Monday, April 21, 2014

UDOH Maternal and Child Health Program Requesting Public Feedback

Every year the Utah Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Preparedness submits an application for federal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant funds. Public input is a valued part of the annual MCH Block Grant application process.

The proposed program activities related to the annual health goals for FY 2015 are now available for review and comment.  The proposed activities are listed at the following link:

Please take a few minutes to review and provide your comments.  We will accept comments until May 12, 2014.  Thank you for your time and valuable feedback.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Predicts Child’s Obesity

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk that your child will be obese as a preschooler, new evidence shows. Gaining too little weight may have the same effect.

Institute of Medicine guidelines for pregnancy weight gain range from 25 to 40 pounds for normal-weight or underweight women, 15 to 25 pounds for overweight women and 11 to 20 pounds for obese women.

Researchers followed 4,145 women from before they became pregnant until their children were 2 to 5 years old. The study appears online in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Over all, compared with children of mothers who met the guidelines, children of mothers who gained too much had a 46 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese. The researchers adjusted for mothers’ age, race, diet, education, B.M.I. before becoming pregnant, and other characteristics.

The effect was even more marked for women who were not overweight: in that group, gaining more than the guidelines indicate increased the risk of having an obese child by 79 percent, and gaining less than the recommended amount increased it by 63 percent.

“Currently, more than half of women gain too much during pregnancy,” said the senior author, Monique M. Hedderson, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “Only 10 percent of women are gaining too little. We definitely don’t want the headline to be ‘pregnant women need to gain more weight.’”
New York Times

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 21 Webinar: Clearing the Air on Smoking

National Minority Health Month
The Office of Minority Health invites you to join us and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission for a webinar: “Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities.” 
It has been fifty years since the first U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health alerted the nation to the dangers of smoking. But still smoking remains the number one cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States, and racial and ethnic minorities bear a significant burden.  This webinar will discuss current education and prevention programs as well as regulatory efforts that aim to curb tobacco use among minorities.
This is the third in a special Minority Health Month webinar series that will be held each Monday throughout April.View past webinars.

  • Introduction by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jonca Bull, MD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Food and Drug Administration
  • Bridgette E. Garrett, PhD, Associate Director for Health Equity, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Andre Stanley, Policy Analyst, Food and Drug Administration
  • Anita W. Gaillard, MSPH, Director of Community Programs, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission

Webinar:  Clearing the Air: Reducing Tobacco Use among Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Who Should Attend:  Health care, health promotion and service providers, community organizations, retailers and others interested in tobacco prevention
When:  April 14, 2-3:15 p.m. ET

To join the event (no pre-registration needed): number: RW2029726Passcode: 5780103Dial-in: 1-877-669-4124

5.4 million gained health insurance coverage. Who are they?

New data show strong coverage gains among low- and middle-income adults, as well as young people and minorities during the ACA’s initial open enrollment period, according to data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Learn more about the 5.4 million newly insured Americans >

Consequences for Consumers Who Didn't Get Covered with ACA

We know that assisters and other enrollment stakeholders are getting lots of questions from consumers about the fine for not having health insurance. So we've put together an easy-to-use table that breaks down which individuals without coverage may be subject to the fine, and how they can obtain an exemption if they qualify for one. 
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Sebelius Says Departure Was Her Choice

Politico, Elizabeth Titus
Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says her departure after Obamacare’s first, rocky open enrollment period was her own choice and that it was "a logical time to leave."

Utah County Discovery a Reminder: There is Help and Hope for Endangered Newborns

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Staff of the Utah Department of Health Newborn Safe Haven program are reminding women that their babies are wanted, even if their mothers can’t care for them. 

Safe Haven was launched in 2001 to allow mothers to anonymously drop off their babies at any Utah hospital, no questions asked, and without fear of criminal punishment. 

“It’s a sad day for all of us who have worked to educate our community about Safe Haven” said program coordinator Julia Robertson. “But there is hope for the mothers and their babies, so we encourage anyone struggling with a decision to seek help.” 

The Safe Haven hotline number is 866-458-0058 and is available night and day. More information is available at, including details on the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for hospitals that are open 24/7. 

"Child abuse, neglect, and homicide can be prevented,” said Heidi Valdez, Child Abuse Prevention Program Administrator, Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). “Crisis and respite nurseries, parenting classes, family counseling, and in-home services, are available statewide for all Utahns." 

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