CE Credit

Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention

Welcome to the training on Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.25 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals to integrate preconception health screening, intervention, and counseling into routine clinical practice.

Target Audience

Primary care providers and other health professionals, including Texas Health Steps providers, who treat adolescent girls and women who may become pregnant.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the role of preconception health care in promoting good health for all women, regardless of whether they become pregnant.
  2. Interpret health risks and conditions that can adversely affect maternal and infant health in the event of pregnancy.
  3. Integrate preconception health care and counseling into routine clinical encounters for female patients of reproductive age, including at preventive medical checkups.

Note: For purposes of this module, the term “women” also includes adolescent girls of reproductive age.

Note: A companion module, Prenatal Health: Screening and Intervention, identifies and addresses prenatal factors that affect maternal health and safety. Texas Health Steps provides regular preventive medical checkups and other services to young women through 20 years. Where appropriate, this module highlights Texas Health Steps required screenings and other preventive services that can contribute to preconception health and safety.

Please note this module expires on 9/27/2021.

This module was released on 9/27/2018.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cochrane, Covenant House New York, Healthline, March of Dimes, Mayo Clinic, Medscape, Merriam-Webster, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, U.S. National Library of Medicine, and WebMD.