Keywords: MOD; healthy babies; women of reproductive age
Frequently asked questions about birth control methods from Includes descriptions of various types of birth control.
Keywords: contraception; birth control; condoms; reproductive health; STDs; prevent pregnancy; family planning
Easy Meals and Snacks: A Healthy Cookbook for Teens contains meal-planning tips, healthy recipes and fitness tips to encourage adolescents to make more nutritious food choices through simple food preparation for themselves and their families. Available in English and Spanish and in web-friendly and printable formats.
Keywords: healthy eating; teens; food; preparation; recipes; cookbook; fit tips; fitness tips; weight
Brochure about preventing and planning for pregnancy and tips for how women of childbearing age can take care of themselves. Lists resources and clinics in the city of San Francisco
Keywords: pregnancy, planning, preconception, healthy, baby, smoking, folic acid, alcohol, drugs, dental care, violence, Family PACT
FREE folic acid pamphlets and posters provided by the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. Available in English and in Spanish
Keywords: folic acid; cereal; supplement; brochures; CDPH; MCAH; State
The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) has provided materials that can be used on your Web site as well as promoted to the media.
Keywords: folic acid; campaign; folic acid week; radio; media; news
Free, electronic materials available for download. English and Spanish resources are available.
Keywords: wallet cards; business cards; bookmarks; EVERY DAY mnemonic; preconception health tips; reminder
Learn more about recent changes to preventive health requirements for new health plans and how they affect women.
The South Los Angeles Health Projects/Los Angeles BioMed Women Infants and Children Program composed a reproductive life plan to help women periodically consider their life goals, to make plans to have a healthy interbirth interval, to make plans to stay healthy and to discuss their life plans with their partners. The plan is available in English and Spanish.
Keywords: reproductive life plan, parents, women with children, after a baby, interbirth interval, interpregnancy interval
Information about foods that are safe to eat in pregnancy and safe food handling practices from the March of Dimes.
Keywords: what to eat in pregnancy; what to avoid; prenatal food safety;
Frequently asked questions about Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Keywords: chemicals; safety; toxic materials; healthy environment
The Pregnancy Risk Information Line is a statewide service operated by the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) and Clinical Research Program. The goal is to promote healthy pregnancies through education and research. A toll-free information line is available in English and in Spanish for questions about exposures, such as medicine, in pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Chatting services are also available.
Keywords: pregnancy; vitamins; drugs; medicine; medications; toll-free; service
Postpartum clinical tools developed by PHFE WIC as part of the WOW program.
NIMH offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. Printed materials can be ordered free of charge. Brochures and fact sheets are also digital
23-minute educational video to be used in a clinic setting for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
Learn about the various cosmetics/personal care products you may use, how to report adverse reactions and keep posted about important alerts.
Keywords: face; body cleansers; deodorants; moisturizers and other skin lotions; creams; baby lotions; oils; hair care products; dyes; conditioners; straighteners; perms; makeup; hair removal creams; nail polishes; shaving products; perfumes and colognes; face paints; temporary tattoos; permanent tattoos; permanent makeup
Live your life your way! Find FREE, colorful, printable life plans here.
Keywords: teens; adolescents; reproductive life plan; Utah; Delaware
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has FREE folic acid brochures, booklets, posters, and fact sheets in English and Spanish. The materials were designed, tested, refined, and produced for their specific audiences and are available for personal use or use in community activities.
Keywords: order; folic acid; preconception; materials; free
This fact sheet offers guidance on the methods that can be used to lower the chemical exposures in your salon to levels that are as low as reasonably achievable. These strategies will help you protect your health, your pregnancy and your job.
Information about immunizations to get before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after pregnancy from the Immunization Branch of the California Department of Public Health.
Keywords: vaccine; vaccination before pregnancy vaccinations; flu; influenza; MMR; measles; mumps; rubella; chickenpox; chicken pox; hepatitis B; Tdap; tetanus; diptheria; whooping cough
Find resources to help families reduce environmental exposures that may harm their health. Resources are provided by the University of California, San Francisco, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. Access FREE printable brochures about toxic materials, workplace safety, pesticides, healthy eating and more.
Keywords: environment; toxic substances; work; pesticides; food; work; toxic matters; chemicals; contaminants
Download FREE easy-to-read fact sheets on 20 preconception health topics for yourself or the people whom you serve. Also available in Spanish.
Need information on different types of birth control methods, how they are used and how effective they are? This information on "Choosing Your Birth Control Method" from California's Family PACT Program may be useful for you.
Keywords: contraception; birth control; condoms; reproductive health; STDs; prevent pregnancy; family planning; Family PACT
The preconception checklist is designed for people considering pregnancy to complete prior to their preconceptional consultation. The woman and health care provider can then review the checklist. From the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care.
This is a listing of agencies that specialize in domestic violence services. Emergency shelter programs, counseling, transitional living, education/prevention, advocacy and health service providers.
Keywords: help; abuse; survivors
The Interconception Care Project for California, led by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX and funded by March of Dimes, California Chapter, created the following recommendations to improve and promote the interconception health of women by maximizing care provided during the postpartum visit – an ideal, and often the only, visit to address a woman’s health before another pregnancy.
CDC folic acid posters that would go nicely with a New Years resolution theme: e.g., choose water as a main fluid choice, be physically active, or eat more vegetables PLUS consume 400 mcg of folic acid daily.
Keywords: CDC, folic acid, folic acid awareness week, exercise, water, veggies, vegetables, English, Spanish
California Active Communities creates community-wide opportunities for safe, everyday physical activity through behavioral, environmental and policy change for Californians of all ages and abilities.
Keywords: walkability; healthy environments; safe routes to school; bicycling
The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is responsible for administering prevention, treatment, and recovery services for alcohol and drug abuse and problem gambling.
Keywords: substance use/abuse; perinatal drug use; addiction
Coined as a “free support network for birth control,” the new site allows young women to explore available methods of contraception, set up birth control and appointment reminders and watch videos from young women sharing their own experiences about birth control.
Keywords: contraception; birth control; condoms; reproductive health; STDs; prevent pregnancy; family planning
This form breaks down the 9 preconception health messages into 13 talking points. Health care providers and patient can both use the list as a guide in their discussions about preconception health.
Keywords: preconception health; guide, counseling tool; doctor; well woman visit
Checklist for women to stay healthy at any age from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Quick Response (QR) Codes are available for download and use on electronic and printed media. These codes can be scanned using a QR Reader Application on smartphone devices and connect users to or
Keywords: QR code; reader; app; iphone; blackberry; smartphone
Find additional preconception health websites here. The Spanish list is growing as well.
Keywords: preconception health; reproductive years; childbearing years; reproductive life planning; before pregnancy; between pregnancies; interconception health; healthy pregnancy; women's health
Learn about the prevalence of chronic diseases, risk factors and risk behaviors affecting women of reproductive age in the United States and what the impacts of those are for women. Discover what postive changes can be made and the population-level impacts of such changes, for example, the reduction of gestational diabetes cases by 50%.
Keywords: Chronic disease; risk factors; risk behaviors; reproductive health; preconception health; childbearing age; women of reproductive age; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency, Maternal, Child and Family Health Services Branch was awarded a 2008-2009 March of Dimes, California Chapter Community Service Grant to implement a Preconception Health Awareness Project. The project developed this culturally and linguistically appropriate preconception wheel that contains health information and educational messages for teens...
Keywords: teen; health tool; education
This guide to staying healthy is brought to you by This guide offers you a plan for health at all stages of life. It begins with healthy behaviors to prevent and manage the many health conditions that can affect you.
Provides health education training and resources for health care providers. We are a non-profit organization committed to helping you make a difference in the lives of the people you serve.
Checklist for men to stay healthy at any age from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
This outreach guide developed by the Food and Drug Administration provides strategies and activities that can be used to promote breast health among African-American and Hispanic women in places of worship. While focusing on mammography, the strategies provided can be useful for other breast cancer screenings and/or well woman care.
Keywords: breast cancer prevention; pink; breast care
The South Los Angeles Health Projects/Los Angeles BioMed Women Infants and Children Program composed a postpartum checklist for women to take to their 6-week postpartum visit to help guide the discussion and ensure appropriate questions are answered. This checklist is availabe in English and Spanish.
Keywords: interconception, postpartum, visit, just had a baby, doctor, healthcare
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released MyPlate and SuperTracker to help you and your family make healthy changes. Learn more about the special features available to you.
Keywords: USDA; healthy eating; interactive tools; myplate; mypyramid
The California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone program that can help you quit smoking. Helpline services are free, funded by the California Department of Public Health.
Keywords: quitting; cigarettes; tobacco; toll-free; phone call
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.
Keywords: parenting tips; partners; dads; men; males; new parent; father engagement
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