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State and Local Strategies and Programs

Public health practitioners and providers at the national, state and local level will find population-based resources and tools that support the initiation and continuation of efforts to promote optimal preconception health.

Materials include links to case-examples of public health programs that have been initiated and implemented in the community, but lack substantive evaluation data, as well as preconception health and health care best-practices identified by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practices program and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP) Innovation Station.

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State and Local Strategies


A Health Education Home for Interconceptional African-American Women at Risk for Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes.
Alameda County Public Health Department

Every Woman California
A Mixed-Use Website to Promote Preconception Health to Health Professionals and Consumers
California Department of Public Health

Workforce Development Strategies for Integrating Preconception Health into Practice
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Healthy Today for a Baby Someday
Denver Public Health


Adult Life Plan: Set Your Mind, Set Your Goals
State of Delaware Department of Public Health

Teen Life Plan: My Life, MY Plan
State of Delaware Department of Public Health

North Carolina

Healthy before Pregnancy
The Development and Testing of a Preconception Health Curriculum for High School Students in North Carolina.
March of Dimes, North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign

Healthy Habits for Life
Using Evidence-Based Healthy Weight Messages to Develop a Consumer Booklet for 18-24 Year-Old African-American Women in North Carolina.
March of Dimes, North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign

Should We Transform Folic Acid Programs into Preconception Health Campaigns? The North Carolina Experience
March of Dimes, North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign

Leveraging Success to Expand Preconception Programs and Messages: One State’s Journey from a Localized Vitamin Distribution Program to a Statewide Preconception Health Campaign.
March of Dimes, North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign

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Best Practices in Local and State Public Health

NACCHO Model Practices

NACCHO’s Model Practices Database is an online, searchable collection of innovative best practices in local public health from various public health areas. Users can benefit from their colleagues' experiences to learn what works, identify strategies on how to re-implement effective programs with good results, and save time and resources. Below is a selection of preconception health-related model and promising practices from NACCHO’s Model Practices Database.

To search NACCHO’s Model Practice Data base, click here: For more information about NACCHO’s Model Practice program, visit:

Boston (MA ) Public Health Commission

Mente y Cuerpo/Mind and Body: Integrating mental health and primary care services; 2011

Women's Health Questionnaire; 2003

Brevard County (FL) Health Department

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Fast Track Treatment; 2009

Cambridge (MA) Public Health Department

Men's Health League; 2010

Denver (CO) Public Health

Integration of Family Planning Services into an STD Clinic Setting;2010

Genesee County (MI) Health Department

REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) 2010: The Genesee County (Michigan) Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative; 2008

Hernando County (FL) Health Department

Positively Negative - Increasing HIV/AIDS Awareness Among African American Teens; 2011

Ingham County (MI) Health Department

Building Effective Tobacco Treatment Services for Pregnant and Parenting Women. The House Calls Smoking Cessation Program; 2011

Los Angeles County (CA) Department of Health Services - Public Health

A Promising Surveillance System to Monitor Perinatal/infant Health: Los Angeles Mommy and Baby (LAMB) Project; 2009

New York City (NY) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Patients Receiving Emergency Contraception at Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics New York City, 2006 – 2009; 2010

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NACCHO Promising Practices

Erie County (NY ) Department of Health

Promoting Adolescent Reproductive Health Project; 2009

River Stone Health (MT)

HIV/Hepatitis/STD, and Immunization Integrated Services; 2009

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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Innovation Station Best Practices

AMCHP's Innovation Station is a searchable database of emerging, promising and best practices in maternal and child health. This database allows you to learn more about maternal and child health programs across the U.S. and to benefit from the lessons learned by your peers. Below is a selection of preconception health-related best-practices from AMCHP’s Innovation Station. Click on the program title below to download a summary of activities, evaluation, outcomes, lessons learned and resources.

To learn more about AMCHP's Best Practices program, visit


Women Together for Health; 2011


Prenatal Plus Program; 2009


Body and Soul; 2009

Tampa Bay Doula program; 2008


La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz (Healthy Life, Happy Life); 2011


Healthy Weight Program; 2011


The Clinic & Community Connections Project (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome); 2008


Mississippi Interpregnancy Care Project; 2011


Missouri Model for Smoking Cessation; 2011


Baby Blossoms Collaborative; 2009


Healthy Women, Healthy Futures; 2008


Power Your Life Preconception Health Campaign; 2011


Women's Health - Now and Beyond; 2011

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Lifecourse Toolbox

Preconception health and the Life Course Model can both guide and inform how women, men, children, and teens can live healthy lives. The Life Course Model helps public health professionals think about where people live, work, learn, and play, and how racism , health care, disease, stress, nutrition and weight, and birth weight, impact these groups across generations. The MCH Life Course Toolbox provides information, new ideas, and tools for using the Life Course Model at local, state, and national levels.

View the MCH Lifecourse Toolbox »

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