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 In the times we live in, we are constantly facing all sorts of emergencies and preparedness is essential to keep families safe and promote health and wellbeing in challenging situations. In this episode, we explore how Tennessee has intentionally centered communities of color in response efforts and learn about Puerto Rico’s experience facing emergencies like Zika, Hurricane Maria, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Guest Speakers: Dr. Tobi Amosun, Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health Division of Family Health and WellnessJacquie Johnson, Section Chief, Children and Youth with Special Needs, Tennessee Department of HealthCamille Delgado-López, Coordinator Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies, Puerto Rico Department of HealthResources:From Tenneessee:Tennessee's Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs ProgramChild with Special Needs Emergency Alert graphicChild with Special Needs DecalChild with Special Needs Decal informationEmergency Kit Checklist for Families with Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (CYSHCN)From Puerto Rico: About Hurricane MariaWhat climate change means for Puerto RicoZika surveillanceCDC's Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers & BabiesPlease complete this short survey to share input on the episode and let us know who or what you’d like to hear about on future episodes: https://bit.ly/MCHBridgesPilot.
In part two of this episode, a culturally centered perinatal wellness project, the InTune Mother Society, discuss Black entrepreneurship, ingenuity,  how the maternal and child health field can equitably support community-rooted birth justice work.Please complete this short survey to share input on the episode and let us know who or what you’d like to hear about on future episodes: https://bit.ly/MCHBridgesPilot.------Additional Resources Related to This EpisodeThe InTune Mother Society (TIMS) is Redesigning Birth Work For The Future. TIMS is working hard to build capacity for our State Approved Perinatal Wellness Coach Certification program.  The program is designed to prepare Central Oklahoma residents for a career as a Perinatal Wellness Coach. The program is approved by the US Department of Labor and Training Administration of Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB); our participants benefit from pioneering a job market that is focused on higher salaries that result from making Holistic Family Planning options accessible, through in-demand qualifications. Learn more about our community-based social innovation project at: https://timcenter.org/redesigning-birth-work-for-the-future/.Learn more about Bridget “Biddy” Mason, a slave midwife who became one of the first prominent citizens and landowners in Los Angeles in the 1850s and 1860s The Willie Lynch letter mentioned in the episode is now believed to not be written by Willie Lynch himself, however it is widely promoted as an authentic account of slavery during the 18th century. Read more here.  ***TRIGGER WARNING: This article quotes the Willie Lynch letter, which contains graphic, disturbing language such as stereotypes and racial slurs.What is Birth Justice?Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery (article)Black History Month: The Importance of Black Midwives, Then, Now and Tomorrow (blog post)African American Nurse-Midwives: Continuing the Legacy (article)
In part one of this episode, a culturally centered perinatal wellness project, the InTune Mother Society, shares their story and experiences connecting families with holistic approaches to wellness and eliminating barriers to accessible perinatal health care. Part two of this episode will be released February 28th and dives into how the maternal and child health field can support birth justice work.Please complete this short survey to share input on the episode and let us know who or what you’d like to hear about on future episodes: https://bit.ly/MCHBridgesPilot.------Additional Resources Related to This EpisodeThe InTune Mother Society (TIMS) is Redesigning Birth Work For The Future. TIMS is working hard to build capacity for our State Approved Perinatal Wellness Coach Certification program.  The program is designed to prepare Central Oklahoma residents for a career as a Perinatal Wellness Coach. The program is approved by the US Department of Labor and Training Administration of Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board (COWIB); our participants benefit from pioneering a job market that is focused on higher salaries that result from making Holistic Family Planning options accessible, through in-demand qualifications. Learn more about our community-based social innovation project at: https://timcenter.org/redesigning-birth-work-for-the-future/.What is Birth Justice? Black Maternal and Infant Health: Historical Legacies of Slavery (article)Black History Month: The Importance of Black Midwives, Then, Now and Tomorrow (blog post)African American Nurse-Midwives: Continuing the Legacy (article)
The episode features a panel of a parent, teenager, and pediatrician in a conversation on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents and strategies to increase the confidence of parents and caregivers in the COVID-19 vaccine for their children.Please complete this short survey to share input on the episode and let us know who or what you’d like to hear about on future episodes: https://bit.ly/MCHBridgesPilot.Additional resources:The Conversation: Between Us, About Us (COVID Vaccine FAQ Video Series)  Communication Strategies for Building Confidence in COVID-19 VaccinesUpdated Toolkit: Children and COVID-19 Vaccination A Community Toolkit for Addressing Health MisinformationWebinar (November 30 from 2-3pm EST): Communication Strategies for Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines https://teenvaxfacts.com/ : This is the website that panelist Abby M. and other Youth Public Health Advisors for the North Carolina Division of Public Health worked on.Here is a link to one of the most liked Instagram post that Abby M. mentions in the episode.   
In this inaugural episode of MCH Bridges, we sit down with AMCHP’s President, Dr. Manda Hall, and AMCHP’s Past President, Dr. Shirley Payne, to talk about their MCH journeys, their wishes and hopes for the MCH field, and more!  Please complete this short survey to share input on the first episode and let us know who or what you’d like to hear about on future episodes: https://bit.ly/MCHBridgesPilot.
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