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World Prematurity Day Highlights Education and Technology As Solutions

World Prematurity Day is Saturday November 17, a day designed to draw attention to the more than 380,000 babies who are born too soon in the United States every year. Alabama’s pre-term birth rate is 12%, as published in the annual report from the March of Dimes, earning the state a grade of “F” which is unchanged from the previous year.  Baptist East Hospital in Montgomery, Women’s Telehealth and Dr. Anne Patterson have launched a new MFM Clinic to support expecting Moms in the prevention of premature births.  Please click the link below to view the WSFA news report.

http://www.wsfa.com/2018/11/15/world-prematurity-day-raises-awareness-education-about-babies-born-too-soon/

 

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Women’s Telehealth Selected as a 2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Winner

ATLANTA – November 5, 2018  Women’s Telehealth is a recipient of a $5,000 grant in the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC), a grant program designed to engage small- and medium-sized businesses in metro Atlanta in the development of international sales plans.

Companies from all over the 29-county region, ranging in size from pre-revenue startups to small and established medium-sized businesses, applied to the program. Thirty companies were selected in the competition and will each receive a grant of $5,000 to apply towards the growth of their international business.

Women’s Telehealth is thrilled to be in receipt of The Atlanta MEC grant and plans to use this funding to make technology enhance to benefit the launch and relationships associated with Project Echo to decrease  maternal and infant mortality rates in our partner countries.

Women’s Telehelath provides high risk obstetric service  via telemedicine.

To see the full list of grant awardees, click here

The Atlanta MEC is one of many ways to engage small- and medium-sized companies in metro Atlanta in the development of their international business. Over the last two years, the program has given out more than $400,000 to metro Atlanta companies thanks to the generous sponsorship of JPMorgan Chase & Co, which again contributed $100,000 to this year’s program. Additional sponsorship came from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, UPS, Johnson Controls and Partnership Gwinnett.

“JPMorgan Chase is pleased to help metro Atlanta businesses grow in the international economy,” said David Balos, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Middle Market Banking group in Georgia. ‘’These grants will help companies spend time in their target markets to meet with distributors, partners, and potential customers. Seeing metro Atlanta companies grow their international business will consequently lead to job creation and growth of the metro Atlanta economy.”

The Atlanta MEC is being implemented by ORBATL, a regional partnership of metro Atlanta public and private leaders that enables businesses to grow in the global economy through trade and foreign direct investment.

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Dr. Dinsmoor Joins Women’s Telehealth

Women’s Telehealth welcomes Dr. Mara J. Dinsmoor to our telemedicine practice.  Dr. Dinsmoor earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and went on to earn her Medical Doctor’s degree from Indiana University. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and completed a fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Dinsmoor also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health.  After completing her fellowship, she joined the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University) where she worked for 12 years.  She became a tenured Associate Professor and was the Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division.  Her research interests while there were HIV in pregnancy and group B streptococcus.  In 2001, Dr. Dinsmoor returned to the Midwest and has been with NorthShore University HealthSystem for the past 17 years, reaching the rank of Clinical Professor.  Her primary research focus at NorthShore has been the NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit Network studies. We are proud to have such an accomplished physician join Women’s Telehealth.

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Mother’s Day Kicks Off National Women’s Health Week!

Mother’s Day, yesterday, kicked off the 19th annual National Women’s Health Week- and oh, we women are often taking care of everyone but ourselves, right?! The smallest changes often make big differences so we are encouraging ALL women to say “YES” to one step toward better health and it may be easier than you think. Here are some beginning steps to consider:
*Call and make an appointment for your annual well woman check-up and preventative screen.
*Eat healthier this week.
*Get some extra (or even normal) sleep.
*Think safety: wear your seatbelt and don’t text while driving!
For more tips, follow: #NWHW or share your story at #WhatIWishIdknown

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Immunization: A Powerful Way to Protect Your Health

Vaccinations are one of the greatest medical achievements in modern science because they prevent the spread of disease and save lives!

Vaccines contain antigens, or killed or weakened germ particles that cause disease and enable the body to produce antibodies to provide or boost immunity. Through vaccinations, we can improve immunity or become resistant to these diseases without having to suffer from them. And remember, vaccines are not just for children!

Why Should I or my Child Get Vaccinated?

  • Vaccines protect you from deadly or debilitating diseases without having to experience them.   Did you know we are within a few years of eradicating the polio virus from the earth?
  • Vaccinations are safe and scientific advancements continue to increase their safety over time.
  • Immunizations do not cause autism. Numerous clinical studies have disproved the idea that vaccinations can cause autism.
  • Side effects are low compared to the full effect of obtaining the disease!
  • They prevent the spread of disease to others. Smallpox has been eradicated. The flu has killed millions in prior pandemics.

Diseases Prevented from Vaccines

Many diseases that used to be common around the world are now preventable through vaccinations, including the following: Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Rotavirus, Pneumonia, and coming into the season in a few months – flu.

Over the years, vaccinations have prevented numerous diseases and saved millions of lives. And, don’t think vaccines are only for children! The elderly and pregnant women are at high risk for preventable diseases also! Immunization through vaccines is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your child!

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