The Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties strives to make improvements in the local, state and national maternal and child health system of care. The following resources may be useful for healthcare providers with the same goal in mind – healthier moms and babies. Click the links below to access the PDF file or website.
NEW! Women’s Preventive Services Initiative presents Final Report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration: Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women December 2016 – A coalition of national health organizations, led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released recommendations for the updated Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines. These updated guidelines, endorsed by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, address the preventive health care needs of adolescent and adult women and fill in gaps or address conflicts in the existing guidelines.
National Institute for Children’s Health Quality – Resources, guidelines, infographics, quality improvement tips, reports, toolkits and tools for topics such as breastfeeding, medical home, infant health, autism, obesity and more.
Quality Improvement 101 – This interactive online course, provided free of charge by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), teaches the fundamentals of quality improvement (QI) and how to use this methodology to create effective, beneficial change.
Improving follow-up after newborn hearing screening: An action kit for audiologists – This Action Kit is designed by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University to help audiology practices provide reliable follow-up care after newborn hearing screening. Providers participating in a series of national collaboratives developed the ideas and tested the improvement strategies that have led to the promising practices in this kit. It is designed to help providers create an efficient and reliable system of diagnosis and referral and ultimately improve outcomes for infants who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.
CDC Health Update – Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities
“Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic” is an updated online training, based on the “Virtual Practicum” model. It is intended for health care professionals who will be assisting female patients in quitting smoking, particularly pregnant and interconception women.
Resources from the Kaiser Family Foundation offer the latest information on options and requirements for contraceptive coverage. Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California. Public programs and private health insurance now pay for the vast majority of contraceptive services and supplies for women. However, complex and shifting regulations shaped by state and federal policy, legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage provision, and other factors affect the scope of coverage.
- Private Insurance Coverage of Contraception. This policy brief explains state and federal rules for private insurance coverage of contraceptives and identifies key issues going forward, including oversight of the ACA’s contraceptive coverage requirement, religious objections, the impact of state policies, and remaining gaps in coverage.
- Private and Public Coverage of Contraceptive Services and Supplies in the United States. This fact sheet examines the role of private insurance and publicly-funded programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, TRICARE, the Indian Health Service, and Title X-funded clinics, in financing contraceptive services for women.
- Intrauterine Devices: Access for Women in the U.S. This fact sheet provides the most up-date-information on awareness, use, availability and insurance coverage of IUDs, one of the most effective and increasingly popular forms of reversible contraception.
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MotherToBaby: A Service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). MotherToBaby is a service of the international non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), and provides free, up-to-date, evidence-based information on the safety of medications, diseases, chemicals, herbal products, substances of abuse, and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Mother’s Own Milk (MOM) Initiative: Hospital Level Implementation Guide. The goal of the MOM Initiative is to improve newborn outcomes by applying evidence-based interventions to increase the use of mother’s own milk for very low birth weight babies at highest risk (Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative to support hospital leaders’ efforts to successfully implement the best evidence-based practices and tools to create active quality improvement processes to drive successful implementation.
SAMHSA Toolkit: Depression in Mothers: More than the Blues. A new resource developed by a team of researchers who have been working to reduce the burden of depression in pregnant and postpartum mothers served in home visiting programs. The toolkit of resources translates evidence-based interventions used to prevent and treat depression into strategies that home visitors can use in their work with high-risk families.
Pediatrician’s Adoptive & Foster Families Trauma Guide. The American Academy of Pediatrics designed this 6-part series with the primary care practice in mind – those who may or may not be familiar with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the process of asking families about exposure to ACEs or other traumatic events. This project was funded through a grant (UC4MC21534) from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. See more at: www.aap.org.
Pediatrician’s Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network developed a Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit that offers a compendium of tools to guide medical professionals in effectively assessing and treating medical traumatic stress in children and families.