News & Events
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.
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.
- July 8, 2:00 PM EST, CHANGE MANAGEMENT
- July 15, 2:00 PM EST, SYSTEMS INTEGRATION
- July 22, 2:00 PM EST, EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING
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.
WEBINAR: The WIC Food Package Change and Child Obesity.
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
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.
- Renee Turchi, MD, MPH Professor/MCH Program Director, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
- Renee Davis, MD, MPH MCH Program Coordinator/Research Associate, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
- Ray Lum, MPhil, MS Professor Emeritus, Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
- Joel Rodriquez, EdD Adjunct Professor, Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Webianr: Equity, Autonomy and Substance Use Disorder: Lifecourse Considerations for Pregnant and Parenting People
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
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Webianr: Equity, Autonomy and Substance Use Disorder: Lifecourse Considerations for Pregnant and Parenting People
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. 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 - 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
November 20, 2019
An engaging discussion presented by:
Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH
Training Coordinator & Pipeline Team Lead,
National MCH Workforce Development Center
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.
WEBINAR: E-cigarettes, Vaping & JUUL: What Schools Need to Know
Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Grant
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
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
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).
More information and to apply. 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.
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.
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:
- Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities
- Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Remote Pregnancy Monitoring
- Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women and New Moms
ANNOUNCING ATMCH’S NEWEST LUNCH-AND-LEARN WEBINAR!
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
- Jenifer O. Fahey, CNM, MSN, MPH – Assistant Professor OB, GYN & Reproductive Sciences UMD School of Medicine
- Kristin Tully, PhD – Research Associate Maternal & Child Health Gillings School of Global Public Health UNC Chapel Hill
- Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH – Clinical Associate Professor UNC Center for Maternal & Infant Health UNC at Chapel Hill
- Present lessons learned from the 4th Trimester Project’s engagement with new mothers & postpartum health stakeholders
- Describe the Perinatal Maternal Health Promotion Model within the broader theoretical framework that informs public health work
- Provide examples of health promotion approach in MCH practice & curriculum
Online Course: Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH
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.
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2019
Monday, May 6
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.