'Show Your Love' en Español

Our Show Your Love wellness resource and campaign has been translated and adapted into Spanish. After months of translating and testing each page, we are thrilled to share our preconception health and wellness resource, now available in Spanish. We are continuing to test this site and will be launching a new Show Your Love brand for both the English and new Spanish site. Stay tuned for information about providing input into the new brand and then the unveil this Spring. Email SuzanneW@med.unc.edu for details.
Self Care, Squad Care - Show Some Love 2021
Love is in the air and back by popular demand, we're showing love to our friends and partners with downloadable, re-usable love-day social media graphics and messages.

How it works: 1. You download or screenshot the graphic. 2. Open Instagram/Facebook/social media app and click (+) to add a story or post. 3. Select the graphic from your camera roll to upload on social. 4. Type your own messages/fill-in answers.
Direct download here. More step by step details about how to use these graphics here.
Baby Boom? COVID-19 Baby Bust!

Many thought that the pandemic and quarantining would cause a baby boom in our country and globally. However, in June 2020, the Brookings Institute estimated there would be more than 300,000 fewer births than in 2019 - and this was confirmed in a recent Forbes article. Increased job security, health anxiety, fewer resources for support led to a baby bust. Research at the Guttmacher Institute found that "34% of American women have reduced the number of children they expect to have or have delayed their plans due to the pandemic." Read on!
Finding Care via Telehealth

COVID-19 forced new ways to manage our health and engage with our providers. Our team covers telehealth visits, getting the most out of virtual health visits, and COVID-19 resources related to family planning, here.

Power to Decide has created a U.S. state-specific map to see telehealth wellness policies and resources in your state. Click to view.
Millions of Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

There are so many ways to celebrate Black history - starting with reading and sharing the work of Black people and supporting Black-owned businesses and organizations, like GirlTrek. Girl Trek is the largest movement for Black women in America, on a mission to inspire one million Black women and girls to develop a daily habit of radical self-care, sisterhood, and walking. On their site, you can find a GirlTrek near you, take their pledge today, and share your story.

Girl Trek also has an excellent Black History Bootcamp. They've created a free 21-day walking meditation that explores pivotal moments from some of the most powerful movements in Black history. Click here to listen to the 21 recorded discussions covering important topics and people - by some of the most inspiring minds!
Check It Out: The Black Women's Health Initiative's Black Women VOTE Policy Agenda

The 2021 National Health Policy Agenda for Black Women was created to inform and support partnerships with policymakers and other stakeholders on the critical health policy issues that impact and could improve the well-being of Black women. This Agenda provides an opportunity for voters to engage in substantive policy discussions—particularly around key health policy issues impacting Black women and girls—and to seek meaningful solutions.

Sustaining Change

Sustainability is when new ways of working and improved outcomes become the norm. Ways to do this include: 1) clarify what you are sustaining, 2) engage leaders, 3) involve and support front line staff (those doing the work), 4) communicate benefits of the improved outcome, 5) ensure the change is ready to be implemented and sustained, 6) embed or hardwire it, and 7) build on ongoing measurement. Sustainability requires effort and planning. In your current agency or clinic, consider how or what you’ve been able to sustain so far. What allowed the effort or procedure to sustain over time? Was it leadership support, staff buy-in, and capability to perform the new way, someone modeling the way?

A Sustainability Worksheet is available for download on our website. This worksheet will guide you and your team through a sustainability planning process. View the PDSA to Sustainability webinar recording and view slides here. Thank you, Mary R Webster, MSN, RN, CPHQSr. Program Director, Population Health Improvement Partners, for your support with this work!
Doing Better Together to Advance Reproductive Health and Healthcare

MAHEC Statewide Provider Support Network (SPSN) Webinar Series has multiple sessions in 2021 for health providers and professionals to improve care - with medical credits offered. Contact registration@mahec.net .

Key Events to Consider:
  • Placing Culture at the Center: Practical Approaches and Strategies for Culturally Responsive Care with Latinx Communities - 2/24 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • When One Patient is Actually Two - 3/3 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • The Birthweight of a Nation: Racism & Population Health in the Trump Era - 3/10 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Public Policy Strategies for Improving Maternal and Child Health Outcomes - 3/17 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • IMPLICIT Model for Inter-conception Care at Well-Child Visits - 3/24 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Inter-conception Care for the Pandemic and Beyond - 4/7 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Caring for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities-Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement - 4/14 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
  • Panel: Reproductive Justice in Theory and Practice - 5/4 6:00 PM–7:00 PM