Monthly E-Newsletter December 2012


Website spotlight


Policy Link has great information online on impacting health through a focus on race and place. Their site includes a report, Why Place & Race Matter, as well as a wealth of success stories that highlight the work of communities who are making a difference changing the economic, social, physical and service environments of their communities.


A new movement in Maternal and Child Health has been the development of Best Babies Zones – work that reaches into the different environments described above to improve birth outcomes. To learn more about this work watch an archived webcast about the movement and four newly funded projects – one of which is in the Southeast in New Orleans.


The North Carolina Medical Journal’s July/August 2012 Issue focused on Promoting Healthy and Sustainable Communities. To access this issue free of charge click here.


Book corner


Mirine Dye from Urban Health Partnerships recommends Making Places Healthy: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability, edited by Andrew Dannenberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson for a practical, yet comprehensive, systems-level look at the built environment and health. This is a very accessible read and a great way for MCH and Family Planning professionals to broaden their knowledge base.


Must see!


Check out the new Someday Starts Now website from Texas. This new site features pre- and interconception and healthy pregnancy information for women, men, and parents to be. A multimedia outreach campaign to promote the site is underway with special attention on the father/male involvement section.


Survey reminder


Don't forget to take our survey on social media sites so that we can improve our online inter-connectivity. As a “thank you” for participating in the survey we’ll link to your agency’s or organization’s professional profiles (Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube) on your state’s page. And stay tuned for the survey results – we’ll post them in our next newsletter.


Season of light


The holiday season is here with its hustle and bustle, anticipation and celebration. Whether you approach the season with simplicity or extravagance (or you do your best to ignore it), this is a unique and busy time of year. As you move about your many errands, perhaps take a moment to appreciate your car, bus or bike. You might notice how convenient grocery stores are to you for those last minute items or how warm and secure your home feels at the end of the day or the nearby safe places to exercise off those cookies and sweets. Where we live matters a great deal to our health and well-being. Recognizing this link and the risks and benefits it confers is an important first step in applying the life course approach to your practice.

We hope that you are able to take the time to enjoy being with people you care for this season and to rest and renew your energy and spirit. Thank you for all that you do to make a difference for women, children and families across your community, state and region.


A new series


Starting with this issue, we will feature each of our eight new Pilot Projects. Each grantee is taking an innovative approach to improving reproductive life planning from a life course perspective. Our first grantee is Urban Health Partners in Florida and they are taking on the issue of transportation. To quote a respondent from a focus group recently conducted in North Carolina about barriers to health care, “transportation…always and forever transportation!” This project takes a different spin with leadership coming from non-traditional health partners to work on this issue. We look forward to watching their work unfold over the next 14 months.

Pilot project spotlight: Urban Health Partners


The Urban Health Partnership’s project “Transportation Access Throughout the Life Course” will be looking at transportation options for families during preconception and prenatal care through a life course approach. The project will conduct a community needs assessment (CNA) that will assess the Miami-Dade public transportation system and its impact on access to reproductive and preconception health services serving the most at risk populations. The results of the community needs assessment will be used to help shape an outreach marketing campaign to raise awareness among community stakeholders in transportation, urban planning and other traditional and non-traditional health sectors about the needs of this population. The project will incorporate the Life Course Game and related presentations into their outreach work to both traditional and non-traditional partners.

Please visit for more information.

This is the logo that UHP designed for their pilot project.


Leadership blog


This month we’re featuring Mirine Dye, a Program Manager for Urban Health Partnerships and new member of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition. Read her interview here.

Keep an eye on the blog this season for additional posts. Have something to say? Let us know – we welcome new bloggers any time.


Want to be inspired?


Take 4 minutes to view a You Tube video created by the Contraceptive Choice Project in St. Louis. This video shares the impact of the CHOICE Project on unintended pregnancy in St. Louis and what it could mean nationally if all women had access to no-cost contraception. For more information visit


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