FROM THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The State Perinatal Program expanded its capacity over the past
year by creating staff positions for each of the five perinatal
regions across the state, with the purpose of strengthening Alabama's
statewide perinatal system.
Perinatal Coordinators are housed in the state's five regional
perinatal referral hospitals. On-going activities include:
the five Regional Perinatal Advisory Councils
quarterly continuing education and networking programs for maternal-infant
nurse managers in each region
fetal and infant mortality review projects
perinatal advocacy through interaction with civic groups and
collaboration between the regional High Risk Infant Follow-up
and Tracking Clinics and the Alabama Early Intervention System
Gene Hamrick, R.N., Ed.D. State Perinatal Program Director, at
(334) 206-2928 or e-mail [email protected]
UNIVERSAL NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING PROGRAM
This has been a very exciting and productive year for the Alabama's
Listening, Universal Hearing Screening Program.
of the 59 birthing facilities in Alabama have voluntarily implemented
universal newborn hearing screening programs.
tracking system now in place is designed to follow infants who
miss or do not pass the initial screening and ensure they receive
appropriate follow-up evaluations in a timely manner.
tracking system also follows infants who have risk indicators
for late onset or progressive hearing loss.
goals of this program are based on 1-3-6
guidelines recommended by The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
Year 2000 Position Statement, which are:
by 1 month
by 3 months
by 6 months
Tucker, Au.D. CCC-A, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Coordinator,
at (334) 206-2944 or e-mail [email protected]
WIC Program will recognize Breastfeeding Awareness Month during
August. The theme for this year is: Breastfeeding - It's Too
Important Not To.
Breastfeeding Coalition will develop and distribute breastfeeding
information to all delivery hospitals throughout the state. This
information can be used to promote breastfeeding in the hospital,
clinic, and community. Each WIC clinic will also receive a packet
of breastfeeding information.
If you have questions or would like to receive a packet to promote
breastfeeding in your office or hospital, please contact Michelle
Grainger via e-mail at [email protected]
or call (334) 206-5673.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Project (ACLPPP)
information, Christopher Sellers, MPH, can be reached at (334)
Child Care Alabama (HCCA) provides assistance to childcare providers
and families of young children (up to five years of age) in
the form of on-site health and safety education/information,
referrals to health, educational and support services, assistance
with the concerns of developmentally delayed and special health
care needs children, and advocacy for quality childcare in Alabama.
With the employment
of the eighth nurse consultant, HCCA will be serving 45 counties.
the 2001-2002-contract year, over 2,800 contacts were made with
childcare providers, children and their families:
made to child care sites for programs and consultations: 393
made to supportive services for child/family: 645
attending Health and Safety Trainings: 562
attending Health and Safety Programs: 1130
and consults with providers and parents regarding children
with special health care needs: 165
Care Alabama Coordinator, Sharis LeMay, RN, can be reached at