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Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency VIRTUAL Conference

September 22, 2020 8:30AM - 4:00PM

"Understanding and Using Equity Approaches to Promote Health, Leadership, and Well-Being"

Visit the KKI website for further information

MCHB Notice of Funding Opportunity – Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HRSA-21-031).

The purpose of this program is to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. Successful applicants will implement community-based programs and evidence-based models of care that build on existing community resources and evaluate to demonstrate program impact. The program supports projects related to a range of topical areas including, but not limited to, medical home or care coordination, mental and behavioral health services, child development and school readiness services, and promotion of healthy weight and physical activity.

For more information visit the Healthy Tomorrows announcement at HRSA

Join the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center for a Summer Seminar Series!

Register now and join your peers from across the country in a series of webinars to be offered each Wednesday in July 2020.

The Summer Seminar Series is open to students enrolled in any of the MCHB-funded Graduate Education Programs to Educate the Next Generation of MCH Leaders (CoE, Catalyst, LEND, LEAH, DBP, MCH Nutrition, and PPC Programs) AND to MCH professionals interested in lifelong learning.

Join experts from the National MCH Workforce Development Center to learn more about core topics critical to increasing workforce capacity for MCH professionals and for navigating in an increasingly complex public health landscape. In each summer seminar series webinar, Center experts will introduce a core area of Center focus, teach a tool to aid thinking and skill-building in this area, and share how the topic and tool have been used with state Title V MCH programs.


First Things First: An MCH Reset Retreat to Determine What Matters Now

Date: June 22, 2020 Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern

More retreat than webinar, this is an opportunity to unite as an MCH community. Join us as we quiet our minds, identify and align our priorities and values, and see the present circumstances with increased clarity and new insights about how to move forward.


Janine Hill, PhD(c), MPH, ACC – Janine is a Career Coach, Consultant, and Keynote Speaker. She is the President of Soar Strategies, Inc. and is also a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching “MCH Delivery Systems” and “MCH Policy and Advocacy” in the School of Public Health, Division of Community Health Sciences.

Kris Risley, DrPH, CPCC – Kris is an Executive and Leadership Coach and the Managing Director, Workforce, for the de Beaumont Foundation, supporting the public health workforce, developing capacity, and leading change at the individual, team, organization, and systems levels. Kris is also a Certified Svaroopa Yoga Basics Teacher and is certified as an Embodyment Yoga Therapist.

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WEBINAR: The WIC Food Package Change and Child Obesity.

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Thursday, May 28th 2020 at 3 pm ET

Dr. Pia Chaparro of Tulane University will present a webinar on the 2009 WIC food package changes and child obesity. The webinar will discuss results from a study examining the impact of changes to the 2009 WIC food package on growth trajectories and childhood obesity among children who participated in WIC in Los Angeles County between 2003 and 2016. Co-sponsored by the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health and the Tulane MCH Nutrition Leadership Training Program, this webinar will share with attendees the positive impacts that the 2009 changes had on program participants. CEUs will be provided.

The Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T76MC04927 and title Maternal and Child Health Public Health Training Program. The Tulane MCH Nutrition Leadership Training Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T79MC31883, Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MCH Nutrition Leader Dr. Donald Diego Rose, PhD, MPH, RD Honored with Sarah Samuels Memorial Award

Dr. Donald Diego Rose, PhD, MPH, RD (MCH Nutrition – Tulane University’s School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine) received the Sarah Samuels Memorial Award for his leadership in nutrition policy. The award honors those who conduct research to inform policy, use environmental approaches to improve population nutrition and health, and work with community partners to promote social justice. His research focuses on nutrition assistance programs, food security, and the food environment. Congratulations, Diego!

Advancing MCH Graduate Training via Mobile Technology

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This presentation describes the development & implementation of an innovative educational offering using a newly developed mobile application in MCH public health graduate training. Successes, barriers & lessons learned in this process were discussed. This won an ATMCH Innovative Teaching Award for 2018-2019.


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Webianr: Equity, Autonomy and Substance Use Disorder: Lifecourse Considerations for Pregnant and Parenting People

Wednesday, February 5th from 12:00-1:15PM EST

Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, Boston University School of Public Health and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Pregnant and parenting people who grapple with substance use disorder often face a steep drop off in care after delivery. The webinar is a call to action to employ a life course approach in the care and treatment of SUD. Employing principles of racial and health equity, social welfare justice, and the life course perspective, the webinar will address: (1) what we do and do not know about long-term treatment of SUD for pregnant and parenting people; (2) stigma and structural barriers to care; (3) exemplary treatment and management models for other conditions (such as postpartum depression and chronic illness) that can inform life-course care for SUD; and (4) promising policies and programs to guide the work of clinicians, addiction specialists, and maternal and child health practitioners.

The webinar will be of special interest to Title V and other maternal and child health practitioners, pediatric professionals, addiction treatment and prevention specialists, and those interested in racial equity, reproductive justice, and social and family welfare. Funding is provided by HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau.


  • Dr. Mishka Terplan: Board certified OBGYN and Associate Director of Addiction Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Kimá Joy Taylor: Board certified pediatrician and founder of Anka Consulting LLC


Lois McCloskey: DrPH, Associate Professor and Director, Center of Excellence in MCH, Boston University School of Public Health


Healthy Tomorrows for Teens Featured by Salud! America

Salud America!, in cooperation with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, profiled the Healthy Tomorrows for Teens project in New Britain, CT. Exit Disclaimer For over a decade, youth in the project have employed Photovoice in youth-led advocacy initiatives that support programs and policies for a healthier New Britain. Healthy Tomorrows for Teens demonstrates that Photovoice’s power is two-fold. It can be used to investigate public health problems in a community and help youth and community members find solutions. In addition, Healthy Tomorrows for Teens was featured in a recently released impact case study Exit Disclaimer - one of three innovative Healthy Tomorrows projects examined for the series.

Webinar: Strategies for Developing Engaging Online Learning

From the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and the MCH Navigator

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 1 :00-2:00 pm ET

An engaging discussion presented by:

Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH
Training Coordinator & Pipeline Team Lead,
National MCH Workforce Development Center
Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Maternal & Child Health,
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Learn key considerations & recommended guidelines to create a quality online course
  • Consider different strategies for teaching & learning online
  • Discuss & share examples of online courses to get inspira- tion for your digital learning

Registration is limited to 125 participants.

Receive 1.0 CPH credit for participating in either the webinar or webinar archive.


GRANT OPPORTUNITY: MCH Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers Program

Original Closing Date for Applications: Jan 21, 2020

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Maternal and Child Health Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers program (PPC program). The purpose of the PPC program is to improve the health status of infants, children, and adolescents1 with chronic respiratory conditions, sleep issues, and other related special health care needs. The specific objectives of the PPC program are to: (1) Provide interdisciplinary leadership training at the graduate and post-graduate levels in pediatric pulmonary medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work, and at least one additional discipline; (2) Engage with families as full partners to support family-centered practice, policies, and research; (3) Increase access to health services through innovative methods, such as telehealth, collaborative systems of care (i.e., medical homes), and distance-learning modalities; (4) Provide technical assistance, consultation, continuing education (CE), and subject matter expertise to facilitate academic-practice partnerships; and (5) Support diverse and underrepresented trainees and faculty, and increase the cultural competence and skills of trainees and faculty to address health disparities in underserved communities.

View Opportunity at GRANTS.GOV

WEBINAR: E-cigarettes, Vaping & JUUL: What Schools Need to Know

Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Grant


The following webinar lectures and presentations are given by healthcare professionals targeting areas of interest for both professionals and families.


Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD

Pediatric Pulmonologist & Brian Williams MD, Pediatric Hospitalist
American Family Children's Hospital
Madison, WI


Maternal Health Case Series – Free Continuing Education Opportunity

Harvard’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is currently accepting maternal health professional applicants for its free, online case series in maternal health: Tackling Thorny Problems in Maternal Health. Cases cover topics such as equity in doula access, breastfeeding promotion, and long-acting reversible contraceptives. This case series is meant to catalyze creative problem-solving and dynamic teamwork across disciplines. Participants will not only develop skills in science-driven thinking for maternal health, but will also learn about emerging topics in the field and network with other maternal health professionals, Harvard faculty, and Harvard students. During the case series, taking place over four dates in November and December (approximately 8-9 hour time commitment - including three 90-minute classroom sessions and four additional hours to prepare for the two assigned case study discussions), Harvard graduate students and professional participants will form teams to respond to two cases (applicants will rank cases depending on their interest in the topic).

For more information and to apply click here. Exit Disclaimer Nurses, doulas, lactation educators, social workers, public health practitioners, dietitians, midwives and other allied health professionals are especially encouraged to apply. No particular degrees or certifications are required, but applicants should not be current students and should have at least 2 years of experience post-training either full- or part-time.

Join us for MCHB Grand Challenges Demo Days

HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau is hosting the Grand Challenges Demo Days on September 12-13, 2019.

Through the Grand Challenges, MCHB solicited innovative ideas to address critical maternal and child health issues using technology.

The top entries from Phase 1 of the four Challenges each won a share of a $100,000 prize per Challenge. Now thesePhase 1 winners are coming to HRSA to demonstrate their innovations to a panel of Federal Judges and compete for a share of a $125,000 prize per Challenge and an opportunity to move to the third and final phase of the competitions. The format is a lot like the reality show, Shark Tank, where contestants have just a few minutes to make a pitch to a panel of judges.

Grand Challenges Demo Days

As you can see in the full agenda for Demo Days, in addition to the Phase 1 winner demonstrations, you will hear from HRSA and MCHB leadership and leaders in the fields of health technology innovation and commercialization.

Register here to watch any part of Demo Days virtually. Exit Disclaimer

Spots are limited, so if you have many interested staff members, please consider completing one registration and watching as a group in a shared space or conference room.

The Grand Challenges are catalyzing creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving among tech start-ups, health systems, academics, private citizens, and experts in maternal and child health. Final Phase 3 winners will receive a prize of up to $150,000 per Challenge.

Learn more about the MCHB Grand Challenges:


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