Monthly E-Newsletter January 2013

Hot off the press


The American Journal of Health Promotion just released a Special Issue focusing on Preconception Health on January 2, 2013. The Issue includes a wealth of articles including one written by our partners at PASOs. To access all of the articles FREE OF CHARGE click here.


There will be a FREE webinar on Wednesday January 30th from 1-2pm ET sponsored by the Journal featuring authors from the Issue presenting their research and available for questions. To register click here.


Starting anew


Looking for a resolution you can actually keep? Why not try the 21 day gratitude challenge? This is a great way to brighten your January and remember what is really important. Visit the Gratitude Challenge website here.


Looking for some ways to kick start the year with good health? Check out some of these fun apps for your smartphone to keep you motivated:


Happy New Year


Welcome to 2013! There is nothing like a new beginning although it can be a bit daunting to face a long “to do” list after the holidays. Looking ahead to what the year has to offer, we are pleased that Every Woman Southeast will have the chance to work closely with our partners to promote and advance a number of great preconception health opportunities. In February this year, around Valentine’s Day, the National Initiative on Preconception Health and Health Care’s (PCHHC) Consumer Work Group will launch the first National Preconception Campaign called Show Your Love. EWSE is an implementation partner – keep your eye out for our February issue which will highlight all the new products and tools. 


Later in the Spring/Summer the National PCHHC’s Clinical Work Group will introduce a new online toolkit for Clinicians on integrating preconception health into routine well woman care. We hope to host a webinar with the toolkit’s authors and be first in line to take this to professional societies in our state to get into practice. The New Year also brings the promise of increased access to health care for millions of women. We’ll do our part this fall to make sure the women in the Southeast are first in line for this care.


Our Coalition also has a bright future. This year we’ll extend and strengthen our networks across the region, support our excellent pilot projects, and increase the dialogue out there on preconception health, the life course approach and health equity. We hope that you’ll continue on our journey with us. Buckle up!


Pilot project spotlight: PASOs


PASOs’ “Choose Today a Healthy Tomorrow!” project will collaborate with local radio stations in two counties in South Carolina with large Latino populations, Charleston County and Beaufort County. They will host bi-monthly maternal, child, and reproductive health educational radio programs led by teams of Promotores, or community health workers. This project will receive support and assistance from the team of Community Ambassadors (grassroots leaders) in Richland and Lexington counties who are currently engaging in this work. PASOs has identified specific needs in the area of preconception health, including education on reproductive anatomy, consumption of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, family planning methods, preventing/treating sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and exercise, and communicating effectively with health care providers. PASOs will deliver culturally tailored messages with input and support from teams of Promotores who have received training on reproductive health topics and resources. The overall goal of this work is to reduce disparities in reproductive health and birth outcomes by improving health before pregnancy occurs. For more information about PASOs and the “Choose Today a Healthy Tomorrow!” project, please see


Leadership blog


This month we’re featuring our partner Margarita Franco, Director of Community Leadership Development at PASOs . Please read what she has to say about their new project and her work. Read her interview here.


PASOs recommends the article “Why Latinas demand a different conversation about teen pregnancy” for a fresh perspective. Click here to read.


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