Communities Supporting Young Families
North Carolina’s Division of Public Health’s Young Families Connect: Communities Supporting Young Families is funded by the Office of Adolescent Health with the Pregnancy Assistance Fund. This project offers support to pregnant and/or parenting women ages 13-24 years with health maintenance, parenting skills and parental self-sufficiency and is administered through the Women’s Health Branch. For more information about Young Families Connect, please visit youngfamiliesconnect.org.
- To support community strategies to create effective systems of care
- To incorporate evidence-based practices, strategies and models
- To improve the health of pregnant and parenting women by providing comprehensive support services that are easy to access and meet their needs.
- establish a Community Advisory Council that will guide their project in implementing an action plan,
- integrate six identified maternal health best practices,
- implement or expand an evidence-based home visitation program,
- and create an integrated system of care in their communities.
The six maternal health best practices that will be integrated into this project are: 1) early entry and effective utilization of prenatal care, 2) establishment and utilization of a medical home (for non-pregnant women), 3) reproductive life planning (including access and utilization of family planning services), 4) tobacco cessation counseling using the 5 A’s approach, 5) promotion of healthy weight and 6) domestic violence prevention.
To support this initiative, the March of Dimes/NC Preconception Health Campaign will provide trainings for health care providers in each of the five project counties on the maternal health best practices. They also administer this website as a part of the project, which provides up-to-date information on Young Moms Connect. The North Carolina Healthy Start Foundation will coordinate a social marketing campaign related to the six identified maternal health best practice areas in the five project counties. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will provide intensive support and ongoing technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation of Young Moms Connect.
Health Care Provider Curriculum, Training and Tool Kit Links
These curricula are intended to be used to train health care providers on the five of the six best practice areas for women of reproductive age. They were developed to train health care providers in Bladen, Nash, Onslow, Rockingham and Wayne counties in both large group training sessions and smaller in office in-services. They are accompanied by a Trainer’s Guide, which includes extensive information about the tools and materials that should be used in conjunction with the slides.
These training materials can be adapted for large trainings and smaller in-office in-services. The key content for both types of training is found on the PowerPoint slides and in the notes section of the slides. The other training methods listed in the “module at a glance” are optional as training time allows.
Reproductive Life Planning (RLP)
- The State of Preconception Health in North Carolina from the North Carolina Women’s and Children’s Health Section and the State Center for Health Statistics
- North Carolina PRAMS Fact Sheet: Unintended Pregnancies 2004-2006 from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics
- Before Between and Beyond Pregnancy – The National Preconception Curriculum and Resources for Clinicians: CME Modules – http://www.beforeandbeyond.org/?page=cme-modules
- Moos, M.K, et. al (2008). Healthier women, healthier reproductive outcomes: Recommendations for the routine care of all women of reproductive age. AJOG, 199(6 Suppl 2):S280-9.
- Planning for a Healthy Future: Algorithm for Providers Caring for Women of Childbearing Age from the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care. (PDF)
- Are You Ready? Sex and Your Future – Health Departments and other publicly funded agencies can order materials from the N.C. Department of Public Health by using the “Requisition for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Forms and Educational Materials” form.
- Female Personal Reproductive Health Risk Assessment and Adolescent Reproductive Life Plan from the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign
- Becoming a Parent Booklet and Check List from the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care ($3.00)
- Preconception health educational materials from the March of Dimes
- Folic acid educational materials from the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign and the NC Healthy Start Foundation.
Young Women and Tobacco
- Clinic Resources from You Quit, Two Quit
- Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Pregnant Women Quit Smoking from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CME’s available)
- 5 As Counseling from You Quit, Two Quit
- Medicaid Bulletin and Index from the 2017 North Carolina Medicaid Bulletin
- Tobacco Cessation Counseling Training Resources from the NC Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch
- Guide to Tobacco Cessation Resources in North Carolina for Health Professionals from QuitlineNC
- Smoking Cessation Toolkit from You Quit, Two Quit
- Consumer posters from You Quit, Two Quit (in English and Spanish; Download only)
- You Quit, Two Quit: Guide for Counseling Women Who Smoke from You Quit, Two Quit (Download only)
- Oh Baby! We want to keep you safe from secondhand smoke from First Step.
- Smoking and Pregnancy from the March of Dimes (in English and Spanish)
Healthy Weight Matters
- Promoting Healthy Weight Among Women of Reproductive Age (Jan 2006) from AMCHP/CityMatCH Women’s Health Partnership (PDF)
- Talking with Patients About Weight Loss: Tips for Primary Care Professionals from the Weight-Control Information Network
- Frequency of Health Care Provider (HCP) Reported Barriers to Diagnosing and Managing Overweight/Obesity (PDF)
- Principles of Motivational Interviewing from WIC Works Resource System
- Open-ended Questions from WIC Works Resource System
- Overweight and Obesity Information Sheet (April 2009) from the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance
- Provider Overview of Resources (PDF) available at Eat Smart Move More North Carolina
- Handout of online healthy weight resources for consumers (PDF)
- ChooseMyPlate.gov from the USDA
- Healthy Weight Materials from the March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign
- Kaiser Permanente Food Diary
Circle of Care for Women
- North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card from the UNC Center for Women’s Health and Research
- N.C. African American Maternal Health, North Carolina PRAMS Fact Sheet (April 2009) from the State Center for Health Statistics
- Postpartum Maternal Health Care in the United States: A Critical Review from the Journal of Perinatal Education (2006)
- The Postpartum Visit: An Overlooked Opportunity for Prevention by Sarah Verbiest, Dr.P.H. (2008)
- Adequacy of Prenatal Care: Kessner Index & Kotelchuck Index Handout (PDF)
- An Evaluation of the Kessner Adequacy of Prenatal Care Index and Proposed Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index from the American Journal of Public Health (1994) (PDF)
- North Carolina Healthcare Safety Net Organizations from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Read the full publication, North Carolina Safety Net Task Force Report (2005), here.
- Health Care Services for the Uninsured and Other Underserved Populations: A Technical Assistance Manual to Help Communities Create or Expand Health Care Saftey Net Services from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine
- Medical Home Consumer Resources handout (PDF)
- Choices Magazine (English) and Mujer Total (Spanish) Magazine.
- My Health Journal in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).
- Taking Care of You: Your Postpartum Health and Visit in English and Spanish from the NC Division of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Section. (PDF)
- Congratulations, Mom. You have a Beautiful Baby for women who have just had a baby to remind them of the importance of continuing to take folic acid. Order free copies from the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities here.
- ¡Felicidades: Información para la mamá nueva! (Congratulations! Information for new moms) for Latina women who have just had a baby to remind them of the importance of continuing to take folic acid. From the March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign.
- Your Mommy Years: Living Healthy, Living Smart (bilingual) from the March of Dimes.