237542 Innovative Approaches for Integrating Preconception Health Concepts into Adolescent Health Efforts

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:50 AM

Jessica Hawkins, MPH, CHES , Assocation of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Washington, DC
Sharron Corle , Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Washington, DC
Background: Health trajectories are developed over the course of a lifetime, thus public health professionals are beginning to incorporate preconception health approaches into public health initiatives. The underlying basis for these efforts is the knowledge that health habits initiated during sensitive developmental periods can impact present and future health. Since 2009, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, has designed strategies to bridge the gap between women's and adolescent preventive health efforts and help states implement the CDC Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care. Methods: The Action Learning Collaborative (ALC) methodology is a quality improvement strategy in which cross-disciplinary state teams are convened to consider a problem or opportunity and work collectively to design strategies to address it. Results: Teams from Missouri, Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah are currently implementing innovative strategies that include: creating and disseminating reproductive life planning tools for adolescents; revising a health curriculum to include preconception health; integrating preconception health into state department of education core health curriculum; and developing a model policy for integrating youth with disabilities in preconception health efforts. Conclusions: Adolescents are a key population for these efforts since we know that health habits initiated during adolescence can have a great impact on present and future health. The results of this ALC serve as models for national practice related to the integration of adolescent and preconception health in order to improve present and future health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate strategies for integrating preconception health into state adolescent health and education efforts to improve programs and policies.

Keywords: Adolescent Health, Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Served as lead staff for this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.