Maternal & Child Health Resources

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! Public Health Data Brief – August 2018 

 Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) Update Report for 2016.  Additional information on PAMR can be found here.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website provides a link to a continuing education (CE) activity that explains the latest research on SIDS, other sleep-related causes of infant death, and ways to reduce the risk of both of these types of deaths. The CE activity for nurses also outlines how you can communicate risk-reduction messages to parents and caregivers in just a few minutes. Learn how to teach parents and caregivers to keep their babies safe and healthy so they can grow up to make a difference—just like you. Start the course now.

Florida Early Childhood Profile – From the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), the Early Childhood Two-Generation State Policy Profile shows which state policies meet benchmarks that are favorable to the well-being of children and their families.

Florida Department of Health – Informational Letter to OB/GYN’s re: Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses January 18, 2018

Review to Action –  A new website built to help states establish and implement critical maternal mortality reviews.

Depression in Mothers- More than the Blues: A Rural Perspective
This webinar will highlight Depression in Mothers: More Than the Blues Toolkit, developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with experts in the fields of mental health and maternal and child health. This user-friendly toolkit offers background information about depression. It also offers ideas that providers can use when helping mothers, and their families, who may be suffering from depression. During this webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the toolkit framework and components. They will discuss how the toolkit can be used to work with mothers and their families representing diverse populations in rural communities. The information and resources provided during this webinar will benefit the early childhood workforce who interacts with pregnant women and new mothers. It will be especially useful to Women Infants and Children Program (WIC) staff, home visitors, and Healthy Start workers already working with families to raise awareness and understanding about maternal depression. Please join SAMHSA to learn more about how you can best support pregnant women, and mothers of young children and their families, who may be at risk for or experiencing depression.  click here for more information including webinar recording.

Learning Module: Communicating the Value of Developmental Screening
AMCHP has released a new learning module focused on communicating the value of developmental screening. This easy-to-use module incorporates evidence-based practices with perspectives from physicians, parents, and the director of a Title V program for children and youth with special health care needs. The purpose of this module is to build the capacity of Title V leaders and other health professionals to articulate the value of developmental screening with various stakeholders and to identify and explain the role of Title V programs in building and improving developmental screening systems. This tool may also be used as a refresher for staff directly working with families, health care providers, or other key stakeholders.

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.

90.7 Diane Rehm Show: What’s Behind the Increase in the U.S. Maternal Death Rate

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.

The Effect of an Increased Minimum Wage on Infant Mortality and Birth Weight | Kelli A. Komro, PhD, MPH, Melvin D. Livingston, PhD, Sara Markowitz, PhD, and Alexander C. Wagenaar, PhD, AJPH Research

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.

CDC Health Advisory #380, Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection

Florida Health Volusia County Public Health Data Brief: Hospitalizations with Nutritional Deficiencies in Volusia County

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:

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.