Rates of premature births are continuing to climb in the United States, with 1 in 10 babies being born before 37 weeks gestation. While Kansas falls slightly below the national average for prematurity at 10.1%, large disparities exist with Black mothers experiencing premature deliveries 51% more often than those of other races. Factors such as inadequate health care coverage, poverty, chronic disease and smoking, as well as inadequate prenatal education are identified as being contributing factors of premature births.
Use the data, resources, and social media posts in this toolkit throughout November to observe World Prematurity Month, learn more, and share information about prematurity and how it can be prevented.
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.
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.
July is Group B Streptococcus Awareness Month!
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that many people carry normally in their body. Most of the time the bacteria do not cause any symptoms or make people feel sick. About 1 in 4 pregnant people carry GBS bacteria. Undiagnosed or left untreated, GBS in pregnancy can be dangerous because it can be passed to baby during birth and cause serious illness. In fact, GBS is the leading cause of newborn infection.
KMCHC encourages you to help raise awareness during the month of July with social media deliverables created by KDHE.
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.
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/
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!
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.
Every year in the U.S. 24,000 babies are born still, according to the CDC. That means a baby is born still every 22 minutes. Data also shows that a disproportionate number of babies are born still to Non-Hispanic Black mothers.
This month use the KDHE Action Alert Toolkit to raise awareness about ways to reduce stillbirth, such as with the Count the Kicks app, and reduce disparities in stillbirth.
In Kansas, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) is the second leading cause of infant death. With October being recognized as National SIDS Awareness Month, take this opportunity to provide additional focus and education on SIDS risk factors and the prevention of sleep related deaths.
In this action alert, find: statistics, tips for preventability, provider and patient resources, and pre-made social media posts. We hope that you find these resources helpful and will put them to good use!
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. To raise understanding around preeclampsia, KMCHC encourages you to incorporate resources in this toolkit into your public awareness campaigns.
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.