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.
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.
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:
Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 12 to 1 PM Eastern
A free panel discussion, moderated by Edmond Shenassa, ScD, MA, Associate Professor, Family Science, University of Maryland School of Public Health
Limited to 125 participants, so register early!
Available in Fall 2019
The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers an online, interdisciplinary course designed to prepare students to contribute successfully to state and national health transformation. The course, “Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH”, 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). Participation in this course supports the objectives for MCH training programs by helping to ensure students have the foundation necessary to work within a variety of professional settings, assume leadership roles, and apply knowledge and skills to improve health care delivery systems.
Course participants may elect to earn graduate credit (1 or 3-credits) or a certificate of completion.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of MCH at UNC-CH.
Registration is open now on the Center’s website.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. That’s why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making suicide prevention the focus of its National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2019 event. “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” will showcase evidence-based strategies that can save lives, and will connect those in need to information, services, and supports. The SAMHSA event will include suicide prevention experts and senior government officials, along with a family member and youth who will share evidence-based practices that help save lives. The engaging format will provide an opportunity to educate state agency personnel; primary care and mental health care providers; child-serving professionals; and families, youth, and young adults across the country about the latest evidence-based practices and resources for suicide prevention. Tune in on Monday, May 6 at 3 p.m. EDT to watch the live webcast through this link: https://www.hhs.gov/live.
Join the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for our annual Symposium on May 21st from 2-4pm. This year's event, Family Homelessness, a Crisis in a Mother's Life, will explore the unique crisis situation of family homelessness and its impact on the health and wellbeing of mothers and their children. We will be joined by Dr. Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard T.H. Chan; Libby Hayes, Executive Director for Homes for Families; Ayesha Rodriguez, Director of Family Partnerships at Horizons for Homeless Children; Dr. Linda Weinreb, Medical Director of Medicaid Programs and ACOs at Fallon Health; Dr. Robin Clark, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Dr. Debra J. Rog, Vice President at Westat. Attendees can join us in person on Harvard T.H. Chan's campus or via livestream.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CT / 12:30 – 2:00 ET
Speaker: Emily Harville, PhD
Join the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, the Tulane Prevention Research Center, and the American Public Health Association for a webinar about the interrelationship of preconception cardiovascular health and pregnancy health. Dr. Emily Harville, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, will discuss how a lifecourse approach might be necessary to understand pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease and how these complications can be cross-generational.
Adverse perinatal outcomes take a particularly hard toll on vulnerable communities, and health disparities exist even in populations whose economic and health status is good during pregnancy. In addition, traditional genetic mechanisms explain only a small proportion of the familial clustering of obesity and cardiovascular disease, while animal studies indicate the possibility of transgenerational inheritance relevant to obesity and birthweight. During critical periods in growth and development, exposure to environmental or physiologic stimuli induces programming of an organism’s function.
Studies indicate that preconception cardiovascular risk impacts pregnancy health, raising the risk for preterm birth and low birthweight. Pregnancy is also a window to later-life health. Pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders, fetal growth restriction, and preterm birth predict cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and experiencing multiple pregnancy complications is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Even after birth, childhood risk factors go hand-in-hand with the high rates of adult conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and stroke.
1. List ways in which cardiovascular health affects pregnancy outcomes and vice versa 2. Assess the evidence for multigenerational influences on birth outcomes 3. Discuss how life course and multigenerational health may contribute to health disparities in perinatal outcomes
Emily Harville is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Her research interests focus on social and biological causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly effects of stress on pregnant and postpartum women and preconception health. As she moved to New Orleans the week before Hurricane Katrina, she has also developed a subspecialty in the effects of disaster on pregnant and postpartum women. Her teaching interests include epidemiologic methods and data analysis. She is currently the principal investigator on NIH-funded studies of preconception cardiovascular health and birth outcomes, as well as exposomic predictors of pregnancy outcomes, and is involved with efforts to harmonize preconception and multigenerational data across multiple research cohorts. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2005.
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. 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.
Please register in advance. Seating is limited for the live webcast (powered by ReadyTalk). A recording will be available online after the event. Accessible worldwide.
Monday, May 6, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Emerging public health challenges require timely, multidimensional and evidence-based responses from Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, policy, and practice. Without sufficient data, it is difficult to address key and emerging MCH issues. The HRSA/MCHB R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research program (MCH SDAR) funds studies using existing publicly available, national datasets to examine new research questions and test new hypotheses with the potential for intervention.
At the end of this webinar, attendees will:
Alek Sripipatana, PhD, MPH, is the Director for Data and Evaluation Division at HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) in the Office of Quality Improvement which oversees the UDS and Health Center Patient Survey. He is a former W. K. Kellogg Fellow in Health Policy Research. His division oversees BPHC’s primary data collection strategies, research and evaluative studies, and data dissemination on all HRSA-supported health centers.
Russell Kirby, PhD, MS, FACE, is a Distinguished University Professor and Marrell Endowed Chair at the University of Florida. He is a perinatal/MCH epidemiologist with training in human geography and preventive medicine epidemiology. In his 40 year career, Dr. Kirby has worked on MCH issues in state health agencies and academic medicine focusing on population-based research using most national and state level MCH secondary data sources.
Please save the date for Friday, March 29, 2019. This NO COST event will launch the third series of our biannual Promoting Healthy Weight colloquia. This series will focus on promoting a healthy weight for the maternal and child health population using a socio-ecological lens. This upcoming colloquium will focus specifically on policy and how policy affects the other levels of the socio-ecological model in the context of nutrition and promoting healthy weight.
There will be an onsite and webcast viewing available for those who wish to participate. After you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Don't forget to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book so that our emails will arrive in your inbox! If you will be viewing the webcast in a group setting, EACH participant should complete a separate registration form.
Approval for continuing education credits will be submitted for Registered Dietitians, Certified Health Education Specialists, and Registered Nurses.
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:50 PM - 5:00 PM EDST
If attending onsite, check-in begins at 12:30 PM EDST.
If participating via webcast, log on by 12:45 PM EDST.
The conference begins promptly at 12:50 PM EDST.
Webcast or onsite at the Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This annual meeting was an opportunity for Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) grantees to convene and network around a cross-cutting topic of interest. The meeting was hosted by AUCD's Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ITAC).
The meeting addressed how to compose and share your program’s story from a high-level perspective, emphasizing effectiveness, impact, and interaction with key audiences. It also underscored the value of building and establishing relationships with decision-makers, state agencies, community organizations, and more.
The Title V MCH Internship helped me see the benefits to working in a state Title V agency. It also showed me how much work needs to be done in maternal and child health at the state-level and solidified my desire to work in MCH.
- Past Title V MCH Intern
The National Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Workforce Development Center will accept student applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program from January 7th, 2019 through February 8th, 2019. Eight teams of MCH Trainees will participate in internships in state Title V programs over the summer of 2019. Learn more about Title V.
Why should you apply to the Title V MCH Internship Program?
As a Title V MCH Intern within the state Title V program, you will receive the following opportunities:
Dates of the Program: The program will begin on June 3, 2019 and run 8-10 weeks. Students are expected to work full-time and to be on-site during the program. Please note that students who are on the quarter system may start on June 17.
Stipend: Student interns will receive a $4500 stipend to cover the cost of living and transportation.
Program Sites: State Title V agencies are currently submitting ideas for student projects. By December 2018, state projects will be identified. A list of state agencies and projects will be released to students by January 2019. Students will be able to identify the top 3 sites where they would like to be placed.
Housing: Student interns are expected to secure their own housing and transportation.
For more information visit https://mchwdc.unc.edu/mch-internships/
This event will launch the third series of our biannual Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquia. This series will focus on promoting a healthy weight for the maternal and child health population using a socio-ecological lens. The upcoming colloquium will focus specifically on policy and how policy affects other levels of the socio-ecological model in the context of nutrition.
There will be onsite and webcast viewing available for those who wish to participate. Additionally, we will be applying for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES), Registered Dietitians (RD), and Nursing CEUs for this event, so be sure to mark your calendars!
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If you are interested in viewing the Spring 2018 Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 presentations on Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations, the archive and PowerPoint presentations are now available on our website. The Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations archive is approved for CEUs for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES), Registered Dietitians (RD), and Nurses who view and complete the evaluations for the archived colloquium for up to one year. Please click here to access the archive.
Friday, March 29, 2019 12:50 PM - 5:00 PM EDST
Onsite check-in begins at 12:30 PM EDST.
Via webcast, log on by 12:45 PM EDST.
Conference begins promptly at 12:50 PM EDST
ATMCH’s Lunch-and-Learn (10/18/2018) Webinar has now been archived on the ATMCH website . This webinar featured a panel discussion moderated by Arden Handler, MPH, DrPH (University of Illinois at Chicago). Panelists included Marti Coulter, MSW, DrPH (University of South Florida); Lois McCloskey, MPH, DrPH (Boston University); and Christine Bozlak, MPH, PHD (University of Albany).
1.0 CPH credit is available for viewing the archived webinar.