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Michigan Council for Maternal Child Health Friday Notes

Posted almost 6 years ago by Evilia Jankowski

August 8, 2014

In this issue
2014 Primary Election Results
Officials Urge Residents to Vaccinate, Protect Against Whooping Cough
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan

2014 Primary Election Results

Voters in Tuesday's primary election kept many, but not all, incumbents who faced primary challenges; most notably Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) lost to his tea party challenger Lee Chatfield.

Voters also approved Proposal 1, the measure that dedicates funds to local units, while ensuring legislation will go into effect to phase out industrial personal property taxes. For complete results of all races in Michigan, please visit the Secretary of State's primary election results page: Michigan Secretary of State-Primary Election Results


Officials Urge Residents to Vaccinate, Protect Against Whooping Cough

As Michigan continues to see new pertussis cases this year, MDCH is reminding residents during National Immunization Awareness Month of the importance of being up to date on all vaccinations including pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Through the end of July, Michigan has seen 546 cases, about 45 percent more than in the same period of 2013. Several other states, including Ohio, California, and Florida, are reporting similar increases.

"Children are routinely recommended to receive a series of pertussis vaccine doses in infancy and early childhood," said Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive of MDCH. "Adolescents and adults should receive a booster dose of the vaccine. In addition, pregnant women should get a booster in the third trimester of each pregnancy to help protect newborns, who are most vulnerable to the illness in the first few months of life."

Pertussis is a respiratory infection caused by a bacterium that results in a prolonged illness.  Severe coughing episodes are often accompanied by vomiting and difficulty breathing.  In some cases, a characteristic "whooping" noise is heard as the afflicted person tries to catch their breath.

Once extremely common, vaccines developed in the US starting in the mid-1940s and helped drive down the occurrence of pertussis. But in recent decades, pertussis has been making a comeback.

"Part of the challenge," Davis explained, "is that immunity to pertussis wears off, so getting a booster vaccine dose later in life can help extend the protection.  Our primary focus is on preventing the disease in babies -- they have smaller airways and less developed respiratory systems, which puts them at higher risk for severe cases as well as hospitalization and death from pertussis."

Babies get a first dose of the vaccine at two months of age, but they are not optimally protected until completing the series of several more doses over the next year and half.  MDCH strongly recommends that adults or adolescents who will be around infants receive the recommended pertussis booster vaccine dose, and that all residents receive their vaccines on time. For more information about pertussis, or any recommended or required vaccine, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2942_4911_4914---,00.html.


August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan

Governor Snyder, in his Breastfeeding Awareness Month Proclamation, said Michigan is committed to increasing public support and acceptance of breastfeeding as the infant feeding norm.

Activities throughout the state are planned to draw attention to the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children. Advocates in Michigan are celebrating recent passage of the Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act, legislation that gives women the right to nurse a child in any place that is open to the general public.

To find links to more activities from coalitions around the state this month, visit the Michigan Breastfeeding Awareness Month's Facebook page.


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2014 Family Planning Update: Sept. 24-25

The 2014 Family Planning Update: Empowering Reproductive Health, will be held September 24-25 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Holland. This event brings together top policymakers and Family Planning forerunners from across the nation to provide quality training to the Michigan Family Planning Program. This two day, action packed event will provide you with all of the tools, resources, and best practices you need to accomplish your goals within your local community. This year, located near downtown Holland, the 2014 Family Planning Update offers a talented speaker lineup, and includes such names as Anita Nelson, Dr. Peter Gulick,, Dr. Brent Davidson, NFPHRA, Guttmacher and others. Online registration available here.


Study Examines MCH Workforce Development

This article--Use of Competency-Based Self-Assessments and the MCH Navigator for MCH Workforce Development-Three States' Experiences--describes the results of three state-level maternal and child health (MCH) pilot initiatives to build Title V work force competencies among state and local MCH workers. The researchers use a case study approach to review projects in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, outlining unique aspects of each state's implementation including barriers and facilitators to success. The authors also discuss implications for other states that may be exploring strategies for implementing competency-based self-assessments and MCH Navigator modules into their work force development activities.


Study: Preschoolers Can Suffer From Depression, Too

Depression can strike at any age, even among preschoolers, researchers report.And if it does strike, the odds are that the disorder will recur throughout childhood, a new study shows. The study found that preschoolers who are depressed are two and a half times more likely to continue to experience symptoms in elementary and middle school, a research team from Washington University in St. Louis said.

The study, published recently in the American Journal of Psychiatry, included 246 preschool children, ranging from 3 to 5 years of age. A team evaluated the children for depression and other psychiatric conditions over time.


Nominations for 2014 AIM Awards

The AIM Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes individuals, community groups, or corporations for contributions to raising awareness and improving immunizations.

They are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award. Nominations must be submitted by close of business on August 25.

A panel of individuals representing the AIM Coalition will review nominations. Nominators will be informed if their nominee has been selected and winners will be announced at a Fall Regional Immunization Conference and the November AIM meeting. The nomination form is available here.


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