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Making Lifelong Connections 2017

MCH Leadership in Times of Change

Who: Current and former trainees from MCHB-funded training projects

When: April 5-7, 2017

Where: Seattle, Washington at the Crowne Plaza Hotel– downtown

Why: To meet other MCH trainees and graduates to gain insights into career opportunities, networking and being an MCH leader in times of change.

DMCHWD Grantees Featured in Pediatrics

January 2017, VOLUME 139 / ISSUE 1

Division of MCH Workforce Development Training Grantees are featured in the current edition of Pediatrics, January 2017, including the University of Alabama's Pedicatric Pulmonary Center program (Brad Troxler, Claire Lenker), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center of Excellence program (Lew Margolis), and Harvard Center of Excellence program (Marie McCormick).

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Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

The theme for the 2017 Birth Defects Prevention Month is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection”. You and your colleagues in pediatric healthcare play an important role in the prevention of birth defects through your involvement in actively promoting vaccinations and in educating patients and families on how to avoid infections Exit Disclaimer throughout life.

As you regularly witness first-hand in your practice, birth defects can have far-reaching effects on the lives of children and their families. While many unknown factors can play a role in the occurrence of birth defects, infection prevention is one of the simple steps that you can teach and encourage during routine pediatric care. 

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) Exit Disclaimer, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the March of Dimes and the Teratology Society, has developed an educational resource packet designed to raise awareness that certain infections contracted before and during pregnancy can increase the risk of having a baby born with a birth defect. The packet includes the lay-targeted infographic “Prevent to Protect Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection”, along with other lay and professional resources that can help you and your staff raise awareness of the connection between infections and birth defects.

Health supervision visits provide an ideal time to assure adherence to age appropriate immunization schedules. Specifically, assuring that adolescent patients are current on all immunizations is an important window of opportunity. Working with youth to assume responsibility for protecting themselves and others from preventable infections is critical to their health. Furthermore, offering education on the importance of preventing sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and the newly emerging Zika virus) will help to lower the risk of birth defects as your patients enter their child-bearing years.  This is also a good time to remind everyone that handwashing is a powerful antidote to illness and educate parents regarding safe food preparation to avoid salmonella, listeriosis and risks associated with raw milk products. Information on avoiding animal, insect and food-borne illnesses is often best received by patients and parents when it comes directly from a trusted medical professional like you. Resources to support your conversations with families Exit Disclaimer are available through the and websites.

With your unique ability to affect the health of both children and parents, pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers play a key role in the lifelong prevention of birth defects. You can access the Prevent to Protect packet (as well as archives of past packets) online at: Exit Disclaimer

Technical Assistance Webinar Archive for Autism CARES Funding Opportunity

On December 15, 2016 the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a Funding Opportunity Technical Assistance Webinar for the Autism CARES Act National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center (HRSA-17-010).

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Casazza Wins Academic Leadership Award

The 2016 Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award goes to:

Krista Casazza, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Casazza’s nomination letters highlighted her “excellent leadership and continuous efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues, trends, research, and policies surrounding the MCH population”. Krista’s contagious passion, enthusiasm, and drive make her an excellent mentor. She loves teaching and watching students “fall in love” with MCH. She challenges students to “think and question accepted knowledge, always directing them to seek the evidence based answers”. Krista focuses on “working through collaboration, programs, policy, and environmental changes to support and promote healthy lifestyles for a healthier future generation.” She is recognized as the “whole package of superb teaching, research, service, and leadership”.

Please join ATMCH in congratulating Dr. Casazza!

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ATMCH announces their annual Innovative Teaching Awards

The Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) – funded through a CoE supplement – has awarded their annual Innovative Teaching Awards. The purpose of these small awards ($3,000) is to fund projects/teams that will produce innovative and creative MCH educational offerings. I think many of you will recognize names and programs on the successful awardee list. This year, ATMCH had an unprecedented number of proposals to review and score, congratulations to all of the awardees!

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Northwest Bulletin Features Well Woman Visit

The recent volume of the Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health focuses on National Performance Measure (NPM) 1: The Well-Woman Visit. The next 15 volumes of the digital publication will explore the new National Performance Measures, beginning with the measures most frequently selected by Region 10 states. To read the most recent volume of the Northwest Bulletin, visit the website here. Exit Disclaimer

The Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health is a collaboration of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the University of Washington, Seattle; maternal and child health programs in the states of Alaska Exit DisclaimerIdaho Exit DisclaimerOregon Exit Disclaimer, and Washington Exit DisclaimerPublic Health - Seattle & King County Exit Disclaimer; and experts in maternal and child health.

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The Public Health Connections

Live Webcast: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:30PM-1:30PM ET

More than 30 million Americans — women and men, children and adults — grapple with eating disorders. These complex illnesses, which include anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, severely undermine health and cost lives. This event will explore the many dimensions to eating disorders, including their biological bases, risk factors and treatment options. What role does body image play, and how do industries, such as fashion and advertising, often promulgate unrealistic societal standards of beauty? How might women and girls, in particular, be affected by such pressure? And what’s to be done? For example, would enacting legislation that requires minimum BMIs for models, or requiring disclosures of digitally altered ads, help? This panel will include expertise in psychiatry, children’s health, policy and eating disorders prevention.

The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums
Presented in Collaboration with PRI’s The World and WGBH

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2016 Grantee Orientation Webinar

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On August 3, 2016 the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a Grantee Orientation Webinar. 
The webinar covered the following information:
  • Overview of Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) strategic priorities
  • Overview of DMCHWD within the context of HRSA and MCHB
  • Description of the current DMCHWD investments
  • Review of reporting requirements and key deadlines for DMCHWD grantees
  • Key cross-cutting resources for grantees
  • An opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff .

Presenters for this webinar are:

Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH 
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development

Meredith Morrissette, MPH 
Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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logo American Academy of Pediatrics, dedicated to the health of all childrenNew "Family Partnerships" Article Type in Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) journal, Pediatrics, has introduced a special section devoted to “Family PartnershipsExit Disclaimer. These articles are designed to highlight how health care professionals, patients, and families can work together to improve child and adolescent health.  These articles are meant to be co-authored by both a health care professional (e.g. pediatrician, subspecialist, nurse practitioner, family physician, etc.) and a patient/family member. The goal is for the co-authors to discuss topics that would be of interest to a broad range of health care professionals, patients, and families, and highlight the importance of family-professional partnerships.  Articles will be made free to the public so that everyone can potentially benefit from reading about the point of view each member of the family-professional partnership brings to the relationship and the lessons learned from this approach to care.    

If you are directly involved in family-professional partnerships or efforts to strengthen family and youth involvement in your programs, you may have a unique opportunity to share your experiences and encourage other health care professionals to support an active role for patients and families in shared decision-making.  Articles will be accepted on a rolling basis. Exit Disclaimer

​Special Feature: An Interview with Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Grantees

ReadNPlay for a Bright Future Program in Johnson, Tennessee

HTPCP grantee “ReadNPlay for a Bright Future Program in Johnson, Tennessee” is featured in the May 2016 NCMHI e-Newsletter focused on innovations in technology to support pediatric medical home implementation.

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Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Mini-Conference
"Race in the United States and in our Healthcare Work"

Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

Admission Free of Charge following Registration

Registration Closes September 12, 2016

Learning Objectives

After participation in this seminar, psychologists will be able to: 

  1. Identifystrategies to recruit diverse faculty, clinicians, and staff;
  2. Utilize effective strategies to support and retain diverse faculty, clinicians, and staff


Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy - Professor, Former Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Johns Hopkins University, Dean of American University School of Education

Dr. Chiquita Collins - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Phyllis Sharps - Professor, Elsie M Lawler Endowed Chair, Associate Dean for Community Programs & Initiatives, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Chevy Chase Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287

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Webinar Archive Available

New Diversity Resource and Virtual Office Hours for MCH Training Program Grantees

Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is pleased to present a new MCH Training Diversity Resource designed to share strategies and resources intended to support MCH Training Programs in their diversity efforts. The Resource is available on the Division’s web site at

On June 22, 2016 we held a web meeting to share information on the intent of the Resource, suggestions on how to use it, and upcoming virtual technical assistance office hours for grantees who have a special interest in sharing strategies they are implementing or discussing how to overcome barriers to implementation of diversity and health equity related strategies.

In follow-up to the Introductory webinar, DMCHWD grantees are invited to participate in Virtual Office Hours with peer faculty and National Center for Cultural Competence experts as listed below. Grantees interested in participating in the Virtual Office Hours should contact sheryl.mathis (at)

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Building Effective Partnerships Between Pediatrics and Public Health

Lessons Learned from the Practical Playbook and the AAP

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 3:00 PM EDT

Join this webinar to learn how pediatricians and public health professionals have successfully partnered on initiatives to improve child health. The webinar will also include an overview of The Practical Playbook, an online resource with tools to support primary care and public health partnerships.


Amanda Castel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Jacqueline Douge', MD, MPH, FAAP

Co-Chairs, AAP Public Health Special Interest Group

Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP
Founder, Executive Director, Clinic in the Park, Orange, CA

Roderick King, MD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer, Florida Institute for Health Innovation, Miami, FL Contact for more information, or to join the AAP Public Health Special Interest Group.

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Prevent Blindness:  Our vision is VisionThe Focus on Eye Health National Summit

Vision to Action: Collaborating Around a National Strategy

This event has become a key venue to elevate the national dialogue around vision and significant public health issues such as surveillance, access, prevention messaging, service integration, and program development and replication. It’s also been a strong springboard to release important new public health information, including prevalence data with Vision Problems in The U.S., economic information with Cost of Vision Problems, and forecasting data on the potential future prevalence and costs with The Future of Vision. Expected attendees include patient advocates, community-based organizations, national vision and eye health organizations, government agencies, and potentially some legislative staff. We will also once again host a virtual live-feed teleconference to coincide with the event, allowing for anyone interested to join in from across the country.

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Nutrition Education in America's Schools: A Policy Brief

A nation’s social and economic health is closely tied to the health of its citizens. Providing healthful food and nutrition education to school children is one strategy to ensure short- and long-term benefits including better health and learning outcomes. While recent legislative efforts, such as the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, contributed to strong federal child nutrition programs that support healthier school food environments, there are no specific federal requirements regarding nutrition education in schools.

Too Much Screen Time Can Make Children Overweight: DHH partners with DOE, Pennington Biomedical and the Tulane School of Public Health to encourage less screen time for children

Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Starting in 2015, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane School of Public Health to participate in a project to test strategies on going screen-free. DHH and these partners are working with six child care centers in the state on the project, which is funded by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists. Centers are provided with education materials, lesson plans and activity suggestions... Click here for the full press release. Exit Disclaimer

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Links to video neww story about Louisiana Reducing Screen Time Project

Links to infographicStrategic Plan Highlights

The DMCHWD uses a nationally focused multiyear strategic plan to guide its work in advancing four goals related to maternal and child health (MCH) workforce development. In 2015, we continued to make great strides towards our strategic goals in partnership with grantees, national partners and the MCH field. Presented below are highlights from 2015 and a look ahead at exciting work already underway in 2016.

Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce

A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs

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Submit your Proposal Today! 2016 CARES Meeting: Integrated, Person-Centered Approaches to Transition

Call for Presentations The 2016 Autism CARES Virtual Meeting will be held virtually (i.e. through an online portal) on Thursday, July 21 as a half-day event exploring the topic of transition. The planning committee is currently soliciting short proposals from grantees interested in presenting transition-related work and outcomes. This is a unique opportunity for MCHB-funded CARES legislation grantees (representing research, training, and state implementation stakeholders) to share information in a national venue about activities within their respective programs and networks.

The planning committee is looking for up to 12 grantees to highlight their transition efforts by recording five to ten minute videos (e.g. PowerPoint slides with audio) that participants will be able to view online before and during the meeting. Presenters will also be expected to facilitate virtual breakout discussions on a transition topic related to their work.

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Webinar: Changing Perception: How to Build Cultural Competence and Humility

May 12, 2016 Noon—1:00pm (Central)

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is hosting a 3-part webinar series that will provide pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families, and others with tools, resources, and strategies to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. This includes, but is not limited to, the experience of diverse, vulnerable, and medically underserved populations.

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Webinar: Parents Taking Action: Empowering Latina Mothers of Children with ASD

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

A Webinar from AUCD's Autism Special Interest Group

Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the US, and Latino children are one of the fastest growing ASD populations. Despite this growth, they are one of the most underserved groups with respect to diagnostic services, health care, and specialty autism services. Dr. Sandy Magana will discuss the development of a culturally-based approach to addressing informational needs of Latino parents, which is essential in order to better support their children with ASD. She will present preliminary findings of a randomized controlled trial that is underway to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed model.

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Secondary Use of Electronic Health Data for Child Health Research: Opportunities and Challenges

EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) Webinar
Thursday, May 5, 2016 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

The learning objectives for this webinar:

1. Understand the types of data readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) that support child health research activities

2. Recognize the challenges with cleaning and organizing electronic health data before statistical analyses can be performed

3. Gain a practical understanding of how researchers working with the American Academy of Pediatrics are using data from an EHR “supernetwork” to conduct cutting-edge research


Robert W. Grundmeier, MD (Bob) is a practicing Primary Care Pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Informatics in the Division of General Pediatrics, and is the Director of the Clinical Reporting Unit in CHOP’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI). Bob is a founding member of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), which facilitates EHR-mediated research within CHOP's dozens of primary care practices across the region.

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2016 MN LEND Forum: “The Neurobiology of Poverty” Children Living in Poverty: Neurodevelopmental and Biological Correlates

Live Webcast: Thursday, April 28, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central Time.
Live Closed Captioning is included.

Researchers increasingly are aware that conditions in the first few years of children's lives can influence their physical, emotional and mental health throughout the lifespan. The MN LEND Forum explores what is known about the life-long effects of growing up in poverty via the perspectives of two leading researchers in the field.

Professor Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Waisman Center will discuss "Child Poverty and the Income-Achievement Gap: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience."

Professor Megan Gunnar from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development will speak about "Poverty, Allostatic Load and the Stress Neuraxis: A Mechanism or a Bridge Too Far?"

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The MN LEND Forum is an annual event sponsored by the Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities Program ( of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. The interdisciplinary MN LEND training program prepares future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities, and their families in healthcare, education, human services, and policy settings. MN LEND is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network

Application deadline: May 17, 2016

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) – HRSA-16-180. The purpose of this program is to increase the proportion of children and young adults ages birth to 21 years who fall within a healthy weight range by supporting states to adopt evidence-based or evidence-informed policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding that support healthy weight behaviors.

The Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN will support implementation of the Title V Block Grant transformation by supporting states’ efforts to address the new National Performance Measures (NPMs) by accelerating improvement and innovation in integrating and translating evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies into practice through collaborative learning in order to achieve the greatest collective impact at the state level. The Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN will align and synergize with other MCHB investments, including Healthy StartHome Visiting, and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems to support states in areas related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding and will build on lessons learned from the MCHB Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN.

To learn more about the Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN (HRSA-16-180), click on or go to and search for HRSA-16-180

NOTE: A technical assistance call will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The MCHB Project Officer will provide an overview of the FOA and be available to answer questions. Call information is as follows:

Call number: 888-843-9978
Passcode: 1157942
Web link:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: MCH Workforce Development Center

Application deadline: May 05, 2016

The MCH Workforce Development Center FOA has been released! Can you please post the FOA release on our website when you return to the office? The information about the TA session is below:

There will be a technical assistance call on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
A recording will be available until May 5, 2016 at: 1-866-445-8290; Passcode: 3517

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Save the Date: 2016 National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Course

July 27-29, 2016
University of Minnesota

This continuing education program focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate, high-quality, nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women.

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Call for Applications: Initiative to Improve Children’s Vision from The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

Prevent Blindness and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality

CHICAGO (March 14, 2016) – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness  Exit Disclaimer (NCCVEH), and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality Exit Disclaimer (NICHQ) are issuing a call for applications to public health professionals, early educators, community vision programs, eye care professionals, primary health care provider groups, and family advocates to join the quality improvement collaborative, "Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support."

The mission of this collaborative is to achieve, in 18 months, improvements in the systems supporting children’s vision and eye health in a minimum of five carefully selected states.  The result will be comprehensive and coordinated approaches to children’s vision and eye health and a reduced prevalence of vision problems in hard-to-reach populations of young children.  The project aim is to increase by 20 percent over 2011-2012 levels (according to the National Survey of Children’s Health measure) the proportion of children aged 5 years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis in five states by the year 2018. The goals that will lead to the project aim include:

  • Strengthening statewide partnerships and coordination among key stakeholders in children’s vision and eye health
  • Increasing access to and utilization of vision health services in hard-to-reach communities
  • Increasing early detection and treatment of vision problems
  • Establishing state-level surveillance
  • Implementing vision health system measures of accountability

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An online webinar, “Office Hours,” will be conducted by the NCCVEH and NICHQ on March 29, 2016 to provide additional information including an overview of the project, a walk-through of the online application process, and answer potential questions.  Interested participants can register for free at Exit Disclaimer

"Back in 1908, Prevent Blindness was founded to help protect the gift of sight in newborns,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We continue that legacy today with programs like the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support initiative.  By working with expert teams at the state level, we can continue to share ideas, and discover and implement the best strategies to keep our kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision."

"Early vision screening and diagnosis is essential to a child’s long-term development, so it is crucial that state-level vision programs, and the systems that support the programs, are optimized for success," said NICHQ Director of Programs, Meghan Johnson, MSc.

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About Prevent Blindness and its National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. In 2009, Prevent Blindness established the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, with funding and leadership support from the HRSA- Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Serving as a major resource for the establishment of a public health infrastructure, the National Center advances and promotes children’s vision and eye care, providing leadership and training to public entities throughout the United States. The National Center is advised by a committee of national experts and leaders from the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, nursing, family advocates and public health to guide the work and recommendations of the Center. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at  Exit Disclaimeror Exit Disclaimer

About the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality 
NICHQ is an independent, nonprofit organization working for nearly two decades to improve children’s health. We help organizations and professionals who share this mission make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives. For more information about NICHQ, go to Exit Disclaimer.

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Click to read the full article at CDC's websiteHealthy Tomorrows-funded Community Asthma Initiative featured in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Healthy Tomorrows-funded Community Asthma Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital featured in a February Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “Community Asthma Initiative to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Disparities Among Children with Asthma.

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Links to more information about the webinarMarch 17: Webinar on Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards

Please join the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

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Children's Vision News Story Western MA

Links to News Story with video clipHealthy Tomorrows grantee, Prevent Blindness MA, in partnership with Live Well Springfield and its Eye-See Program, recently held a community event in Springfield where 29 infants and toddlers up to three years of age were screened and examined for early vision impairments. Currently, early vision screening for children under five is limited. Prevent Blindness MA and Live Well Springfield hope to implement early vision screening in all of Springfield preschools with the spot device which is evidence-based for children between the ages of 36 to 72 months.

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Health Care for Children and Youth with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Special Supplement featured in the journal Pediatrics

This month, the journal Pediatrics will publish a special supplement on health care and medical treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This issue is the second Pediatrics supplement from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) Exit Disclaimer and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Exit Disclaimer

In an introductory article, Deputy Division Director Hae Young Park and colleagues describe the extensive history of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, in implementing research and other activities to improve the care that children with ASD and related conditions receive.

You can access the entire 2016 AIR-P/ATN Pediatrics supplement here.

National MCH Workforce Development Center meets with agency, community partners to plan improvements in health of NC’s children

More than 300 state and local public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 6-7 to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s maternal and child population. The group, hosted by the N.C. Division of Public Health, was facilitated by the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center, which is based in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, and by FSG,  a consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, sustainable social change. Public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, N.C., recently to plan ways to improve the health of North Carolina’s women and children. The meeting brought together... Read the full article on the UNC website Exit Disclaimer

Links to 5-Minute MCHCompetency 8: Family-Centered Care

February 2016

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About 5-Minute MCH: high quality, tailored information and resources quickly and improve your knowledge and skills of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. The MCH Navigator is conducting a monthly series that explores each competency, provides learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminates in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field.

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Links to PDF Community Pediatrics "Practicing Population Health in Pediatric Settings"Practicing Population Health in Pediatric Settings

In Community Pediatrics

What is Population Health? Population health is defined by researchers Kindig and Stoddart as the “health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” This definition is often used to promote interventions that address health outcomes for geographic populations, health disparities, and broader social determinants of health.

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Webinar Recording: The National Center for Medical Home Implementation and Title V

Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmap

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) team has made it a priority in Year 3 of the cooperative agreement to focus many of its activities that support Title V programs. The NCMHI has made it a priority to focus on supporting Title V programs in addressing National Performance Measure #11 (percent of children with and without special health care needs having a medical home), which will ultimately help create more awareness and further advance the adoption of the medical home model nationwide.  

One activity that NCMHI staff recently participated in was a Webinar hosted by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The Webinar provided an overview of environmental scans developed by staff at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (led by Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP, FAAP) that provide a compilation of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to advance Title V performance on the National Performance Measures (; Exit Disclaimer an overview of Iowa’s state Title V program objectives, strategies and evidence-informed measures to meet National Performance Measure #11; and resources and tools available through the National Center for Medical Home Implementation to support Title V programs in developing their evidence-informed measures and strategies to advance performance on National Performance Measure #11.  

During this Webinar, NCMHI staff provided an overview of emerging medical home themes that Title V programs should be aware of, examples of evidence-based or evidence-informed models for medical home implementation, and resources/tools related to shared-decision making, family engagement, and care coordination, which were themes that were included in most Title V program MCH block grant action plans.   We encourage you to listen to the Webinar recording (click on the following link) to learn more about Title V activities related to medical home: Exit Disclaimer

Links to the PDF of the article "Seeing Clearly" Seeing Clearly

Partnership between Healthy Tomorrows grantee, Prevent Blindness Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Reach Out and Read, is featured in the MA AAP winter newsletter. The article gives several tools for clinicians to use in connecting parents to the importance of healthy vision impairment.

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Feb 26: Interactive Webcast from the UNC Minority Student Caucus' 37th Annual Minority Health Conference

In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice
Friday, February 26, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Founded in 1977, the Minority Health Conference aims to raise awareness regarding health disparities and mobilize students, academics, researchers, and community members to take action for change. This year's theme explores the intersection of public health and social justice. The conference will highlight opportunities for public health researchers and practitioners and social justice advocates to learn from each other and identify best practices for prioritizing minority health and fostering inclusive strategies for change.

The 18th annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture will be presented by Crystallee Crain., Ph.D., educator, small business owner, and advocate for human rights. Although the conference is full, you can still hear Dr. Crain’s lecture in an interactive webcast, with live captioning and questions via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Information about Dr. Crain and the conference, including a 3-minute video history, are at

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Interested in hosting a partner conference? Partner conferences arrange a group viewing with additional activities such as a discussion, speakers’ panel, or additional presentations at their school or organization. For information about partner conferences visit the Webcast webpage. Exit Disclaimer

Links to PDF report "Walking as a Practice"New Report Releasesed: Walking as a Practice

From America Walks

America Walks is excited to announce the release of our latest report, "Walking as a Practice." This report, along with individual case studies, outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations across America are engaging in the practice of walking. Written and researched by Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect and edited by Ian Thomas, the report looks at the power that comes when we choose to walk.

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Family Voices National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships for CYSHCN

March 29-31, 2016

We are excited for this opportunity to connect, share and learn together in person!

All F2Fs should plan to attend. Registration will also be open to other family leader groups.

Meeting information and a survey to gather input for meeting content areas available at this web link:

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Links to webinar archive "DMCHWD Performance Measures Town Hall"DMCHWD Performance Measures Town Hall

Archive Now Available

On Friday December 18, 2015, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) held a Town Hall webinar on the proposed DGIS performance measures available for public comment until January 5, 2016. The webinar provided the following information:

  • Overview of the new framework for MCHB discretionary grant performance measures Changes in DMCHWD-specific performance measures and administrative data collection forms
  • How to participate in the public comment process An opportunity for Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Presenters for this webinar are:

Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development

Michelle Tissue, MPH
Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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Application deadline: February 12, 2016

The Division of the MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the MCH Navigator has posted!

The purpose of the MCH Navigator program is to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) workforce through online continuing education tailored to meet the needs of emerging and practicing MCH professionals. The project utilizes a web site to connect learners to open-access webcasts, presentations, instructional modules, and online courses covering essential MCH skills and knowledge.  

The funding opportunity announcement can be accessed at

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

Application deadline: February 5, 2016.

The Division of the MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) has posted!   The purpose of the LEND program is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities.  The program prepares graduate-level trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines, as well as family members and individuals with disabilities, to assume leadership roles and to ensure high levels of interdisciplinary clinical competence and family-centered care, and a culturally diverse workforce.  

Archived Recording of FOA TA Session
The LEND Funding Opportunity Announcement (HRSA-16-031) was re-released with clarificationson January 4th in The due date of the FOA remains the same.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: MCH Pipeline Training Program

Application deadline: January 22, 2016

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is pleased to announce that the funding opportunity announcement for the MCH Pipeline Training Program has been posted!

The purpose of the MCH Pipeline Training Program (MCHPTP) is to promote the development of a culturally diverse and representative health care workforce by recruiting undergraduate training students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities) into maternal and child health (MCH) professions. MCHPTP will recruit training students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds (including underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native) into maternal and child health professions.

The program will educate, mentor, guide and provide enriching experiences to increase students’ interests and entry into MCH public health and related fields such as pediatrics, MCH nutrition, MCH social work, MCH nursing, pediatric dentistry, psychology, health education, pediatric occupational/physical therapy, speech language pathology, etc. MCHPTP will encourage and motivate students to seek careers in maternal and child health by making the appropriate undergraduate didactic research, clinical and/or field experiences available and exposing students to Title V and other MCH agencies that serve children and families.

In addition, MCHPTP will develop leadership skills, foster a broader public health perspective and explore the integration of primary care and public health to improve population health. By the end of the five-year project period, MCHPTP applicants should achieve the following objectives: At least 80 percent of MCH Pipeline graduates will apply for admission into MCH graduate programs.

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Links to Economic Analyses for Healthy Tomorrows webinar archiveWebinar Archive Now Available!

Economic Analyses for Healthy Tomorrows
ROI Technical Assistance Initiative

This joint venture between the American Academy of Pediatrics, The HRSA / Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Altarum Institute was designed to offer Healthy Tomorrows Programs additional tools and resources to help quantify their programs' value and impact as well as improve the evidence base for the need for Community-based programs across America.

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National Center for Medical Home ImplementationEmpowering Mothers Initiative:

Innovative and Promising Practice in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) is collecting innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. If you are working in a program or know of a program that provides care within the pediatric medical home model and would like to be featured on the NCMHI Web site, view the application and selection criteria. Exit Disclaimer

This Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program implemented group well child visits for Asian American immigrant and refugee families and children 0 - 2 years of age. The group visits allowed for caregiver education and support in a culturally competent and financially self-sustainable manner in the context of pediatric medical home.

Implementation Insights: Leverage existing opportunities and infrastructure rather than creating completely new initiatives. Engage diverse families through cultural brokers who represent culturally and linguistically diverse community members. Involve key leaders and stakeholders early to enhance sustainability.

To find out more about the Empowering Mothers Initaitive, including practical pediatric medical home implementation tips and strategies, visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Web site. Exit Disclaimer

New Webinar Series to Support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation 

Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps

AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to host a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place through February. The scheduled webinars are as follows:

NPM #4 Breastfeeding Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST
NPM #10 Adolescent Well Visit Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. EST
NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website.  Exit Disclaimer

A flyer for the Well Woman ProjectThe Well-Woman Project

The Well-Woman Project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois School of Public Health and CityMatCH. Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the purpose of this project is to collect and listen to stories of women from all over the country about the factors that affect their ability to be healthy and their ability to seek and receivehealth care, especially preventive health care or well-woman care. Women can share their stories in English or Spanish at Exit Disclaimer or on a 24/7 phone line 844.221.1893.

You may download the flyer display these in the places you work with women, on your websites or social media, and also to share them with your friends, partners, and collaborators. Let the sharing begin!!

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Links to Health Disparities webinar archiveWebinar Archive Now Available!

Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships: The Role of Health Care Systems, Insurers and Providers

This webinar ( July 16, 2015) was the 4th in a year-long series, sponsored by the Region VIII Federal Partners.

  • Welcome and Adobe Connect Logistics
  • What is the National Prevention Strategy to Eliminate Health Disparities and the Role of Social Determinants of Health
  • Changing the Healthcare Landscape to Address Disparities
  • Choosing Partnership!
  • Developing a Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Framework
  • Questions & Answers and Additional Resources

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  • Presentations
  • Instructions for continuing education credits (CEUs) from the CDC
  • 2015 webinar series flyer
  • Information about other webinars for which CEUs and/or recordings are still available

Links to the new grantee orientation webinarNew Grantee Orientation Webinar

Archive Now Available

On July 23, 2015, the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a New Grantee Orientation Webinar. The webinar covered the following information:

  • Overview of Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) strategic priorities
  • Overview of DMCHWD within the context of HRSA and MCHB
  • Description of the current DMCHWD investments
  • Review of reporting requirements and key deadlines for DMCHWD grantees
  • Key cross-cutting resources An opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Presenters for this webinar are: Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development Michelle Tissue, MPH Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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Help Wanted Internship Opportunity at the DMCHWD

Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking an intern for the Spring of 2016

The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other training programs in health-related coursework in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program (as verified by the student’s institution of higher learning). The internship will be located in Rockville, Maryland and is Metro accessible.

Intern(s) selected to work with DMCHWD will have the opportunity to help shape their experience based on interest areas. Possible focus areas may include:

  1. Communications: Contribute to the continued implementation of DMCHWD’s communications plan.
  2. MCH Workgroups and Committees: Participate in cross-cutting Division and Bureau efforts around Workforce Development.
  3. Trainee Engagement: Develop and sustain activities that encourage networking and engagement of current and former MCH trainees.
  4. MCH Training Program Data: Analyze quantitative and qualitative data and produce summary reports.
  5. Grantee Best Practices: Research, compile, and disseminate grantee best practices from the MCH Training Program.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their resume and unofficial transcript to Claudia Brown by November 6, 2015. The DMCHWD will follow-up directly with interested candidates. For questions about the DMCHWD internship experience, please contact Claudia Brown as well.

Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS):
Findings and Implications for the Public Health Workforce

Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Dial-in number: (800) 988-9778
Participant passcode: 6963140

PH WINS is the first nationally representative survey of individual state health agency workers of which more than 10,000 public health workers from 37 state health agencies participated. Join us on Thursday, September 24, for a Town Hall Webinar to learn about the findings from the PH WINS and how it impacts the public health workforce; including the field of Maternal and Child Health. We look forward to your participation! To log into the webinar, please use the following information:

Prior to the webinar, we encourage you to test your connection to ensure proper functionality and get a quick overview of Adobe Connect.

MCH Research Funding Opportunities

Applications due 11/06/2015

We are pleased to announce that the following MCH Research funding opportunities are now available at

HRSA-16-032: R40 MCH Research Program supports translational and applied research on critical issues affecting maternal and child health, including services for children with special health care needs.  Research should advance the current knowledge pool, and when implemented in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas, and the populations they serve.

HRSA-16-029: R40 MCH Secondary Data Analysis Studies Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services that exclusively utilizes secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records. These projects should have the potential to improve health services and delivery of care for maternal and child health populations.  Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Priority Areas, and the populations they serve.

Community Engagement to Address Cultural Competence: Implications for the Healthy Places for Kids to Eat Project

Thursday, September 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competencies is hosting this webinar which will provide definitions and conceptual frameworks for cultural competence and linguistic competence and delineate the implications of these frameworks for the HPKE Project.

Call (866) 740-1260 from the U.S and Canada and use access code: 2552829.

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The Coffee Talk Series -- Don't Miss the Final Presentation!

MCH Workforce Development Center

This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic -- managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video.

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