February 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Patty Cutshall-Bailey

Meet our Community Alliance Chair from Montana, Patty Cutshall-Bailey. Patty is an Empowering Caregiver Coach offering personalized one-on-one coaching to help caregivers find joy and balance in their hectic lives.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Management and HR Management in 2004, and a master’s degree in management with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development in 2007. Currently, she resides in Montana with her husband and four dogs and enjoys traveling to see her children and grandchildren. Aside from writing books and coaching, she enjoys running, camping, hiking, and reading.

2017 CMV Legislation Proposed in Four States

What do Idaho, Iowa, Oregon, and Maine have in common? These states have proposed state CMV legislation for 2017! Thanks to the hard work of sponsors, parents, physicians, and other advocates within these states, CMV legislation with proposed education and/or screening programs will be evaluated during this legislative session in each individual state. So what's in all of these bills? Check out our blog for summaries and links to bill text and updates. 

​Microcephaly 101

Microcephaly has been making headlines over the last year as potential brain malformation connected to women diagnosed with Zika during pregnancy. However, kids are at risk of being born with microcephaly even in areas of the world not hit by the Zika virus. Many of these cases are caused by cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Unlike Zika, which is only being actively transmitted in a small area of the world, CMV exists virtually everywhere. To reduce these cases, we need to increase awareness of CMV: causes, detection, treatments, etc.