MCHB is responding to to the impact of COVID-19 on MCH populations by taking the following actions:
Meeting Emerging Needs
Shift how we provide health services
Improve data collection, analysis, and observation to develop better interventions
Partner with federal agencies and national organizations to coordinate our response
Funding Telehealth Expansion
Through the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, we awarded new funding that builds infrastructure for telehealth and supports training health care workers to provide high-quality service through telehealth. Funding includes:
- $6 million for Adolescents and Children with Special Health Care Needs
- $4 million for Pregnancy Care
- $4 million for Newborn Screening and Early Childhood Home Visiting
- $1 million for Telehealth Access Training for families of children with special health care needs and national family organizations
Supporting vaccination, testing, contact tracing, and slowing the spread
- Title V funds used to support activities including contact tracing, testing, direct patient care, and case management. Agencies may develop guidance and policies for childcare providers and schools to reopen safely. Connect to Title V State MCH Contacts.
- Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program home visitors and the Healthy Start program educate pregnant women and families with young children on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and where to get tested and vaccinated.
- The Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program trains health care workers to educate adolescent patients worried about receiving the vaccine. Some trainees are researching why young people are hesitant to get the vaccine.
- The Telehealth Family Engagement Initiative helps families with children who have special health care needs get virtual care.
- The Children with Medical Complexity Program provides virtual mentoring to health care and public health professionals in ensuring safe service delivery for the children.
Can a state or local public health department reassign personnel to address COVID-19?
Yes, under certain conditions. A Governor of a state, local or tribal organization, or someone they designate, may request to reassign state and local public health department, tribal, or agency personnel to address a public health emergency in the state or Indian tribe during the period of the emergency.
This only applies to personnel funded in whole or in part through programs authorized under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 addresses this.
This may impact MCHB-funded programs authorized under the PHS Act, including:
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs/Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program
- Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program
- Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Other Related Disorders Programs
- Healthy Start Programs
- Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health
- Addressing and Preventing Lead Exposure Through Healthy Start
- Newborn Screening Programs
- Quality Improvement in Newborn Screening Program
- NBS State Evaluation Program
- Regional Genetics Networks
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
- EMSC State Partnership Grants
- EMSC Targeted Issue Grant
Learn more about the temporary reassignment:
How should I approach travel for grant-funded activities?
You may need to postpone some grant activities, including those requiring travel. Talk with your Project Officer about other approaches to planned activities.
How should I address concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on fulfilling the terms of my award?
Contact your Project Officer. We’ll work with you on how to address the concern.
What should we do if the pandemic causes us to delay or modify our approved grant project?
We want to provide you as much flexibility as possible. However, some grant programs have requirements that don’t allow us to give you the same flexibilities.
Some changes—like a change in scope or re-budgeting request—may require HRSA review and approval.
Reach out to the Grants Management Specialist listed on your recent Notice of Award for more information.
All recipients are required to keep appropriate records and cost documentation.
What resources are available for CYSHCN or individuals with disabilities?
We recommend the following resources:
Are there COVID-19 resources for youth and young adults?
We recommend these resources: