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Preconception Health Work Group

Background

The Oregon Preconception Health Action Plan Work Group, a collaboration of Oregon’s state and local Maternal and Child Health public health agencies, met from 2007 – 2008 to develop theOregon Public Health Preconception Health Action Plan. The Preconception Health Action Plan was presented first at the AOPHNS Spring Conference, May 8, 2008.

Lead Organizations

The lead organizations for the Preconception Health Action Plan Work Group were:

  • Oregon Public Health Division, Maternal and Child Health Section
  • Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO), Maternal and Child Health Committee
  • Association of Oregon Public Health Nurse Supervisors (AOPHNS)

Action Plan

The Preconception Health Action Plan focuses on four recommendations from the CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report titled, Recommendations to Improve Preconception Health and Health Care – United States, published April 21, 2006.

  1. Increase public awareness of the importance of preconception health behaviors and preconception care services by using information and tools appropriate across various ages; literacy, including health literacy; and cultural/linguistic contexts.
  2. As a part of primary care visits, provide risk assessment and educational and health promotion counseling to all women of childbearing age to reduce reproductive risks and improve pregnancy outcomes.
  3. Integrate components of preconception health into existing local public health and related programs, including emphasis on inter-conception interventions for women with previous adverse outcomes.
  4. Maximize public health surveillance and related research mechanisms to monitor preconception health.

Action Plan Highlights:

  • Definition of preconception health: “Beginning a pregnancy in a state of optimal physical, emotional and social well-being.”
  • Mission : “Promote preconception health with women planning a pregnancy within the next 12 months.”
  • Vision: “Preconception health is the norm for Oregon women of reproductive age.”
 

Download the Action Plan (pdf).