Monthly E-Newsletter June 2012

Website Spotlight


This month we’re featuring the CDC’s new website on preconception health! One thing we love about this site is that it includes a section on how men can promote their own health while protecting the health of the women and children in their lives. You can find free materials, including a reproductive life plan worksheet.


Book Corner


During the meeting, the group learned about adaptive leadership and considered what an adaptive approach to preconception health might look like. Ronald Heifetz, Harvard professor and co-founder of the Center for Public Leadership, is well known for his work on building adaptive leadership capacity.  This month we suggest his first book Leadership Without Easy Answers as a way to learn more about this approach. Love this topic and his work? Also read The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World and Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading.

We Have Launched!


On May 22 and 23, 30 passionate advocates for preconception health came together in Chapel Hill to set the course for the Every Woman Southeast Coalition. The group included representatives from all nine states as well as national supporters from the March of Dimes, NACCHO, AMCHP and the National Initiative on Preconception Health and Health Care. Attendees brought very diverse experiences to the table along with a shared passion and commitment to improving women’s preconception health in our region. Power sharing, ‘leading from the middle’ (rather than leading from the top), and modeling a true spirit of collaboration will guide the change we hope to create. The group moved efficiently through a very ambitious agenda resulting in many great ideas and plans. A summary of the meeting, documents such as an organizational chart and communication guidelines, a Pinterest board, next steps and more will be posted on our website in a few weeks.


Calling Volunteers!


We are currently forming the committees and state teams that will propel our vision and success forward. We will have three committees that will help make decisions on key components of Every Woman Southeast: Evaluation, Pilot Projects, and Communications. The state teams will spearhead outreach and promotion of preconception health in their states. If you are interested in participating, please email Jessye Brick at with your name, contact info and the committee or state that you would like to be involved with.


Meeting Reflections


Please take a minute to read the thoughts and ideas shared by three members who participated in the meeting on our blog. Check out the pictures we posted, too!

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