Preconception health is a national priority that can change women’s lives and improve infant health. North Carolina has been a leader in preconception health and continues to drive innovation nationwide. However, achieving our vision will require efforts that span professions, geography, spheres of influence, policies and individuals. Preconception health messages and health care strategies must be structured to reach a diverse audience of women at multiple points in time through many avenues. The North Carolina Strategic Plan examines how energy and resources can best be invested to improve the health of North Carolina’s women and children and offers new strategies to achieve this vision.
The Center for Maternal and Infant Health has been part of the NC Preconception Health Council for over 15 years. We value this partnership and continue to support the work. For more information about events and activities in North Carolina on preconception health visit www.everywomannc.com.
The North Carolina Strategic Plan
The North Carolina Strategic Plan was developed as part of a statewide collaborative effort among over 80 different leaders and organizations. It took over a year to develop. Near the bottom of this page you can access the minutes and presentations from the major meetings that took place to form our strategy. The plan was released in November 2008. Please click here to view the original plan. Click here to review the new supplement to the plan.
Notes from the Strategic Planning Think Tank Meetings
December 7, 2009
The notes from this meeting may be viewed by clicking here. Slides from one of the presentations at the meeting are available here. Information about the Eastern NC Community Child Health Network study can be read here.
June 25, 2008
The notes from that meeting may be viewed by clicking here. The presentation given by Alvina Long-Valentin on the strategic plan development process may be viewed by clicking here. A list of potential funders for preconception health projects was compiled by Anna Bess Brown at the March of Dimes. To view click here.
As part of the process of developing the preconception plan two workgroups met and developed strategies and a work plan. To view the work plan and strategies for the pregnancy intendedness committee please click here and here.
The third meeting of our North Carolina Preconception Dream Team took place on Thursday August 16th. The goal of the meeting was to decide upon the components of the North Carolina Preconception Health Action Plan. To view the meeting agenda, click here. To view the meeting notes, click here. To view the meeting powerpoint presentation, click here.