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Improving family planning in the DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), access to family planning services remains difficult, especially for adolescents and young adults. Consequently, unwanted pregnancies and clandestine abortions constitute a major public health problem in the country. A December 2019 review of reproductive health access and barriers paints the picture: most pregnancies in the DRC are unintended; without access […]


Back to School — Coping with the Pandemic and Re-Entry Stress

Whether in-person or virtually, going back to school can be stressful for students, parents, and teachers—especially while navigating a pandemic. On August 24, 2021, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducted an Instagram event with Krystal Lewis, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist at NIMH, who discussed causes or triggers of stress and coping techniques to help […]


Associations between Residential Proximity to Oil and Gas Drilling and Term Birth Weight and Small-for-Gestational-Age Infants in Texas

An environmental health perspective on oil and natural gas extraction may produce environmental pollution at levels that affect reproductive health of nearby populations. According to this article, “Residing near oil and gas drilling sites during pregnancy was associated with a small reduction in term birth weight but not SGA, with some evidence of environmental injustices. […]


Resource on the Go Podcast

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) offer this go-to source for those working to end sexual violence by exploring topics like community-level prevention, evaluation, messaging, and more. In each episode, Resource on the Go podcast shares insights on responding and preventing to sexual assault from experts who are doing this work every day.


Diversity Reviewer Database

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has created a Diversity Reviewer Database in an effort to increase the diversity of developmental scientists participating in the review of research proposals at federal agencies and foundations in the United States. Why a Diversity Reviewer Database? Evidence continues to show a gap in funding of major research […]


NIMHD Launches Structural Racism and Discrimination Resource Webpage

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., announced the launch of UNITE, a new NIH initiative aimed at bringing an end to structural racism in biomedical research. This new webpage on structural racism and discrimination curates a wide variety of NIMHD research, resources, tools, seminars, publications, articles […]


Pregnant Women in DOJ Custody:

U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons Should Better Align Policies with National Guidelines Experts found that incarcerated pregnant women are a vulnerable population with special needs. For example, national guidance says that they should receive regular prenatal care, screening, and diagnostic tests. However, experts found that while the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau […]


Resource: The State of Babies Yearbook 2021

Telling the story of America’s babies is more important than ever.  The  State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 shows us that, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the littlest among us did not have the supports they needed to thrive.  As a result, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the conditions that contribute to babies’ development and families’ stability.  Black and Brown babies and babies […]


Resource: Recording of Racial Disparities at Every Stage of COVID-19: Infections, Hospitalizations, Death Rates… and Now the Vaccine

This 90-minute webinar shares how racial disparities and health inequities have multiplied the effects of COVID-19 including: infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. Additionally, the webinar panelists address the challenges facing COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.


Resource: The Brain Architects: Connecting Health & Learning (Part II)

Check out this The Brain Architects podcast episode titled: Connecting Health & Learning (Part II). The podcast guests discuss policies relevant to prenatal to three and how these policies can improve social determinants like poverty, community violence, and racism.


Resource: Why Do We Focus on the Prenatal-to-3 Age Period?: Understanding the Importance of the Earliest Years

This research brief provides information on why the prenatal to 3 year period is sensitive. It specifies what conditions enhance family health during this period and how parents/guardians can be supported. Finally, it describes institutional changes that can improve child care.