September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Newborn screening is an essential public health service that allows health professionals to identify and treat rare conditions. When these conditions are identified and treated early, it saves lives, saves money from health complications and repeated hospitalizations associated with these disorders, and prevents intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately, many parents do not understand what newborn screening is, nor its importance. With September being recognized as National Newborn Screening Awareness Month, we can all do our part in educating parents and promoting awareness.
In collaboration with the Newborn Screening (NBS) program, KDHE has developed an Action Alert Toolkit available at https://www.kdheks.gov/newborn_screening/NSAM.htm.
September is National Baby Safety Month
Child injury is among the most under-recognized public health problems facing our country today. 2018 Kansas Vital Statistics data shows that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years of age, with most of these injuries being predictable and preventable. During Baby Safety Month, take the opportunity to provide additional focus and education on the prevention of childhood injuries and death.
Included in this action alert are statistics, tips for preventability, provider and patient resources, including resources specific to Baby Safety Month and pre-made social media posts. We hope that you find these resources helpful and will put them to good use!
September is Childhood Obesity Month
According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States has obesity. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance to learn more about this serious health condition, share messages to promote healthy growth, and prevent obesity in children.
We invite you to share resources on social media during the month of September. Modeled after the #MoveYourWay campaign from the CDC, find sample graphics and messages here. Additional CDC resources are also available here.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!
Everyone has a role to play in adolescent suicide prevention - parents, family members, school employees, coaches, health care professionals, friends, and community members. During Mental Health Awareness Month (May) and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (September), the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council (KMCHC) encourages you to spread the word about the importance of taking action to prevent suicide using our social media graphics.
Sleep-related death is the leading cause of death for infants from one month to one year. Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep: Alone, on the Back, and in a Crib.
The Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council (KMCHC) wants to get the message out about safe sleep trainings and evidence-based recommendations for safe sleep. KMCHC has developed an introduction letter for health providers, as well as flyers with information about safe sleep training and data that can be shared with your organization and community.
"A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff, and families. A medical home extends beyond the four walls of a clinical practice. It includes specialty care, educational services, family support and more." - AAP National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home
The Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council (KMCHC) encourages you to learn about building a medical home and share information about the seven aspects of medical homes. Take a self-assessment to learn what could be implemented in your practice or organization to become a medical home.
Women's Health Month and Well-Woman Visits
May is Women's Health Month! Take control of your health and empower the women and girls in your life to do the same.
During Women's Health Month, the Kansas Maternal and Child Health Council (KMCHC) encourages you to spread the word about the importance of annual well-woman visits, especially related to forming healthy habits among adolescents. KMCHC has designed social media graphics with accompanying caption messages to be shared throughout the month of May.
Preeclampsia Awareness Day Toolkit - Friday, May 22
With maternal morbidity and mortality rates at alarming levels, and the recognition that 60% of preeclampsia related deaths are preventable, it is important to educate patients and their families and follow best practices. In recognition of World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, KMCHC encourages you to incorporate resources in this toolkit into your public awareness campaigns.
August is National Breastfeeding Month
Breastfeeding is important! Breastfeeding protects both babies and mothers from a variety of diseases and conditions, as well as protecting the environment and economy.
Greater support is needed for breastfeeding in Kansas. During National Breastfeeding Month in August, use the social media graphics and messages in the toolkit to share about the importance of and resources for breastfeeding.