Educational Resources for Public Health Professionals & Providers

Available Resources
The purpose of this toolkit is to support optimal nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding through fostering partnerships between local health jurisdiction’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs and existing organizations to promote healthy environmental changes.
Keywords: built environment, systems and environmental change, environment, environmental change,resources, nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, farmers' markets, community gardens, farm to school, pedestrians, walkability, safety, joint use, hospital, worksite, childcare, local health jurisdiction, LHJ, MCAH, maternal, child, adolescent, health, intervention, policy, low hanging fruit, tree, apple, leaf,
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
Economic security is an important part of preconception health.
Keywords: Economic security; financial health/wellness; stability; employment; disparity; money; young adults; women
Guidance and Annotated Articles for Diabetes, Thyroid Disease, HIV and PKU from Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy: the National Preconception Curriculum and Resources Guide for Clinicians.
Keywords: risk factors; medical/pre-existing conditions; preconception care; well woman visit
Postpartum clinical tools developed by PHFE WIC as part of the WOW program.
This article in the the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (May/June 2012) describes a pilot preconception peer education project in a college setting and reports successes. Ongoing use of peer educators is recommended.
Keywords: PPE; preconception peer education; school-based strategy; college; university; young women and men; network
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
This booklet was published in 2007 by the California Department of Public Health; Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division and provides selected measures of preconception health status among reproductive-aged women in California in 2005.
Keywords: Data; statistics; indicators; women of reproductive age; California Women's Health Survey; Maternal and Infant Health Assessment
A PowerPoint presentation about helping teens to stay healthy, take charge of their lives and make healthy decisions about their reproductive futures.
Keywords: Reproductive life plan; teens; adolescent health
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
This activity provides evidence-based and current information on the efficacy, safety, and appropriateness of specific contraceptive methods to patients with the medical cconditions delineated in the 2010 CDC MEC guidelines. This activity is for healthcare professionals who provide contraceptives or contraceptive counseling to women, including obstetrician/gynecologists, family medicine/primary care providers, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare team.
Keywords: chronic disease; contraception; contraceptive; guideline; birth control; recommendations; new; 2010
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
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
Keywords: national goals; strategies; preconception health
For Family Planning Providers: strategies to integrate preconception health and the life course approach into care delivery.
Keywords: education; training; provision of care; powerpoint slides
The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) provides a wide range of culturally competent services to Medi-Cal pregnant women, from conception through 60 days postpartum.
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.
Links to presentation materials from this past Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health (EMCH) call from the AMCHP/CityMatCH Action Learning Collaborative.
Keywords: archived material; overweight; obesity; women of childbearing age
The Healthy Homes Program from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development addresses multiple childhood diseases and injuries in the home. It addresses mold, lead, allergens, asthma, carbon monoxide, home safety, pesticides, and radon.
PowerPoint presentation given at the Santa Clara County CPSP Roundtable
Learn more about recent changes to preventive health requirements for new health plans and how they affect women.
The March of Dimes is offering a preconception health promotion online training opportunity for nurses who can receive continuing education credits. The module is free to read and there is a $15 cost to take the test and receive 3.0 contact hours of credit.
Keywords: CE; nursing; credit hours; professional development; well woman care; preconception; preventive care; life course; evidence-based care; poor pregnancy outcomes
Did you know? More than a half million babies in the United States—that's 1 in every 8—are born premature each year. Learn more about premature birth, risk factors, consequences, and opportunities for prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March of Dimes and the Unnatural Causes video series.
Keywords: preterm; 37 weeks; infant health; pregnancy; born too early; warning signs
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
This fact sheet offers guidance on how to reduce your patient’s exposure to chemicals. These strategies will help your pregnant patient protect her health, her pregnancy and her job.
Keywords: Labor; job; environmental; chemical; exposures; pregnancy; pregnant; nail polish
This podcast series explores how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.
Keywords: pollution; contaminants; quality; chemicals; mercury; seafood; hazardous waste; hydraulic fracturing; health impact assessment; radon
Show Your Love is a new national campaign developed by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. Launched on Valentine’s Day 2013, its goal is to help women prepare for healthy pregnancies and babies by adopting healthy habits well before becoming pregnant.
Keywords: Show Your Love, National, CDC, Campaign, Social Media, Internet
The modules are short, engaging and filled with practical information. The modules can be used for CME credit by physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants. In some states, CME credit may be useful for the continuing education requirements of other professional groups, as well.
Keywords: continuing education; credit; training; licensure
Health care providers play an important role during flu season and throughout the year in planning and preparing for flu season. The links provided can assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.
Keywords: influenza; vaccination; fall; autumn; winter; H1N1; pandemic; epidemic; swine
Social networking sites can be maximized for mass and personalized communication in public health. Buttons, badgets and widgets can be used on website to connect website visitors to relevant resources on a variety of health topics in a visually appealing way. On this webpage, you can learn more, view examples and find links to social networkign sites, buttons, badgets and widgets to get started!
Keywords: Website; webpage; social media
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 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
This report was developed as part of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. This was a voluntary, independent process involving multiple sectors, which was facilitated by RESOLVE, a neutral non-profit consensus building organization. This report reflects the consensus of the Leadership Council.
Keywords: chemical; exposures; toxins; environment
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