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 patients, regardless of whether they become pregnant. 
  2. Interpret health risks and conditions that can adversely affect maternal and infant health before and during pregnancy. 
  3. Integrate preconception health care and counseling into routine clinical encounters for individuals of reproductive age, including at preventive medical checkups. 

Note:  Preconception care is appropriate for all patients of reproductive age, regardless of their gender or gender identity. For purposes of this module, the term “women” applies to adolescent girls of reproductive age as well as to adults. The term “individuals” applies to all patients, including non-binary and transgender youth and adults. 

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 of age. 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 5/6/2024.

This module was released on 5/6/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Journal of Medical Research and Innovation, Mayo Clinic, Medscape, Merriam-Webster, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Preeclampsia Foundation and U.S. National Library of Medicine and WebMD.