COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 6 Months and Older

On June 18, the CDC announced its recommendation that children age 6 months and older should get a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The decision was made after analyzing substantial data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness for children in this age group. The CDC also advises that children age 5 and older who receive the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster at least 5 months after their second shot. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and summer travel begins, getting vaccinated is our best line of defense to protect all people, including children age 6 months and older, from getting severely ill with COVID-19.

In response to the new guidelines, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has updated their Talking Points and Toolkit on Children and COVID-19 Vaccination.  Follow the links for

Talking Points
PDF on Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (English and Spanish), and sample social graphics (English and Spanish)
Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (English)

Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (Spanish)

Special Formula Information from the FDA

As the US begins stocking imported formulas, parents need to take care in formula preparation differences.   The FDA has issued this helpful infographic Tips for preparing imported infant formula ( Remember, imported formula measurements are going to be in metric units. Caregivers need to read the preparation information as the measurements and instructions are different and water to formula ratios are different.

ADHS Director’s Blog on Formula
A new resource for families navigating the infant formula shortage

ADHS is offering resources at to help connect with critical information, including a graphic showing potential alternatives for infants using various types of formula.
For parents and caregivers, there are answers to frequently asked questions, such as what to do if you normally buy a special formula such as one developed for premature babies and how to help a baby transition to a different formula.
The resource connects health care providers with the most updated guidance on formula alternatives and substitutes, as well as an FAQ specifically for families receiving nutrition assistance through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
With community organizations doing so much to help families and caregivers, we offer tips for where families can look for formula, where to donate unopened infant formula, and other common questions they may face.

Formula Shortages: Important Information and Resources From MCHB

The Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released important information for Home Visitors to share with families impacted by the national infant formula shortage.  You can access the announcement here:
MCHB Announcement – Formula Shortage Information and Resources

In addition, MCHB has provided a series of resources for talking to families about this issue:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Steps to Address Infant Formula Shortage
AAP HealthyChildren.Org information
FDA News Release 5/10/2022
FDA Infant Safety Dos & Don’ts
FDA Powdered Infant Formula Recall: What to Know FDA Investigation of Cronobacter Infections
USDA WIC Flexibilities
USDA Infant Formula Safety
For Providers Only: Abbott Metabolic Formula Information & Product Order Form

 Count the Kicks

Count the Kicks is unveiling a white paper titled, “The Link Between Stillbirth & Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Firsthand Accounts from American Women.” The paper examines the connection between stillbirth and maternal morbidity and mortality, the racial disparities that persist, and shares real-life examples of women whose own lives were saved by speaking up about a change in their baby’s movements as a red flag that something was going wrong in their pregnancies.  According to one study, more than 15% of maternal deaths within days of delivery occur in women who experienced a stillbirth. Research shows that the risk of severe maternal morbidity is more than four times higher among stillbirth deliveries compared with live births. By continuing to raise awareness we can save more families from enduring the heartbreaking loss of a family member. The study can be found on the Evidence page of the website.

Second Monday of every month at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30 am PT
Postpartum Support International
This group is for those grieving the loss of a mother or birthing person, who died during pregnancy, birth or postpartum. We welcome those navigating maternal* death due to medical complications (medical bias, racism, pre-eclampsia, hemorrhage, HELLP, etc.) and due to perinatal mental health challenges (perinatal depression & anxiety, psychosis, suicide etc.).  Led by PSI-trained facilitators, this group helps bereaved families find support as well as provides useful information and resources to help them navigate the pain of their loss. Losing a loved one can be a lonely experience and this group helps provide an avenue for healing and hope.  Register today

 Return to In-Person Visit Guidelines

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health has issued updated checklist and guidelines on October 5, 2021 for returning to in-person home visits.  New guidelines are available under the Resources tab for COVID-19.

 CDC’s How Right Now Campaign

CDC’s How Right Now campaign provides helpful tools for navigating conversations about the type of support someone with post-COVID conditions may need, but the techniques can be useful in supporting anyone affected by the pandemic.  The tools help you determine the most helpful steps you can take for others by first listening with compassion then asking questions about what they need.


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Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference 2021 recorded sessions now available under the Professional Development Tab.

Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop Series
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
Building relationships with families is one of the most important things that family-facing providers do. Yet, building collaborative, trusting relationships is not always easy. Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to family engagement supports the well-being of the family. In the Strengths-Based Family Engagement Workshop Series, you will learn how to further cultivate a strengths-based mindset in your work with families. All workshops are 90 minutes and have live Spanish translation and closed captioning available!
DATESJune 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
WHEREVirtually on Zoom
Regular Fee: $35/workshop or $150 for all 5 workshops
BTC Learning Network Member Price: $33/workshop or $145 for all 5 (Click here to learn about joining the BTC Learning Network.)

Learning Festival for Home Visitors: Family Self-Advocacy and Advocating for Home Visiting Families
July 8, 2022.  10:00am to 11:30am
Eddie Sissons, Advocacy Consultant

Register Today!
The annual PSI conference provides an opportunity to meet, learn together, and share ideas with others involved in the field of perinatal mental health. This year’s conference will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The main conference will be held July 15-17, 2022, with pre-conference trainings held July 13-14, 2022.
July 13-14:  2-Day Pre-Conference Certificate Course
July 14: Perinatal Loss and Grief Advanced Training
July 15-17:  PSI Main Conference, with keynotes, breakouts, and posters
July 17: Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training

Challenging Conversations
Brazelton Touchpoints Center
August 9: The How of Navigating Challenging Conversations
August 16- The What of Challenging Conversations
August 2- The Why of Challenging Conversations
$35 each or $90 for the package of 3

Arizona Maternal and Infant Mortality Summit 2022
See Me Differently: How Mental Health and Substance Use Impact Maternal and Infant Mortality
August 24-25, 2022

Statewide Home Visiting Conference Agenda. September 13-14, 2022
Join us for an exciting agenda specifically designed for home visitors and supervisors working in evidence-based or evidence-informed home visiting programs serving expectant families and families with children from birth to age five throughout Arizona.
Tribal Home Visiting Conference September 15, 2022
A special day for home visitors and home visiting supervisors providing evidence-based or evidence-informed home visiting services to Native American families who are expecting their first child or have children from birth to age five throughout Arizona.
High Risk Perinatal Program (HRPP) Conference Agenda. September 16, 2022
The annual meeting for home visitors, home visiting supervisors, physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and other professionals working with patients in the High Risk Perinatal Program.

New Online Cannabis Awareness Course for Home Visitors
Announcing the new SFAZ online course, Cannabis Awareness for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Parenting.  This online course covers the current cannabis landscape, including trends, perceptions and health implications.  Home visitors will learn what is known medically regarding the impact of cannabis use on maternal, infant and child health.  The training covers the social pathways that may lead to cannabis use disorder, screening tools and trauma informed care. In addition, home visitors will learn about safety measures, referral and educational resources for clients and families.  The course will be made available on the SFAZ Home Visitor portal the week of January 10th.

Online Course: The Latest on COVID-19 Testing: What Your Community Needs to Know
CDC Foundation