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January 3-9 is Folic Acid Awareness Week

National Folic Acid Awareness Week, observed during the first full week of January every year, brings much-needed attention to this crucial vitamin that is especially important to women who are either pregnant or may become pregnant. Folic acid is a B vitamin that every cell in the body needs for healthy growth and development. Taken before pregnancy and during early pregnancy, folic acid can help protect baby from developing neural tube defects (NTD).

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment created these graphics and sample posts to help you raise awareness about Folic Acid in Pregnancy. Posts can be customized to include your community-specific information. Hashtag suggestion: #Best4YouBest4Baby

Safe Sleep Action Alert

Safe Sleep

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.

Medical Homes Action Alert

Medical Homes

"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.

Preconception Health Awareness

February is Preconception Health Awareness Month

Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years (ages 18-44). Preconception health means taking control and choosing healthy habits; living well, being healthy and feeling good about life; making a plan for the future and taking the steps to get there! All men and women can benefit from preconception heath, regardless of if they plan to have a baby one day.

In recognition of February as Preconception Health Awareness month, KDHE has developed the attached Action Alert and social media graphics for your use. Please share this information with the individuals you serve, your colleagues, collaborative community partners and on your social media platforms.

Prenatal Infection Awareness

February is Prenatal Infection Awareness Month

Prenatal Infection Prevention Month is a worldwide observance to promote awareness of infections transmitted from mother to baby. According to research, up to 24% of stillbirths in developed countries, like the US, result from infection.

In recognition of February as Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, KDHE has developed the attached Action Alert and social media graphics. Please share this important health information throughout the month with the individuals you serve, your colleagues, collaborative community partners, and on your social media platforms.

Preeclampsia Social Media Graphic

Preeclampsia Awareness Day Toolkit

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 during the month of May, KMCHC encourages you to incorporate resources in this toolkit into your public awareness campaigns.

Women's Health Month and Well-woman Visits Action Alert

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.

Group B streptococcus Awareness

Group B streptococcus Awareness

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.

COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Pregnancy & COVID-19

The circulation of highly contagious variants, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant women, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant women make vaccination for the pregnant population and their partners more urgent than ever.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.

This toolkit from KDHE contains social media graphics, messaging, and resources for both patients and providers.

Breast Feeding Month Action Alert

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.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness Action Alert

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and May is Mental Health 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.

Newborn Screening Awareness Action Alert

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 this Action Alert Toolkit.

Baby Safety Month Action Alert

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!

Childhood Obesity Month Action Alert

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.

Stillbirth Prevention Month Action Alert

October is Stillbirth Prevention Month

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.

National SIDS Awareness Month Action Alert

October is National SIDS Awareness Month

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!

World Prematurity Month Action Alert

November is World Prematurity Month

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.

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