National PCHHC Newsletter                                                                                                         Fall 2017 
Partner Spotlight: 
Latino Commission on AIDS
Latino Commission on AIDS (The Commission), a nonprofit organization, spearheads health advocacy for Latinos by promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and building capacity in community-based organizations. The Commission proudly serves Latinx LGBTQ communities and all those impacted by HIV and Hepatitis throughout the United States, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, and is committed to creating and promoting safe spaces for all. The Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to the eradication of health disparities and the promotion of health equity for our communities.   The Commission celebrated National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day 2017 
(NLAAD) in communities across the US. 
This year's theme, "Be a Super Hero and Defeat HIV" highlights the many things we can all do to bring an end to the epidemic.   See photos and stay updated on their work: 
Show Your Love  Ambassador Spotlight: 
Mary Hill
Mary Hill is working on her MPH degree at the  University of South Florida, College of Public Health. 
"Having good health is vital in all aspects of life and being healthy does not only mean not having disease. When I think about my health, I try to explore preventive actions that I can take to ensure I am as healthy as I can be. Improving my health and wellness has been an ongoing journey. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I have worked towards eating healthier, exercising, and trying to balance graduate school and work life.

Does she look familiar? You've seen her all over our #ShowYourLoveToday Instagram and #MyHealthySummer Challenge leader. 
Stay up to date with Mary Hill & our #ShowYourLoveToday bloggers here.
Partner Events Corner

#ThxBirthControlDay is November 15th!
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is celebrating Thanks, Birth Control Day on Wednesday, November 15th! Snap a selfie and post it to your social media channels using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to express why birth control is or has been important to you.

Plan ahead so your office can participate!

World Prematurity Day is November 17th. To kick off the awareness activities, PCHHC and March of Dimes teamed up to host a  #PreemieChat Tweet Chat on November 16th, 12pm ET. Please join us to share your work and ideas.

Featured Information

Everyone is busy and it is easy to miss interesting and important content on preconception health. Here are a few of our "don't miss" picks at the moment.

In popular media, Dr. Diana Ramos, PCHHC Clinical Co-Chair, contributed to this Women's Health Magazine article: Follow These 8 Steps Before Conceiving If You Want To Be SUPER Prepared For Pregnancy. She was also featured in Mamapedia about pre-pregnancy nutrition.

From the bi-weekly email of journal articles, this one by Drs. Milton Kotelchuck and Michael Lu in the Maternal and Child Health Journal stood out  Father's Role in Preconception Health. From the abstract:  Fatherhood paradigm now encourages a new examination of how men's preconception health impacts both reproductive outcomes and men's own subsequent health and development. This essay proposes a research agenda to advance this topic in three broad domains: increasing the basic epidemiology and risk factor knowledge base; implementing and evaluating men's preconception health/fatherhood interventions; and fostering more fatherhood health policy and advocacy research.

Listen to the recording of the  HP2020's Optimizing Birth Outcomes webinar. Learn  how Healthy People 2020 is progressing with Maternal, Infant and Child Care and Family Planning initiatives. The webinar features the Magnolia Project in Florida, where they model community engagement to address medical, behavioral, cultural, and social service needs.
Resource Spotlight:
Local Reproductive Freedom Index
The National Institute for Reproductive Health just released their Local Reproductive Freedom Index Click to see how your city scores.  
The Local Index is a first-of-its-kind initiative that evaluates the reproductive health, rights, and justice policies of 40 U.S. cities. It will help local leaders better understand how their city fares when it comes to this issue. It also encourages cities to lead by ensuring all residents have the full freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.
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Let's Talk About Sex (and keep talking....)
October is "Let's Talk" Month, a time that highlights the importance of having healthy conversations about sex. How does this connect to preconception health? In many ways! Healthy, safe relationships which may or may not include sexual activity are a critical part of the lives of people - young and old. In spite of the centrality of relationships, it is not common place in the U.S. to talk about intimacy, protection, justice, and love in the context of relationships. It is time for that to change! Sister Song, a new PCHHC partner, has been amplifying the voices of Indigenous women and women of color for over 20 years. With so much being researched and debated and decided surrounding women's bodies and life plans, PCHHC is proud to partner with organizations that are working to make collective impact.

Now, in its third year, SisterSong's "Let's Talk About Sex" Conference gathered communities, leaders, organizations from across the country to TALK about much more than sex.  Reproductive justice community leader, Jasmine Getrouw-Moore attended and volunteered at the conference and shares her key take home points below. Of note, Jasmine has created virtual communities for the young adults across rural North Carolina to learn and engage with each other through social media and blogging. The PCHHC consumer work group meets regularly to share what is being done in U.S. communities to elevate voices and to better serve diverse populations. To listen to Jasmine's presentation to this group click here for the recorded webinar.

Jasmine Getrouw-Moore, MPA

 We must have access to all information we need to make decisions for our bodies, our families.
Education+Economic+Health+Environmental+Immigrant Justice = Reproductive Justice 
We need accomplices, not allies!
Culturally competent and respectful reproductive health care is key to sexual health and liberation.  
Community influencers are people who understand the ins and outs of the community and can help communicate culturally relevant reproductive health messages.
Reproductive justice in clinical care should be human rights centered, non-hurried, non-gendered, patient-centered, and empathetic.
Physicians could benefit from learning advocacy skills to deliver reproductive justice-centered care. We need to shift the culture of medicine.Consider the patient-physician relationship as a partnership.   
What are WE doing in our own work, with our own teams to bust silos and better understand and respect the people we serve?
"The United States must acknowledge and focus on the mutually reinforcing ways in which reproductive health and economic empowerment help both women and the economy thrive." -Center for American Progress, 2017 
The time is now to tie stories with facts. The Pillars of Equity article offers policy strategies to improve reproductive justice. Check out the Black Mamas Matter Toolkit for Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Care. 
Need ideas to get involved? To amplify your voice and speak your truth? 
Congratulations to the #MyHealthySummer 
Top Engagers! 

  # MyHealthySummer reached almost 950,000 people.  We had over 500 Instagram posts and over 300 Tweets from 60+ different people and accounts.
Our favorite stat: there were 5,550 interactions between accounts = engagement WIN! 
  Top engagers received a preconception care kit full of Show Your Love gear, health and wellness goodies, and a $50 Amazon item (shown above). 
Keep it going! Share your healthy fall festivities using #ShowYourLoveToday and tag us for some cool incentives.
More photos on Show Your Love Today's  Instagram  and  Facebook

Funding will support preconception health pilot programs focused on the preventative well woman visit. This award engages Title V programs and multi-disciplinary teams in California, Delaware, North Carolina, and Oklahoma as partners in the work, with the PCHHC Leadership Team as the advisory team. Assessment tools, strategies and products will be available throughout the project on our beforeandbeyond website.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF3MC31239- Preconception CoIIN. The grant amount totals $1,494,993. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Keep up with the Science!
Sign up for the  CDC's bi-weekly updates on preconception and interconception health by emailing Cheryl Robbins  ( A great resource for everything happening in the industry, across the country - and world!