Maternal and Child Health

State Legislation Focuses on Contraceptive Access

March 09, 2017|3:29 p.m.| KT Kramer

ASTHO is currently tracking a variety of state legislation that expands access to contraceptives through insurance coverage requirements, allows pharmacists to dispense contraceptives, and supports the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives methods. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Cross-Cutting Actions

October 28, 2016|1:25 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is cross-cutting policies and program as described in the WHO framework for tackling social determinants of health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Unequal Consequences in Social, Economic, and Health Terms as a Result of Illness

October 27, 2016|4:05 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce unequal consequences as a result of an illness. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies to Reduce Vulnerability and Increase Resiliency of Disadvantaged People

October 26, 2016|2:12 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies that reduce vulnerability and increase resiliency. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs to Reduce Exposures of Disadvantaged People to Health Damaging Factors

October 25, 2016|2:08 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that reduce the exposure of disadvantaged people to factors that can have a lasting, damaging effect on health. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health and Infant Mortality: Policies and Programs on Social Stratification to Reduce Inequalities

October 24, 2016|1:13 p.m.| Alethia Carr and Kay Johnson

Each day this week, ASTHO’s blog StatePublicHealth.org will take a look at a set of strategies developed by the Social Determinants of Health Learning Network as part of the nationwide Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN). Today, the topic is policies and programs that address social stratification and reduce inequalities. Read More »

Social Determinants of Health Learning Network: Innovation to Advance 20 Core Strategies

October 24, 2016|12:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

This week we're running a series of blog posts on 20 strategies intended to help states implement innovative, evidence-based policies and programs to improve social determinants of health and equity in birth outcomes in the U.S. Read More »

Infant Mortality Linked to Lack of Preconception and Interconception Care

August 15, 2016|3:45 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

ASTHO and partners are working to help states create solutions to improve pre- and interconception care in order to reduce both infant and maternal mortality rates. Read More »

U.S. Sees Continued Rise in Maternal Mortality

May 10, 2016|1:10 p.m.| Eighmey Zeeck

The United States has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality of any industrialized country, and the numbers have increased over time. Read More »

CDC Initiative Highlights Importance of Vaccines for Infants and Children

April 07, 2016|3:46 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual initiative in April that highlights the importance of protecting infants from preventable diseases. This year it takes place April 16-23. Read More »

Georgia’s “Talk With Me Baby” Program Aims to Improve Low-Income Toddlers’ Verbal and Reading Skills

March 25, 2016|2:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Georgia’s initiative encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing to their infants and toddlers. Read More »

American College of Nurse Midwives and ASTHO Collaborate to Improve Health

January 12, 2016|10:54 a.m.| Eileen Beard and Carol Hayes

ACNM has been working with ASTHO and other health professional organizations to improve immunizations rates in vulnerable populations, including racial/ethnic groups and pregnant women. Read More »

Increasing State Health Agency Capacity to Improve 17P Utilization

December 28, 2015|10:44 a.m.| Claire Rudolph

Women who have experienced a preterm birth are eligible for a progesterone medication called 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate, or 17P, which has been shown to prevent the recurrence of preterm birth by 33 percent. Read More »

Study: Safe Sleep One of Several Elements in SIDS Prevention

December 18, 2015|5:04 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study concludes that other factors in addition to safe infant sleep practices have contributed to the decline in infant deaths since 1990. Read More »

March of Dimes Announces Premature Birth Report Card Findings

November 09, 2015|2:35 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The United States’ 2014 preterm birth rate was 9.6 percent, down from 11.4 percent the previous year. Read More »

States Collaborate to Reduce Infant Mortality

October 27, 2015|2:05 p.m.| Claire Rudolph

The infant mortality rate in the United States is one of the highest among all developed countries, at approximately six infant deaths per 1,000 live births annually. Read More »

Louisiana Expands Access to 17P Progesterone Injections for At Risk Pregnant Women

September 04, 2015|12:14 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Louisiana merged its vital records with Medicaid data and created a Medicaid pay-for-performance measure to encourage plans to increase the number of women who are able to access 17P. Read More »

Nebraska Safe Driving Campaign Aims at Parents of Teen Drivers

August 13, 2015|11:29 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

With its “Driving the Right Message” campaign, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants to educate parents about the important role they play in keeping their teen safe at the wheel. Read More »

States Highlight Importance of Breastfeeding During World Breastfeeding Week

August 07, 2015|4:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, health departments across the nation are raising awareness about breastfeeding and have developed policies that promote breastfeeding-friendly work environments. Read More »

Missouri Expands Newborn Screening Network with Sunday Pickup and Eight New Sites

July 23, 2015|11:08 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is strengthening its newborn screening program. Read More »

Poverty Hurts Kids’ Brain Development and Grades, Study of MRI Scans Shows

July 21, 2015|2:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study has found that children who live below the poverty line have 7 percent to 10 percent less gray matter volume than normal in their frontal and temporal lobes—parts of the brain that are responsible for learning functions. Read More »

Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21

June 24, 2015|1:43 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Already a leader in decreasing tobacco use, Hawaii becomes first state to increase the smoking age to 21, a step the IOM reports will likely have a significant impact on public health. Read More »

Educating Healthcare Workers on IUDs, Implants Halves Unintended Pregnancies, Study Finds

June 19, 2015|11:25 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Many public health experts now say that long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is a top way to prevent unintended pregnancy. Read More »

Massachusetts Increases Influenza Vaccinations Among Pregnant Women During H1N1

May 28, 2015|10:22 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

After observing significantly higher hospitalization rates among pregnant women during H1N1, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health partnered with the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists to increase influenza vaccinations. Read More »

NIH Study Supports Assertion that Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

April 21, 2015|5:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study maintains the longstanding claim that there is no link between childhood immunizations and autism. Read More »

Washington State Uses Guidelines and Programs to Reduce the Number of Drug- and Alcohol-Exposed Babies

April 01, 2015|9:40 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

The Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services collaborated to provide prenatal substance abuse screening tools to providers and programs to women. Read More »

Paid Sick Leave Contributes to Health of Workers and Their Families

March 25, 2015|4:24 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A white paper from the Minnesota Department of Health finds that workers who receive paid sick and family leave are healthier, and so are their families and the public they serve. Read More »

Report: Many Poison Control Calls Result from Children Improperly Taking Medication

March 20, 2015|2:18 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A new study reviews poison control center call data and explains how families can protect their children against medication overdose and improper ingestion. Read More »

Alabama Program Uses Multi-Pronged Approach to Increase Uptake of HPV Vaccine

March 06, 2015|9:41 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and can lead to cervical and other cancers. Alabama worked to increase the number of young people immunized against it with a program that included many different kinds of outreach and approaches. Read More »

Arizona Targets Teen Tobacco Use with Comedy and Online Video

February 09, 2015|9:27 a.m.| John Skendall

Arizona’s health department has upped the ante on its anti-tobacco messaging to teens. Read More »

Kansas’ Immunize and Win a Prize Program Promotes Childhood Vaccinations

February 02, 2015|5:13 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Kansas' innovative incentive program has increased immunizations in young children. Read More »

LARC Now Considered a Top Method to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy

December 19, 2014|3:30 p.m.| Kristen Lewandowski

Long-acting reversible contraception is a highly regarded birth control method due to its efficacy, low long-term cost, and potential to improve health outcomes for women and children. Read More »

Almost Half of U.S. Kids Experience Childhood Trauma with Potential for Long-Term Health Repercussions

December 12, 2014|12:12 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Nearly half of U.S. kids have experienced at least one traumatic event that may impede their healthy development, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers report. Read More »

Rates of Violence Against Women Remain High Worldwide

November 25, 2014|10:11 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Rates of violence against women remain unacceptably high around the world, according to a new series “Violence Against Women and Girls,” published by The Lancet. Read More »

Alaska Uses Health Education Curriculum to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

November 12, 2014|2:07 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has been using the Fourth R health education curriculum to promote healthy teen relationships and prevent disease in the state. Read More »

March of Dimes Releases Annual Premature Birth Report Card

November 06, 2014|12:02 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card compares each state’s preterm birth rate to the March of Dimes goal of 9.6 percent of all live births by 2020. Read More »

Youth E-Cigarette Use Prompts Health Concerns, New Policies in Guam

October 28, 2014|12:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Facing rising levels of e-cigarette use, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services worked with partners limit access at the department and prohibit sales to minors. Read More »

Hawaii Wellness Standards Promote Health in Schools

October 23, 2014|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

To improve the health of young people, Hawaii has made a commitment to strongly support healthy environments in its public schools. Read More »

Oklahoma Partnership Sets Sights on Ensuring Safe Sleep Practices

October 10, 2014|10:15 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Sometimes, a great partnership opportunity is sitting right there next to you, all you have to do is figure out how to make it work. Read More »