Women & Children's Health Committee Information

Purpose: 

The Women and Children’s Health Committee (W&C) will focus on the health needs of women and children. As a trusted and credible source of health education and link to valuable resource materials, W&C aims to foster health education that goes beyond mere health information and empowers women of all ages and children to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families, thereby advancing the health, wellness, and well-being of women and children in our target populations.

2020-2021 Strategies:

W&C will examine health issues that affect women and children, and identify health topics of importance to achieve health and wellness. An exploration of factors that influence each health topic will lead to recommended solutions to address the problem. W&C will research and share sustainable, evidence based tools, resources, and best practices that support health educators in empowering women and children to take control of their health. The W&C Committee will focus on the following health issues given their increased burden during this season.

Back-to-School Preparations, Kids Health, & PC Health Status

 

It is that time of year, again. Time to stock up on school supplies with the kids. As you prepare for back-to-school, would you consider adding kid's health and computer protections? Both biological and computer viruses/malware spread faster when a large portion of the population is unprotected. 

 

[1] Are all of your kids' vaccine shots up-to-date including COVID-19 for kids 12 years and older, chickenpox (varicella), diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP), flu, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), meningococcal conjugate, pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23), polio (IPV), rotavirus (RV), Serogroup B meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccines, and any other pertinent immunizations against the common childhood diseases in your area?

 

​You may check by visiting the CDC web-links below or your local health center, health care provider, or the school nurse in your child's school district. Additionally, remember to get appropriate shots for your college freshman heading off to the dormitory on campus. For information on when a COVID-19 vaccine may become available for children younger than 12 years, click the FDA/NBC link below.

 

Next, what of the kids' personal computers and other electronic devices? Are these devices protected with state of the art anti-virus, anti-malware and Internet security applications (apps)? You may want to include parental controls for added protection. Check reputable websites for more information, get safe third party apps during back-to-school, and install/setup the apps or apply your updates now, since an ounce of prevention is indeed worth a pound of cure."

  • Preparedness: Women and children need to prepare for emergencies and disasters including winter storms, excessive  heat, fires, chemical spills, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more.

  • Nutrition: Eat well. Provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to function properly.

  • Physical Activity:  Get active & “Move Your Way.”

  • Work and Health Concerns: Women staying healthy while at work, and children staying healthy while in school, at home and at play.

  • Preventive Medical Care, Early Diagnosis and Treatment: Remind and encourage women and children, especially during this COVID-19 outbreak, to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. Women and children need to visit their health care provider for periodic checkups and early detection and management of emerging health problems. An initial visit will set a personal baseline health record. Mental health issues are becoming more important too in communities.

  • Vision and Hearing: Women and children also need periodic checkups of vision, hearing and scoliosis. This is particularly important for schoolchildren so they can benefit maximally from educational opportunities. Additionally, as women get older it is important to monitor and correct for changes in vision and hearing.

  • Pregnancy and Childbirth Concerns: Healthy People 2030 stresses reduction of maternal deaths, since women in the United States are more likely to die from childbirth or problems related to pregnancy than women in other high-income countries. In addition, there are persistent disparities by race/ethnicity. Thus, improving the quality of medical care for women before, during, and after pregnancy can help reduce maternal deaths.

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic: W&C will amplify and share messages from credible COVID-19 sources of information to help women and children avoid pandemic fatigue, and continue practicing all recommended safety precautions and safe behaviors. Women and children can serve as a great example that motivates other family members.

  • Other Infectious Diseases: These remain of concern.

    • (A) Mothers and caregivers need to ensure children receive timely vaccinations for vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood. 

    • (B) Likewise, pregnant women need to get their recommended shots, as do older women too. Sexually transmitted diseases may have severe consequences and need to be addressed with prevention, early detection, and treatment.

  • Detection and Management of Chronic Health Conditions: It is extremely important for all women and children, especially those with underlying chronic health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to take care of their health now. Women with disabilities also need to take care of their health. No less important are precautions to protect children in this season, with a focus on asthma, sickle cell disease, disability, cancer, prevention of self-harm and unintentional injury.

  • Cancer: Healthy People 2030 also stresses reduction of the female breast cancer death rate since breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in American women. Although breast cancer death rates have gone down in recent years, they remain higher in some racial/ethnic groups. Interventions to increase breast cancer screening, personalized treatments, and community-based cancer control efforts are important for reducing breast cancer deaths.

  • Continuing Education and Train-the-Trainers: A selection of Continuing Education Unit credits (CEU) for health educators and team leaders.

Resources:

Women’s Corner - Selected Resources:

Resources for All Mothers:

Grandmothers’ Zone - Selected Resources:

Kids’ Fun Corner - Selected Resources:

Students’ Section - Selected Resources:

STUDENT LESSON PLAN: This lesson will help students think critically about their daily food choices and build healthy habits.

 

 

Train-the-Trainer CEUs for Health Education & Health Promotion Specialists:

Contact Us - women.children.ncasophe1@gmail.com