National Birth Defects Prevention Month, January 2015
HSCMD would like to share with you information regarding this Month's Awareness:
Please join the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD) in recognizing January as National Birth Defects Prevention Month! The theme this year is "Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects: Make a PACT for Prevention." Although not all birth defects can be prevented, actions can be taken to increase a woman's chance of having a healthy baby. This year we are encouraging all pregnant women and those who may become pregnant to:
Avoid harmful substances
Choose a healthy lifestyle
Talk to your healthcare provider
In January, we will be promoting birth defects prevention through a variety of activities listed below.
Special web features
A series of web features will be posted on the CDC website this month. The first one, in honor of Folic Acid Awareness Week, highlights the importance of consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid daily before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Check back each week to see new features on making a PACT for birth defects prevention.
National Birth Defects Prevention Month tweet-up & social media buttons
During the month of January, we will be sharing a fact each day on Twitter to raise awareness of birth defects. Each fact will be marked by the hashtag: #1in33. We encourage you to participate by following, re-tweeting, and tweeting your own facts! In addition, we have created buttons of various sizes for you to post to your website, blog, or social networking site. These buttons are available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/multimedia.html.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) articles
Be on the lookout for new articles in upcoming issues of CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Check http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/ each week this month for new birth defects-related research findings.
CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
To learn more about birth defects research, we invite you to join us at 1PM EST on January 20, 2015 for CDC's live webcast titled "Understanding the Causes of Major Birth Defects: Steps to Prevention." Experts in birth defects research will present an overview of current and historical efforts to understand the causes of major birth defects. They will also discuss the challenges in turning research findings into effective prevention. For more information on the upcoming session, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/.
Inaugural launch of state data on major birth defects
The March of Dimes' PeriStats website provides easy, free access to National Birth Defects Prevention Network data on major birth defects by state.
New birth defects e-cards
CDC has more than 100 free Health-e-Cards (or "electronic greeting cards") to send to friends, family, and co-workers. Simply select a new birth defects e-card, type in an email address and name, and send a message about birth defects prevention: http://t.cdc.gov/ecards/.
HHS blog post
A featured blog by NCBDDD Director, Dr. Coleen Boyle, is posted on http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2015/01/05/recognizing-young-children-living-birth-defects.html .
National Birth Defects Prevention Network Educational & Promotional Materials
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network has educational and promotional materials available via their website: http://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm2015.php. Feel free to use these materials to promote birth defects awareness and prevention.
What You Can Do
Spread the word! We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and friends. Become an active participant in National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Join us in a nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact.
HSCMD would like to thank all of our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony Sponsors this year. As a result of their support, we can continue to provide much needed services to our community and also ensure that many babies get a Healthy Start in life!
Gold Sponsors ($2,500)
Miami Beach Community Health Center
+1 Other Organization
Silver Sponsors ($1,500)
Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade
Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors ($750)
Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership
Outreach Sponsors ($500)
Moore Stephens Lovelace CPAs & Advisors
Union Institute & University
+ 1 Other Organization