The following links are intended to help you share information about preconception health with your clients.
On this page, you will find education modules, PowerPoint presentations, videos, client education materials, and other tools to help you incorporate preconception care during every visit with your clients.
Also included are professional education web tools for delivering culturally competent care as well as publications that might be of interest.
Preconception Checklist (pdf) or download Word version
Medical chart checklist to integrate preconception health into clinical visits with women of reproductive age.
CDC Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health - United States
CDC report detailing 10 recommendations to improve preconception health and health care in the United States.
Maternal and Child Health Journal: Special Issue on Preconception Care
September 2006: Special issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal that exclusively features articles on preconception care.
Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy
Continuing Education Modules from the National Preconception Curriculum and Resource Guide for Clinicians: Before, Between, and Beyond Pregnancy.
Think Cultural Health
Earn continuing education credits with this online educational program sponsored by the Office of Minority Health.
Preconception Health Recommendations for Young Adults with Disabilities:
A Final Report from an Action Learning Collaborative (pdf)
Every Woman Southeast Initiative Webinar - November 4, 2010
Preconception Care: Putting Theory into Practice (PowerPoint)
Guidance for providers on the integration of preconception health content into the clinical visit.
Understanding Preconception Health: Preconception Health Cafe
The Preconception Health Cafe is a web-based course designed by the New York State Department of Health to help public health paraprofessionals promote preconception health in their communities.
Quality Health Services for Hispanics: The Cultural Competency Component
Document created by HRSA to aide in providing better care to the Hispanic population. Pages 34 - 38 teach about culture-specific values that are often overlooked during clinic visits.
Resources for your clients
Folic Acid Resources
Information and resources about folic acid, including pamphlets and posters in both English and Spanish.
March of Dimes Preconception Health Resources
Materials that promote behaviors that lead to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Preconception Visit Guide (pdf)
Print-and-go guide for both clients and professionals on 13 talking points regarding preconception health.
Latino Nutrition Coalition
The Latino Nutrition Coalition is dedicated to inspiring Latinos to improve and maintain their health through traditional foods and active lifestyles. This can help you talk with your clients about nutrition and general lifestyle changes.
Chef LaLa is a Latina chef and spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association who promotes healthy eating. You may want to share her healthy recipes with your clients.
Latin American Diet Pyramid (PDF)
The Latin American Diet Pyramid provides serving guidelines to help your clients plan daily meals.
March of Dimes Preconception Health and Healthcare
The March of Dimes is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
CDC Preconception Care
The CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities provides information on preconception care.
Every Woman California
Every Woman California is an initiative to ensure the health of women of childbearing age.
LA Best Babies Network
LA Best Babies Network is a dynamic network linking organizations that are dedicated to improving the health of mothers, newborns and their families.
National Council on Folic Acid
The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) is dedicated to improving health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.
The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) provides the most reliable and current information resource on women’s health today.
Annual Preconception Health Conference
The Annual Preconception Health Conference is a one-day conference designed for public health professionals, health care providers, nurses, researchers, allied health students, health administrators, policy makers, managed care companies, human service agencies and community organizations.
The conference is held in Medford, Oregon and presented by the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon (Douglas, Jackson and Josephine County Health Departments and Community Health Centers), the March of Dimes, Greater Oregon Chapter, and the Oregon Public Health Division.
May 21, 2010 See the 2010 conference brochure (pdf)
April 3, 2009 See the 2009 conference brochure (pdf)
Minnesota Department of Health Preconception Conference
The Preconception Health and Health Care initiative developed a Speakers Bureau, using volunteers from the CDC Select Panel and implementation workgroups.
This list includes the names of nearly 40 individuals available to speak at conferences, provide grand rounds, and offer training for medical and public health professionals.
Get the current list
Please feel free to send this list to colleagues in your organization or professional network. For questions or if you are available to give presentations and are not yet on this list, please e-mail Kay Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.