It's About YOUR PATIENTS!

its-about-patients v2Thank you for your interest in promoting preconception health in the Lower Hudson Valley. LHVPN has put together educational materials that will help inform you and your clients and patients. We would also be happy to provide webinars for your staff or on-site educational programs in our region. Please contact us at 914-922-2240 or preconception@lhvpn.net

The It's About YOU! preconception initiative strives to educate every man, woman and teen in the region to understand that having a healthy mind, body and environment is vital for themselves and future children. The goal is to have people engage in healthy behaviors now and to decide when and whether a baby is the right choice for them.

Educational Resources For Health Professionals

Preconception Counseling
We know that health professionals are busy people. Therefore, here are short engaging modules which are filled with practical information on how to include preconception counseling without adding on to the short time that they you have to spend with each patient.

The introductory modules were written by two clinicians, Merry-K Moos, BSN, FNP, MPH, the "grandmother" of preconception, and also Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC and Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, a national expert in this area.

The modules can be used for CME credit by physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants.


Talking with Your Patients and Clients about
Reproductive Life Plan

For providers in Family Planning clinics

Discussing a Reproductive Life Plan with all clients during their family planning visit and introducing the concept of active planning for a first or next pregnancy can help clients achieve pregnancy when it is most beneficial to them physically, emotionally, socially and financially.

In this session, practical ways for providers and health educators to help assess and guide their clients in creating a reproductive life plan will be discussed. This will help clients prepare their bodies through preconception care and plan the spacing and timing of pregnancy for optimal health. Learn More


Office of Minority Health

Another resource is the Office of Minority Health (OMH), of the Department of Health and Human Services, which has launched A Healthy Baby Begins with You. This site provides information to help raise awareness about infant mortality with an emphasis on the African American community.


Quick Overviews of Care Recommended for Women of Reproductive Age
The Recommendations for the Routine Core of All Women of Reproductive Age

The Algorithm for Providers Caring for Women of Childbearing Age


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Rx for Wellness
As a health care provider, you are a trusted individual to your patients. So, please let them know how important it is to be healthy by using this Prescription for Wellness.

Click here to download the Prescription Pad of Prescription for Wellness. If you'd like a free 50 page Pad please email preconception@lhvpn.net or call 914-922-2240.

Educational Resources For Community Health Workers

Please join us at the Preconception Health Café!. The Café is a free, web-based course that provides an overview of the importance of preconception health. It will assist you in increasing your clients' awareness about preconception health and ways to improve health and birth outcomes.

What is Preconception Health?
It is having a healthy body, mind, and environment whether you become pregnant or not. Six lessons provide interactive tools and strategies to strengthen outreach and improve preconception health within the community.

The course is intended for community health workers but is also useful for clinicians and paraprofessionals working in community-based programs who serve women of child-bearing age, men and children.

General Preconception professional materials

Resources for You

Preconception – CDC Report
This report provides recommendations to improve both preconception health and care. The goal of these recommendations is to improve the health of women and couples, before conception of a first or subsequent pregnancy.CDC has developed these10 recommendations based on a review of published research and the opinions of specialists from the CDC/ATSDR Preconception Care Work Group and the Select Panel on Preconception Care.

Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care – United States: A Report of the CDC/ATSDR Preconception Care Work Group and the Select Panel on Preconception Care.

Life Course Perspective

The Life Course Perspective offers a new way of looking at health, not as disconnected stages unrelated to each other, but as an integrated continuum. This perspective suggests that a complex interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, social, and environmental factors contribute to health outcomes across the course of a person's life. This website provides information, innovative strategies, and tools to integrate the Life Course Perspective into Maternal Child Health work at the local, state, and national levels.

Improving Perinatal Health Outcomes

This knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of preconception and prenatal care to improve perinatal health outcomes.

A Healthy Baby Begins With You

Another resource is the Office of Minority Health (OMH), of the Department of Health and Human Services, which has launched A Healthy Baby Begins with You. This site provides information to help raise awareness about infant mortality with an emphasis on the African American community.

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