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Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health


 
Local health departments (LHDs) play an important role in coordinating the broader public health system’s efforts to improve the health of women, children and adolescents. NACCHO’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program strengthens the capacity of LHDs to effectively ensure and assess the health of women, children and adolescents by providing learning opportunities, developing tools and resources, providing technical support, and facilitating peer exchange.
 
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Oral Health Across the Lifespan: Addressing the Unique Oral Health Needs of Special Populations

Oral Health Across the Lifespan: Addressing the Unique Oral Health Needs of Special Populations is a three-part webinar series on the oral health needs of children and youth with special health care needs, pregnant women, and older adults.

Oral health is an essential part of our daily lives. Research shows that oral health can have both good and poor impacts on our overall health. Poor oral health care can lead to a wide range of oral diseases, from cavities to cancer. In some populations, there is limited access to oral healthcare and these populations have unique needs that continue to be overlooked due to the lack of understanding of current recommendations. This three-part series hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will explore oral health in special populations, specifically addressing the unique oral health needs of children and youth with special health care needs, pregnant women, and older adults.  

Oral Health Considerations for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Date: June 23, 2015

The first webinar in the series addresses the oral health care needs of children with special health care needs. The webinar will discuss the factors that contribute to oral health problems for children with special health care needs, potential barriers for oral health care, and recommendations to address these needs. The webinar will also review local and state examples of programs that seek to improve oral health care for children and youth with special health care needs.

Improving Oral Health Services during Pregnancy
Date: July 7, 2015

The second webinar in the series addresses oral health care needs during pregnancy. In 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), along with American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Dental Association (ADA) released a consensus statement, entitled Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement. The statement emphasized the importance of oral health care throughout pregnancy and provided guidance on oral health care for pregnant women. The webinar will discuss the Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement and subsequent recommendations and information related to oral health care during pregnancy. The webinar will also review local and state examples of programs that address increasing oral health care for pregnant women.

Oral Health and Aging: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults
Date: July 21, 2015

The final webinar addresses the oral health care needs of older adults, and the factors that contribute to oral health issues for older adults, potential barriers for oral health care, and recommendations to address these needs. The webinar will also review local and state examples of programs that ensure the provision of oral health care for older adults.   This webinar series is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Organizations of State and Local Officials (NOSLO).



 
The Raising of America: Strengthening Public  Health and Community Partnerships to Reduce Disparities in Child Health & Development
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The Raising of America is a documentary series and multimedia initiative that will launch in early 2015 that will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. The documentary, by the producers of UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life courses (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous, and more equitable America.


On January 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm, ET, national partners hosted a webinar to raise awareness about the documentary series. The webinar featured clips from the opening episode, which moves back and forth between the science of human development and the stories of families and communities struggling to provide the rich and responsive environments all children need to thrive. A Q&A on how participants can use the series to build strategic partnerships to improve child health and development in their communities followed. More »


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NACCHO Conference: April 19-22, 2016 Dallas, TX