New Opportunity for Public Health Professionals

First Forum Coming to Eastern NC

March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign (NCPHC) is hosting its first forum titled, “Springing into Action! A Closer Look at Preconception Health Across North Carolina.” This forum aims to increase provider awareness about the importance of preconception health care to help prevent infant mortality and improve maternal child health. We would like providers to view every patient’s encounter as an opportunity to discuss preconception health, and assess and modify risk factors for adverse perinatal outcomes.

The forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. It is co-hosted by Eastern AHEC in Greenville, NC. Registration is required for attendance, seating is limited, and continuing education credits are available for qualifying professionals.

Eric Bailey, PhD, MPH. East Carolina University Headshot
Eric Bailey, PhD, MPH. East Carolina University

NCPHC is honored to have Eric Bailey, PhD, MPH (pictured) of East Carolina University as the forum’s keynote speaker. Dr. Bailey is the Director of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities Program, serves as Professor of Anthropology and is a core faculty member of the Public Health program. Dr. Bailey, a published researcher and author, has broad-based research experience in chronic diseases including hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. He also specializes in prenatal care, HIV/AIDS, and physical fitness research.

The NCPHC is a statewide initiative aimed at improving birth outcomes in North Carolina by reaching and educating women and men, health care professionals and community based organizations. The Campaign provides training and programs on folic acid, reproductive life planning, healthy weight, and tobacco cessation. Other training programs include the Affordable Care Act, the importance of women waiting until 39 weeks to deliver if the pregnancy is healthy, and the importance of early prenatal care and medical homes.  For the latest resources and information, visit

Click here to register for “Springing into Action!”.


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