News & Events
Graduate Student Epidemiology Program
The Graduate Student EPI Program (GSEP) funded by MCHB is back! GSEP is a paid, 10-week, 100% remote summer internship to develop leaders in maternal and child health epidemiology. Students complete a substantial project at a matched host site and participate in weekly enrichment and reflection activities. Applications for both states and students are due March 19. For more information and to apply, please visit the Summer 2021 GSEP Website.
The University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center "Project ECHO"
The University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) in collaboration with the Florida Rural Health Association (FRHA) and Suwanee River Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC) is conducting a series of Project ECHO clinics on a variety of pediatric pulmonary and sleep related topics. Continuing education credit is available for nursing, pharmacy, respiratory care, occupational therapy, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling and dietitians. The PPC Project ECHO allows primary care providers and health care workers to gain new knowledge and skills at their local setting.
Session dates and topics include:
- January 12th, 2021: Normal Sleep in Children
- February 9th, 2021: Insomnia and Behavioral Insomnia in Childhood
- March 9th, 2021: Approach to Daytime Sleepiness
- April 13th, 2021: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children
- May 11th, 2021: Parasomnias, Periodic Limb Movements and Restless Leg Syndrome
- June 8th, 2021: Sleep Studies 101 Sessions are from 12:00PM EST to 1:00 PM EST.
For more information and to register, visit the Project ECHO website
Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Grantee Brings Out "the Good Stuff"
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau supports the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). HTPCP supports 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. One of the program's grantees, San Mar Family & Community Services of Hagerstown, MD, utilized HTPCP funds to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to children and families enrolled in Bester Health Center who have limited access to safety materials. They also went the extra step and developed their own hand sanitizer that they have named, "The Good Stuff". San Mar has a 137-year history of providing foster care programming, mental health services, and community-based resources to build family resilience. All registered families in their Bester Health Center program received a variety of PPE during the early months of the COVID-19 public health emergency. As San Mar distributed hundreds of boxes of PPE, they realized that it would be more efficient to produce their own hand sanitizer. After five months of careful research on formulation and working out manufacturing and distribution details, San Mar began to provide its hand sanitizer at no cost to organizations, partners, and enrolled families in the South End neighborhoods of Hagerstown. At the end of their initial run, San Mar distributed 3000 bottles and 1500 liters of hand sanitizer in Hagerstown.
New Nutrition Resource for State Title V Programs
DMCHWD is pleased to share a new resource, Identifying Evidence-based and Evidence-Informed Nutrition Interventions to Advance Maternal Health in Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Programs.
This resources highlights the role of nutrition in supporting improved MCH outcomes and chronic disease prevention. It also provides a two-step procedure state Title V MCH programs and public health nutritionists can use to find evidence-based and evidence-informed nutrition interventions. You can learn more about the ways MCHB supports healthy nutrition across the lifespan by visiting the MCHB Nutrition page.