Get Involved in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

This webinar will show attendees how to get involved in events surrounding National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM).

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Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Join the Office of Adolescent Health, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, and grantee partners Quest for Change, Inc., and Project Vida for a 60-minute webinar about how to get involved in National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM). Learn from experts in the field and hear from young people about fun, interesting, and unique ways to participate in NTPPM. Attendees will also get a sneak peek copy of the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Supporter Kit, filled with simple ideas for getting involved, sample social media language, a sample news release, and sample newsletter language—everything you need right at your fingertips.


About the presenters

Cassandra Chess

Office of Adolescent Health

Jessica Sheets Pika

Director, Communications & Editorial Content, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Shaunae Motley

Director of Programs, Quest for Change, Inc.

Carmen Zuniga

Program Manager, Project Vida


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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Questions and Answers

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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Black History Month Quiz

It’s commonly known that February is Black History Month. What is lesser known is the origin of Black History Month, how it got started and some milestones of the celebration. So we’ve put together a short quiz to test your knowledge of Black History Month. Enjoy! 1. Only the United States celebrates Black History Month. True/False […]

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Implicit Bias: Uncovering Our Blind Spots

Archive available now: Implicit Bias; Uncovering Our Blind Spots

Original date: February, 15, 2017.

Time: 2:00 PM ET

This webinar is designed to promote awareness and understanding of implicit bias in our everyday interactions, such as the media, criminal justice, and hiring, along with an overview of microaggressions, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

•    Identify implicit bias in various settings
•    Recognize microaggressions, microassaults, microsinsults, and microinvalidations
•    Discuss implicit bias as a contributing factor to health and healthcare disparities
•    Mitigate implicit bias with debiasing techniques.

In preparation for this session, participants are strongly encouraged to visit Project Implicit and complete several of the Implicit Association Tests (IATs): under “Social Attitudes” continue as a guest and click “Go”. Complete the “Race IAT” and at least 2 other IATs of your choice.

About our speaker:

Cheri C. Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion, cultural and linguistic competence, and health equity subject matter expert, who is also a highly regarded public speaker and trainer. She served as the Director, Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, the largest health system in New Jersey. In May 2010, Ms. Wilson was appointed a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and was promoted to Assistant Scientist in February 2014. Previously, she was an Acting Assistant Director of the Quality Improvement Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Past President of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality (MAHQ) (2009), and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is particularly interested in health and healthcare disparities and health equity as they relate to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.

Webinar: Fatality Review of Deaths of Infants

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention will host the webinar Fatality Review of Deaths of Infants, Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs. The webinar is scheduled for February 8, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

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Approximately one-fifth of the cases reviewed by the Child Death Review (CDR) teams and entered into the CDR-Case Reporting System are deaths of children with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Infants and children with disabilities/special health care needs have different risks for death than their peers without these conditions. To conduct effective reviews of such deaths, CDR and FIMR teams need knowledge of disability/special health care needs in order to determine what role, if any, the disability/special health care needs played in the death.

Introduction: Diane Pilkey,* RN, MPH, Senior Nurse Consultant at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau/ Health Resources and Services Administration and the federal project officer for the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention cooperative agreement.

Moderator: Faith Vos Winkel,* MSW, Assistant Child Advocate, Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate and Coordinator of Connecticut CFR program.

Guest Speaker: Joan A. Scott,* MS, CGC, Acting Director, Division of Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and Services Administration.

Speaker: Linda Potter,* JD, Associate Director, National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention.

The webinar will be recorded and posted with the slides on the NCFRP website:

Produce of the Month: A Health Education Pilot Program in an American Islamic Muslim School

January 26, 2017
2:00 pm ET

Nutrition is vital to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases and obesity. PPE reinforces educational and environmental approaches to improve nutrition and physical activity on campuses, but what about working with those in unfamiliar or diverse communities? During this webinar, PPEs and public health workers will learn trust building strategies and community -engaged approaches to address the educational, institutional, and other population-based intervention strategies to improve food security and reduce obesity.

Originally developed by the Southern Nevada Health District, Produce of the Month (POM) is a 50-minute, four session in-school initiative to promote fruit and vegetable consumption among children, that was modified to be culturally, religiously and age appropriate in a Muslim school setting.

Shawnta Jackson, MPH, will discuss how a team of Muslim and non-Muslim educators from University of Maryland’s Center for Health Equity used a community-based participatory approach to build trust with teachers, staff and parents and successfully adapt, pilot and evaluate the modified program. POM’s recruitment and consent processes, and results from the identical pre- and post-assessments, lessons learned and recommendations will also be discussed.


Shawnta Jackson, MPH, Community Health Program Manager
Maryland Center for Health Equity  – University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health

Intimate Partner Violence and Pregnancy

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Date & Time: Wednesday, January 18th 2017; 10-11:30am Pacific, 12-1:30pm Central, 1-2:30pm Eastern

Description: IPV has been associated with poor pregnancy weight gain, infection, anemia, tobacco use, still birth, pelvic fracture, placental abruption, fetal injury,preterm delivery, and low birth weight. In addition, the severity of violence may sometimes escalate during pregnancy or the postpartum period. High rates of birth control sabotage and pregnancy pressure and coercion abusive relationships are correlated with unintended pregnancies. Learn about the impact of IPV on pregnancy and the role health care providers, advocates and partnerships can play in helping women navigate a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Speaker: Diana Cheng, MD

Dr. Cheng currently serves as a consultant for women’s health programs and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Cheng recently retired from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she was the medical director of perinatal and women’s health. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed a residency ob/gyn. She was a general ob/gyn practitioner in Seattle prior to her work in public health

On-campus, in-community highlights of the impact of peer education