[NFIMR] September 10th 2009 NFIMR Listserv

Kathleen Buckley KBuckley at acog.org
Thu Sep 10 11:02:36 EDT 2009

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Excerpt from NYT Editorial: A Living Memorial Published: September 9,
“Out of the ashes of the horrific 9/11 attacks, a positive custom is
taking hold. Since 2002, victims’ family members and friends have joined
with community nonprofits, faith-based groups and others to mobilize
Americans to mark the anniversary of the attacks with useful volunteer
service. Under a provision of the larger national service measure signed
in April by President Obama, Friday will be the first 9/11 anniversary
to be commemorated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.” …   To
read the editorial in full go to
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/opinion/10thu3.html?ref=opinion To
find ways to participate in the day of service, go to
Symposium on Quality Improvement to Prevent Prematurity, October 2009
Date: October 8 and 9, 2009 Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City,
Arlington, Virginia
This Symposium will explore the present state of quality initiatives to
prevent preterm birth (
http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1157.asp )and develop an
agenda for action to decrease the rate of those preterm births that are
not inevitable or medically necessary. The program is a collaborative
project of the March of Dimes, The American College of Obstetricians and
American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Nurse-Midwives, and
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal NursesThe
Symposium will bring together a multidisciplinary group of health care
practitioners, health insurers, policy makers, health purchasers,
regulators and concerned citizens to discuss quality improvement as an
essential component in the strategy to prevent prematurity (
http://www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/prematurity.asp ), promote
health and save costs (
http://www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/21198.asp ). To learn more or to
register, go to: marchofdimes.com/conferences (
http://e-mail.marchofdimes.com/cgi-bin12/DM/y/n8yc0H1awF0EVf01770Eo ) 
Free  Webinar Opportunity: Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data to
Improve Health Care Quality 
A lack of standardization of race, ethnicity, and language categories
has been raised as one obstacle to achieving more widespread collection
and utilization of these data. In 2009 AHRQ commissioned the Institute
of Medicine (IOM) to examine approaches to standardization that could
enhance measures that AHRQ collects and reports on in the National
Healthcare Disparities Report. Your Voice is offering a free webinar
that will provide an in-depth look at the just-released IOM report,
"Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care
Quality Improvement" (www.iom.edu/datastandardization). 
This webinar will be held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eastern Time. It features: IOM Committee member Romana Hasnain-Wynia,
speaking on what these recommendations mean for health care providers. 
Grace Ting from WellPoint, Inc., a large health care system that
collects and uses patient demographic data to improve health care
quality and system performance. 
An online Question & Answer session. 
The opportunity to join a post-webinar Peer Learning Networkon this

To register for this free webinar, go to:
To learn more about Your Voice, go to:
www.diversityRxConference.org/yourvoice (
http://www.diversityrxconference.org/yourvoice )
To access the National Healthcare Disparities Report, go to:
Home visiting programs that would be significantly expanded under a new
initiative proposed by the administration have demonstrated modest but
important benefits for children and significant benefits for women,
according to a new policy analysis (
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/12/3/gpr120311.html )published in the
Summer 2009 issue of the Guttmacher Policy Review. Home visiting
programs pair new families—particularly low-income, single-parent
ones—with trained professionals who provide parenting information,
resources and support throughout a child’s first few years. 
To read the report, go to
CDC Guidance on Shortage of Erythromycin (0.5%) Ophthalmic Ointment -
September 2009. CDC continues to work with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and other experts to provide updates regarding the
shortage of Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment (0.5%). To read their
recommendations, go to

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