If you are applying for the CMS Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Grant, MediCal is requesting a copy of the letter of intent be sent to them with a one page concept paper. Please send to Amber.Kemp@dhcs.ca.gov.
FREE live webinars with contact horus for nursing professionals!
Please note that the times listed below are EST.
A series of educational webinars for nursing professionals will be conducted on nurse.com through a partnership with March of Dimes. They include:
• Kathleen Rice Simpson “Collaborative Strategies in Perinatal Quality Improvement” – April 10th , 7-8pm EST
• Merry-K Moos “Non-traditional Approaches to Preventing prematurity: Every Woman, Every Time” – April 11th , 7-8pm EST
• Liza Cooper “The Perfect Pouch: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Case for Kangaroo Care” - April 12th from 7-8pm EST
For more information and to register, go to: http://www.nurse.com/CEwebinars
Envisioning a Healthier Future: Improving the Health of Women, Infants and Families through a Life Course Perspective
Thursday, May 24, 2012
City of Long Beach Gas/Oil Department
2400 East Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Health professionals interested in learning more about the life course approach are invited to join us for this one-day training. CEUs will be available.
Students (must show college ID at check-in): $5
Regular (non-student): $25
For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.marchofdimes.com/california/events/events_5561.html
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I always think it is nice to share good news when it comes our way. La Ronda Jones, a graduating senior at CSU Northridge and the President of the Peer Preconception Educators program on campus, is graduating with a BS in Healthcare administration. I had the pleasure of working with her to plan and help facilitate the training they hosted for Southern California PPEs in February. I had some idea of the personal challenges she’s faced in attempting to complete her degree as a non-traditional student, but this write up was powerful (she's the first in her family to graduate from high school and college despite being a teenage mother and having chronic illnesses).
Her write up is in the middle of the page and there is also a video at the bottom.
Let's always remember that with every setback or challenge, there are amazing success stories. Please continue to be encouraged as you work. It makes a difference!
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs will be at the White House tomorrow Thursday, June 7, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET for an interactive Women's Health Townhall. Please join us online! You can watch live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. The event will be an interactive, open dialogue about how the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is improving the health of women and their families. Karen VanLandeghem, Senior Advisor to our National Center for Health Reform Implementation will be representing AMCHP.
The White House's Women’s Health Townhall participants include:
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, Health and Human Services
Caya Lewis, Counselor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services
You are invited to submit questions in advance using the Twitter hashtag #WomensHealth or on the HHS Facebook page. We hope you can tune in.
2012-2013 Draft Title V Report available for review
Public Comments due by Monday, June 25, 2012
The California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (CDPH/MCAH) Division and the Children’s Medical Services Branch (CMS) of the California Department of Health Care Services are pleased to release the draft annual application/report for Title V MCH Block Grant funding.
Documents can be accessed in the Public Input Section of the Title V webpage at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/mcah/Pages/MCAH-TitleVBlockGrantProgram.aspx.
Your comments regarding these documents are highly encouraged.
Please provide all your comments by replying back to this e-mail (CaliforniaTitleV@cdph.ca.gov).
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Using a Life Course Perspective to Improve Maternal, Infant, and Child Health in Orange County
January 23, 2012
8:00am to 12:30pm
Care Ambulance Service Corporate Office
1517 W. Braden Court
Orange, CA 92868
Presented by County of Orange Health Care Agency Public Health Services
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
in partnership with March of Dimes, California Chapter.
CEU approval pending. Registration coming soon.
For more information, please call (949) 333-4977.
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ACOG President Elect Dr. Jeanne Conry receives EPA’s 2012 Environmental Health Heroes Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne Conry for being awarded the 2012 U.S. EPA Environmental Health Heroes of the Pacific Southwest in the category “Children’s Environmental Health”. EPA Pacific Southwest made the announcement on their website:http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/99793BAD33553C5085257A5B006FE4C2
Dr. Conry is a practicing obstetrician and the President-Elect for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG, with 52,000 members, is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women.
PRHE nominated Dr. Conry for the award because of her long standing commitment to children’s environmental health and her leadership in making environmental health an important new area of focus for ACOG, ensuring that the focus on children’s environmental health begins early in development when preventative actions can play a profound role on the health of the pregnancy, the child and the adult that she/he will become.
Dr. Conry’s work and award was also highlighted in this past Sunday’s (8/19/2012) issue of the Sacramento Bee:
"We should always err on the side of caution, especially in the first trimester, to minimize exposure to all sorts of environmental toxins," said Conry, who lives in Granite Bay. "I describe these toxins in many ways to include alcohol, tobacco, drugs and chemicals in the environment."
Read the full article at: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/19/4738424/obstetrician-focuses-on-environmental.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
Congratulations Dr. Conry!
Announcing UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) NEW All That Matters resources and the NEW PRHE website!
1. All That Matters is a compendium of patient centered educational materials available for you to view or print online.
2. The PRHE website has been updated to guide you to the information you need regarding reproductive environmental health. (Note that some browsers will cache the old version of the PRHE website so if you see the old site, press F5 and voila! – the new site appears!)
Read more about them below:
1. Come see “All That Matters” on our new website! Check it out here: http://prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/allthatmatters.html
All That Matters” is our NEW compendium of patient centered, low literacy information that addresses exposures to toxic chemicals in the workplace, at home, and in the community and provide information on how to avoid potentially harmful exposure. Each brochure contains links to more detailed resources and information available online.
• “Toxic Matters” and “Cuestiones de Salud” provide information on common sources of chemicals in our everyday lives and how to avoid exposure to chemicals that can affect reproduction. They include how to become a better consumer and how to engage with government representatives that will improve the health of the overall community. Cuestiones de Salud is the low-literacy Spanish version of Toxic Matters
• “Work Matters” provides information and resources on how to avoid workplace chemicals that can affect reproduction, and provides information on pregnant worker’s rights and resources on where to get help.
• “Food Matters: What to eat” provides descriptions on selecting the best types of foods and how to avoid exposure to chemicals that are found in the food that we eat.
• “Pesticides Matter” provides tips on avoiding exposure to [toxic chemicals from] pesticides and insecticides that can affect reproduction at work, at home, and in the community.
2. New PRHE website! www.prhe.ucsf.edu (Note that some browsers will cache the old version of the PRHE website so if you see the old site, press F5 and voila! – the new site appears!)
Come see our new updated website with: easily accessible links to resources for clinicians, public health specialists, families and individuals.
Tablet and smart phone compatible—go ahead try it!
Better navigability—with sections for clinicians and a section for families
Don’t like to read? Listen or watch our news online — http://prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/multimedia.html
Download our printable resources! — http://prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/allthatmatters.html
The California Obesity Prevention Program (COPP), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to announce the availability of supplemental obesity prevention program funds to increase breastfeeding duration rates in California’s communities of color. Community clinics will be funded through a cooperative agreement pursuant to Health and Safety Code 38070, et seq.
The purpose of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded statewide pilot project is to increase breastfeeding duration rates in California’s high risk ethnic groups and communities of color by enhancing the capacity of community safety-net clinics to provide quality breastfeeding services.
Fifteen community health clinics will be funded to create an environment that promotes and supports mothers’ decision to breastfeed prenatally, as well as their intention to sustain breastfeeding post-hospital birth discharge. Successful pilot strategies will be highlighted and shared in an effort to build evidence base and momentum for all community clinics statewide to adopt specific model “breastfeeding-friendly” clinic criteria, guidelines and practices.
Awardees will receive technical assistance, tools, and resources to assist them in implementing systemic and environmental change in community clinics. They will adopt appropriate infant feeding guidelines which will allow them to provide breastfeeding promotion, protection and support to their clients. Billing for breastfeeding services and durable medical goods will assist in making this program sustainable after the funding ends.
Complete “Request for Application” Information is available here: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/COPP/Pages/default.aspx .
You only have until COB tomorrow, November 29, 2012 to submit questions as noted in the RFA.
Researchers at BU are testing the GABBY Preconception Health interactive computer system (debuted at the Tampa Summit in 2011 and highlighted in the January edition of the Journal of Health Promotion) and need study participants. Please pass this information along to eligible programs or women you know.
I am writing to share some information with you about an exciting opportunity to be part of a research study! Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have created an online program that to help young women learn about and improve their preconception health risks, with the goal of improving their personal health and having a healthy pregnancy or baby in the future.
They are looking for participants to test the system and share their feedback. You can sign up starting today - space is limited!
You may be eligible if you fit these requirements:
- Between the ages of 18 and 34
- Black or African American
- Have access to a phone and a computer with internet
If you are interested in learning more about the study and how to participate, please email email@example.com.
If you have ever had a baby, please take the short LA MOMs Survey:
We are in the process of starting the implementation of LA MOMs, Los Angeles Managing Overweight/ Obesity in Moms and are looking for baseline information.
Free Nicotine Patches and Gift Card Incentive for Medi-Cal Members Who Want to Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking just got easier for Medi-Cal members! For a limited time through December 2015, the Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) Project is offering additional incentives to eligible Medi-Cal members age 18 and older who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco. These incentives include free nicotine patches and a $20 gift card bonus for members who call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS and enroll in Helpline counseling. The nicotine patches and the gift card are mailed directly to the member's home. Read more about the MIQS nicotine patch and gift card incentives in the Helpline's press release at http://www.caldiabetes.org/files.cfm?filesID=3925.
Medi-Cal members smoke at higher rates than the general population and are at high risk for developing smoking-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Research has shown that smokers who use cessation counseling and a quitting aid such as nicotine replacement patches are more likely to quit for good. It may take several tries for smokers to quit. Every time they try, they get closer to their goal of quitting smoking.
For more information on the MIQS Project and to download materials in six languages, click go to http://caldiabetes.org/content.cfm?contentID=1320&searchID=943A8EEFCF01A081DBA8DA4577F8AA87.
To order free MIQS posters and postcards for your organization, email: Cynthia.Vela@cdph.ca.gov. If you have other questions about the MIQS Project, please email Susan.Kratochvil@cdph.ca.gov.
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