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AHA podcast: Examining pathways to rebuilding rural maternity services

Jun 17, 2021
In part two in a series of podcasts on rebuilding maternity services at a critical access hospital, officials from the UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill and Chatham Hospital UNC Health Care at Siler City, N.C., discuss how a plan was fulfilled to reintroduce safe and sustainable maternity services.
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Survey: 70% of parents, adult caregivers report mental health symptoms

Jun 17, 2021
Seven in 10 U.S. adults who are parents and/or care for an adult with a health condition or who is at risk for COVID-19 reported at least one recent adverse mental health symptom when surveyed between December 2020 and March 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
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Newest AHA poster focuses on mental health conditions’ prevalence

Jun 17, 2021
The AHA released the next People Matter, Words Matter poster. The latest downloadable poster focuses on the commonness of mental health conditions and diagnoses, because knowing the facts is one of the best ways to reduce stigma.
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NIH study indicates healthy diet before, during pregnancy linked to lower risk of complications

Jun 3, 2021
The National Institutes of Health yesterday reported that a healthy diet from around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce for women the risk of several common pregnancy complications.
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New CDC report underscores racial, ethnic disparities in breastfeeding

Jun 1, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that rates of breastfeeding initiation have increased during the past decade but racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding persist.
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AHA-supported legislation would fund training for additional substance use disorder specialists

May 27, 2021
AHA yesterday voiced support for bipartisan legislation that would add 1,000 Medicare-funded hospital residency positions in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain medicine, with 500 slots reserved for hospitals with existing programs in these specialties and 500 for hospitals creating new programs.
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AHA-supported maternal health, workforce resiliency bills clear committee

May 25, 2021
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions today passed, as amended, three AHA-supported bills to improve maternal health and support front-line health care workers. 
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Blog: Improving mental health care for pregnant and postpartum women

May 21, 2021
Women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and into the first postpartum year than at any other time in their lives, writes Margaret Howard, division director of women's behavioral health at Providence, R.I.-based Women & Infants Hospital and executive director of women’s behavioral health at Care New England.
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States can apply for $14.2 million in ARPA funding to expand pediatric mental health care

May 21, 2021
Eligible states and tribal organizations can apply through July 6 for up to $445,000 each from the American Rescue Plan Act to implement telehealth networks to help primary care providers diagnose, treat and refer children with mental health conditions and substance use disorders, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced.