Moving beyond surviving to thriving in times of transition – Sustainability and Transition Planning Tools for Healthy Start

Every organization experiences change. How successfully they deal with that change determines how well they will meet their mission for years to come. The most common change is a leadership transition, but changes to mission, structure, and funding can also occur.  All of these changes potentially impact sustainability and require some level of transition planning.  While we can’t always control changes, we can influence the outcomes to some extent through sustainability and transition planning.

During this conversation-style webinar, we will address the following points

  1. Provide an overview of sustainability and transition planning;
  2. Provide an overview of a sustainability framework to support programs developing an organizational sustainability plan; and
  3. Describe three levels of communication as the most important aspect of addressing change and implementing sustainability and transition plan;
  4. Incorporate ways in which strides and gains can be maintained.

 During the webinar, we will have a panel discussion about why sustainability and transition planning is relevant for Healthy Start; provide an overview of the CoIIN developed sustainability and transition planning packages; as well as hear about two real-world examples of implementing a sustainability plan and transition plan. Opportunities to share your own experience and ask questions will be offered.

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Other Project Management Project Schedule Strategic Planning

Ask the Expert: The Fourth Trimester: A new paradigm for preventing maternal mortality

Given the urgent need to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) released a revised Committee Opinion to reinforce the importance of the “fourth trimester,” and to propose a new paradigm for postpartum care.  Redefining postpartum care is an initiative set forth by ACOG’s  most recent past president Haywood L. Brown, M.D. Dr. Brown will share more on the fourth trimester paradigm in the context of Healthy Start during this Ask the Expert webinar.


AIM Patient Safety Bundles

The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on proven implementation approaches to improving maternal safety and outcomes in the U.S. The AIM supported safety bundles are collections of evidence based protocols and best practices for improving safety in maternity care, and handling obstetric complications and emergencies in hospital and outpatient settings. AIM provides implementation and data support for each AIM supported patient safety bundle.

Case Management/Care Coordination Other Prenatal Care and Education Risk Assessment

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical‐legal partnership (MLP) is an approach to health that integrates the work of healthcare, public health, and civil legal aid to more effectively identify, treat, and prevent health‐harming legal needs for patients, clinics, and populations. MLP addresses legal needs in the areas of income supports and insurance; housing and utilities; employment and education; legal status; and personal and family stability. MLP:

  • Trains healthcare, public health, and legal teams to work collaboratively and identify needs upstream;
  • Treats individual patients’ health‐harming social and legal needs with legal care ranging from triage and consultations to legal representation;
  • Transforms clinic practice and institutional policies to better respond to patients’ health‐harming social and legal needs; and
  • Prevents health‐harming legal needs broadly by detecting patterns and improving policies and regulations that have an impact on population health. 

Case Management/Care Coordination Insurance Coverage Other Risk Assessment

Interconception Care Project of California

The Interconception Care Project of California is a collection of recommendations to improve and promote the interconception health of women by maximizing care during the postpartum visit. The website contains links to free evidence-based clinical management algorithms for the 21 most common pregnancy and delivery complications in California. Patient education materials offering explanations of the conditions, treatment options, and self-care strategies to reduce risks in future pregnancies are also free and available in English and Spanish.

Other Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning Risk Assessment

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based non-profit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits. Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy.

Other Parenting Education

Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care

This chart shows recommended pediatric preventive health care services to be delivered at well-child visits for children ages 0-21, including history, measurements, screenings, assessments, procedures, physical exam, oral health,  and anticipatory guidance. These guidelines represent a consensus by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Bright Futures. The recommendations in this statement do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.


The Tampa Bay Doula Program

This Doula Program, targeted to low income pregnant women, provides free perinatal services, including community-based childbirth education classes, labor and delivery support, postpartum care, and instruction focusing on mom/baby attachment, extension of breastfeeding duration, and interconception care. Participants in the program have been shown to have a decreased infant mortality rate, reduced need for medical interventions during labor and delivery, and longer duration of breastfeeding their infants.

Breastfeeding Other Prenatal Care and Education Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning


The Touchpoints approach offers healthcare providers and early education professionals a framework to build better partnerships with families around mutual strengths-based caregiving and parent engagement, all of which benefit child outcomes. Rooted in child social, emotional and behavioral development, Touchpoints seeks to improve parent-provider relationships, improve provider relationships with each other, enhance parent-infant relationships, moderate parental stress, normalize parent’s perceptions of their child’s behavior, increase well-child care adherence, improve infant developmental outcomes, improve maternal mental health indicators, and encourage longer breastfeeding. A variety of professional tools, training activities and learning communities are offered for providers.

Breastfeeding Other Parenting Education Socio-emotional Development for Children

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