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Learning from Graduate and Undergraduate Public Health Virtual Internship Experiences with State Title V Agencies During COVID-19, Summer 2020

Arden Handler, Rebecca Greenleaf, Christine T. Bozlak, Victoria Moerchen, Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Cindy San Miguel, Olivia Sappenfield, Gabriella Masini,

<h4>Background</h4> Since summer 2014, the National MCH Workforce Development Center has placed students from MCH public health graduate (Centers of Excellence and Catalyst) and undergraduate (MCH Pipeline) programs, all funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, in summer internships with state and territorial Title V agencies. In 2020, due ... Read more >>

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A Call to Transform Maternal and Child Health Mentorship to Build Inclusivity, Honor Diversity of Experiences, and Tackle the Root of Health Disparities

Kathryn E. Mishkin, Grace Guerrero Ramirez, Anne Odusanya, Benjamin Kaufman,

<h4>Introduction</h4> Mentorship should be a transformative experience that propels mentees from one point in their career to another and drives personal growth. Within the field of maternal and child health (MCH), it is considered a critical professional duty. However, MCH has yet to explicitly embrace mentorship practice as a means ... Read more >>

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Racial Identity Clusters and Their Relation to Postpartum Maternal Functioning in Black Women

Kortney Floyd James, Dawn M. Aycock, Kate Fouquier, Kimberly A. Hires, Jennifer L. Barkin,

<h4>Objectives</h4> Racial identity, which is the degree that individuals define themselves regarding their racial group membership, may influence the mental well-being of Black adults. To gain an understanding of the role Black racial identity may have on postpartum mental health, the researchers performed a secondary data analysis to examine the ... Read more >>

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Sensitivity of Pregnancy Field on the COVID-19 Case Report Form Among Pregnancies Completed Through December 31, 2020: Illinois and Tennessee

Susan E. Manning, Amanda Bennett, Sascha Ellington, Sonal Goyal, Elizabeth Harvey, Lindsey Sizemore, Heather Wingate,

<h4>Purpose</h4> The considerable volume of infections from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has made it challenging for health departments to collect complete data for national disease reporting. We sought to examine sensitivity of the COVID-19 case report form (CRF) pregnancy field by comparing CRF data to ... Read more >>

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A Call to Transform Maternal and Child Health Mentorship to Build Inclusivity, Honor Diversity of Experiences, and Tackle the Root of Health Disparities.

Kathryn E Mishkin, Grace Guerrero Ramirez, Anne Odusanya, Benjamin Kaufman,

Mentorship should be a transformative experience that propels mentees from one point in their career to another and drives personal growth. Within the field of maternal and child health (MCH), it is considered a critical professional duty. However, MCH has yet to explicitly embrace mentorship practice as a means to ... Read more >>

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Can Weight Watchers (WW) Help Address Maternal Obesity? An Audit of Weight Change in Women of Childbearing Age and Mothers-To-Be, Referred into a Commercial Slimming Programme.

Karen Tocque, Lynne Kennedy,

<h4>Objectives</h4>The scale of overweight and obesity amongst women of childbearing age or mothers to be, living in Wales, places a considerable burden on the NHS and public health. High BMI (over 30) during pregnancy increases the health risks for mother and baby. Policy advice recommends weight management services are available ... Read more >>

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African American Women's Experiences with Birth After a Prior Cesarean Section.

Megan W Miller, Stephanie Baker,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Women who have had a cesarean section (C-section) and become pregnant again may choose to have a planned repeat cesarean delivery (RCD) or vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC). This study aimed to characterize the pregnancy and birth experiences of African American (AA) women who had a successful VBAC, failed ... Read more >>

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Preventive Health Service Coverage Among Infants and Children at Six Maternal-Child Health Clinics in Western Kenya: A Cross-Sectional Assessment.

Andrew R Deathe, Eren Oyungu, Samuel O Ayaya, Ananda R Ombitsa, Carole I McAteer, Rachel C Vreeman, Megan S McHenry,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Despite the substantial reduction of child mortality in recent decades, Kenya still strives to provide universal healthcare access and to meet other international benchmarks for child health. This study aimed to describe child health service coverage among children visiting six maternal and child health (MCH) clinics in western Kenya.<h4>Methods</h4>In a ... Read more >>

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Sensitivity of Pregnancy Field on the COVID-19 Case Report Form Among Pregnancies Completed Through December 31, 2020: Illinois and Tennessee.

Susan E Manning, Amanda Bennett, Sascha Ellington, Sonal Goyal, Elizabeth Harvey, Lindsey Sizemore, Heather Wingate,

<h4>Purpose</h4>The considerable volume of infections from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has made it challenging for health departments to collect complete data for national disease reporting. We sought to examine sensitivity of the COVID-19 case report form (CRF) pregnancy field by comparing CRF data to the ... Read more >>

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Decision-Making Regarding Newborn Circumcision: A Qualitative Analysis.

Allison M Morgan, Yue-Yung Hu, Andrea Benin, Gina M Lockwood,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Circumcision of newborn males is left to parental preference, as medical necessity has not been demonstrated. For medical providers seeking to help parents make decisions and provide informed consent, there is little information regarding how parents gather and process information about circumcision. This study aimed to characterize the comprehensive range ... Read more >>

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Correction to: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Complex Post‑traumatic Stress in Pregnant Teens: A Pilot Study.

Jeane W Anastas, Nancy A Payne, Sharon J Ghuman,

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Are American Indian/Alaska Native Adolescent Health Behaviors Different? A Review of AI/AN Youth Involved in Native STAND Curriculum, 2014-2017 United States.

Megan Skye, Stephanie Craig, Caitlin Donald, Allyson Kelley, Brittany Morgan, Kavita Rajani, Michelle Singer, Tosha Zaback, William Lambert,

<h4>Objectives</h4>To explore health behavior profiles of AI/AN youth involved in native students together against negative decisions (STAND), a national culture-based curriculum.<h4>Methods</h4>We analyzed data from 1236 surveys conducted among AI/AN youth at 40 native STAND implementation sites located in 16 states throughout the US from 2014 to 2017. Health profiles included ... Read more >>

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Initial Contraceptive Choices of Women Enrolled in a Cluster-Randomized Trial in Southwest Trifinio, Guatemala.

Margo S Harrison, Saskia Bunge-Montes, Claudia Rivera, Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, Gretchen Heinrichs, Antonio Bolanos, Edwin Asturias, Stephen Berman, Jeanelle Sheeder,

<h4>Introduction</h4>The aim of this analysis is to present initial contraceptive choices of women offered postpartum contraception in rural Guatemala.<h4>Methods</h4>We trained community nurses participating in the delivery of a home-based antepartum and postpartum care program in rural Guatemala in contraceptive implant placement and had them offer condoms, pills, an injection, or ... Read more >>

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Are Primary Health Care Features Associated with Reduced Late Neonatal Mortality in Brazil? An Ecological Study.

Amanda Namíbia Pereira Pasklan, Thiago Augusto Hernandes Rocha, Rejane Christine de Sousa Queiroz, Núbia Cristina da Silva Rocha, Luiz Augusto Facchini, Erika Bárbara Abreu Fonseca Thomaz,

<h4>Objective</h4>To analyze the effect and efficiency of the characteristics of PHC facilities' structures and the work process of PHC teams on late neonatal mortality (LNM).<h4>Methods</h4>This ecological time-series study adopted 3.764 Brazilian municipalities as analysis units. The independent variables were sorted into three hierarchical levels and four blocks. The distal level ... Read more >>

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The Effect of Maternal Self-Regulated Motivation on Breastfeeding Continuation.

Christine Y K Lau, Daniel Y T Fong, Vincci H S Chan, Kris Y W Lok, Judy W Y Ng, Chu Sing, Marrie Tarrant,

<h4>Objective</h4>Women frequently report breastfeeding problems in the early postpartum period. Women who have self-endorsed beliefs that breastfeeding benefits their babies and themselves are more likely to continue breastfeeding despite breastfeeding barriers. Maternal self-endorsed beliefs is a key component of maternal self-regulated motivation. The present study examined the association between maternal ... Read more >>

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Continuous Labor Support and Person-Centered Maternity Care: A Cross-Sectional Study with Women in Rural Kenya.

Gift Kiti, Ndola Prata, Patience A Afulani,

<h4>Objective</h4>This study assessed whether having continuous support during labor is associated with better person-centered maternity care (PCMC) among women in rural Kenya.<h4>Methods</h4>Data are from a cross-sectional survey with women aged 15-49 years who delivered in the 9 weeks preceding survey completion (N = 865). PCMC was operationalized using a validated 13-item scale, with a ... Read more >>

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Information and Communication Technology Access and Use Among Low-Income Latino Immigrant Parents.

Carolyn J Reuland, Sashini K Godage, Linxuan Wu, Doris Valenzuela-Araujo, José Dominguez Cortez, Sarah Polk, Lisa Ross DeCamp,

<h4>Introduction</h4>Development of mHealth interventions to address health disparities for Latino children in immigrant families requires understanding access to and use of information and communication technology.<h4>Methods</h4>We examined access to information and communication technology and use of common applications/programs by low-income immigrant Latino parents of infants to inform development of mHealth interventions ... Read more >>

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Association Between Age of Achieving Gross Motor Development Milestones During Infancy and Body Fat Percentage at 6 to 7 Years of Age.

Tomoko Aoyama, Yuki Hikihara, Masashi Watanabe, Hitoshi Wakabayashi, Satoshi Hanawa, Naomi Omi, Hidemi Takimoto, Shigeho Tanaka,

<h4>Objectives</h4>The later achievement of gross motor milestones during infancy is associated with adiposity in early childhood. However, the associations between gross motor development and adiposity after entering primary school are unclear. This study examined the associations between the ages at which six gross motor milestones were achieved and adiposity during ... Read more >>

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Perceptions of Health Care, Information, and Social Support Among Women Affected by Zika Virus Infection During Pregnancy in Two U.S. States.

Linda Squiers, Shea Brown, Kimberlea Hauser, Molly Lynch, Katherine Treiman, Kara Polen, Jacqueline Amoozegar, Rosanna Quiroz, Van Tong, Lisa Waddell, Suzanne Gilboa,

<h4>Objectives</h4>To understand the information needs and experiences with health care and social support among women with confirmed or possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy.<h4>Methods</h4>We conducted in-depth interviews with 18 women whose pregnancies were part of surveillance efforts in two states, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Using a semi-structured guide available in English ... Read more >>

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Community Healthy Workers Fill in the Gaps for Participants Who Became Lost to Follow-up in a Healthy Start Program.

Rose Maxwell, Sanuri Gunawardena, Jordan Rasp, Varonica Caldwell,

The purpose of this mixed methods study was to solicit information from Community Health Workers (CHWs) in order to further understand reasons for Healthy Start participants becoming lost to follow-up after delivery. Four CHWs from a local Healthy Start Program completed questionnaires for participants in their caseloads who had become ... Read more >>

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Health Care Access and Quality Among Children Exposed to Adversity: Implications for Universal Screening of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Maria Schweer-Collins, Paul Lanier,

<h4>Objectives</h4> Given recent advances toward universal screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), our objective was to investigate whether children with higher ACEs experience poorer quality of provider care and greater challenges accessing needed mental health treatment.<h4>Methods</h4>This study uses a nationally representative sample of US children aged 0-17 years drawn from the National ... Read more >>

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Understanding Factors Influencing Breastfeeding Outcomes in a Sample of African American Women.

Gayle M Shipp, Lorraine J Weatherspoon, Gwendolyn S Norman, Gwen L Alexander, Deanne Kelleher, Jean M Kerver,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Persistent disparities in breastfeeding rates among African American (AA) women compared to other population groups have motivated researchers to understand factors influencing breastfeeding choices using a variety of methods. Quantitative surveys are more commonly reported, however, qualitative work that amplifies voices of AA women is limited.<h4>Methods</h4>Participants were recruited from a ... Read more >>

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Features and Impact of Trust-Based Relationships Between Community Health Workers and Low-Resource Perinatal Women with Chronic Health Conditions.

Lisa M Boyd, Renee Mehra, Jordan Thomas, Jessica B Lewis, Shayna D Cunningham,

Community health worker (CHW) programs are a promising strategy to improve maternal and child health outcomes, particularly among low-resource women. Yet, little is known about which aspects of CHW-client relationships are most salient for promoting positive change. This paper examines features of the CHW-client relationship that perinatal women with chronic ... Read more >>

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Sex Differences in the Pathways from Exposure to Parental Fighting to Risky Sexual Activities Among Adolescents in Urban Neighborhoods.

Jun Sung Hong, Jingu Kim, Jane J Lee, Mieko Yoshihama, Dorothy L Espelage, Dexter R Voisin,

<h4>Objectives</h4>Adolescents' exposure to violence between parents acts as a precursor to risky behaviors; however, empirical studies that examined the potential pathways from exposure to violence between parents to risky behaviors are rare. Consequently, the prevention and intervention strategies for risky sexual activities are limited without the identification of malleable mediators.<h4>Methods</h4>Mediators on the association between ... Read more >>

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Evaluation the Effectiveness of Abridged IMNCI (7-Day) Course v Standard (11-Day) Course in Pakistan.

Shabina Ariff, Kamran Sadiq, Uswa Jiwani, Khalil Ahmed, Khadija Nuzhat, Shakeel Ahmed, Qamruddin Nizami, Iqtidar A Khan, Nabeela Ali, Sajid Bashir Soofi, Zulfiqar A Bhutta,

<h4>Background</h4>The conventional IMCI training for healthcare providers is delivered in 11 days, which can be expensive and disruptive to the normal clinical routines of the providers. An equally effective, shorter training course may address these challenges.<h4>Methods</h4>We conducted a quasi-experimental study in two provinces (Sindh and Punjab) of Pakistan. 104 healthcare providers ... Read more >>

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