Healthy Heart, Healthy Baby

Glendale, AZ- Preconception Peer Educators on the Midwestern University Campus participated in a campus health fair to raise awareness on women’s heart health. The health fair was held on February 5, National Wear Red Day for Women and the theme was”heart health”. PPEs at Midwestern seized the opportunity to promote heart health and it’s role in preconception health for men and women.


Thomas Womack, Midwestern School of Pharmacy – PPE

Midwestern PPEs hosted a Go Red for Women booth titled A Healthy Baby Begins with a Healthy Heart. At the booth they handed out flyers to peers and faculty and discussed the importance of preconception health.



Grant Announcement: Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS) is accepting applications for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center Program. The purpose of the MCH Workforce Development Center Program is to support workforce development for State Title V program leaders and staff to meet current public health MCH policy and programmatic imperatives around health transformation, including ongoing transformation of the Title V Block Grant and continued implementation of health reform at the state and national levels. Private institutions of higher education and Public and State controlled institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.


Closing date: May, 5, 2016

The MCH Workforce Development Center (the Center) will focus on three key topic areas around health transformation: (1) systems integration; (2) change management and adaptive leadership; and (3) evidence-based decision making.  One (1) national workforce development center, based in an institution of higher education, will coordinate training efforts around the key topic areas to enhance the capacity of the MCH workforce to lead and/or engage in ongoing health transformation activities.  Formal and informal academic-practice partnerships between the national training hub, State Title V programs, and other national partners, as appropriate, will be required to accomplish the goals of this program. The MCH Workforce Development Center awardee will be responsible for coordinating and implementing a national training strategy to address all three key issues within the Center’s purview.  National strategies must focus on building capacity of current and future State Title V MCH leaders and staff in the 59 states and jurisdictions.

Impact of Toxins in Birth Outcome (Video)

Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth from Bruce Lanphear explores the effect of exposure to toxins on birth outcomes. A National Institute of Environmental Health  Services grantee, Dr. Lanphear’s research measures the impact of reducing exposure of toxins such as led and lower-level toxins such as second-hand smoke and contaminants in food on preterm birth. Additionally the video discusses how to reduce or avoid exposure.