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University of Minnesota MCH Nutrition Program Launches National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course

The National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course is a 2-day in-person hybrid program with a full distance option available. The fully online distance program that runs from September 1 - December 31, 2022 and will include all 6 recorded presentations and is a self-led course. Participants can watch the presentations, complete evaluations, and obtain their certificates within this time frame.

To register or learn more about the conference, visit the 2022 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course website.

Announcing the MCH Public Health Academic Journey Project

Posted: April 14, 2022

Using oral interviews with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) faculty and leaders in MCH public health academe, the MCH Public Health Academic Journey Project documents unique paths to and through academia. In these personal stories, MCH academics share various points along their unique journeys, which can help those who are trying to decide if – or when – they may want to pursue an academic career in MCH public health.

This project is a collaboration between the HRSA/MCHB-funded Centers of Excellence in MCH (CoE-MCH), the MCHB-funded MCH Catalyst Programs, and the MCH Navigator with support from the Association of Teachers in MCH (ATMCH)

MCHB strategic plan

Posted: February 16, 2022

The release of the MCHB strategic plan comes at a time of critical need to build and sustain a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) public health workforce to achieve equity for MCH populations. We encourage the field to engage in dialogue and action around the recommendations published in:

The Maternal and Child Health Journal: Building the MCH Public Health Workforce of the Future: A Call to Action from the MCHB Strategic Plan

Obesity Prevention in Rural Care and Education Settings Compendium

In response to gaps related to childhood obesity prevention in early care and education (ECE) settings in rural areas, HRSA created a Community of Practice to facilitate and strengthen opportunities for rural ECE providers to improve nutrition knowledge and environments in ECE settings. The result is this compendium of recommendations and implementation strategies targeting stakeholders who work with rural ECE providers to support the prevention of childhood obesity for improved MCH outcomes across the life course.

Download the Obesity Prevention in Rural Early Care and Education Settings Compendium - PDF 8MB

Youth in Health: Inclusive Stock Photography Collection

The Adolescent Health Initiative at the University of Michigan, a Healthy Tomorrows Partnerships for Children grantee, created a set of youth-centered stock photos where authentic youth voices – inclusive of a wide range of identities – are featured. To read the guidelines for use and access the images, visit the Youth in Health website.

ATMCH Innovative Teaching in MCH Request for Proposal

The Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) aims to grow and support excellence in teaching MCH across multiple academic settings. Specifically, ATMCH offers a forum to support the cadre of current and future faculty, aiming to enhance knowledge and skills essential to teaching in the field of MCH. The purpose of this Request for Proposal is to fund new or ongoing projects/teams that will produce innovative and creative MCH educational offerings. The proposed educational offerings could include:

  • integration of MCH experiences into classroom discussions and exercises,
  • models of collaboration between community-based MCH practice and scholarship,
  • skills development,
  • innovative teaching methods applied to MCH,
  • use of case studies and other examples of inter-disciplinary projects suitable for a multi-disciplinary audience, or
  • use of innovative technologies and platforms for experiential learning.

The educational offering may focus on a specific topic (e.g., life course perspective, ACA), life span (e.g., perinatal, early childhood, women's health), or other aspect relevant to the MCH population and MCH workforce.

The deadline for proposal submission is 8:00 AM CT Monday, November 8th 2021. For proposal submission instructions, please contact Julie McDougal.

MCHB Hosts Webinar with LEAH Faculty

On May 26th, the Division of MCH Workforce Development hosted a webinar: Strategies to Promote COVID-19 Vaccine among Adolescents and Their Families. Participants learned from experts on how to best reach adolescents to ensure uptake. A recording and transcript of the webinar, and the webinar slides, are now available.

MCHB Associate Administrator Dr. Michael D. Warren gave an interview on WTOP on the importance of getting catch-up vaccines and well-child visits as soon as possible.

For more resources on vaccinations, visit:

MCHB Grand ChallengesMCHB Grand Challenges: Final Winners

iByte for Health, developed by Temple University's College of Public Health, Center for Obesity Research and Education, is the winner of the Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities Challenge. iByte4Health is an intervention that uses mHealth, or wireless technology like cell phones, to engage parents in an obesity prevention program. It is an entirely virtual text-messaging program made for parents of children ages 2-9. It targets key health behaviors to prevent obesity in high-risk, vulnerable children. The Temple University team is receiving a $125,000 cash prize. 

Cartoon graphic of father and son cooking togehter with tex "This week's health topic is healthy cooking at home" Challenge Winner: ibyte4health (Temple University)
  • Innovator: Gina Tripicchio
  • 6-week evidence-based program
  • Text messages delivered to parents of children ages 2-9
  • Focuses on six key health behaviors: snacking, sleep, fruits & vegetables, physical activity, sugary drinks, and healthy cooking at home
  • Parent/Stakeholder informed

Zohreh Daly of Quilted Health is the winner of the Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge. Her innovation is the Maternal Monitoring App (MaMA), a downloadable smartphone app. MaMA supports virtual care during pregnancy and up to year after delivery, based on symptoms and data from home health-monitoring devices and tools. It helps overcome key barriers to maternal care by making healthcare more accessible through devices. The team is receiving a $130,000 cash prize.

These awards mark the conclusion of the MCHB Grand Challenges, which kicked off in 2018. MCHB announced the winners of the two other Grand Challenges, the Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs Challenge and the Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant and New Moms Challenge, in December 2020. The goal of the MCHB Grand Challenges was to develop innovative, technology-based solutions to improve the health of mothers and children nationwide.

Learn more about the four MCHB Grand Challenges.

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.

Full article "COVID Brings Out the Good Stuff"

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.

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