Monthly E-Newsletter October 2012



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Have you seen the September/October issue of Pulse from AMCHP? This issue focuses on infant mortality, prematurity and preconception health. Take a look and then sign up so you don't miss any upcoming issues!


A Word About Men


We have been doing a series of focus groups in North Carolina and have found that when the topic of men and fathers comes up there is a lot of discussion.


There was an interesting article in the New York Times about the growing understanding about men’s role in healthy children. Click here to read the article. Let us know what you think about it. The emerging field of epigenetics is definitely one to follow. Given our understanding of the Life Course Approach, this field and article helps us think about disparities across generations.


The AMCHP webinar, "Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement," that took place on Sept 17 offered some new insights into the role of men in the lives of women and children. You can view full presentation or download the slides by clicking here.


Book Corner


This month several members of the Every Woman Southeast Leadership Team are reading a book by Michelle Alexander called, The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. We are thinking about organizing a conference call one evening later in November to discuss. Let us know what you think.


Every Woman Southeast Webinar Series Begins


Our first webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 24 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on Interconception Care Program Recruitment and Retention Strategies. The purpose of the webinar is to share strategies for what works and what doesn’t work in recruiting high risk women to and retaining their participation in interconception health services. Speakers include Drs. Dean Coonrod, Jennifer Culhane, Anne Dunlop and Betsy Beldsoe-Mansori.


Registration is free. Please mark your calendars and register here.


Do you have experience in recruiting and keeping high risk women in programs? If yes, we’d love to hear from you. Please email Sarah at so we can connect with you and share your ideas during the webinar.


Addressing Women’s Health Needs and Improving Birth Outcomes: Results from a Peer-to-Peer State Medicaid Learning Project


This issue brief, written by Kay Johnson with support from the Commonwealth Fund, examines the efforts of seven states to promote preventive health for low-income women of childbearing age. Medicaid agencies in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas took part in a peer-to-peer learning project funded by the CDC and the Commonwealth Fund. The issue brief profiles the strategies, experiences and progress of each state and discusses upcoming opportunities to improve health care for women covered by Medicaid. 


Our Voices

This month our blog features two leaders from North Carolina. Erin McClain, MA, MPH, is a staff member for Every Woman Southeast and a mom. Please read her thoughts about the article posting in last month’s newsletter here.


Kendall Gurske is a graduate student and an EWSE Intern who will complete her MSW and MPH degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this December. She shares her thoughts about Every Woman Southeast here. We’d like to give her a special “thank you” for all her help and for her ongoing commitment to our cause!

Next month’s newsletter will feature the great work underway in Alabama.

Share your thoughts


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