Human Trafficking and Unplanned Pregnancies

This webinar is designed to promote awareness and understanding of human trafficking as a health and public health issue faced by pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults.

Following this session, participants will be able to:
• Describe the types of human trafficking and the variety of perpetrators in the United States
• Recognize the high-risk factors and common indicators of human trafficking
• Discuss how human trafficking contributes to health and healthcare disparities
• Identify referral resources for trafficking

In preparation for the webinar participants are encouraged to view the Faces of Human Trafficking video (link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


CityMatCH Well-Woman Project Learning Network Webinar

This webinar will focus on the Well-Woman Project, a joint collaboration between the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health (UIC) & CityMatCH.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

The Well-Woman Project aims to elevate women’s voices about what makes them healthy and able to receive well-woman care within their context of their lives, neighborhoods and cities.

Dr. Arden Handler, the Principal Investigator at the UIC Center of Excellence in MCH and the Well-Woman Project’s Principal Investigator, will provide information about the project’s results and recommendations, with a particular focus on how these results can help local health departments improve women’s health and well-woman healthcare.

Following Dr. Handler’s presentation on the Well-Woman Project, there will be time for participants to engage with one another on what is being done in their community to improve women’s health and health care. This will provide an opportunity for participants to share successes in improving well-woman care utilization and women’s health, as well as an opportunity to gain feedback on current challenges. Join us to learn about the Well-Woman Project & learn about what others are doing in their communities to advance women’s health.

H/T CityMatCH

A Public Health Response to Opioid Use in Pregnancy

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a policy statement titled: A Public Health Response to Opioid Use in Pregnancy . The statement addresses findings regarding pregnant women with substance abuse and the effectiveness of policies in response to the opioid epidemic. Since 1990 the AAP has advised that “punitive measures taken toward pregnant women, such as criminal prosecution and incarceration, have no proven benefits for infant health” and recommended that “the public must be assured of non-punitive access to comprehensive care that meets the needs of the substance-abusing pregnant woman and her infant.”

According to the statement, while almost 50 percent of all US pregnancies are unintended, the rate for women with opioid use disorder was higher than 85 percent. In addition, opioid use in pregnancy is on the rise, resulting in an increase in opioid-exposed infants. According to a 2009 report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, each year an estimated 400,000 infants are exposed to alcohol or illicit drugs in utero.

To address this concern, the AAP highlights the importance of primary prevention as an effective public health approach to combat substance use during pregnancy. Specifically, the role that preconception and inter-conception care play in improving the outcomes for pregnant women, particularly women with opioid use disorder. Included in this public health approach, are recommendations to improve education, equality and access to health care.

Click here to view the entire report.

Address correspondence to Stephen W. Patrick, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP. E-mail:

Applying the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Framework to Fatality Review and Prevention

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Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can have a significant impact on the lifelong health and opportunity of individuals and families. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study links risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death to events occurring in childhood. ACEs are a public health issue that can be prevented. Applying the ACEs framework to fetal, infant and child death review helps to identify and target unique prevention opportunities.

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