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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:


Plan ahead

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


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 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 


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:


HHS blog post


A featured blog by NCBDDD Director, Dr. Coleen Boyle, is posted on .


National Birth Defects Prevention Network Educational & Promotional Materials


The National Birth Defects Prevention Network has educational and promotional materials available via their website: 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.

Pink Tulip Thank You Card.

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.

PC Depot

Bronze Sponsors ($750)

Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership

Outreach Sponsors ($500)

Moore Stephens Lovelace CPAs & Advisors

Union Institute & University

+ 1 Other Organization


Too many babies in the United States are born preterm, of low birth weight, or with birth defects. In 2008, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.61 per 1,000 live births. In the 2005 international rankings, the United States ranked 30th in infant mortality, behind other developed countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and most European countries. Improving the health of women of childbearing age, before they conceive, is essential to changing these trends, yet millions of women do not receive evidence-based prevention services, primary care, and treatment due to a lack of health coverage or limited access to quality care. Many women do not currently benefit from clinical and community preventive services that could improve their health for a lifetime and help them have healthy babies when, and if, they choose to do so. Unfortunately, many women also continue to face multiple barriers such as violence and poverty and might live in neighborhoods that impede their ability to reach their full potential for health and well-being. The objectives of this action plan are to advance the knowledge of women and their partners, increase the availability of evidence-based services, and improve the health of communities in our nation. To learn more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preconception Health and Healthcare Initiative "Show Your Love" click here.

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