The work in the preconception space continues to evolve and change. As our current HRSA MCHB funded project comes to a close this year, we will be utilizing funds to support a strategic thinking summit in August 2021. This work will set the course for the next several years. Stay tuned for more information.
One thought piece that we will use in our upcoming conversations is the article just published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Dehlendorf et al – Evolving the Preconception Health Framework: A Call for Reproductive and Sexual Health Equity.
In December 2021, we gave an invited presentation to the virtual Japan-U.S. Preconception Health Summit – held in Tokyo. You can click here to access our powerpoint slide deck and here for the video. Click here to watch presentations about preconception health directions in Japan.
Also in December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office released a report and Recommendations for Improving Maternal Health. Improving women’s health before pregnancy was a key strategy that was listed. Click here to review the report materials.
We have been regular participants and presenters in the European Congresses on Preconception Health – the most recent being held in November 2019 and the next Congress scheduled for Fall 2022. The book Preconception Health and Care: A Life Course Approach by Jill Shawe, Eric A.P. Steegers, and Sarah Verbiest (eds), published in 2020, includes chapters by leading researchers and clinicians in the field – many of whom are thought leaders who have been showcased at this event.
The clear link between preconception health and maternal health was also elevated in the HRSA Global Summit on Maternal Mortality. Click here to view the preconception health recommendations suggested in this PowerPoint.
In December 2016, national partners gathered for a “Catalyzing Change Meeting,” where a strategic direction for PCHHC and actions needed to advance preconception health in the U.S. was solidified.