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The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is proud to be a part of the dynamic changes and advancements in preconception health. We not only reflect the news, we create it. This page will spotlight items of interest to the public along with the latest events, announcements, media releases and press clippings from the NCPHC.

Supplemental Materials: Folic Acid Webinar, February 12
February 6, 2015
Are you joining us for our Folic Acid & Multivitamins webinar on Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m.? Your materials are here! Follow the links below: FA Spanish Poster (Mujer Prevenida) Felicidades! Take Care of Yourself Webinar-Folic Acid & NTDs FINAL 2014-2015 Women's Health Branch Order Form How to Confirm You Have Received Your CE Credits If you are not registered but would like to join us, please click here. Contact Sarah Wright at swright@marchofdimes.org or 910-778-5673 if you have...
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January 6, 2015
In December 2014, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new vaccine against genital HPV (Human Papillomavirus).  Great news for public health! Prior to this development, there were two HPV vaccines available.  The original Gardasil vaccine was approved in 2006 to guard against two strains (16 and 18) of HPV that are responsible for approximately 75% of cervical cancer cases, 70% of vaginal cancer cases, and 50% of vulvar cancer cases.  It also offers prevention for two...
October 7, 2014
Our 2014-2015 webinar series is one of the Campaign’s biggest undertakings, and we want to make sure everyone knows about this great opportunity!   Six webinars will be available for providers to choose from—one per month from November to April. Each webinar will focus on a different key preconception health topic. Within each topic there will be some common themes: an update on the current state of the issue; discussion of strategies for counseling patients/consumers; and...
September 15, 2014
In July 2014, the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign team conducted a marathon training for providers who serve young, expecting and new parents in five high-need counties: Bladen, Robeson, Onslow, Nash and Rockingham.   These “train-the-trainer” sessions utilized the Ready, Set, Plan (RSP) curriculum, which introduces action goals and other strategies to help families make informed health decisions. The RSP provider trainings utilize an extensive...
September 15, 2014
Folate is a B vitamin naturally found in many everyday foods such as beans, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.  The synthetic form of folate, what most people know as “folic acid,” can be found in almost every type of multivitamin, as well as in enriched orange juice and fortified grain and bread products.  Folate and folic acid help with cell growth and cell regeneration—think thicker and faster growing hair and nails.  Additionally, folic acid plays an...
January 14, 2014
Our 2014 webinar series is one of the Campaign’s biggest undertakings this year, and we want to make sure everyone knows about this great opportunity!   Six webinars will be available for providers to choose from—two each in February, March, and April. Each webinar will focus on a different key preconception health topic. Within each topic there will be some common themes: an update on the current state of the issue; discussion of strategies for counseling patients/consumers;...
February 14, 2013
Show Your Love is a new national campaign developed by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PHHCI) in partnership with the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign (NCPHC), to help women prepare for healthy pregnancies. Launched on Valentine’s Day, the campaign’s message is that if a woman chooses to have a child, she can show love to her future child by first loving herself and by adopting healthy habits well before becoming pregnant. “...
January 4, 2013
More than 100,000 low-income women are receiving free multivitamins with folic acid in an effort to reduce birth defects thanks to the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign. Last month, the Campaign ordered 110,000 bottles of multivitamins and distributed them to health departments and community safety-net agencies participating in the Statewide Multivitamin Distribution Program. Originally funded as a part of a bill passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2009, the Program...
May 14, 2012
The March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign is participating in National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The week starts on Mother’s Day, May 13, and continues until May 19. This year the Campaign is focusing on the importance of health behaviors and preventative care that can lead to healthier lives for women. “National Women...
January 9, 2012
Multivitamin use among women in North Carolina has increased significantly according to recent survey results. The percentage of women ages 18-45 who reported taking a multivitamin daily rose from 38 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in 2010, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey conducted by the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. Taking a multivitamin is important for all women of childbearing age because it reduces their risk of having a pregnancy...

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