Monthly E-Newsletter February 2012

Websites to check out - Our blog


My Life Plan - A site from Delaware for women on making plans for their lives.


MCH Navigator - A brand new training portal for MCH Professionals


Book Corner

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


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Welcome to the first issue of the Every Woman Southeast newsletter. We hope to publish this each month, featuring a leader from each of our states along with a recommended book, websites to check out and current happenings. Please share this with your friends. We’d love to hear your comments and have you join our team.


Featured State: North Carolina


This month's featured leader is Amy Mullenix, MSW, MSPH, Statewide Coordinator at the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign. We recently asked her a few questions about her work and why she is involved with Every Woman Southeast.


Why are you involved in Every Woman Southeast?

Every Woman Southeast is unique in that it brings together states that share strong historical and cultural connections. I’m involved because we also share historically poor health outcomes that influence what I care about most – the health of women and their children. We in the Southeast fare poorly on national measures of chronic disease, sexually transmitted infections, obesity and infant mortality and morbidity. These challenges impact African-American women disproportionally and result in inequities in health outcomes. Every Woman Southeast gives us the opportunity to grapple with our history and its consequences, pushing us to find solutions to age-old problems that expand how we attempt to improve health. Our proposed life course approach provides a framework to think about how we can support women (beginning even before their own birth!) to achieve their fullest health potential as adults. Every Woman Southeast also affords us the opportunity to consider solutions that build on our shared strengths, such as strong extended family structures and faith communities. It allows us to meet with our peers from other states and think big about how to enhance services and social structures so that women and families can access meaningful opportunities to achieve their best health potential. It is sometimes difficult work, but I continue to participate because we need to leave a new legacy of equity for all of our citizens in the Southeast. In so doing we will achieve our other goals – improving birth outcomes and educational outcomes, for example – and cause a domino effect that reaches down through generations to come.


To read the full interview, click here.


To find out more about what is happening in North Carolina, visit and


Upcoming Event


Please Join the Every Woman Southeast Coalition for a Webinar on Moving the Life Course Theory Into MCH Action on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will explore the Life Course approach in maternal and child health, as well as strategies for translating theory into community MCH practice.


For more information, click here.


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