The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative (PCHHC) was started in 2006 as a collaborative effort of over 70 national public-private partners. Still strong today, this partnership is working to improve young adults’ health and wellness as they foster a healthy life course for them and any children they may have.
The project is supported by a small but determined staff based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the Center for Maternal and Infant Health in the School of Medicine and the Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work. Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, is the program director with over a decade of experience working in the field of maternal and infant health. She has spoken about preconception and women’s health globally and is an avid advocate for the health and well-being of young adults. Katherine Bryant, MA, MSPH, is the project manager supporting work at all levels of the project, including the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on Infant Mortality Preconception Health project. Suzanne Woodward, BA, is the communications director coordinating social media, branding, and websites for consumers and professionals. Erin McClain, MA, MPH brings her expertise in working with health care providers, quality improvement, and chronic conditions to this work. Together they are joined by graduate students and volunteers from across the country in driving this work forward. Key partners for the current project include: Rachel Berkowitz, Kenn Harris, Kay Johnson, Dan Frayne, Mary Webster, and Milt Kotelchuck. A full list of partners is coming soon.
More information and resources are available at BeforeandBeyond.org!
Our project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF3MC31239- Preconception CoIIN.The grant amount totals $1,494,993. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authorand should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
In the past we have received support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.