NIH joins with women’s organization to debut postpartum depression video


Science News » NIH joins with women’s organization to debut postpartum depression video

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have partnered with one of the nation’s largest African-American women’s organizations, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), to create the Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative. This initiative seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting women and their families throughout the lifespan, including mental disorders like postpartum depression (PPD). Learn more….

Watch this video on (PPD) that was developed for the initiative. PPD is a mood disorder that can affect women shortly before or soon after childbirth, but commonly begins within a month after delivery. This under-recognized and under-treated disorder can affect any woman of childbearing age. The video provides patient testimony and information on the signs and symptoms of PPD and reinforces the importance of seeking help and treatment from a health professional.

Building Evidence: An evaluation toolkit


We had heard for a long time of the existing need for a tool that would allow organizations to evaluate the valuable work they carry out day by day. We also heard about the importance of evaluation in our collaborative relationships with funding agencies or foundations that support our work and that it is important for them to be able to rely on solid evidence for the programs that they finance.

It is for these reasons that we are pleased to announce that we have a new toolkit designed exclusively to evaluate your work regarding domestic violence.

You can find the toolkit here.

New research, feature: A holistic approach to prisoner reentry

urbanDear Urban Institute supporter:

The overwhelming majority of people in prison will eventually come home to their communities. How can we help ensure that they receive the services and support they need to keep them from returning to custody?
New Urban research evaluates one ambitious approach—a program in Chicago’s Garfield Park called Safer Return, which was unique in its attempt to involve families, the whole community, and public and private systems in the process of helping people rebuild their lives after prison. 

INTERACTIVE FEATURE: Learn how Safer Return helped one returning citizen get his life on track.

Between 2008 and 2013, more than 700 returning citizens participated in Safer Return and were encouraged to tap into a network of case managers, career developers, and mentors focused on facilitating their successful return.

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Join the 2015 IYLA at the United Nations on August 18th!

gpf_UNITEDSTATESDear Young Leader,

Join the 2015 International Young Leaders Assembly (IYLA) at the United Nations! Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 IYLA Day Program at the United Nations.

IYLA-USA 2015 organized under the theme, Moral and Innovative Leadership: Vision, Service and Entrepreneurship, will be held in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City from August 10-19.

The IYLA will host a special one-day program at the United Nations on August 18th that is open to students, young professionals, and more. This program will focus on leadership awareness, building a lasting global leadership network, and discussing innovative solutions to current critical issues. Delegates will acquire first-hand experience, not as spectators, but from inside this powerful institution.

Date: August 18th (Tuesday), 2015

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: United Nations, General Assembly

Apply here to reserve your place! Use code “2USA200” to receive priority consideration on your application. Don’t forget to share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues!

For more information, please check the website If you have any questions contact our office at or 301-577-6876. Visit the website regularly for updates and important information. See you in August! The IYLA Team

ANNOUNCEMENT: HHS awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants

HHS awards Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) Director Evelyn Kappeler announced today more than $86 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants to non-profit organizations, school districts, universities, and others. The 81 new grants are expected to serve more than 291,000 youth each year in communities where teen birth rates remain high.

Read more about today’s announcement.

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June: LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month helps raise awareness to the challenges faced by individuals who identify as LGBT.

Numerous resources (see are available on best practices for serving this population from leading organizations including the Child Welfare League of America.

By better serving LGBT resource families and effectively recruiting and retaining these families.

To learn more, visit All Children – All Families online at

New preteen and teen vaccine information from HHS


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with WebMD through an Interagency agreement with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on products that educate parents of adolescents and preteens about vaccines.

These new consumer resources help parents understand which vaccines their preteen and adolescent children need to have and why. The products are available at and include:

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