The Kentucky Folic Acid Partnership Meeting Minutes from January 24, 2008 State Laboratory Building, Frankfort, KY
Members present: Katrina Thompson, Roxanne True, Teresa Cooper, Linda Dunsmore, Mary Sue Flora, Dr. Ruth Ann Shepherd, Sally Brunner, Diane Sprowl, Shari Stewart, Jill Ford, Rich Nading, Beth Crace Fisher, and Susan Brown Those who replied unable to attend: Linda Lancaster, Christie Penn, Sarojini Kanotra, Dr. David Adamkin, Emma Walters, Susan Borders, Cathy Chase, and Kelly McKown.
Call to Order, Welcome, and New Members: Susan Brown called meeting to order and welcomed all members to the table including two new members: Beth Crace Fisher, DPH-Communications (Crace for email), and Rich Nading with the Green River District HD. Jill Ford reports-new director for Monroe County: Rita Crabtree.
Minutes Approved for September 2007: Motion made, seconded and carried.
Chairman’s report: Dr. Ruth Ann Shepherd reported highlights from several of her programs:
HBWW-Six sites involved, the three control sites do nothing differently, while the three intervention sites: UK, Ashland and Trover follow the grant guidelines for HBWW. The sites represent eastern, central and western parts of the state and provide us with views from a university, public and private setting. The control sites correspond accordingly, using same criteria. HBWW initiative receives worldwide exposure via J&JPI publicity DVD clip. The www.prematurityprevention.org website has received over 5,000 hits worldwide with many from Israel. Dr. Shepherd reminds us that toolkit fact sheets and handouts are available for download at the website. Use them for educational purposes to inform the public that preterm birth is not a good thing. Late preterm births make up 80% of all preterm births. Mortality rates for late preterm births are 6 times the rate of full-term births during the first month of life, and 3 times the rate of full-term births over the course of a life time. While, many expected the mortality rates between late preterm babies and full-term babies to be a little bit higher—most were shocked to find such a significant difference.
March of Dimes Scientific Advisory Committee: Dr. Shepherd has been appointed to serve on this committee
National Public Health Association: KY is pushing the nation for prematurity awareness
KY Chapter of the March of Dimes’ PRAMS grant: To enable KY to perform the requirements needed to become a PRAMS state. Currently only 37 states meet the PRAMS guidelines. Part of the KY project is a survey. Mailed to KY women who have had a pregnancy within the past year. CDC requires states to receive a