The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative, supported by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. Read more at AUCD.
Rylin Rodgers (pictured right) (LEND) received the Merle McPherson Leadership Award for her exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCH. Dr. Lew Margolis (pictured left) (Centers of Excellence) received the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for his leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families. Congratulations to them both!
A new webainr archive is now available along with additional downloadable materials including the PowerPoint slides, project overview, and tip sheets.
Who: Current and former trainees from MCHB-funded training projects
When: April 5-7, 2017
Where: Seattle, Washington at the Crowne Plaza Hotel– downtown
Why: To meet other MCH trainees and graduates to gain insights into career opportunities, networking and being an MCH leader in times of change.
Division of MCH Workforce Development Training Grantees are featured in the current edition of Pediatrics, January 2017, including the University of Alabama's Pedicatric Pulmonary Center program (Brad Troxler, Claire Lenker), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center of Excellence program (Lew Margolis), and Harvard Center of Excellence program (Marie McCormick).
The theme for the 2017 Birth Defects Prevention Month is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection”. You and your colleagues in pediatric healthcare play an important role in the prevention of birth defects through your involvement in actively promoting vaccinations and in educating patients and families on how to avoid infections throughout life.
As you regularly witness first-hand in your practice, birth defects can have far-reaching effects on the lives of children and their families. While many unknown factors can play a role in the occurrence of birth defects, infection prevention is one of the simple steps that you can teach and encourage during routine pediatric care.
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) , in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the March of Dimes and the Teratology Society, has developed an educational resource packet designed to raise awareness that certain infections contracted before and during pregnancy can increase the risk of having a baby born with a birth defect. The packet includes the lay-targeted infographic “Prevent to Protect Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection”, along with other lay and professional resources that can help you and your staff raise awareness of the connection between infections and birth defects.
Health supervision visits provide an ideal time to assure adherence to age appropriate immunization schedules. Specifically, assuring that adolescent patients are current on all immunizations is an important window of opportunity. Working with youth to assume responsibility for protecting themselves and others from preventable infections is critical to their health. Furthermore, offering education on the importance of preventing sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and the newly emerging Zika virus) will help to lower the risk of birth defects as your patients enter their child-bearing years. This is also a good time to remind everyone that handwashing is a powerful antidote to illness and educate parents regarding safe food preparation to avoid salmonella, listeriosis and risks associated with raw milk products. Information on avoiding animal, insect and food-borne illnesses is often best received by patients and parents when it comes directly from a trusted medical professional like you. Resources to support your conversations with families are available through the BrightFutures.org and HealthyChildren.org websites.
With your unique ability to affect the health of both children and parents, pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers play a key role in the lifelong prevention of birth defects. You can access the Prevent to Protect packet (as well as archives of past packets) online at: http://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm.php#PreventToProtect
On December 15, 2016 the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a Funding Opportunity Technical Assistance Webinar for the Autism CARES Act National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center (HRSA-17-010).
The 2016 Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award goes to:
Krista Casazza, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Casazza’s nomination letters highlighted her “excellent leadership and continuous efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues, trends, research, and policies surrounding the MCH population”. Krista’s contagious passion, enthusiasm, and drive make her an excellent mentor. She loves teaching and watching students “fall in love” with MCH. She challenges students to “think and question accepted knowledge, always directing them to seek the evidence based answers”. Krista focuses on “working through collaboration, programs, policy, and environmental changes to support and promote healthy lifestyles for a healthier future generation.” She is recognized as the “whole package of superb teaching, research, service, and leadership”.
Please join ATMCH in congratulating Dr. Casazza!
The Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) – funded through a CoE supplement – has awarded their annual Innovative Teaching Awards. The purpose of these small awards ($3,000) is to fund projects/teams that will produce innovative and creative MCH educational offerings. I think many of you will recognize names and programs on the successful awardee list. This year, ATMCH had an unprecedented number of proposals to review and score, congratulations to all of the awardees!
The recent volume of the Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health focuses on National Performance Measure (NPM) 1: The Well-Woman Visit. The next 15 volumes of the digital publication will explore the new National Performance Measures, beginning with the measures most frequently selected by Region 10 states. To read the most recent volume of the Northwest Bulletin, visit the website here.
The Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health is a collaboration of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the University of Washington, Seattle; maternal and child health programs in the states of Alaska , Idaho , Oregon , and Washington ; Public Health - Seattle & King County ; and experts in maternal and child health.
Live Webcast: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:30PM-1:30PM ET
More than 30 million Americans — women and men, children and adults — grapple with eating disorders. These complex illnesses, which include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, severely undermine health and cost lives. This event will explore the many dimensions to eating disorders, including their biological bases, risk factors and treatment options. What role does body image play, and how do industries, such as fashion and advertising, often promulgate unrealistic societal standards of beauty? How might women and girls, in particular, be affected by such pressure? And what’s to be done? For example, would enacting legislation that requires minimum BMIs for models, or requiring disclosures of digitally altered ads, help? This panel will include expertise in psychiatry, children’s health, policy and eating disorders prevention.
HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums
Presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBH
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) journal, Pediatrics, has introduced a special section devoted to “Family Partnerships” . These articles are designed to highlight how health care professionals, patients, and families can work together to improve child and adolescent health. These articles are meant to be co-authored by both a health care professional (e.g. pediatrician, subspecialist, nurse practitioner, family physician, etc.) and a patient/family member. The goal is for the co-authors to discuss topics that would be of interest to a broad range of health care professionals, patients, and families, and highlight the importance of family-professional partnerships. Articles will be made free to the public so that everyone can potentially benefit from reading about the point of view each member of the family-professional partnership brings to the relationship and the lessons learned from this approach to care.
If you are directly involved in family-professional partnerships or efforts to strengthen family and youth involvement in your programs, you may have a unique opportunity to share your experiences and encourage other health care professionals to support an active role for patients and families in shared decision-making. Articles will be accepted on a rolling basis.
HTPCP grantee “ReadNPlay for a Bright Future Program in Johnson, Tennessee” is featured in the May 2016 NCMHI e-Newsletter focused on innovations in technology to support pediatric medical home implementation.
Admission Free of Charge following Registration
Registration Closes September 12, 2016
After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to:
Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy - Professor, Former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Johns Hopkins University, Dean of American University School of Education
Dr. Chiquita Collins - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Phyllis Sharps - Professor, Elsie M Lawler Endowed Chair, Associate Dean for Community Programs & Initiatives, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287
Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
The Division of MCH Workforce Development is pleased to present a new MCH Training Diversity Resource designed to share strategies and resources intended to support MCH Training Programs in their diversity efforts. The Resource is available on the Division’s web site here.
On June 22, 2016 we held a web meeting to share information on the intent of the Resource, suggestions on how to use it, and upcoming virtual technical assistance office hours for grantees who have a special interest in sharing strategies they are implementing or discussing how to overcome barriers to implementation of diversity and health equity related strategies.
In follow-up to the Introductory webinar, DMCHWD grantees are invited to participate in Virtual Office Hours with peer faculty and National Center for Cultural Competence experts as listed below. Grantees interested in participating in the Virtual Office Hours should contact sheryl.mathis (at) altarum.org
Join this webinar to learn how pediatricians and public health professionals have successfully partnered on initiatives to improve child health. The webinar will also include an overview of The Practical Playbook, an online resource with tools to support primary care and public health partnerships.
Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Jacqueline Douge', MD, MPH, FAAP
Co-Chairs, AAP Public Health Special Interest Group
Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP
Founder, Executive Director, Clinic in the Park, Orange, CA
Roderick King, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Florida Institute for Health Innovation, Miami, FL Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to join the AAP Public Health Special Interest Group.
This event has become a key venue to elevate the national dialogue around vision and significant public health issues such as surveillance, access, prevention messaging, service integration, and program development and replication. It’s also been a strong springboard to release important new public health information, including prevalence data with Vision Problems in The U.S., economic information with Cost of Vision Problems, and forecasting data on the potential future prevalence and costs with The Future of Vision. Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and potentially some legislative staff. We will also once again host a virtual live-feed teleconference to coincide with the event, allowing for anyone interested to join in from across the country.
A nation’s social and economic health is closely tied to the health of its citizens. Providing healthful food and nutrition education to school children is one strategy to ensure short- and long-term benefits including better health and learning outcomes. While recent legislative efforts, such as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, contributed to strong federal child nutrition programs that support healthier school food environments, there are no specific federal requirements regarding nutrition education in schools.
Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health to participate in a project to test strategies on going screen-free. DHH and these partners are working with six child care centers in the state on the project, which is funded by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists. Centers are provided with education materials, lesson plans and activity suggestions... Click here for the full press release.
The DMCHWD uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work in advancing four goals related to maternal and child health (MCH) workforce development. In 2015, we continued to make great strides towards our strategic goals in partnership with grantees, national partners and the MCH field. Presented below are highlights from 2015 and a look ahead at exciting work already underway in 2016.
A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
Call for Presentations The 2016 Autism CARES Virtual Meeting will be held virtually (i.e. through an online portal) on Thursday, July 21 as a half-day event exploring the topic of transition. The planning committee is currently soliciting short proposals from grantees interested in presenting transition-related work and outcomes. This is a unique opportunity for MCHB-funded CARES legislation grantees (representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders) to share information in a national venue about activities within their respective programs and networks.
The planning committee is looking for up to 12 grantees to highlight their transition efforts by recording five to ten minute videos (e.g. PowerPoint slides with audio) that participants will be able to view online before and during the meeting. Presenters will also be expected to facilitate virtual breakout discussions on a transition topic related to their work.
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a 3-part webinar series that will provide pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families, and others with tools, resources, and strategies to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. This includes, but is not limited to, the experience of diverse, vulnerable, and medically underserved populations.
A Webinar from AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group
Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. Dr. Sandy Magana will discuss the development of a culturally-based approach to addressing informational needs of Latino parents, which is essential in order to better support their children with ASD. She will present preliminary findings of a randomized controlled trial that is underway to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model.
The learning objectives for this webinar:
1. Understand the types of data readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) that support child health research activities
2. Recognize the challenges with cleaning and organizing electronic health data before statistical analyses can be performed
3. Gain a practical understanding of how researchers working with the American Academy of Pediatrics are using data from an EHR “supernetwork” to conduct cutting-edge research
Robert W. Grundmeier, MD (Bob) is a practicing Primary Care Pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Informatics in the Division of General Pediatrics, and is the Director of the Clinical Reporting Unit in CHOP’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI). Bob is a founding member of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), which facilitates EHR-mediated research within CHOP's dozens of primary care practices across the region.
Researchers increasingly are aware that conditions in the first few years of children's lives can influence their physical, emotional and mental health throughout the lifespan. The MN LEND Forum explores what is known about the life-long effects of growing up in poverty via the perspectives of two leading researchers in the field.
Professor Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center will discuss "Child Poverty and the Income-Achievement Gap: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience."
Professor Megan Gunnar from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development will speak about "Poverty, Allostatic Load and the Stress Neuraxis: A Mechanism or a Bridge Too Far?"
The MN LEND Forum is an annual event sponsored by the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Program (lend.umn.edu) of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. The interdisciplinary MN LEND training program prepares future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and their families in healthcare, education, human services, and policy settings. MN LEND is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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.
CHICAGO (March 14, 2016) – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH), and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) are issuing a call for applications to public health professionals, early educators, community vision programs, eye care professionals, primary health care provider groups, and family advocates to join the quality improvement collaborative, "Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support."
The mission of this collaborative is to achieve, in 18 months, improvements in the systems supporting children’s vision and eye health in a minimum of five carefully selected states. The result will be comprehensive and coordinated approaches to children’s vision and eye health and a reduced prevalence of vision problems in hard-to-reach populations of young children. The project aim is to increase by 20 percent over 2011-2012 levels (according to the National Survey of Children’s Health measure) the proportion of children aged 5 years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis in five states by the year 2018. The goals that will lead to the project aim include:
All teams interested in participating must submit applications via an online portal by April 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. Applications will be selected and parties notified by May 23, 2016.
An online webinar, “Office Hours,” will be conducted by the NCCVEH and NICHQ on March 29, 2016 to provide additional information including an overview of the project, a walk-through of the online application process, and answer potential questions. Interested participants can register for free at http://www.cvent.com/d/cfqxv5.
"Back in 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded to help protect the gift of sight in newborns,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We continue that legacy today with programs like the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support initiative. By working with expert teams at the state level, we can continue to share ideas, and discover and implement the best strategies to keep our kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision."
"Early vision screening and diagnosis is essential to a child’s long-term development, so it is crucial that state-level vision programs, and the systems that support the programs, are optimized for success," said NICHQ Director of Programs, Meghan Johnson, MSc.
For more information about the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support project or children’s vision health topics, please visit http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/ or contact Kira Baldonado at (800) 331-2020 or email@example.com .
About Prevent Blindness and its National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. In 2009, Prevent Blindness established the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, with funding and leadership support from the HRSA- Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Serving as a major resource for the establishment of a public health infrastructure, the National Center advances and promotes children’s vision and eye care, providing leadership and training to public entities throughout the United States. The National Center is advised by a committee of national experts and leaders from the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, nursing, family advocates and public health to guide the work and recommendations of the Center. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at www.preventblindness.org or www.facebook.com/preventblindness
About the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
NICHQ is an independent, nonprofit organization working for nearly two decades to improve children’s health. We help organizations and professionals who share this mission make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives. For more information about NICHQ, go to www.NICHQ.org/about .
Healthy Tomorrows-funded Community Asthma Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital featured in a February Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “Community Asthma Initiative to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Disparities Among Children with Asthma.
Please join the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).
Healthy Tomorrows grantee, Prevent Blindness MA, in partnership with Live Well Springfield and its Eye-See Program, recently held a community event in Springfield where 29 infants and toddlers up to three years of age were screened and examined for early vision impairments. Currently, early vision screening for children under five is limited. Prevent Blindness MA and Live Well Springfield hope to implement early vision screening in all of Springfield preschools with the spot device which is evidence-based for children between the ages of 36 to 72 months.
This month, the journal Pediatrics will publish a special supplement on health care and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This issue is the second Pediatrics supplement from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).
In an introductory article, Deputy Division Director Hae Young Park and colleagues describe the extensive history of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, in implementing research and other activities to improve the care that children with ASD and related conditions receive.
More than 300 state and local public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 6-7 to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s maternal and child population. The group, hosted by the N.C. Division of Public Health, was facilitated by the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center, which is based in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, and by FSG, a consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, sustainable social change. Public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., recently to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s women and children. The meeting brought together... Read the full article on the UNC website
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