National PCHHC Newsletter                                                                          Summer 2017 
Partner Spotlight: 
Black Women for Wellness

Black Women for Wellness , a Show Your Love partner, a non-profit committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls  c elebrates 20 years this summer!  
  They support women through health education, empowerment, and advocacy.  Their program, Get Smart B4 U Get Sexy, organized lots of summer community events (weekly dance classes, #SafeSexandChill Tweet Chat, #BlackisBeautiful Challenge, a 20th anniversary gala, and more).

Take a look at their community health and engagement work HERE. 

Follow @GSB4UGS on Twitter and Instagram for more community engagement challenges and messages. 
Show Your Love 
Ambassador Spotlight: 
Ana Cabello-De La Garza
Ana Cabello-De La Garza, MSW, MPH, is finishing up her internship at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai`i. Ana has been an active partner in promoting health messages and encouraging self care. Her energy is contagious - she convinced the entire HMHB team to join the summer challenge. She got involved with our work because (to quote her)   " I am fascinated by resilience and the protective factors produced by the intersection of culture and health in the continuum from preconception to postpartum. In my research and practice, I believe in the power of collective impact, social math, the intersectionality of stories, sustainable prevention, strengths-based approaches, and participatory empowermen t."

Does she look familiar? You've seen her as the face of our #MyHealthySummer Challenge. Her photos are BEAUTIFUL! 
Stay up to date with Ana Cabello de la Garza & @HMHBHawaii using #ShowYourLoveToday.
Resource Spotlight:
Zika Virus Screening Tool
Despite receiving less coverage in the news, Zika Virus is STILL a threat! For that reason, we are re-sharing CDC's Zika Screening Tool (click) and latest update on Zika Virus for consumers (click)

Don't forget to wear YOUR bug spray!
Mark Your Calendars

Show Your Love will be featured at T he National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing and Media in Atlanta, GA on August 15-17. Register (or tune-in virtually on 8/16 at 4-5:30PM ET using  #NCHCMM). 

Be sure to register for  CityMatCH MCH Leadership Conference & Healthy Start Convention ! "Creating Harmony: Every Voice Counts" in Nashville, TN on Sept. 18-20th. PCHHC will be there!

Sister Song celebrates 20 years! Who's going to their "Let's Talk About Sex!" conference October 5-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, their theme is "Resist. Reclaim. Redefine." Click for details

Coming Soon!
August in National Breastfeeding Month! Join the MomsRising #WellnessWed tweet chat on August 2nd at 2pm ET to hear from experts about breastfeeding.
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Thanks for reading the National Preconception Health & Health Care Initiative newsletter.  For questions or submissions to our PCHHC Newsletter, email . PCHHC Initiative newsletters are archived here  ( Please help us grow our readership and share this widely!
 Spotlight:  Jasmine Getrouw-Moore, MPA
Click the screenshot to see how @JasmineGMusings defines #MyHealthySummer: a journey that includes physical, mental and spiritual health. Lots of great meal ideas and recipes shared, too!

Promoting Health and Wellness this Summer
At it's heart, preconception health aims to improve the health and well-being of young adults. Changing behaviors, being active, and building strong relationships takes time, resources, and encouragement. The #MyHealthySummer Challenge is focused on making healthy choices attractive and encouraging young adults to share their ideas and strategies for reaching their goals and dreams - while having fun at the same time!  Check out some photos from our summer photo challenge below.
Just a few of our favorite #MyHealthySummer participants. 
More photos on Show Your Love Today's Instagram and Facebook.

It isn't too late to promote or join - summer is still in full swing! Please reach out to the young adults in your life, on your staff, and who you serve and encourage them to join the love and the fun!
Join the Challenge today!
NOTE: If your accounts are private, post and send a screenshot to so you can be counted (otherwise we won't see that you participated!).
Summer Reads 
The Well-Women: Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice CityMatCH's CityLights publication   spotlights many of our partners sharing their insights and programs on improving health and wellness for women and men.

Are you subscribed to the Every Woman Southeast newsletter ? Here's a few really great-reads to check out:
Book Club Recommendation Toxic Inequality by Thomas Shapiro.

Sound on, volume up!
Expert Series on Addressing Infant Mortality (6 webinars),by NICHQ & Partners. Log in  to hear experts and influencers in the maternal and child health field share case studies and best practices for reducing infant mortality and improving maternal and infant health. 

"Marketing the Adolescent and Young Adult Well Visit Learning Community Series: Relevance = experiences + sharing" - listen to this fun Adolescent & Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) brainstorm and webinar about the potential to make well visits an experience worth sharing!

Learn about the President's 2018 budget request. Listen in on Dr. Coleen Boyle, Director of the CDC's NCBDDD, archived webinar here.

PCHHC regularly joins national conversations in the news. Read the latest PCHHC press on > About > Press. 
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!
Here's a look at of some great research being shared in the 
CDC's bi-weekly updates on preconception and interconception health: 

Without strategies to reduce risks in older women and those with chronic medical conditions, it's inevitable that maternal mortality rates will remain stagnant or rise. Basic improvements in care and counseling can have a significant impact.  Preconception care is so much more than a single pre-pregnancy visit; it should be incorporated into the care we deliver to all women of reproductive age, irrespective of their reproductive plans...every woman, every time.

Comprehensive reproductive health counseling (CRHC) is an important component of care for women living with HIV, but few women report discussing reproductive health with an HIV care provider. This study found that delivery of CRHC is not consistent with current guidelines that recommend discussing reproductive health with all reproductive-aged women who are living with HIV, even among providers offering primary care to their HIV patients.

Preparing women to become pregnant and gathering preconception health information, either by women themselves or by means of a PCC consult, is associated with women positively changing lifestyles during the preconception period.