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Links to 5-Minute MCHCompetency 8: Family-Centered Care

February 2016

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About 5-Minute MCH: high quality, tailored information and resources quickly and improve your knowledge and skills of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. The MCH Navigator is conducting a monthly series that explores each competency, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field.

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Links to PDF Community Pediatrics "Practicing Population Health in Pediatric Settings"Practicing Population Health in Pediatric Settings

In Community Pediatrics

What is Population Health? Population health is defined by researchers Kindig and Stoddart as the “health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” This definition is often used to promote interventions that address health outcomes for geographic populations, health disparities, and broader social determinants of health.

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Webinar Recording: The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and Title V

Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmap

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) team has made it a priority in Year 3 of the cooperative agreement to focus many of its activities that support Title V programs. The NCMHI has made it a priority to focus on supporting Title V programs in addressing National Performance Measure #11 (percent of children with and without special health care needs having a medical home), which will ultimately help create more awareness and further advance the adoption of the medical home model nationwide.  

One activity that NCMHI staff recently participated in was a Webinar hosted by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The Webinar provided an overview of environmental scans developed by staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (led by Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, FAAP) that provide a compilation of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to advance Title V performance on the National Performance Measures (; Exit Disclaimer an overview of Iowa’s state Title V program objectives, strategies and evidence-informed measures to meet National Performance Measure #11; and resources and tools available through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation to support Title V programs in developing their evidence-informed measures and strategies to advance performance on National Performance Measure #11.  

During this Webinar, NCMHI staff provided an overview of emerging medical home themes that Title V programs should be aware of, examples of evidence-based or evidence-informed models for medical home implementation, and resources/tools related to shared-decision making, family engagement, and care coordination, which were themes that were included in most Title V program MCH block grant action plans.   We encourage you to listen to the Webinar recording (click on the following link) to learn more about Title V activities related to medical home: Exit Disclaimer

Links to the PDF of the article "Seeing Clearly" Seeing Clearly

Partnership between Healthy Tomorrows grantee, Prevent Blindness Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Reach Out and Read, is featured in the MA AAP winter newsletter. The article gives several tools for clinicians to use in connecting parents to the importance of healthy vision impairment.

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Feb 26: Interactive Webcast from the UNC Minority Student Caucus' 37th Annual Minority Health Conference

In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice
Friday, February 26, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Founded in 1977, the Minority Health Conference aims to raise awareness regarding health disparities and mobilize students, academics, researchers, and community members to take action for change. This year's theme explores the intersection of public health and social justice. The conference will highlight opportunities for public health researchers and practitioners and social justice advocates to learn from each other and identify best practices for prioritizing minority health and fostering inclusive strategies for change.

The 18th annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture will be presented by Crystallee Crain., Ph.D., educator, small business owner, and advocate for human rights. Although the conference is full, you can still hear Dr. Crain’s lecture in an interactive webcast, with live captioning and questions via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Information about Dr. Crain and the conference, including a 3-minute video history, are at

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Interested in hosting a partner conference? Partner conferences arrange a group viewing with additional activities such as a discussion, speakers’ panel, or additional presentations at their school or organization. For information about partner conferences visit the Webcast webpage. Exit Disclaimer

Links to PDF report "Walking as a Practice"New Report Releasesed: Walking as a Practice

From America Walks

America Walks is excited to announce the release of our latest report, "Walking as a Practice." This report, along with individual case studies, outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations across America are engaging in the practice of walking. Written and researched by Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect and edited by Ian Thomas, the report looks at the power that comes when we choose to walk.

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Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships for CYSHCN

March 29-31, 2016

We are excited for this opportunity to connect, share and learn together in person!

All F2Fs should plan to attend. Registration will also be open to other family leader groups.

Meeting information and a survey to gather input for meeting content areas available at this web link:

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Links to webinar archive "DMCHWD Performance Measures Town Hall"DMCHWD Performance Measures Town Hall

Archive Now Available

On Friday December 18, 2015, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) held a Town Hall webinar on the proposed DGIS performance measures available for public comment until January 5, 2016. The webinar provided the following information:

  • Overview of the new framework for MCHB discretionary grant performance measures Changes in DMCHWD-specific performance measures and administrative data collection forms
  • How to participate in the public comment process An opportunity for Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Presenters for this webinar are:

Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development

Michelle Tissue, MPH
Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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Application deadline: February 12, 2016

The Division of the MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the MCH Navigator has posted!

The purpose of the MCH Navigator program is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) workforce through online continuing education tailored to meet the needs of emerging and practicing MCH professionals. The project utilizes a web site to connect learners to open-access webcasts, presentations, instructional modules, and online courses covering essential MCH skills and knowledge.  

The funding opportunity announcement can be accessed at

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Application deadline: February 5, 2016.

The Division of the MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) has posted!   The purpose of the LEND program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.  The program prepares graduate-level trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines, as well as family members and individuals with disabilities, to assume leadership roles and to ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence and family-centered care, and a culturally diverse workforce.  

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The LEND Funding Opportunity Announcement (HRSA-16-031) was re-released with clarificationson January 4th in The due date of the FOA remains the same.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Application deadline: January 22, 2016

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the MCH Pipeline Training Program has been posted!

The purpose of the MCH Pipeline Training Program (MCHPTP) is to promote the development of a culturally diverse and representative health care workforce by recruiting undergraduate training students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities) into maternal and child health (MCH) professions. MCHPTP will recruit training students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (including underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native) into maternal and child health professions.

The program will educate, mentor, guide and provide enriching experiences to increase students’ interests and entry into MCH public health and related fields such as pediatrics, MCH nutrition, MCH social work, MCH nursing, pediatric dentistry, psychology, health education, pediatric occupational/physical therapy, speech language pathology, etc. MCHPTP will encourage and motivate students to seek careers in maternal and child health by making the appropriate undergraduate didactic research, clinical and/or field experiences available and exposing students to Title V and other MCH agencies that serve children and families.

In addition, MCHPTP will develop leadership skills, foster a broader public health perspective and explore the integration of primary care and public health to improve population health. By the end of the five-year project period, MCHPTP applicants should achieve the following objectives: At least 80 percent of MCH Pipeline graduates will apply for admission into MCH graduate programs.

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Links to Economic Analyses for Healthy Tomorrows webinar archiveWebinar Archive Now Available!

Economic Analyses for Healthy Tomorrows
ROI Technical Assistance Initiative

This joint venture between the American Academy of Pediatrics, The HRSA / Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Altarum Institute was designed to offer Healthy Tomorrows Programs additional tools and resources to help quantify their programs' value and impact as well as improve the evidence base for the need for Community-based programs across America.

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National Center for Medical Home ImplementationEmpowering Mothers Initiative:

Innovative and Promising Practice in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is collecting innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. If you are working in a program or know of a program that provides care within the pediatric medical home model and would like to be featured on the NCMHI Web site, view the application and selection criteria. Exit Disclaimer

This Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program implemented group well child visits for Asian American immigrant and refugee families and children 0 - 2 years of age. The group visits allowed for caregiver education and support in a culturally competent and financially self-sustainable manner in the context of pediatric medical home.

Implementation Insights: Leverage existing opportunities and infrastructure rather than creating completely new initiatives. Engage diverse families through cultural brokers who represent culturally and linguistically diverse community members. Involve key leaders and stakeholders early to enhance sustainability.

To find out more about the Empowering Mothers Initaitive, including practical pediatric medical home implementation tips and strategies, visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Web site. Exit Disclaimer

New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation 

Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps

AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to host a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place through February. The scheduled webinars are as follows:

NPM #4 Breastfeeding Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST
NPM #10 Adolescent Well Visit Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. EST
NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website.  Exit Disclaimer

A flyer for the Well Woman ProjectThe Well-Woman Project

The Well-Woman Project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois School of Public Health and CityMatCH. Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the purpose of this project is to collect and listen to stories of women from all over the country about the factors that affect their ability to be healthy and their ability to seek and receivehealth care, especially preventive health care or well-woman care. Women can share their stories in English or Spanish at Exit Disclaimer or on a 24/7 phone line 844.221.1893.

You may download the flyer display these in the places you work with women, on your websites or social media, and also to share them with your friends, partners, and collaborators. Let the sharing begin!!

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Links to Health Disparities webinar archiveWebinar Archive Now Available!

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships: The Role of Health Care Systems, Insurers and Providers

This webinar ( July 16, 2015) was the 4th in a year-long series, sponsored by the Region VIII Federal Partners.

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  • What is the National Prevention Strategy to Eliminate Health Disparities and the Role of Social Determinants of Health
  • The Affordable Care Act: Changing the Healthcare Landscape to Address Disparities
  • Choosing Partnership!
  • Developing a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Framework
  • Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

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Links to the new grantee orientation webinarNew Grantee Orientation Webinar

Archive Now Available

On July 23, 2015, the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a New Grantee Orientation Webinar. The webinar covered the following information:

  • Overview of Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) strategic priorities
  • Overview of DMCHWD within the context of HRSA and MCHB
  • Description of the current DMCHWD investments
  • Review of reporting requirements and key deadlines for DMCHWD grantees
  • Key cross-cutting resources An opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Presenters for this webinar are: Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development Michelle Tissue, MPH Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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Help Wanted Internship Opportunity at the DMCHWD

Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking an intern for the Spring of 2016

The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other training programs in health-related coursework in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (as verified by the student’s institution of higher learning). The internship will be located in Rockville, Maryland and is Metro accessible.

Intern(s) selected to work with DMCHWD will have the opportunity to help shape their experience based on interest areas. Possible focus areas may include:

  1. Communications: Contribute to the continued implementation of DMCHWD’s communications plan.
  2. MCH Workgroups and Committees: Participate in cross-cutting Division and Bureau efforts around Workforce Development.
  3. Trainee Engagement: Develop and sustain activities that encourage networking and engagement of current and former MCH trainees.
  4. MCH Training Program Data: Analyze quantitative and qualitative data and produce summary reports.
  5. Grantee Best Practices: Research, compile, and disseminate grantee best practices from the MCH Training Program.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume and unofficial transcript to Claudia Brown by November 6, 2015. The DMCHWD will follow-up directly with interested candidates. For questions about the DMCHWD internship experience, please contact Claudia Brown as well.

Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS):
Findings and Implications for the Public Health Workforce

Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Dial-in number: (800) 988-9778
Participant passcode: 6963140

PH WINS is the first nationally representative survey of individual state health agency workers of which more than 10,000 public health workers from 37 state health agencies participated. Join us on Thursday, September 24, for a Town Hall Webinar to learn about the findings from the PH WINS and how it impacts the public health workforce; including the field of Maternal and Child Health. We look forward to your participation! To log into the webinar, please use the following information:

Prior to the webinar, we encourage you to test your connection to ensure proper functionality and get a quick overview of Adobe Connect.

MCH Research Funding Opportunities

Applications due 11/06/2015

We are pleased to announce that the following MCH Research funding opportunities are now available at

HRSA-16-032: R40 MCH Research Program supports translational and applied research on critical issues affecting maternal and child health, including services for children with special health care needs.  Research should advance the current knowledge pool, and when implemented in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas, and the populations they serve.

HRSA-16-029: R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Studies Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services that exclusively utilizes secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records. These projects should have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations.  Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas, and the populations they serve.

Community Engagement to Address Cultural Competence: Implications for the Healthy Places for Kids to Eat Project

Thursday, September 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competencies is hosting this webinar which will provide definitions and conceptual frameworks for cultural competence and linguistic competence and delineate the implications of these frameworks for the HPKE Project.

Call (866) 740-1260 from the U.S and Canada and use access code: 2552829.

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National MCH Workforce Development Center logo Advancing Health Reform ImplementationApplied Methods for Health Transformation Course

MCH Workforce Development Center

Are you interested in contributing to state and national health reform implementation, as well as expanding your leadership skills? If so, we invite you to register for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill fall 2015 Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation online course. This course is targeted towards graduate students in an MCH Training Program and individuals who are currently or formally affiliated with an MCH training program. This course is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. Course participants will gain essential competencies for quality improvement, systems thinking, population change management, and promotion of access to care for women and families. Participants can enroll in this course for academic or certificate of completion.

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The Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the Final Presentation!

MCH Workforce Development Center

This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic -- managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video.

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