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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »