Monthly E-Newsletter November 2012

Spotlight: Alabama’s GAL Campaign


The Get a Healthy Life Campaign is a creative and smart preconception health campaign from Alabama. Working closely with partners from across the state, the Division of Public Health crafted a campaign focusing on helping women think about and plan for their future. Click here to learn more about their campaign, social media and resources. Click here to go to their “download” section where you can find materials in English and Spanish. Take some time to read their website and like their Facebook page! Questions? Email



More new sites


Take a minute to visit our website to find two great resources. First, you’ll see the slides from our recent webinar on Interconception Care Program Recruitment and Retention Strategies. Second, you’ll see an opportunity to apply for the Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) NEW Academy. Participation in the Academy is free of charge. Applications are due in November. Learn more to see how you and your agency can benefit from this training opportunity. Questions? Email Sarah at


Also check out the NEW Preconception Health Resource Center. Live only a few weeks ago, the Resource Center provides quick access to tools, materials and best practice programs. Click here to read more.


Journal on the social determinants


The North Carolina Medical Journal, a journal of health policy analysis and debate, September/October 2012 volume focuses on "A Foundation for Better Health: Focusing on Social Determinants." The journal has many good articles from North Carolina authors and programs on this topic. All articles are available free of charge. Click here to access.


Book corner


We're ready for your suggestions! Have a book on health, social change, health disparities or any other topic related to our initiatives? Please email Sarah at your recommendation and you just might see your suggestion in one of our newsletters!




With the season of thanks upon us, we would like to take a minute to express our appreciation for all the amazing women and a few brave men who have helped us make Every Woman Southeast a reality. We appreciate our funders – the March of Dimes and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – for taking a chance on our vision as well as our great friends at AMCHP. We are excited about our 8 new pilot projects and our evaluator who will be working with us to give shape to our movement. We appreciate our newsletter readers, blog followers and webinar attendees.


Most of all we are SO grateful for our founding mothers, leadership team, committee members and state team members who have found time in their busy schedules to build our networks and provide the energy needed to keep us moving forward! It is truly a blessing to have the chance to bring together women from across our region that are deeply committed to taking on the challenging work needed to improve the health of every woman in the southeast.


Featured state: Alabama


Alabama is definitely a state to watch. This month we’re focusing on some groundbreaking work on tobacco cessation underway in AL as well as their great GAL preconception health campaign. To learn more about their work click here to read their webpage. You can also learn about two of their state leadership team members on our blog:

Alabama: The first state to cover smoking cessation products through its Family Planning Waiver “Plan First”


Effective October 1, 2012, Alabama’s Family Planning Waiver “Plan First” began covering selected smoking cessation products for Medicaid recipients on the program. Products covered include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, bupropion tablets, and varenicline tablets. Providers are required to seek prior authorization through AL’s Medicaid Pharmacy Administrative Services and recipients must be enrolled and receiving counseling services through the Alabama Department of Public Health Quitline. Approval is granted for up to three months at a time with one course of therapy approved per year. The project is being evaluated by the UAB School of Public Health. The Alabama Public Health Training Network provided a satellite conference and live webcast called Preconception Care: Tobacco Cessation on September 11, 2012 to kick off the service.


Keeping our social network alive and thriving


If you’ve been reading our newsletters or following our activity for a while, you know we’re all about forming effective connections throughout the southeast. One way that most of us connect in the digital age is through the Internet, specifically social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and now Pinterest. Spreading news and information through the web is the quickest and most efficient way to communicate—but is anyone listening?


Research tells us that the majority of social media users friend someone because they know them in real life—meaning real life friendships drive online relationships. However, advertising and other things competing for our attention can get in the way of effective online connections. For example, Facebook has recently rolled out a new program that purposefully limits your reach to your friends or “fans” (depending on whether you are using Facebook as a person or a page), unless you pay a premium to promote your updates. This means that only a small fraction of your friends or followers are receiving your updates in their feeds. Now, more than ever, it’s important to spread your social media networks through many channels and to make meaningful connections throughout the Web.


So, let’s connect with each other! By “liking” and “following” each other on social media sites we’ll strengthen our brands and reinforce our inter-connection. Whether it is a personal profile or a professional one, we want to know where you’ve been spending your time on the Internet. Please fill out this short survey.


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.


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