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Women's, Children's and Family Health

Priority activities

  • Distribute perinatal information to health care providers and the public via listservs, printed materials, and other media
  • Lead the Alaska Infant Safe Sleep Initiative
  • Collaborate with the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership, the March of Dimes, and local hospitals to promote the 39 weeks campaign to decrease non-medically indicated elective births before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy
  • Administer the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program using the Nurse-Family Partnership model to provide home visiting services to first-time pregnant women and their children up to age 2 years in the Anchorage area
  • Administer the federal Healthy Start program that provides comprehensive case management and community-focused work for high-risk pregnant women and their children up to age 2 years in the Nome Census Area
  • Collaborate with the Alaska Chronic Disease Prevention Tobacco Program to prevent and reduce tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Collaborate with the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health to prevent and reduce the impact of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and the impacts of other substance use
  • Work with other state and community partners on increasing immunization coverage rates in Alaska
  • Participate in planning for the biennial Alaska Maternal Child Health and Immunization Conference
  • Hold annual Alaska Perinatal Advisory Committee meetings