AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

CDC deactivates emergency operations center for Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today deactivated its emergency operations center for Zika virus. “Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses and infants, from the emerging virus and its... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

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More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016, a record high, according to the latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia cases grew 4.7% to nearly 1.6 million; gonorrhea cases grew 18.5% to more than 468,000; and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

Vietnamese Health Project is a bridge to better care

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For more than 20 years, Springfield, Mass.-based Mercy Medical Center’s Vietnamese Health Project has been a bridge between the city’s more than 5,000 Vietnamese residents and health care.

The project addresses cultural and language differences to break down barriers to better care for an immigrant... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, Community health, equity, access

HRSA awards $7 million to support Zika care in territories

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today awarded $6 million to help repay student loans for 104 clinicians committed to serving three years in high-need communities affected by the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, maternal health, Zika

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health yesterday awarded 16 organizations about $100,000 each to help prevent opioid misuse by women and girls in underserved communities. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, opioids, prevention

CDC updates Zika guidance for providers caring for pregnant women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued updated recommendations for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. In the updated guidance, CDC no longer recommends the routine testing of women with possible recent exposure to Zika virus but... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

CDC: U.S. births decline 1% in 2016

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U.S. births declined 1% in 2016 to 3.94 million, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth rates for women under age 30 fell to record lows while rates for women in their 30s and 40s rose. The Cesarean delivery rate fell for the fourth year in a row, to 31.9%, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health

CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

CDC updates Zika guidance for Miami-Dade County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday lifted the “Zika cautionary (yellow) area” designation for Miami-Dade County, FL, citing no new cases of local transmission for more than 45 days. While there are no longer any travel recommendations related to Zika virus in the county, women and men... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

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