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Call for Applications: UCSF Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Preterm Birth

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014

The Fellowship goal is to develop the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers at UCSF focused on decreasing the global burden of preterm birth. Please find a brief overview of the Fellowship and list of application materials. Exit Disclaimer

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Craig Cohen
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
University of California San Francisco
Hannah Park
Director of Operations,

Enrich Webinar: Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews

October 22, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • Discuss how systematic reviews and meta-analysis can help meet the aims of researchers and decision-makers;
  • Understand the current methods used in systematic reviews and meta-analysis; and
  • Examine methodological questions under discussion by the research community.

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Measuring the Impact: Evaluating Interprofessional Education and Care in Community Clinical Settings

Thursday, October 16 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT

Join presenters Jennifer Morton, DNP, MPH, APHN Exit Disclaimer, and Susan Kimble, DNP, RN, ANP-BC Exit Disclaimer, as they discuss lessons learned while studying inteprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP).

From building a cohesive team to analyzing data, Drs. Morton and Kimble will explain how the support of the National Center, and the network of other HRSA grantees, aided in a successful study.


  • Illustrate how National Center resources can be used to support IPECP studies
  • Share how program plans, including evaluation, translate across various demographics
  • Describe attributes that contribute to a high-functioning interprofessional team
  • Describe how an interprofessional student interface is beneficial to a clinical partner’s organizational culture
  • Showcase the linking of isolated IPECP efforts

A question and answer session will follow the webinar presentation.

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Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Maternal Obesity

Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm EDST

The Colloquium is offered by the University of Tennessee's Public Health Nutrition Program on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm EDST at the Howard Baker Center on the UT campus. If attending on-site, check-in at 12:30 pm EDST. If participating online, log-on by 12:45 pm EDST.

The conference begins promptly at 12:50 pm EDST.

Although there is NO COST for the colloquium, space at the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville is limited, so please register early. After you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you; so, please add to your address book. If you will be viewing the webcast in a group setting, EACH participant should complete a separate registration form.

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Approval for continuing education credits will be submitted for Registered Dietitians and Certified Health Education Specialists.

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If you would like any additional information, please contact us. Thank you, and we look forward to your participation in this colloquium! The University of Tennessee Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series

The Brookings Institution presents “MEDtalk” Exit Disclaimer

September 24th, at 10:30am ET

The Brookings Institution is hosting an innovative event called a MEDtalk. As part of the “Merkin Series on Innovations in Care Delivery ,” this event is based on case study findings of care redesign and sustainability through the lens of pediatric asthma.

The event features seven brief “TED-style” talks that consider the challenges of delivering pediatric care, while tackling factors that drive suboptimal care, improving patient and family quality of life, and reducing costs. This event will feature a case that draws on the experiences of the Community Asthma Initiative, an enhanced pediatric asthma intervention and their efforts in sustainability. The agenda includes firsthand experiences from patients, payers, policymakers, and clinical leadership from Massachusetts and Arkansas. Sustainable improvement strategies and the financial mechanisms available to encourage innovations in asthma will be explored.

The 90-minute MEDTalk will take place on September 24th, at 10:30am ET. If you’re in Washington, DC, you can join us at the Brookings Institution or if you can’t attend in person, you can watch a live-stream. You can find the full agenda and register here. Exit Disclaimer In addition, journal articles and a white paper will be released following the event. If you’re interested in hearing more about this project, sign up for the newsletter here.

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Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Healthy Tomorrows grantee, to be featured at Brookings Institution “MEDtalk” Exit Disclaimer

September 24th, at 10:30am ET

The Brookings Institution will feature Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Healthy Tomorrows grantee from the Community Asthma Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital, in their September 24, 2014 “MEDtalk” to encourage innovative sustainable improvement strategies and new reimbursement mechanisms. Dr. Woods is also a faculty member of the Boston Children’s Hospital LEAH program. Register and watch via the Web .

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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs. This program supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and to improve health equity. HTPCP funding supports direct service projects, not research projects.

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2014 CityMatCH Leadership And MCH Epidemiology Conference Exit Disclaimer

September 17 - 19

Location: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Registration Opens: April 28, 2014

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Links to AMCHP Pulse Newsletter featuring the MCH Workforce Development CenterAMCHP's PULSE Newsletter features the MCH Workforce Development Center Exit Disclaimer

The latest edition of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Newsletter, PULSE, features the MCH Workforce Development Center, funded by the Division of MCH Workforce Development. To read more, follow this link: PULSE Newsletter Exit Disclaimer

Just published: “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays”

New Hampshire LEND PI, Dr. John Moeschler, co-authors "Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays" just published in Pediatrics.

IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

Please join us for the IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder that will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET at The National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, 35 Convent Drive, Building 35, Room 620, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Onsite registration will begin at 8:30a.m.

The IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions will focus on a range of co-occurring health conditions in individuals with ASD that are under-recognized in clinical and services settings, as well as how to best support both research and increased community/provider awareness of these conditions and foster development of guidelines in areas that are currently under-recognized.

Meeting location:
The National Institutes of Health
John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center
35 Convent Drive, Building 35, Room 620
Bethesda, MD 20892

Nearest Metro stop:
Medical Center Metro Station – Red Line

In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver’s license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit. On-site parking is available for a fee, but very limited.

The meeting will be open to the public and pre-registration is recommended. Seating will be limited to the room capacity and seats will be on a first come, first served basis, with expedited check-in for those who are pre-registered. Please visit the IACC website for access and information about registering.

Public Comment – Deadlines:
Notification of intent to present oral comments: Monday, September 8, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Submission of written/electronic statement for oral comments: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Final Deadline for Submission of written comments: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. ET

Please read the IACC Public Comment Guidelines and the full Workshop Announcement for detailed information about public comment requirements.

Remote Access:
The meeting will be remotely accessible by videocast and conference call. Members of the public who participate using the conference call phone number will only be able to listen to the meeting.

Conference Call Access
USA/Canada Phone Number: 888-469-0570
Access code: 7134439

Individuals who participate using this service and who need special assistance, such as captioning of the conference call or other reasonable accommodations, should submit a request to the contact person listed below at least five days prior to the meeting. If you experience any technical problems with the conference call, please e-mail at or call the IACC Technical Support Help Line at 415-652-8023.

Please visit the IACC Events page for the latest information about the meeting, including registration, remote access information, the agenda, materials and information about prior IACC events.

2014 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Exit Disclaimer

Conference Dates:  October 8-10, 2014

This continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate high-quality nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women.

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Conference Topics This year’s conference topics include:

  • Nutrition and Infant Mortality
  • FASD Identification & Treatment
  • Street Drug Use Among Pregnant Women
  • Baby-Led Weaning
  • Predictors of Obesity Among 4 year old Children
  • Nutrition, Neonatal Growth and Cognitive Development
  • Substance Use and Depression in Postpartum Women
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Male Reproductive Health

Distance Learning Opportunities:

Distance education options are available for certain sessions. Up to 13.75 CEUs are available for distance viewers. The distance education program will be available from October 24 through December 31.

Additional information about the program, along with registration materials, can be found on the web site. Exit Disclaimer

Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center Program Grant Opportunity Exit Disclaimer

DUE June 30th

Title: Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center Program Award
Size: Up to $1.35M per year with a program period of 4 years
Due date: June 30, 2014
TA call: June 4, 2-3 pm ET 877-930-9834 passcode 157473#

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Adolescent Health Branch is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH) Program. The purpose of the AYAH Program is to promote the comprehensive healthy development, health, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults and address their major health issues by strengthening the capacity of State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programs, as well as of public health and clinical health professionals, to better serve these population groups, which range in age from 10 to 25 years. Over the past year, MCHB has been working with its partners to develop and refine a vision for transforming the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant in order to better meet current and future challenges facing this country’s mothers and children, including children and youth with special health care needs. This transformation contains expectations for improved accountability through new performance and structural/process measures spanning the MCH life course, including adolescence and young adulthood, as well as a realignment of the Title V MCH Block Grant to support more directly the needs of State Title V MCH Programs. The AYAH Program is a Special Projects of Regional or National Significance (SPRANS) activity that functions in the environment of the transformed Title V MCH Block Grant Program.

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Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America Exit Disclaimer

Conference and Webcast from Washington DC
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

The Century Foundation, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association would like to invite you to join us for a day-long meeting in Washington on 10 June, where we will explore the impact of poverty on children and families, and discuss possible solutions with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines and policy backgrounds. No charge for admission, but you need to register to assure a slot. There will be a live webcast of the event.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

Please RSVP to attend the conference or webcast.

Save the Date! Lessons Learned from Open Enrollment: How MCHB Grantees Are Supporting Families Exit Disclaimer

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

Please join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern, for a webcast to learn about MCHB grantees’ experiences in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Speakers will present maternal and child health population enrollment data from the first open enrollment period and highlight the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) New Jersey and SHIELDS for Families’ efforts to educate and support families to access and understand the value of health insurance. Successes and challenges will also be described.

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Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training. Exit Disclaimer

The University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program faculty and trainees announce the availability of a newly developed online learning tool entitled Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training. Exit Disclaimer

This learning tool is comprised of five sessions intended for professional development by personnel in MCH leadership education and training programs, Title V programs, and official health agencies who desire to learn about quality improvement (QI). The series aims to define QI, emphasize the importance of QI in healthcare settings, and present relevant tools for applying QI knowledge and skills in practice. This learning tool was developed for implementation in group settings, but also may be completed individually as a self-study. We will be applying for continuing professional education units for registered dietitians who complete all activities and a self-study questionnaire. Information regarding continuing education will be posted as soon as it is available.

The sessions were compiled by MCH Nutrition trainees and faculty from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Public Health Nutrition Program and as part of its federally-funded MCH Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program. As part of this collaborative effort, faculty and trainees from the University of Minnesota’s Leadership, Education, and Training in MCH Nutrition Program piloted the sessions and provided feedback. The development of this learning tool was supported by grant number T79MC09805 of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We hope that you will find this tool useful in your professional endeavors. Additionally, we encourage you to distribute this tool to others who would find it relevant to their professional practice.

WEBINAR: Why Gender Stereotypes are Bad for Adolescent Health: New Research Insights to Improve Programs & Care for Teens Exit Disclaimer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM EST

Join us online OR in person at BU School of Public Health (see flyer) If you work with or plan programs for TEENS, you will not want to miss this webinar! Boston University and Harvard University Schools of Public Health jointly present this webinar open to all who work with adolescents. Dr. Bryn Austin of the Harvard School of Public Health, is renowned for her research on aspects of adolescent health, including eating disorders and gender expression, often misunderstood or neglected in public health and medicine. In this webinar she will present research findings on gender expression among teens and the pitfalls of gender stereotyping for their health and wellness. Professor Sophie Godley of Boston University School of Public Health, a longtime expert and practitioner of adolescent sexuality and health, will discuss how the research can and must inform our design of programs and policies for adolescents.

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Healthy Tomorrows Grantee, CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) Program Receives National Recognition Exit Disclaimer

Healthy Tomorrows Grantee's CHALK program (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) received national recognition by Michelle Obama through her Let's Move! Active Schools initiative. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of Community-based Initiatives newsletter, Community Pediatrics E-News, features an interview with CHALK project leaders Andrea Hausel, MPH, RD, CDN and Dodi Meyer, MD, FAAP.

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A Webinar from AUCD’s Early Intervention / Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:

Recognizing the importance of early identification and screening, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated interagency effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! was launched to the public on March 27, 2014 with release of a compendium of research-based screening tools, “User’s Guides” for multiple audiences, an electronic package of resources for follow-up and support, and a Screening Passport for Families for keeping track of screenings, results, and follow up steps, as well as coordinate information with multiple providers to support interventions and services.

During this webinar, representatives from the EC/EI SIG will provide a general overview of current early childhood developmental and behavioral screening efforts. Then federal agency representatives will provide a brief overview on Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! The remainder of the time will be an interactive discussion with the federal representatives on how to further integrate comprehensive screening into community systems and the role of medical home in screening efforts.

Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations contact Anna Costalas 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
  • This webinar will be archived following the event on AUCD’s WEBINAR LIBRARY

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Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic CompetenceDocumenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence:

A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs

The National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce a new product to support MCHB-funded training programs document efforts in advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence. Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs is designed to provide suggested approaches that can be used for grant proposals, progress reports, and site visits to document these efforts or to document progress over time. The guide’s structure is based on the areas addressed in site visits to Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs; however, the suggested approaches to documentation can be used by all types of training programs.

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Webinar: A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together—The Role of Epidemiologists

Wednesday, May 14th at 1 pm Eastern

The need for collaboration between primary care and public health is widely recognized, but these sectors don’t have a lot of experience working together. To address this, the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a new tool – A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together. The Practical Playbook is a free, web-based tool designed to facilitate public health and primary care integration by offering a variety of resources for primary care providers and public health officials.

A key aspect of integration is how data can be shared and used to inform joint primary care and public health actions. In this webinar, we will explore the new tool and how it can support the epidemiologic functions of the health department.

The speakers will be Denise Koo, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Health Systems at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Brian Castrucci, MA, Chief Program and Strategy Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation.
By the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the need for shared data between primary care and public health.
  • Articulate the role of the epidemiologist in driving and supporting integration.
  • Identify the major components of the Playbook and how to use it to collaborate with primary care groups
  • Use the Practical Playbook to identify resources and tools to support your work
  • Identify success stories and tools that would be useful to add to the Playbook to support the work of epidemiologists

To ensure the most effective dialogue and interaction around the Playbook, please consider a specific health problem in your jurisdiction for which you think partnership with primary care would be useful. Please visit the Playbook site ( and explore the site with your health problem and these questions in mind:

  • How do I identify whether this problem lends itself to partnership with primary care?
  • How do I get started in working with primary care?
  • What topics important for integration of public health and primary care are addressed by the Playbook ?
  • What guidance/tools/resources seems to be the most helpful for getting started in public health-healthcare integration, and in what way?
  • Are there important topics that are not addressed in the Playbook, that would be most useful to epidemiologists?
  • How can epidemiologists contribute to continued development of the Playbook?

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IACC 2013 Summary of Advances booklet, click to download the PDF2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.

PDF document icon Get your copy now, click to download the PDF

Please feel free to visit the pages below for more information.

For more information please visit the IACC website

For more links and resources about autism spectrum disorder ASD, please visit our page Autism Highlitsh From Around the Network

Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?

WHEN: Thursday April 24, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
: Ron Suskind
WHERE: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus
BOOK SIGNING: 3-3:30 PM, FAES Bookstore, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus

The National Institute of Mental Health and Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month.  In his talk, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Suskind will discuss his family’s 20 years of experimentation with his autistic son’s powerful affinity for animated movies, mostly from Disney, as a tool to open new pathways of communication and social connection.  Based on his experience, he poses provocative questions about how the features of autism might be turned from challenges into strengths to help those on the spectrum achieve their full potential. 

For more information please visit the website.

Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm (EDT)
Duration: 1 hour
Dial-In: 888-455-1840, passcode: 5780103
No pre-registration is needed.

In commemoration of National Minority Health Month, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites you to attend a stakeholder call announcing the launch of a new Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals. This oral health e-learning program is the first Think Cultural Health e-learning program based on the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards) designed specifically for oral health professionals.


  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Rear Admiral William Bailey, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service (HHS)
  • Ralph Fuccillo, MA, Chief Mission Officer, DentaQuest and President, DentaQuest Foundation
  • Jim Crall, DDS, ScD, Director, National Oral Health Policy Center, Director, HRSA/MCHB Leadership Training in Pediatric Dentistry Program Professor, Chair, Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry, and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

888-455-1840, passcode: 5780103

2014 CAAI Webinar logoCombating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) Training and State Health Systems Programs: What is happening in Maryland?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern Time 


  • Dr. Bruce Shapiro, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Josie Thomas, The Parents’ Place of Maryland
  • Meredith Pyle, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

To Join the Webinar:

To Join the Webinar click here

US (Toll Free): 1-800-689-9374
Participant code: 645016

If you have any questions about the above activities, please contact CDR Deidre Washington-Jones at 301-443-6844

Linked by Life Webinar: “Wisconsin: Turning the Ship Towards Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care

May 6, 2014 from
2:00 - 3:30pm EST


The webinar will illustrate how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adopted and executed life course theory to expand preconception care throughout the state, connect MCH and early childhood modes of care while addressing the social determinants of health. Speakers will also reveal how they combined the assets of their MCH and chronic disease divisions to improve overall women’s health. The presenters will communicate why other local and state health departments should adopt this strategic intent in order to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes by becoming a MCH Life Course Organization.

To Join the Webinar:

To join the event participants should click here.
For audio the presenters and the audience must dial in to the toll-free number: 800-988-9658
Audience participants must use passcode #5218751for the event

2014 CAAI Webinar logo2014 CAAI Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Transition

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 3:00pm-4:30pm Eastern Time  

Webinar Description:    

This webinar will begin with a presentation from Got Transition staff who will speak broadly about transition and an upcoming Federal transition plan, followed by CAAI grantee presentations on research, training, state-specific successes and best practices for advancing transition for individuals on the autism spectrum.  


  • Margaret McManus, Co-Director of Got Transition
  • Cecily Betz, Research Director, Director of Nursing Training, Children's Hospital Los Angeles 
  • Karen Kuhlthau, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School 
  • Marji Erickson Warfield, Director and Senior Scientist, The Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University 
  • Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director for Health and Family Support of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network    

Register for the Webinar

image of TV screen, news report about the Girls Club'Girls Club' Promotes Confidence, Curbs Bullying for Students in Marana

A program through the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is working to curb bullying and boost self-esteem in young girls. It's called "Girls Club" and this year it is helping fifth and sixth graders at Estes Elementary School.

However, there is a purpose behind all the play: Even the smallest action, like cheering on a group, is designed to promote positive self-image and acceptance. Velia Leybas Nuno, PhD, is assistant director of the Center of Excellence in Women's Health, which has been running "Girls Club" for the past 10 years. Dr. Nuno says recent advances in technology and social media are taking a toll on the way young girls see themselves and interact with others.

"We just try to work real hard at increasing awareness and then call people out on their behavior and reinforce the good behavior," said Dr. Nuno. Read more Exit Disclaimer

CDC’s 2014 Community Report on AutismCDC’s 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is now available

The 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network and participating states’ pages are now available at the web addresses below:

PDF document icon 2014 ADDM Network Community Report on Autism

www link icon ADDM Network homepage

Starting and Supporting Family Advisory Groups: A “How-To” Webinar

DATE: April 24, 11 am – noon CDT

Join the National Center for Medical Home Implementation for the last installment of a free 3-part webinar series focusing on the promotion of partnership and teamwork in pediatric medical homes. This webinar will provide a detailed “How-To” description of starting and supporting family advisory groups, examples of best practices, and insights from parent partners. Register here.

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Child Welfare Information Gateway logoFunding Opportunity

Fellowships for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment


Program Office: Children’s Bureau
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.670
Post Date: 04/08/2014
Application Due Date: 06/09/2014


This 24-month fellowship program is designed to identify, develop, and empower a new generation of scholars who will use their research to generate new knowledge in child maltreatment and will pursue careers in child abuse and neglect research and evaluation. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will provide funds for fellowships in blocks to eligible institutions to support doctoral candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to the study of child maltreatment, and faculty who will conduct research on critical issues in child abuse prevention and treatment and provide mentorship to the emerging scholars. Each block must consist of one faculty member and up to two students. These fellowships serve to help cultivate the academic infrastructure and support the growth of university-based research capacities. The Children’s Bureau will fund proposals that utilize multi-method research designs for: economic evaluations of interventions to improve outcomes of children and families in or at risk of entering the child welfare system; studies that examine the relationship between neglect and poverty; studies that examine resiliency and protective factors for children experiencing or at-risk of child maltreatment; and secondary research on existing datasets. Doctoral candidates concentrating on child maltreatment issues in the fields of social work, social science, public health, medicine, and economics are the target of this support.

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PDF document icon Download this funding opportunity PDF here

2014 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health Ready, Set, Now! Access and Youth-Friendly ServicesReady, Set, Now! Access and Youth-Friendly Services

July 28th - July 30th, 2014
Amherst H. Wilder Center

What if nothing got in the way of a young person accessing the health and social services they needed? No transportation or financial barriers. No concerns about confidentiality. No fear of stigma or discrimination. No restrictive policies limiting providers’ services. Would we be ready? Would we be set?

Today’s health and social services landscape is changing so rapidly that providers and policy makers can’t keep pace. It’s even more difficult for young people to know the latest. We need to equip all who work with youth – from front-line providers to systems-level administrators – with perspectives and tools for creating practices and policies that meet the health and social service needs of young people.

Now! It is the right time to engage in creative and courageous conversations about how we can redesign our services to assure they are youth-friendly. From the eyes of young people, are services accessible, affordable, appropriate, and, perhaps most of all, acceptable? Do providers have skills for creating welcoming places, building trust, and engaging young people as partners in health?

During the 2014 Summer Institute, we will catch up on the latest in policies affecting access to services, create a tool for evaluating the “friendliness” of youth services, visit settings that are successfully supporting young people, and listen to how others have learned from experience about reaching all young people, especially those often excluded from access – those struggling with mental health problems or addictions, those living in immigrant communities or rural areas, those who are homeless or incarcerated. Think about new ways for drawing young men into clinical services. Most importantly, during the Institute, listen to young people advise us on key elements of youth-friendly services and how we can work with them to advocate for access to the services they need.

Early bird registration - $250 - is until July 1st. After July 1st, registration is $300. U of MN graduate students registration fee is $150. Graduate credit from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University is available for this course.

For questions, please contact Jenna Baumgartner, Program Coordinator, at 612-626-0606.

Building Capacity To Reduce Bullying And Its Impact On Youth Across The Lifecourse: A Workshop

When: April 9, 2014 - April 10, 2014 (8:30 AM Eastern)

Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (NAS Lecture Room) 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) will hold a two-day workshop that will feature expert presentations and discussion to highlight current research on bullying prevention as well as lessons learned from related areas of research and practice.

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Public Health Grand RoundsCDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:
Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., EST
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium, Roybal Campus

Presented By:

  • Julie Daniels, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health,
    Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “Autism Etiology – What We Know and How to Learn More”
  • Jon Baio, EdS, Epidemiologist
    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
    “Surveillance for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Key Findings and Trends”
  • Susan L. Hyman, MD, Division Chief, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
    “Early Identification and Screening”
  • Samuel L. Odom, PhD, Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute,
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “Evidence-based Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Facilitated By:

  • John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
    Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
    Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

For CDC staff unable to attend the event: The session will be available on IPTV and Envision. To join by Envision, reserve a conference room and make the Envision request or use your local room scheduling process to schedule Envision.

For non-CDC staff or those outside the CDC firewall: A live external webcast will be available. Presentations are archived and posted 48 hours after each session. Due to security measures at CDC’s Roybal campus, non-CDC staff who wish to attend these sessions in person must have prior clearance and a U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, U.S. passport).

Names of non-CDC staff (both domestic and international) should be submitted to the Grand Rounds Team. Please note that all information for international visitors must be submitted at least 10 days in advance.


Integrating Women’s Health into Schools of Public Health CurriculaIntegrating Women’s Health into Schools of Public Health Curricula

Addressing health challenges faced by women and girls is essential for healthy communities and a healthy society. Doing so requires concerted efforts to train the next generation of public health leaders.   Schools of public health are working to integrate women’s health into their core curricula.  The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, in collaboration with the HRSA Office of Women’s Health, competitively funded 5 schools of public health to supplement their  5-year MCHB Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Health Training grant. The supplemental funding supported programs to develop and test innovative, mentored women’s health-related projects aimed at improving graduate student understanding of women’s health, and supporting institutional commitment to women’s health. This brief offers a snapshot of the processes and outcomes of the 5 projects, with the hope that their experiences might inform efforts at other schools of public health in advancing women’s health within their curriculum.

Download the PDF Integrating Women’s Health into Schools of Public Health Curricula

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New Resources Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The MCH Library at Georgetown University, with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, released a new knowledge path and set of resource briefs about autism spectrum disorder. Released in time for Autism Awareness Month in April, the knowledge path directs readers to a selection of resources about ASD screening, diagnosis, treatment, care, and impact on family life. The knowledge path includes tools for health care practices; training; improving state systems and services; research; and finding data and statistics, journal articles, reports, and other materials. The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about ASD; to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve screening, diagnosis, treatment, and care; for program development; and to locate information to answer specific questions.

To learn more: Autism Spectrum Disorder Knowledge Path

Companion resource briefs include:

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National Minority Health Month

During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities. Everyone in America should have the chance to live a healthy life, regardless of who they are and where they live. We need your help to combat health disparities, build healthier communities and create a stronger nation. Join us during Minority Health Month and take action for health equity!

To learn more, visit the Office of Minority Health website

New NCBDDD Report on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

1 in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder

New data from NCBDDD’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. CDC encourages partners to use information from the ADDM Network in their local communities and across the country to move forward initiatives, policies, and research that help children with ASD.

Today, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries released the findings in a report titled, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.”

To learn more, visit the NCBDDD’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network

Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting

Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting group photo with about 45 participantsThe Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting was held March 14-15, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Hosted by the University of South Florida’s (USF) Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, the regional meeting was a collaborative effort involving students and faculty from MCH training programs at USF, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tulane University, and the University of North Carolina. Featuring speakers, panel discussions, and interactive group activities, the focus of the meeting was on MCH policy and translating policy at the local levels. Speakers included Dean Donna Petersen of USF, Holly Grason of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Johns Hopkins University, as well as Brent Ewig, the federal policy liaison for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Feedback from our MCH Scholars was very positive; we hope to offer this meeting annually!

Link to the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! web page and videoBirth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 children aged 0-5 are at moderate or high risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delay.[1] As a result, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! seeks to:

  • Celebrate milestones
  • Promote universal screening
  • Identify possible delays and concerns early
  • Enhance developmental supports

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will support the implementation of these core missions by releasing:

  1. A compendium of research-based screening tools
  2. “User’s Guides” for multiple audiences
  3. An electronic package of resources for follow-up and support  

This unprecedented multi-faceted initiative will assure that the wide range of adults who love, work, and care for young children have an array of resources tailored to fit their needs and those of the families they serve.

To learn more, please visit

[1] National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011-12. With funding and direction from MCHB, these surveys were conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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ASPPH is now accepting applications for the ASPPH Headquarters Summer Internship Program. The summer internship program is open to current students of ASPPH-member CEPH-accredited graduate schools and programs of public health. The internship will provide a unique experience where the selected student can apply their skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to public health projects of importance to ASPPH and our members. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 20.

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The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship program provides stipends for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on some aspect of health care delivery transformation for vulnerable populations and/or early childhood health and development, with an emphasis on policy implications. The application deadline is March 21, 2014.

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image of head silhouette with puzzle piece superimposedOutside of rare “eureka” moments, breakthroughs usually result from the collective contributions of everyone on a research team, from the tenured senior scientist to the most junior researcher. Junior researchers—often students in college, graduate school, medical school, or even high school—come to the NICHD and other NIH Institutes through programs such as the NIH Summer Internship Program and the NIH Postbaccalaureate Programs. These programs provide critical opportunities for students and new investigators to learn about research, research careers, and research institutions.

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Making Lifelong Connections Annual Meeting, link to website

Making Lifelong Connections Fourth Annual Meeting

Date: May 8-9, 2014
Location: Denver, Colorado

We would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) current and former trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Arizona are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees” in Denver, Colorado on May 8-9, 2014. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership skills, network and develop professional connections.

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Maternal & Child Health: Reach Out & Help Families Enroll

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A video message from Associate Administrator for MCH, Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH

2014-2015 Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program

  • Do you have a passion for supporting people with developmental disabilities?
  • Do you want to be a catalyst for positive changes in supporting Georgia’s children with disabilities?
  • Do you want to be more effective in your work with individuals, families, and other professionals?
  • Are you interested in developing into a leader in your field?

If you answered YES to any of these questions above then watch the following video!

Click to watch a video about the Georgia LEND program

The Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The ideal applicant will be a student of Georgia State University (GSU) or other Georgia University who is pursuing the highest degree that the University grants in a health profession or advocacy-related field. (For a list of LEND and LEND-related disciplines, please see page 2 of the program application.) The GaLEND Program provides an interdisciplinary training experience that focuses on learning to provide family-centered, coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally competent supports and services to children with disabilities and their families.

An applicant who is accepted to the program will work 10-12 hours a week over the course of the academic year. Trainees are appointed as graduate research assistants with a stipend between $5,000 and $10,000 for the academic year; note that compensation is commensurate with academic standing. GaLEND participants have historically been eligible for full tuition remission. Trainees or fellows who are accepted into the program are also eligible for a travel stipend to support professional development.

The GaLEND Program is funded through a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program is operated by GSU’s Center for Leadership in Disability in partnership with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Completed applications are due to Mark Crenshaw by 5PM on Friday, March 7, 2014. Please contact Mark Crenshaw at 404.413.1385 with questions.

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MCH 3.0 Virtual Town Hall

The multimedia archive of the MCH 3.0 Virtual Town Hall for the Division of MCH Workforce Development Programs that took place on Thursday, January 9, 2014  is now available!

2014 Spring Internship Opportunity

Division of MCH Workforce Development

The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for spring 2014. The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or enrolled in health-related coursework in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program. 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 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.

Nutrition for Infants, Children & AdolescentsNUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS Exit Disclaimer


February 17 – 19, 2014

This is a three day program with the purpose to improve the nutritional status of infants, children and adolescents by updating health professionals in infant, child and adolescent nutrition at both the individual and public health level. The course will provide leadership training in pediatric/adolescent nutrition by developing high levels of clinical competence, provide instruction in nutrition needs and services for children, and providing training in systems of delivery of nutrition care. This course is designed for pediatrics practitioners including dietitians, nurses, nutritionists, pediatric nurse practitioners, physicians, and other professionals who are involved in the care of children.

Topics include: Pediatric Growth and Development, Feeding Concerns and Disordered Eating, Genetics, Sports Nutrition, Sleep Problems, Reviews of current treatments in Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Cardiology, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Overview of Nutrition and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and How to Address the Gaps in Nutritional Services under ACA.

CEU: 20 hours has been requested from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Alabama Board of Nursing

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October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nutrition is again being offered as an online training. 4 hours of CPE has been awarded as a self-study by the Alabama Dietetic Association as a provider for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The purpose of the online program is to provide pediatric practitioners with up-to-date information on topics in the area of MCH and pediatric nutrition. The topics include: 1) An update on assessment and treatment of pediatric food allergies by Ms. Lynn Christie for the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Arkansas Children’ Hospital; 2) Dr. Chandler-Laney of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences presents the results of research showing the link between maternal gestational glucose and childhood obesity; 3) Dr. Linda Knol from the University of Alabama presents on the link between food insecurity and childhood obesity; 5) Helping patients and professionals determine where to turn for health information on the internet, Dr. Brian Geiger, Director for the Center of Educational Accountability at UAB presents on “How do I know what is credible on the internet?”

CEU: 4 hours approved by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

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In the News: Dr. Maria Trent of Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Dr. Maria Trent of Johns Hopkins Children's Center is named to Ebony magazine's Power 100 List. Read more in this article in the Baltimore SunExit Disclaimer

Ready, Set, Go: ACA Basics and Outreach & Education Opportunities Webcast

Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Please join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration for a webcast focusing on the historic coverage expansions in January 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. The session will include a brief overview of the two major pathways to health care coverage for maternal and child populations. Then the webinar will look at strategies and resources so you can help educate others about the new insurance options open to them for enrollment. Information on the different types of consumer assistance available will be shared and there will be time for questions and answers as well.

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New Grantee Orientation

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Dr. Kay Perrin wins the 2013 Riegelman Award for Excellence

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education – Dr. Karen (Kay) Perrin of the University of South Florida College of Public Health. The Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education, made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Richard and Mrs. Linda Riegelman, recognizes a full-time, undergraduate public health faculty member at a university with a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health, who has demonstrated exemplary efforts to start a new program, collaborated both with community partners and other disciplines, and garnered respect and enthusiasm from students. This year’s award presentation will take place at the 2013 Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit on Saturday, November 2, in Boston, MA.

The Autism Intervention Research Network On Physical Health Launches New Site

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website for the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Along with a new look, we have included some features that we hope will make visiting the site a friendlier, easier and more interactive experience. We hope you enjoy our new website which offers information about our research studies and the work of the AIR-P, tools for parents and professionals, upcoming events on how we broaden the reach and much more.

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MCH Workforce Development Centers Program Awarded

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is pleased to announce the award of the MCH Workforce Development Centers Program to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, under the leadership of Project Director Dr. Dorothy Cilenti.

The MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC will provide workforce development for State Title V MCH program leaders and staff in four key programmatic areas around implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. In addition, the MCH Workforce Development Center will help prepare the future MCH workforce with skills and knowledge to succeed in a transformed public health system under the ACA.

The UNC Center will serve as a consolidated national hub for this program, engaging with key academic, policy and public health practice partners and providing workforce development in each of the four key areas.

Healthy Generations Spring 2013 Features Life Course Content

The Sping 2013 volume of Health Generations, Exit Disclaimer published by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnestoa's School of Public Health, has been one of their most popular volumes to date. Life course is the feature topic and this volume received over 6000 visits on the website in addition to the 3500 subscribers who recieved this volume by mail. Title V directors received 10 hard copies each and many have placed orders for additional copies to share with others. Holly Grason, MS, from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health comments:

What a terrific job you did putting the concepts into clear English, and presenting the information in very accessible contexts.  Kudos and thank you! --Holly Grason, MS

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Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), with input from an expert MCH faculty work group, developed a set of checklists to assess cultural and linguistic competence within the MCH Training Program. Each checklist addresses a different aspect of the infrastructure, function, policy, and practice of training programs. The checklists are not designed to measure the cultural and linguistic competence of a given program; rather they provide a structure for discussion and self-examination to facilitate programmatic and organizational change. New additions to the series include an additional resource to be used in connection with the checklist on experiential learning--Applying Cultural and LInguistic Competence to a Framework for Creating Learning Spaces for the Enhancement of Experiential Learning-- and a new checklist on the climate of the learning environment.

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2013 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health Seeking, Striving, Succeeding:  Sexual Health for Emerging Adults

When: July 29th - July 31st, 2013 (August 1st for individuals taking it for graduate credit)
Where: Amherst H. Wilder Center, St. Paul, MN 
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Who Should Attend? All who work with young people – teachers, coaches, and administrators; nurses, physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and youth workers; religious leaders and policy makers.

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Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Part 1: July 16, 2013
Part 2: July 24, 2013

The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is launching a technical assistance (TA) webinar series for MCH Training Program Directors and Data Coordinators aimed at: Emphasizing the importance of performance report data in demonstrating program impact Communicating how performance measure data is used by DMCHWD staff Providing consistent TA across DMCHWD Programs for upcoming performance report submission Providing an opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Reinventing Maternal and Child Health: Coordinating the Boundaries Between Social Determinants and Clinical Care

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
Thursday June 13, 2013
12:00-1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

As changes occur in the field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), innovative approaches are needed to address critical issues. Life Course, a perspective that has roots in other disciplines, builds upon collaborations and partnerships in the broader public health system and in other disciplines. The process of applying Life Course in practice allows for flexibility and innovation and is critical for long-lasting and effective health improvements. Program faculty will discuss the role each public health professional can play in contributing to this system change and social movement within MCH.


  1. Provide a quick summation of the status of the Maternal and Child Health industry in America today.
  2. Communicate an operating framework/matrix to implement a Life Course Approach to MCH practice.
  3. Communicate specific policy and practice strategies for state and local action in Alabama.
  4. Define the leadership mandate to reinvent maternal and child health.

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Coughing Kids: When Not Just Asthma

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
Thursday May 16, 2013
12:00-2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Chronic, recurring cough is a common occurrence in the pediatric clinic. While asthma is by far the most common etiology of such a cough, this can often signal a more serious, underlying health concern. Program faculty will outline various symptoms related to impaired mucociliary clearance and immunologic dysfunction that may lead to a diagnosis affecting pediatric respiratory health. Faculty will also discuss the process and diagnostic rationale in evaluating a chronic cough in the pediatric patient and respiratory health maintenance strategies related to treating and preventing the advancement of bronchiectasis and lung injury.


  1. Discuss the differential diagnosis of a chronic and recurrent cough.
  2. Describe the epidemiology and significance of immune dysfunction on respiratory health.
  3. Describe the diagnostic approach to evaluation of a chronic cough.
  4. List therapeutic options and preventative therapies to promote respiratory health.
  5. Discuss the impact of chronic respiratory disease on the child, family, and community.

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2013 Trainee Engagement Webinar Series

A webinar focused on Mentorship Experiences:
Thursday, March 28, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is initiating a new Trainee Webinar series aimed at providing current and recent MCH Training Program trainees with networking and professional development opportunities. This inaugural webinar will focus on trainee mentoring experiences and explore trainee perspectives on the following topics:

  • How trainees connected with a mentor
  • Benefits of the mentoring relationship
  • Lessons learned (considerations for trainees seeking a mentor and for training programs connecting trainees with a mentor)

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The Pediatrician and Substance Use: Practical strategies to minimize the impact of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs on infants, children, teens and young adults

April 26 to 28, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts


Substance use in the home affects the entire family—parents, children and siblings—and primary care providers are in an ideal position to detect and intervene when necessary. This two and a half day conference will bring together experts in the fields of general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, developmental medicine and addiction to discuss the developmental, behavioral and medical aspects of the problem and to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing substance abuse in the primary care setting. Major topics covered will include tobacco use, drug-endangered children, risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use, interviewing adolescents, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), parent guidance, opioid misuse and important new information about the adolescent brain and its special susceptibility to the effects of TAOD. Special sessions will focus on cannabinoid physiology and marijuana policy, treatment for opioid dependence and “new” psychoactive drugs used by teens and youth.

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Communities Creating Healthy, Active Environments

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Communities across the nation are implementing projects that improve people’s ability be more physically active in their neighborhoods. This webinar will share lessons learned from different communities that increased opportunities for both children and adults to walk, bike, exercise and play through policy and environmental changes. The webinar will also provide evidence on how having access to parks, open space, trails, and other venues for physical activity is related to better health. Representatives from two different communities will share their stories, including successes in underserved neighborhoods to improve safety, aesthetics, and access to places to be active.

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