DSHS Website Promotes Healthy Babies

TMA's Maternal and Perinatal Health Committee recommends physicians log on to the new Someday Starts Now website established by the Department of State Health Services as part of its Healthy Texas Babies initiative to reduce infant mortality in Texas.

The committee reviewed the site during its meeting at the TMA Winter Conference earlier this month. The site includes information and resources for physicians, including birth and life plan templates, posters, patient worksheets and FAQs, and training videos.

The Healthy Texas Babies initiative includes:

  • Evidence-based interventions led by local coalitions in communities statewide;
  • Communications campaigns to raise public awareness;
  • Efforts to address disparities in infant mortality among different ethnic groups; and
  • Provider education and support for clinical decision making.

Action, Feb. 15, 2013