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WEBINAR: Rethinking the Way We Teach Future MCH Leaders: Four Ways to Build Management and Professional Skills among MPH Students

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 12:30-1:15 pm ET

MCH Nutrition Maternal & Child Health TrainingPresenter:
Patricia (Trish) Elliott, DrPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health.


The demographics of students entering into master of public health programs has shifted over the years yielding classrooms full of eager students with little professional workplace experience. Hiring managers and supervisors in the field have increasingly wanted graduates to be more prepared to work effectively in teams, apply critical thinking and problem solving skills, and demonstrate basic managerial functions like work-planning and agenda setting. Many methods can be deployed to engage students in a manner that prepares them not only with the content and technical skills needed to thrive in the public health workforce, but with the essential professional skills, as well.

Join Trish Elliott for a conversation about how to transform a traditional graduate classroom environment into a space where professional skills can be developed, practiced, and assessed. We’ll have a 20-minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of discussion and collective problem solving among our community of both academics and employers.

Through this webinar, you will:

  • identify gaps in professional skills development among many master-level students
  • compare approaches to build and assess professional management skills in the classroom
  • discuss ways to incorporate organic situations for students to practice and enhance professional skills during a management course
  • construct a plan to modify a current course utilizing a learned strategy

Registration is limited to 125 participants, so please register early.

ATMCH has secured 1.0 CPH credit for participating in either the webinar or webinar archive.

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School-Based Telehealth Networks: Lessons from the Field

Thursday, June 21, 2018 / 2PM - 3 PM EDT

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center is hosting a free webinar featuring experts that have developed telehealth-enabled school health centers in rural communities. These health centers are providing telehealth services for rural children that focus on asthma, obesity reduction and prevention, behavioral health, diabetes, and oral health. During this webinar, you will hear about the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their HRSA-supported telehealth network grant project. For more information, contact Carlos Mena.

This webinar is part of HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.

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Archived Webinar Now Available: Consultation Services for Treating Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder

Health Resources and Services Administration’s Telehealth Webinar Learning Series hosted a free webinar featuring experts reviewing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants”. A sample case study was discussed using the fact sheets in the guidance. Resources were provided such as the Clinician Consultation Center’s Substance Use Warmline, which provides free and confidential clinician-to-clinician telephone consultation on substance use evaluation and management. For more information, contact CAPT Nidhi Jain, MD, MPH.

This webinar is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.

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MCH Nutrition Maternal & Child Health TrainingArchived Webcast Now Available: Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0

Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations

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This archived webcast has been approved for continuing education credits for Registered Dietitians, Certified Health Education Specialists, and Registered Nurses. Please note, this archived webcast includes a re-recording of the first presentation by Sheryl Ely due to technical difficulties during the live webcast.

If you would like any additional information, please contact the organizers by email.


Online Course Available: Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH

The National MCH Workforce Development Center

The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers an online, interdisciplinary course designed to prepare participants to contribute successfully to state and national health transformation. The course, “Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH”, is open to any MCH professional interested in lifelong learning AND 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). Course participants may elect to earn graduate credit (1 or 3-credits) or a certificate of completion.

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Online Certificate of Training Program Beneficial at Any Stage of Career in Public Health Nutrition

Top leaders, managers, new hires and even college students can enhance their competency through the Public Health Nutrition Online Certificate of Training (CoT) program. The CoT program contains five separate online modules that build on one another and focus on the fundamental components of public health nutrition. The affordable self-study series includes web links and resources for additional online learning opportunities.

ASPHN President Takako Tagami, MS, MBA, RD, LD, Nutrition Specialist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, has taken the online course and earned her Certificate of Training. States Tagami, "Everyone in public health nutrition can benefit from this program. I have worked as a state public health nutritionist since the mid 1990s and hold a master's degree focused on nutrition and dietetics, yet I never had classes related to public health nutrition in grad school. This program exposed me to theoretical frameworks and strategies for successful outcomes that I had not considered."

Indeed, some states are finding the training so valuable that they are offering it to all employees involved in public health nutrition. Adds Tagami, "This is a great way to get everyone on the same page. Public health nutritionists work in partnership, and obtaining the same training allows us to effectively join forces for healthy food sources."

The Online Certificate of Training program was developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Center for Lifelong Learning and planned in conjunction with ASPHN. Reviewers include the Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition (CPHCN) and the Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG).

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SAVE THE DATE: HRSA Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair on April 11

Find Your Next Career at the Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair!

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Time: 6:45 pm - 10:15 pm ET

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Former and soon-to-graduate DMCHWD trainees who are interested in a career in behavioral health are encouraged to attend a virtual job fair hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

More than 100 health care organizations across the country will participate and discuss open positions for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses, specializing in psychiatry, mental or behavioral health
  • Physician Assistants, specializing in psychiatry, mental or behavioral health

Join the virtual job fair to connect with recruiters who will discuss:

  • Clinical environments, including approaches to integrated care
  • Patient populations
  • Community culture
  • Salary and benefits How to Register
  • First, create your professional profile on HRSA’s Health Workforce Connector

All you need to attend is your phone, a computer or tablet, and an internet connection

Other Participation Benefits

Clinicians hired by organizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas may also qualify for educational loan repayment through HRSA programs, such as the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps

Visit https://bhw.hrsa.gov/ for more information on HRSA and their loan repayment programs for health care providers.

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Registration:

  • Registration is now open

Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative Case Studies

As follow up to the 2017 Diversity and Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative (DHEC), HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has created four documents to share with the Division of MCH Workforce Development grantees and external partners. The DHEC Overview offers a description of the collaborative, the individual projects, and the impacts of DHEC participation. Three additional case studies were developed to offer a more in-depth review of the teams’ experiences, approaches and outcomes. These three teams were selected based on the diversity of their approaches and short-term successes and challenges.

More information and documents available here.


MCH Nutrition Maternal & Child Health TrainingPromoting Healthy Weight Colloquium 2.0

Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations

Friday, March 23, 2018
12:50 PM - 5:00 PM EDST

This colloquium will offer insight and up-to-date information about interprofessional collaborations to promote healthy weight in diverse communities. There will be onsite (at the Howard Baker Jr. Center on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tennessee) and webcast viewing available for those who wish to participate.

Although there is NO COST for the colloquium, space at the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville is limited, so please register early. After you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you; to ensure delivery to your inbox, please add utphn@utk.edu to your address book. 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.

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.

If you would like any additional information, please contact utphn@utk.edu.


New Learning Module - History of Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Programs

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is pleased to share a new learning module focused on the History of Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Programs!

This tool was developed in response to a growing need to understand the challenging context that has led to the current structure and policies around Title V CYSHCN programs. With funding from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, AMCHP developed this interactive learning module to address this need.

The module includes research-based content, resources, and perspectives from key experts from the Maternal and Child Health field. This tool may also be used as a refresher for Title V staff and other health professionals to describe progress in state Title V CYSHCN activities and how these programs are moving forward.

Learning objectives of the module are as follows:

  • Understand the evolution of Title V CYSHCN Programs
  • Recognize new concepts that were introduced as Title V CYSHCN programs evolved
  • Understand how legislation, policies, and social factors have shaped state Title V CYSHCN programs
  • Learn about current Title V CYSHCN program issues and challenges

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LCRN - Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research NetworkMCH Life Course Research Network Webinar Series

Life Course Health Development of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy:

An LCRN Webinar featuring Briano Di Rezze, Matthew Freeman, Robert Palisano, and Debra Stewart

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 9:00 am | Pacific Standard Time | 1 hr

In this webinar, researchers from the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research will share their interpretive description of lifecourse health development of individuals with cerebral palsy to promote developmental capacities for future roles and healthy adult living beginning in childhood.

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MCH Life Course Research Network Middle Childhood - An Evolutionary-Developmental Synthesis:

An LCRN Webinar featuring Marco Del Giudice

Monday, December 18, 2017 9:00 am | Pacific Standard Time | 1 hr

In this webinar, Marco Del Giudice, PhD - Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico - will discuss key findings from his chapter on middle childhood from the Handbook of Life Course Health Development. Specifically, he will review the main functions of middle childhood and the cognitive, behavioral, and hormonal processes that characterize this life stage, introduce the idea that the transition to middle childhood works as a switch point in the development of life history strategies, and discuss three insights into the nature of middle childhood.

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MCH Life Course Research Network The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development:

An LCRN Webinar with Neal Halfon & Christopher Forrest

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:00 am | Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00) | 1 hr

In this webinar, Drs. Halfon and Forrest will present the 7 principles that comprise their life course health development framework, including the empirical evidence that underlies each principle and the implications for future research. By shining a light on how early experience conditions future biological responses and influences health development pathways, the presenters hope to encourage theory building and testing, inspire innovative transdisciplinary research, and lead to future discussions that can help to mature the framework into a scientific model with descriptive, explanatory, and predictive utility.

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MCH Life Course Research Network Emerging Adulthood as a Critical Stage in the Life Course:

An LCRN Webinar featuring David Wood

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:00 am | Pacific Standard Time | 1 hr

In this webinar, David Wood, MD, MPH - Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at East Tennessee State University College of Medicine - will present highlights from his chapter on emerging adulthood from the Handbook of Life Course Health Development. In particular, he will explain why emerging adulthood - which provides both opportunities for choice and exploration and challenges associated with greater education and social role requirements - has the potential to be a very positive development stage given sufficient economic and adult supports, personal resources, and maturity, but can present a challenge for the development of optimal trajectories in the areas of education, vocation, relationships, and health status in the absence of those resources or given physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities.

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logo, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, The Institute for Innovation and ImplementationUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institutes will be held July 25-28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. For more than 30 years, this biennial event has been the premier convening of leaders in systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore is honored to continue and expand this tradition. The event is sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Social Work and hosted by The Institute for Innovation and Implementation.

This year’s theme, LEADING CHANGE: Integrating Systems and Improving Outcomes in Behavioral Health for Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Their Families, builds upon decades of progress in designing and sustaining high-quality and effective delivery systems for children, youth, and young adults with mental health and substance use disorders and their families.

This year’s Training Institutes will address data-driven policy, system design and implementation, and evidence-informed approaches relevant to Medicaid, mental health, substance use, child welfare, juvenile justice, early intervention, and prevention stakeholders and practitioners. Sessions will focus on the latest best-practice strategies, draw on community, tribal, and territorial examples from around the country, and provide concrete strategies that provide operational guidance for implementation. Presenters and attendees will include experts and leaders in the field of children’s services, including state, county, tribal, and territorial children’s system leadership; direct service providers; state purchasers from Medicaid, behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and public health; parents, youth, and young adults; policymakers; clinicians; and children’s researchers and evaluators. The Training Institutes is an opportunity for leaders in the field of children’s services to share the latest research, policy, and practice information and resources and learn from one another.

The Training Institutes are an opportunity for leaders in the field of children’s services to share the latest research, policy, and practice information and resources and learn from one another and we look forward to seeing you in D.C.!

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Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence, a catalyst for change in networks supporting individuals and developmental disabilities2018 Spring Leadership Academy

April 30 - May 3, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence is excited to announce that the 2018 Spring Leadership Academy is open now to accept applications.

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HRSA Pathways Public Health Vacancy Openings

HRSA is recruiting for Pathways Public Health positions! Submit your application for HRSA Pathways Public Health Student Intern and HRSA Pathways Public Student Trainee by Monday, October 30th.


Challenge Competition: Using Technology to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Low-Income Families and Communities

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has announced a prize competition to support the development of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to promote healthy weight for low-income children and families in the socio-cultural and environmental contexts of their communities.

Learn more about this Challenge Competition.


WEBINAR: Great Expectations: The importance of optimal maternal metabolic health during gestation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
12:30 to 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

American Public Health Association, Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and Tulane Prevention Research Center

About this event

The association of excess weight gain and obesity on adverse outcomes for both mother and child are well known. Obesity is associated with higher rates of gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, non-elective c-sections, and maternal and fetal mortality. The association of gestational diabetes with fetal macrosomia is well known. Infant complications during delivery are also impacted. The maternal metabolic environment can be a contributor for risk in offspring for obesity and diabetes in childhood and even in adulthood. Attempts have been made to limit weight gain during pregnancy with strong evidence-based recommendations sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, but only 30% of women achieve optimal levels of weight change during pregnancy. Pregnancy represents an opportune time for weight management; prenatal visits are opportunities for review of weight and implementation of behavior change. This webinar will review several recent studies of intervention during pregnancy, their efficacy and safety outcomes. Future directions for this research focus will also be discussed. The challenge of effective weight management during this critical developmental period is one that must be met because it offers the potential to affect the metabolic health of future generations. Existing national programs such as Women Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program offer unprecedented opportunity to improve health of mothers, their offspring and future generations. Attendees will learn to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of obesity and of excessive weight gain during pregnancy and their impact on maternal (gestational diabetes, caesarian rates, maternal complications) and child health (infant size at birth, obesity and diabetes in childhood and adulthood);
  2. Describe the current recommendations for optimal weight gain during pregnancy;
  3. Discuss the evidence for safety and efficacy of weight-directed interventions to prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy.

About the presenters

Donna Ryan, MD - Professor Emerita and interim Executive Director, Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Donna Ryan, MD - Professor Emerita and interim Executive Director, Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center ImageDonna Ryan, MD - Professor Emerita and interim Executive Director, Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center Image Donna H. Ryan, MD, is a world-renowned obesity researcher and Professor Emerita at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, where she is currently serving as interim Executive Director. From 1988-2012 she served as an associate professor, professor and as then associate executive director for clinical research at Pennington Biomedical. She is president-elect of the World Obesity Federation and associate editor in chief of the scientific journals Obesity Research and Obesity. Dr. Ryan is a recognized consultant and advisor on the topic of obesity and chronic disease and was instrumental in a number of landmark nutrition, diabetes, weight loss and military health research studies. She has been an author on more than 225 original publications, 11 books, and nearly 50 scholarly chapters and reviews.


Leanne Redman, PhD - Associate Professor and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Leanne Redman, PhD - Associate Professor and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center ImageLeanne Redman, PhD - Associate Professor and Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center Image Leanne M. Redman, PhD, is a clinical scientist with a particular focus on the physiology of body weight regulation in humans. The genesis of her research is in the design and conduct of controlled clinical studies where diet and/or physical activity are manipulated to alter energy balance. An Australian native, Dr. Redman has spent the past 12 years at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, where she is an Associate Professor and directs a research program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Maternal/Infant Health. She is the Principal Investigator of three NIH grants all of which involve comprehensive phenotyping of women including studies in polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy and postnatal health. These include e-health interventions to achieve healthy gestational weight gain invented by Dr. Redman and her colleagues. Dr. Redman has published more than 100 research papers around obesity, energy metabolism, insulin sensitivity, calorie restriction and exercise.

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Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence, a catalyst for change in networks supporting individuals and developmental disabilitiesLeadership Academies in 2018

SAVE THE DATE

The Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence is excited to announce that it will conduct two Leadership Academies in 2018!

  • April 30 - May 3, 2018
  • October 15-18, 2018

Both Academies will be held in Santa Fe, NM.

The institute website will be available for applications for the first Academy on or about October 27, 2017.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships Available

The Center of Excellence in Maternal Child Health (MCH) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health seeks a new Postdoctoral Fellow to work on one of two potential projects: 1) the CHAMACOS longitudinal birth cohort study on issues related to environmental exposures and maternal, child, and adolescent health, or 2) the Wallace Center for Maternal and Child Health on projects related to technology, the digital divide, and reproductive health.

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The Eighth Annual Making Lifelong Connections Meeting

SAVE THE DATE: April 11-13, 2018

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Making Lifelong Connections Meeting: Leadership, Networking and Career Development

MCHB Training - Taking the Next Step

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

Where: Tampa Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida

How: Application via Survey Monkey will be distributed in October 2017

Why:

  • Engage with other MCHB trainees and former trainees from around the country
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Gain presentation experience
  • Learn from your peers - those who are starting out and those in mid-career
  • Develop valuable skills in articulating and reaching career goals

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MCH Nutrition Maternal & Child Health TrainingNovel Interventions with Children and Youth

Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium

The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.Date: Friday, September 29, 2017

Time: 12:30 PM—5:00 PM EDST (Onsite); 12:45 PM—5:00 PM EDST (Webcast)

Join us for the Promoting Healthy Weight colloquium, which is FREE for both webcast and onsite participants. This is the eighth colloquium of the biannual Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 series. The Fall 2017 colloquium will focus on novel interventions among children and youth. Colloquium presentations are intended for family members, practitioners, researchers, and students.

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Promoting Health Equity: Understanding and Addressing Underserved Populations

Room to Grow: Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency Conference

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

AM Session for All Attendees, 8:00AM to 11:45AM

Kennedy Krieger InstituteLocation:
Chevy Chase Conference Center Auditorium, Sheikh Zayed Tower, Room 2119
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287

Note: Registration and Light Breakfast 8:00 AM-8:30 AM

PM Session, Noon to 3:00 PM

Location:

  • Session for Professional Staff, Administrators, & Faculty will be held at the Chevy Chase Conference Center Room 2117
  • Session for Students, Residents, and Trainees will be held at Feinstone Hall 615 N. Wolfe St., Feinstone Hall, 2nd floor Room E2030

Note: Lunch will be served

Admission

  • Free of Charge following registration for students, residents, and community members
  • $150 conference fee for faculty, researchers, and clinicians

Registration Closes September 18, 2017

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WEBINAR: Maternal Health in Crisis: Ensuring Nationwide Access to Maternity Care Providers

August 22, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Nearly half of all U.S. counties lack a practicing OB-GYN, and the shortage is expected to grow, with projections showing as many as 8,800 fewer OB-GYNs practicing than will be needed in 2020. Maternity workforce shortages and maldistribution are of particular concern for the Medicaid program, which covers about half of all births in the U.S. Meanwhile, American women are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than in any other developed country—a problem that’s exacerbated by limited access to providers. This webinar, presented by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and NIHCM Foundation with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will explore the following:

  • The dynamics behind maternity workforce challenges, particularly in rural and other underserved areas
  • An example of a public-private collaboration to connect Medicaid mothers-to-be with prenatal care and resources like transportation to doctor visits
  • How financial incentives can be used to encourage medical professionals to specialize in maternal health and to work in underserved areas

Speakers

  • Mallory Schwarz American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Ashlyn Christianson Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Katy Kozhimannil, PhD University of Minnesota

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Webinar: How To Apply for HRSA Grants

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2-4 PM EDT

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is interested in helping organizations know more about its programs, priorities, and funding opportunities. The HRSA Atlanta Office of Regional Operations (ORO) is hosting a no-cost, interactive webinar on how to apply for HRSA grants.

Click here for more information, and to register for this webinar.


University of Minnesota.  Driven to Discover.National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Intensive Online Course

August 16−18, 2017

Registration Available September 1–November 30, 2017
Registration Fee: $25 per person

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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An Innovative Collaborative Model of Care for Undiagnosed Complex Medical Conditions

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Community-Based Pediatric Enhanced Care Team-3 (CPECT-3), funded through the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program and led by Project Director Savithri Nageswaran, MD, MPH, recently had an article published in Pediatrics. Learn more about the role of their family partnership in creating an innovative model of care for children with medical complexities.

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NH-ME LEND Selected to Participate in MCH Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative

The New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Diversity & Health Equity Peer Learning Collaborative, supported by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development. Read more at AUCD. Exit Disclaimer


MCH Training Program Leaders Honored with 2017 AMCHP Awards

Photos of Rylin Rodgers and Lew MargolisRylin Rodgers (pictured right) (LEND) received the Merle McPherson Leadership Award for her exemplary contributions to further family/professional collaboration within the state Title V program and AMCH. Dr. Lew Margolis (pictured left) (Centers of Excellence) received the Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for his leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families. Congratulations to them both!


Healthy Tomorrows Economic Analyses Webinar

A new webainr archive is now available along with additional downloadable materials including the PowerPoint slides, project overview, and tip sheets.

Available now on the Webinars page


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.


American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dedicated to the Health of All ChildrenDMCHWD 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. 

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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 BrightFutures.org and HealthyChildren.org 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: http://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm.php#PreventToProtect 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

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EATING DISORDERS, MENTAL HEALTH AND BODY IMAGE

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.

HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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

Archive is Now Available

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

Panelists

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

Location

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 here.

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) altarum.org

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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.

Speakers

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 cocp@aap.org for more information, or to join the AAP Public Health Special Interest Group.


The 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


Strategic 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

Presenter:

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 (lend.umn.edu) 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.


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 http://www.cvent.com/d/cfqxv5. 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 www.preventblindness.org  Exit Disclaimeror www.facebook.com/preventblindness Exit Disclaimer

About the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality 
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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


Competency 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 (http://www.semch.org/index.html); 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:   http://amchp.adobeconnect.com/p7hfy1pshg0/ 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 http://minorityhealth.web.unc.edu/

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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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2016 FAMILY LEADERSHIP MEETING

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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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: MCH Navigator Program

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  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280512


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 grants.gov. 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.

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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

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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 wellwomanstory.org 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.

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  • 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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  • Instructions for continuing education credits (CEUs) from the CDC
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  • 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:

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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 www.grants.gov:

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.


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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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthNEW Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Maternal and Child Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral fellowship program in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This two year postdoctoral training program provides mentorship and support for fellows to develop their MCH research agendas and link efforts to MCH public health practice. We aim to enhance fellows’ skills in research, teaching, curriculum development and prepare fellows for excellence in MCH research and leadership positions in academic institutions. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

We encourage applications from those who seek further training to refine their MCH and public health skills in anticipation of an academic MCH career. Candidates who have completed doctoral training in varied disciplines are eligible to apply; preference will be given to candidates with research oriented doctorates (e.g., PhD, DrPH, ScD) as well as those with clinical degrees (e.g., MD, DO, DDS) and with an MPH/MHS focused on research and substantive knowledge of MCH. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to focus on domestic MCH work. Graduates who have demonstrated scientific rigor in their graduate research training and come from historically disadvantaged groups by virtue of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or other related factors are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent resident visa.

Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in research activities, acquire grant preparation skills, publish scholarly articles, advance teaching skills, enhance presentation skills, and network in the broader MCH community before seeking an academic position. The fellowship supports salary, health insurance, coursework (if desired), research expenses, and travel to attend MCH professional meetings. Successful completion of the fellowship entails meeting learning objectives set by the fellow and her/his mentor.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript(s), writing sample, personal statement, and names and contact information for three references to Cynthia Minkovitz at cmink (at) jhu.edu or at the address below:

Cynthia Minkovitz, MD, MPP
Professor, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, E4636
Baltimore, MD 21205

Johns Hopkins University is an Affirmative Acting/Equal Opportunity Employer.


National MCH Workforce Development Center logo Advancing Health Reform ImplementationMCH Workforce Center Cohort 4 Application Deadline Extended

The National MCH Workforce Development Center has extended its deadline for applications to its Cohort 4 training and practice laboratory program. Consider working with the Center to enhance the capacity of your workforce to implement new Title V action plans with skills in systems integration, change management, and quality improvement. All the Center's offerings leverage transformative activities happening in states and territories as a result of Title V and health & Medicaid reforms. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis (through Sept. 30) until the Cohort is full. Interested applicants should submit an application as soon as possible (spots are filling up quickly) but no later than Sept. 30. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Center before writing their application, to discuss their practice laboratory ideas and to confirm that space is available. The application is available on Transformation Station at amchp.org Exit Disclaimerand at mchwdc.unc.edu. Exit Disclaimer If you have any questions about the process, your project ideas or to confirm availability of training slots please reach out to Amy Mullenix 919-843-4457.


National Center for Cultural Competence Leadership Institute

Web-Based Learning & Reflection Forums: Engaging and Partnering with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (Georgetown UCEDD)

September 11, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce the third in a series of four web-based learning and reflection forum on Engaging and Partnering with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities. Establishing and sustaining broad-based community partnerships in support of the full inclusion of and equity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) present myriad benefits while simultaneously presenting unique challenges. Many organizations and programs within the  I/DD network continue to struggle with engaging communities in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.  This forum will explore the experiences of organizations in Arizona, California, and Maryland in their successful initiatives to engage  African American, Chinese, and Latino/Hispanic communities in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Participants will: Examine the conceptual frameworks, values, and practices of cultural and linguistic competence within the context of community engagement. Describe approaches and strategies to engage diverse communities to plan, implement, and evaluate services and supports for individuals who experience developmental and other disabilities and their families. Reflect on the role of leadership in bringing about ​organizational and system ​change. Click here for information about the Leadership Institute and its activities.

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AUCD2015 Conference Registration Is Open!

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, partners from outside the network, experts from across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and students to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you're a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues across the network and beyond.

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Healthy People 2020WEBINAR: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators?
Maternal, Infant, and Child Health

Thursday, September 17th, Noon - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (Healthy People 2020)

Despite major advances in medical care, challenges in maternal, infant, and child health still exist in the United States. However, by putting evidence-based practices and processes into action, pregnancy outcomes and maternal, infant, and child health can be improved. Join us on Thursday, September 17 to learn more about evidence-based maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting and how this can improve birth outcomes and impact infant mortality.

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Links to Bright Futures webinarBright Futures - New Webinar Video

Ensuring Bright Futures for Our Nation's Children:
Health Plan Strategies for Improving Pediatric Preventive Care

This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members. A recording of the event, hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the National Academy for State Health Policy, is now available.

Webinar Presentations:
  • Kathryn Janies & Lou Terranova, American ​Academy of Pediatrics
  • Christel Kozar, Anthem, Inc.
  • Janice Carson, Georgia Department of Community Health

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ICAAP Reopens Web-Based Training and Quality Improvement Project on Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care

The Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care for Pediatric Providers course and quality improvement (QI) activity is open again! The activity includes a wealth of resources to improve care of transitioning youth – including national clinical guidelines, videos, skills building tools for youth, and QI tools. It teaches learners how to use medical home and QI strategies to improve care of transitioning youth, especially those with special health care needs. The activity includes 11 web-based educational modules covering topics such as discussing benefits and services, developing a written transition policy, and identifying adult primary care providers and includes data collection for pediatricians who wish to pursue Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit, approved by the American Board of Pediatrics for 20 points. The activity is open to primary care and specialty care pediatricians across the country. 


American Academy of PediatricsUpdated AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit

AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit Resources

The Council on Community Pediatrics has developed new information to support pediatricians in caring for immigrant children. The AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit has been updated with new clinical screening recommendations and mental health resources.

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National Federation of Families for Children's Mental HealthWebinar: An Overview of Three Models of Family Peer Support

Wednesday, August 26, 2015; 3 PM - 4PM EDT

The world of family peer support is continuing to expand and the models for providing this support continue to emerge. As our knowledge of family peer support continues to grow, a variety of programs, offering unique modalities and characteristics, have been developed, researched, and found to be effective. This webinar will explore three nationally known programs and will delve into the nuances of each.

For over 36 years, Parent to Parent (P2P), an evidence-based practice, has been a provider of emotional and informational support to families of children with special health care needs, disabilities, and mental health challenges. Support is provided by matching parents through a nationwide database that identifies a Support Parent as a resource for the family.

Founded in 1969, Parents Anonymous, an evidence-based family strengthening program, offers weekly support groups for parents and caregivers and separate groups for children and youth. This support is offered utilizing the theories of mutual support, parent leadership and shared leadership. Parents also receive support and resource information through a National Parent Helpline.

For over 25 years, the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (NFFCMH) has provided parent peer support through a network of over 120 nationwide chapters. In 2012, NFFCMH launched a national certification for Parent Support Providers to provide standardization of the practices of family peers. To date, over 250 individuals in 35 states and the District of Columbia have been nationally certified. Currently, NFFCMH is collaborating with several states to develop reciprocity guidelines for state and national certification.

Please join us as the leaders of these three, national organizations discuss the evolution of family peer support, and how these three models are currently being implemented in communities across the country.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, OhioBuilding Mental Wellness training modules

Ohio AAP Launches Building Mental Wellness Learning Modules

Online training offers participants practical tools, convenient option for earning CME credits Primary care clinicians are often the de facto source of care for children and adolescents with emotional, developmental, or behavioral issues. We know with appropriate identification, evaluation and treatment, children and adolescents living with mental illness can achieve success in school, in work and in family life. However, identification of these challenges and access to care for the affected families is often complex and a large majority of these children fail to be identified or lack access to treatment or supports. Consider these statistics:

  • Approximately 21% -- 1 out of every 5 -- U.S. children and adolescents meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health or substance abuse disorder with impaired functioning.
  • An estimated $247 billion is spent each year on childhood mental disorders.
  • Yet only about 20% of children receive needed services.

The Ohio AAP has developed the Building Mental Wellness learning modules to help primary care clinicians – and anyone who provides care for children – develop the breadth and depth of clinical skills necessary to confidently provide family-centered, coordinated care to these children and families within the medical home. The information and tools provided in each of the 11 modules can be quickly implemented to immediately help patients and their families. In addition, upon completion of each module (approximately 30-80 minutes in length), clinicians will receive FREE CME credit.

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Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care2015 Chronic Illness and Disability Conference - Brochure and Registration Information

Thursday, October 1 – Friday, October 2, 2015
Register Online by September 27th!!!

The 16th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care continues to deliver practical, insightful, and relevant information for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, youth and young adults with chronic illness and their parents and guardians. This year’s conference is on target to be better than ever! The conference will be held on Thursday, October 1 – Friday, October 2, 2015 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas.

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Consider including registering for the pre-conference symposium, 7th Annual Health Care Transition Research Consortium Research Symposium, to be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015, in your plans. Information can be found on pages 5 and 9 of the conference brochure. Registration for the Research Symposium is separate from the main conference. The symposium agenda and registration information may be accessed at www.BaylorCME.org/CME/1505R.

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National Academy for State Health Policy logoWebinar: Ensuring Bright Futures for Our Nation's Children: Health Plan Strategies for Improving Pediatric Preventive Care

Date & Time: August 24, 2015 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Meeting Description:

Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines. Yet a recent survey found that 57 percent of families are still unaware that these benefits are available free of charge through their health plans.

This webinar will explore strategies to improve parental education on preventive care and to support and encourage providers in ensuring their young patients receive recommended preventive services. Presentations will cover the following:

  • an overview of the Bright Futures guidelines and the value of these services for lifelong health
  • how health plans can promote Bright Futures through their provider networks and directly to members
  • a peer-learning program for providers that is helping clinicians put Bright Futures recommendations into practice ​
  • Medicaid managed care plan strategies to improve pediatric preventive care Register now for this free webinar. Contact Kate Honsberger at khonsberger@nashp.org with any questions.

Presentations:
American Academy of Pediatrics Anthem, Inc.
Christel Kozar
Georgia Department of Community Health
Dr. Janice Carson​

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Family Engagement Inventory WebsiteFamily Engagement Inventory Website Survey

HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau Survey

ACF seeks input on its new Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) website.

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Center of Excellence websiteUIC Awarded Grant for Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

The School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago was awarded a five-year $1.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau to fund a Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

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AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit ResourcesAAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit Resources

The Council on Community Pediatrics has developed new information to support pediatricians in caring for immigrant children.

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MHCH 890: Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH

Fall Semester 2015. Online, for academic graduate credits or lifelong learning.

the structural dynamics of leadershipTarget Audience:

  • Graduate students in an MCH Training Program (1 or 3 academic credits)
  • Individuals currently/formerly affiliated with an MCH Training Program (certificate of completion)

Are you ready to contribute to state and national health reform implementation? Would you like to optimize your implementation skills and leadership capacity? Explore the science and art of health transformation in MCH through an online course being offered in Fall 2015.

This course is designed to integrate the theory, research literature, and evidence-­‐supported practices that promote optimal population health outcomes in maternal and child health. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 -­‐ the most significant health care system reform since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in the 1960s -­‐ offers an opportunity to improve public health systems, health care financing and delivery, and ultimately, health outcomes for MCH populations. Maternal and child health professionals need contemporary tools, resources, and skills in order to assume leadership in ACA and health reform implementation. Course participants will gain essential competencies for quality improvement, systems thinking, population change management, and promotion of access to care for women, children and families. Participants can enroll either for academic credit or a certificate of completion.

Instructor:
Marcia Roth, MPH Lead, Pipeline Team National MCH Workforce Development Center
Director of Training Initiatives in MCH, UNC MCH-­‐SPH Training Program
Adjunct Instructor in Health Behavior, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

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ASPHN 2015 Annual Meeting

Gateway to Success: Cultivating the Public Health Nutrition Workforce

ASPHN members from around the nation came together in St. Louis, Missouri for the 2015 ASPHN Annual Meeting. The theme of this year's gathering was Gateway to Success: Cultivating the Public Health Nutrition Workforce. The June meeting focused on trends and future needs in the field of public health nutrition and how we can be prepared to successfully meet those needs. In addition, we heard from our federal partners on their latest nutrition-related initiatives. And we had plenty of time for networking and information sharing with colleagues in other states. The Annual Meeting is always a fabulous opportunity to gain new ideas and re-energize our passion for public health nutrition. One participant said, "It is so important that we look ahead not only to plan for succession when staff retires but to be pro-active in developing the next generation of leaders in our field." Participants left the meeting ready to put new ideas into action!

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National Center for Cultural Competence Leadership Institute

National Center for Cultural Competence Announces a Series of Web-based Learning and Reflection Forums

Beginning July 30, 2015

The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce a series of web-based learning and reflection forums (webinar format) that will be open to the first 300 registrants. The forums will be archived and available on the Leadership Institute's web page. http://nccc.georgetown.edu/leadership/

The forums are designed to address salient issues related to advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence, increasing cultural and linguistic diversity, and addressing systemic barriers to such policies and practices within the I/DD network. Each forum will feature individuals that are leading such efforts within their respective organizations, states, and at the national level. In addition to sharing concrete approaches that you can personally do to support these efforts, the forums will offer reflections on what is the role of the leader to bring about needed change.

ALL FORUMS WILL BE CONVENED FROM 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Influencing Change in Public and Organizational Policy in Support of Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence
July 30, 2015

Addressing Disparities and Disproportionality in Systems serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
August 14, 2015

Engaging and Partnering with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
September 11, 2015:

Confronting and Addressing the “Isms”
September 25, 2015:

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University of South FloridaPost Doctoral Oportunities at the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida College of Public Health (USF COPH), Department of Community and Family Health (CFH) is recruiting for two postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the department’s research and teaching needs in maternal and child health (MCH) and to become prepared for MCH faculty positions and MCH leadership positions at the national and state levels. These are two-year fellowships funded through the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice, with particular foci on research pertaining to child health, maternal/infant health, women’s health, sexual health, family/community violence and unintentional injury. There is specific interest in recruiting individuals from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds in addition to disadvantaged backgrounds. The USF COPH houses the only MCH concentration in any School/College of Public Health in the state and is a recognized leader in the field.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Doctoral degree in maternal and child health, social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field to be earned prior to hiring date;
  2. A publication record in peer-reviewed journals of recognized excellence; and
  3. Teaching experience (may be as a teaching assistant or in another instructional capacity)

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. A defined research focus including (but not limited to) child health, maternal/infant health, women’s health, sexual health, family/community violence and injury;
  2. Skillsets in MCH practice/policy development, social marketing, health education, epidemiology, quality improvement, health literacy, translational research, and or new technology;
  3. Established record of scholarly research, including extramural funding, and;
  4. Enthusiasm for teaching and graduate student advising. Position begins onsite January 1, 2016.

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Alt text for imageNew Grantee Orientation Webinar

July 23, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern

We invite you to join us for an Orientation to the Division of MCH Workforce Development. This webinar will provide 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
    Acting Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development
  • Meredith Morrissette, MPH
    Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development

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5 minute MCH links to PDFAnnouncing the MCH Navigator’s 5-Minute MCH

Register today for the monthly series!

The first speaker for the Week 4 presentation (1PM on July 29, 2015) will be Dr. Michael Lu

As busy MCH professionals, we recognize the value of time and the importance of receiving high quality, tailored information and resources quickly. With that in mind, we have designed a new program to improve your knowledge and skills of the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Beginning in July 2015, the MCH Navigator will conduct 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. Visit the MCH Navigator Exit Disclaimer


Bright FuturesBright Futures Guidelines, Fourth Edition: Public Review Now Open

All comments must be received by July 29, 2015 11:59 PM EDT

The public review period for the Fourth Edition of the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents is now open.

We are indebted for your willingness to serve as a reviewer of the Fourth Edition, and we welcome your input. This document represents the combined efforts of four Age/Stage Expert Panels comprised of pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, mental health specialists, pediatric dentists and families.

What you will review is a near final draft. This is a review for accuracy, completeness, citation updates and consistency with your organizations policy. General comments can no longer be integrated into this work at this late stage. We are soliciting suggestions for content. The co-Chairs and Expert Panel members will take them into consideration in the final product.

This review is Web-based only. We are unable to process hard copy comments.

You will be able to submit comments as an individual or on behalf of an organization.

All comments must be received by July 29, 2015 11:59 PM EDT

Comments will not be accepted after the review deadline.

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The review is organized in the following manner listed below.

  • 12 health promotion themes
  • 32 visits (prenatal and 31 well-child care visits)

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Links to PDF articleThe Gut Microbiome and Childhood Obesity: Connecting the Dots

An interview with Noel Theodore Mueller, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center

The field of study on the gut and the microorganisms living there could reshape what we know about human health. A seminal article on the topic describes it thusly: Human health can be thought of as a collective property of the human-associated microbiota.1 Noel Mueller, PhD, MPH, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, here describes the known landscape of the microbiota in infants and children and how these microorganisms can affect obesity risk.

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Berkeley School of Public HealthNew Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Maternal
and Child Health Epidemiology

The University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health is recruiting two new postdoc positions for immediate openings in a new MCH Epidemiology Postdoctoral training program. For more information, please see the flyer at the link below.

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Health in All PoliciesAPHA Learning Institute on How to Evaluate Public Health Programs

SAVE THE DATE

November 1, 2015
8:00 am –11:30 am
McCormick Place
2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago IL

The purpose of this course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. In a time of budgetary constraints and increased expectations of accountability for public health programs, it is essential that we follow evidence-based strategies, develop measurable performance outcomes, and effectively quantify the impact of programs. We will review methods for conducting program evaluations in public health. We will discuss formative evaluations, including how to do needs assessments, and process or implementation evaluations, which focus on determining whether the program is operating as planned. However, the main focus will be on summative evaluations, including outcome and impact evaluations. Outcome evaluations examine the more proximal changes that result directly from a program, such as changes in attitudes, skills, or behaviors. Impact evaluations focus on the broader changes that may occur from a program. The course will cover the importance of developing logic models of the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes. The course will also examine the need for measurable performance measures, including targets and goals. A real-world evaluation opportunity will be presented. Participants will use the case described to explore each step of the evaluation process as presented and will share their ideas with the group. The instructors have many years’ experience conducting workshops on program evaluation, performance measurement, and evidence-based public health, using principles of adult learning.

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Michael ResnickMichael Resnick, PhD, honored with Medical School 2015 Carole J. Bland Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Michael Resnick, PhD, has been selected as the winner of the Medical School's 2015 Carole J. Bland Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Resnick is a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, and Director of Research in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

This award, established in Carole Bland’s memory, is given to a faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor to other faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and exemplifies Carole's gift and passion for mentoring other faculty. The award is meant to recognize the process by which faculty serve as role models for each other, promoting the professional development of others and creating a supportive, positive working environment. I think you will agree that no one is more deserving of this award. Thank you, Michael, for serving as an exceptional mentor to so many of us. Congratulations!


National MCH Workforce Development Center logo Advancing Health Reform ImplementationParticipate in the National MCH Workforce Development Center Training – Cohorts 3 and 4

The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of trainings, tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity to lead through health transformation. The Center offers training in four key areas: access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and change management. State/territory Title V agencies/MCH programs and their partners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and tools in the four key areas and apply them to a current health transformation project of interest.

The application for the final two cohorts is being released and is due simultaneously; states/territories are allowed to choose between Cohort 3 and Cohort 4 according to the timeline and training location that best fits their needs. Cohort 3 will run from July 2015-March 2016 and the training will be held in Denver or San Francisco. Cohort 4 will run from November 2015-June 2016 and training will be held in the Washington DC area. States and territories are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in Cohort 3 or 4, as current project funding ends in August 2016. 

Applications must be received by June 1, 2015 by 5 PM EST.

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Links to the download site for new resource from WDCNew Resources from the Workforce Development Center

The Workforce Development Center has recently released new resources on the ACA you may find useful. The first is a guide titled “The Affordable Care Act: A Working Guide for MCH Professionals” and provides an overview of major provisions in the ACA with a focus on implications for MCH populations.

The Center has also developed a new “Leading through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity” guide. The purpose of this tool is to develop the competencies required of contemporary public health leaders to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other health system transformations.


Links to the download site for two policy breifsNew Policy Briefs Available for Download


MCH Nutrition Council releases draft brief on incorporating nutrition into the new Title V MCH Block Grant National Performance Measures

In October 2014, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) released revised Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to State Program guidance. This revision included a transformed national performance measurement system. The revised national performance measurement system is a three-tiered framework, which includes National Outcome Measures (NOMs), National Performance Measures (NPMs) and State-initiated Evidence- based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs). The ESMs are developed by the state, and provide accountability for improving quality and performance related to the NPMs and to the MCH public health issues.

Breastfeeding is the only nutrition issues directly addressed in the revised NPMs. The ASPHN MCH Nutrition Council has released a draft brief, Incorporating Nutrition into the New Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant National Performance Measures Exit Disclaimer, indicating nutrition related ESMs for most of the NPMs. On April 16th, the MCH Nutrition Council sponsored a webinar introducing this brief. A recording of the webinar is also available using the above link.

The MCH Nutrition Council is very interested in your feedback, suggestions for improvement and ideas for additional nutrition related strategies. We are particularly interested in ideas for population-based and infrastructure strategies. Comments should be sent to .


logo for the University of Tennessee, KnoxvillePromoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Exit Disclaimer

Friday, September 25, 2015
12:30pm – 5:00pm EDST

Please save the date for September 25, 2015. This upcoming colloquium will offer you insight and up-to-date information about infant feeding as it relates to promoting a healthy weight. This colloquium will be part 2 of a series that focuses on infant feeding. There will be onsite and online viewing available for those who wish to participate. Additionally, we will be offering CEUs for this event, so be sure to mark your calendars!

To view the Save the Date flyer click here.

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The University of Tennessee
Howard Baker Center 1640 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996


DataSpeak - Vitally Important: Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics to Advance MCH

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 1:00-2:00pm EDT

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce an upcoming DataSpeak program titled Vitally Important: Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics to Advance MCH. Vital statistics—the data and health indicators collected from vital records on births and deaths—are an important source of data for answering national and state health questions. Birth and death records allow states to track maternal, fetal, and infant mortality, adverse birth outcomes, delivery characteristics, and maternal risk factors, among other statistics. Improving the timeliness of these records is essential to making sure they are most useful for monitoring and advancing public health efforts in real time. This presentation will focus on how states are working to improve vital statistics timeliness and data sharing, and how this is helping to inform and improve programs and health outcomes for women and infants.

This DataSpeak will feature three speakers:

  • Patricia W. Potrzebowski, PhD, Executive Director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, will present on the importance and need for improving timeliness of vital records data. Dr. Potrzebowski will review a number of efforts underway to make vital statistics more current and thus more useful for public health program purposes.
  • Glenn Copeland, MBA, State Registrar for the Michigan Department of Community Health, will present a summary of the work being done to provide more timely data on infant mortality in Michigan in order to better inform programs working to improve outcomes, with a focus on the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (COIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality.
  • John Paulson, Data Center Supervisor at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health, will discuss how Ohio compiles, augments, and uses the data in its public health data warehouse with a focus on using the State and Territorial Exchange of Vital Events (STEVE) System.

DataSpeak is a series of online conferences that feature special topics related to MCH data. Each event features one or more speakers who are considered experts in their field. The MCH Epidemiology and Statistics Program, who coordinates these DataSpeak conferences, is dedicated to the goal of helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking.


JAMA: Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism Exit Disclaimer

From the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Importance  Despite research showing no link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), beliefs that the vaccine causes autism persist, leading to lower vaccination levels. Parents who already have a child with ASD may be especially wary of vaccinations.

Objective  To report ASD occurrence by MMR vaccine status in a large sample of US children who have older siblings with and without ASD.

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2015 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course Exit Disclaimer

In-person Conference Dates: August 12-14, 2015

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.

This year's conference topics include:

  • Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Promoting Breastfeeding among Obese Women
  • Environmental & Policy Approaches to Breastfeeding Promotion & Support
  • Depression and Physical Activity in Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Fetal Orgins of Disease
  • Choline supplementation in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Nutrient Contents of Infant and Toddler
  • Foods Food Allergies

Distance Learning Opportunities

Distance education options are available for certain sessions. Up to 11.75 CEUs are available for distance viewers. The distance education program will be available from August 24 through October 31.

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links to the report "Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patietn Outcomes"New Institute of Medicine Report Examines Methods to Measure the Impact of IPE on Outcomes

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) examines the methods needed to measure the impact that interprofessional education (IPE) has on collaborative practice and health and system outcomes.

The IOM report, Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Education on Collaborative Practice and Patietn Outcomes,recommends actions that interprofessional stakeholders, funders, policy makers, health profession educators and academic and health system leaders can take to better measure the impact of IPE on collaborative practice and health and system outcomes.


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April 28th, 1-2PM ET

As part of its Autism Awareness Month activities, the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) will host a webinar that highlights programs to improve ASD/DD screening, early identification and evaluation services. Presentations will include lessons learned from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative and Oregon's state implementation grant project - ACCESS: Assuring Comprehensive Care through Enhanced Service Systems for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities.

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Mon, Apr 27, 2015; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The Autism SIG will host a webinar which focuses on autism and co-morbid mental health conditions in children. We will focus on the challenges families face in accessing comprehensive services, as well as community and school based interventions.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Cathy Pratt, BCBA
    Dr. Cathy Pratt BCBA-D is the Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. IRCA is a statewide program that works to build local capacity for families and professionals to address the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. Dr. Pratt coordinates the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) through the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD. Dr. Pratt serves on numerous Advisory Boards, including the Advisory Boards of Maap Services, Inc., the Temple Grandin/Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund and the College Internship Program.  Dr. Pratt also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors for the Autism Society and is currently involved in their strategic planning. Dr. Pratt is co-chair of NATTAP (Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs). In addition, she is a member of the National Autism Leadership Collaboration.  She writes and presents internationally on the following topics: autism spectrum disorders, functional behavior assessment/positive behavior supports, applied behavior analysis, instructional approaches, evidence-based practices, systems change, and policy. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, Dr. Pratt worked as a classroom teacher for students across the autism spectrum and with other disabilities.
  • Heidi Cloutier, MSW
    Heidi Cloutier started her career in Community Mental Health as a vocational counselor and case manager for individuals with chronic and severe mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. In 1999 she began working at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability where she has worked on various research projects. Heidi presents nationally on topics of transition, creating individualized budgets and person centered planning. She currently facilitates planning for youth with autism spectrum disorders, trains new Person Centered Planning Facilitators, and provides mentoring and technical assistance for mental health counselors and other transition planners. Heidi is currently a RENEW Trainer, and one of the Co-creators of a new evidence based treatment for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders called Family Centered Transition Planning. Heidi Cloutier started her career in Community Mental Health as a vocational counselor and case manager for individuals with chronic and severe mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction. In 1999 she began working at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability where she has worked on various research projects. Heidi presents nationally on topics of transition, creating individualized budgets and person centered planning. She currently facilitates planning for youth with autism spectrum disorders, trains new Person Centered Planning Facilitators, and provides mentoring and technical assistance for mental health counselors and other transition planners. Heidi is currently a RENEW Trainer, and one of the Co-creators of a new evidence based treatment for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders called Family Centered Transition Planning.  
  • Shannon Haworth, MA
    Shannon Haworth is a Senior Program Specialist, on the MCH Technical Assistance team at AUCD.  She is the parent of a child with autism and co-morbid mental health issues. She most recently worked for the Partnership for People with Disabilities as the Project Manager for the Virginia state autism implementation grant. She is a former Virginia LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) trainee. Shannon has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and a graduate certificate in Autism from Ball State University. She has also earned a Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Disability Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a published author on autism, minority children, and children's mental health, as well as parents experiences receiving an autism diagnosis for their child.

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Alt text for imageWEBINAR: Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Infant Feeding, Part I Exit Disclaimer

The series focuses on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of maternal and pediatric obesity and emphasizing the Maternal and Child Heath Life Course Framework as a way to explain the interconnectedness between maternal and pediatric obesity.  One colloquium will be held each spring and fall from Spring 2014 through Spring 2018. 

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Links to a flyer for the Blue Zones Approach to Healthy LivingThe Blue Zones Approach to Healthy Living

Thursday, April 16, 2015,
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CT

Learn the 9 Lessons for Living Longer from the Blue Zones Inhabitants who have lived the longest! Adapted from the newly released, highly anticipated book – The Blue Zones Solution.

Discover:

  • The eating and lifestyle habits of the world’s healthiest and longest living people.
  • How to take small steps to create a healthier environment leading to a long-term healthier life.
  • Strategies to help adopt the lifestyles of the Blue Zones inhabitants.

Presenters: Heather Fox and Shree Mohanty, MS,RD.

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: 877-493-5701
Participant Code: 5707869

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Alt text for imageCall for applications to the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute!

The Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute is a year-long program designed to train future leaders in the area of MCH Nutrition. It is made possible by a joint collaborative effort of MCH Nutrition Training Programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Minnesota and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Please note: applications and supporting documentation due by March 31, 2015.

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Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Infant Feeding, Part 1 Exit Disclaimer

Links to PDF document for Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Infant Feeding, Part 1Friday, March 27th, 2015
12:30pm – 5:00pm EDST (onsite)
12:45pm – 5:00pm EDST (online)

Onsite Location: Howard Baker Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Join us for the Promoting Healthy Weight colloquium, which is FREE for both online and onsite participants! This is the third colloquium of the biannual Promoting Healthy Weight Colloquium 2.0 series. The Spring 2015 colloquium will focus on infant feeding for the first six months of life. Colloquium presentations are intended for family members, practitioners, and researchers. Approval for continuing education credits will be submitted for Registered Dietitians and Certified Health Education Specialists.

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DMCHWD is Seeking Graduate Student Summer Interns!

graphic 2015 Summer InernshipsThe Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for Summer 2015. The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other health-related coursework or training programs 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 by March 27, 2015. The DMCHWD will follow-up directly with interested candidates. For questions about the DMCHWD internship experience, please contact Claudia Brown as well.

We look forward to continuing to work with talented trainees at MCHB!


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The National MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC Chapel Hill (the Center), was established in September 2013 in cooperation with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Partnering with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and other national experts in maternal and child health (MCH) innovation and quality improvement, The Center offers state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation to implement health reform.


MCH Navigator team photosMCH Navigator Offers a New Online Self-Assessment Tool Exit Disclaimer

The MCH Navigator has developed a new online self-assessment tool to support the Title V workforce in the states and the MCH community broadly.This tool help identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies, matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities.


Logos of the Harvard School of Public Health and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Sport Science InstituteNational Collegiate Athletic Association promoting new Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders Teaching Case from Harvard School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is promoting a new teaching case on college athletes and eating disorders from the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED)  Exit Disclaimer through their national network of college athletics professionals. STRIPED is a graduate-level training initiative based at the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.  STRIPED brings together experts in eating disorders, public health, adolescent preventive medicine, health law, policy, and economics, and many other disciplines to create a public health incubator, a place where transdisciplinary collaborations catalyze crosscutting, innovative approaches to eating disorders prevention.

STRIPED published a new teaching case, Weighing the Evidence: One University Takes a Hard Look at Disordered Eating Among Athletes Exit Disclaimer and the NCAA is promoting it through its nationally distributed newsletter from their Sport Science Institute. In addition, an interview with S. Bryn Austin, ScD from STRIPED is available on the on the NCAA SSI website. Exit Disclaimer


Links to website "Building Your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation"New Resource: Building Your Medical Home

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is excited to announce the launch of a brand new online resource guide, Building Your Medical Home: An Introduction to Pediatric Primary Care Transformation.  Exit Disclaimer  This resource guide provides direction, resources, and tools to pediatric medical home clinicians and practices seeking to advance their knowledge and understanding of the medical home concept as it relates to practice transformation.


Celebrating Healthy Tomorrows 25th AnniversaryCelebrating 25 years of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

This program recently celebrated 25 years of supporting innovative, community-based efforts to improve child health. To commemorate this milestone, Healthy Tomorrows created a video to tell the story of the program Exit Disclaimer from around the country. Learn about what nine HRSA-funded grantees, addressing topics on vision health, asthma, medical home, and access to care have accomplished in the program’s 25th year.


The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development is pleased to announce the release of these Funding Announcements:


The MCH Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers

The purpose of HRSA-15-074, The MCH Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers is to improve the health status of infants, children, and youth with chronic respiratory conditions through four (4) aims:

  1. Providing interdisciplinary leadership training at the graduate and post-graduate levels in five (5) core disciplines of pediatric pulmonary medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, and family leadership. PPCs serve as models of excellence in interdisciplinary training, systems integration, and research related to chronic respiratory conditions in infants, children, and youth;
  2. Engaging with families as full partners to support family-centered practice, policies, and research;
  3. Impacting policies and practices at the regional and national levels, including working with state and local health agencies and providers through a public health/population-based approach. PPCs provide a critical link in assuring that the next generation of health care providers contribute to MCHB's mission to assure access to care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCNs) through systems improvement; and
  4. Supporting diverse trainees and faculty, and cultural and linguistic competence approaches, to address health disparities related to chronic respiratory conditions.

Up to $340,000 may be available, per grant per year, to fund up to six (6) grants. The actual number and size of awards will depend on the availability of funds. The application deadline is March 23, 2015.

Archived webinar TA session for HRSA-15-074

Questions regarding the Pediatric Pulmonary Centers Program should be directed to or by phone (301) 443-0869.


Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice

The purpose of HRSA-15-097 Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice is to:

  1. Train graduate and post-graduate public health professionals in an interdisciplinary MCH setting; and
  2. Provide national leadership and to work, in partnership with states, communities, public-private partners, and families to strengthen the MCH infrastructure.

The FOA includes a MCH Academic Postdoctoral Enhancement. The purpose of the enhancement is to:

  1. Address the current challenges experienced by early career MCH doctoral graduates in pursuing academic career pathways; and
  2. Ensure a continuum of training and support that promotes long-term sustainability of the field of MCH in academia, research, and practice.

The successful applicants will provide MCH public health content, knowledge, and expertise to graduate and post-graduate students, including individuals from underrepresented backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities), who are also underrepresented in the maternal and child health field.

Up to $350,000 may be available, per grant per year, to fund up to thirteen (13) grants at accredited schools of public health. Up to an additional $170,000 will be awarded to up to three (3) Centers of Excellence in MCH grantees, per grant per year, for an MCH Academic Postdoctoral Enhancement supplement. The actual number and size of awards will depend on the availability of funds. The application deadline is March 18, 2015.

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Questions regarding the Centers of Excellence should be addressed to or phone: 301-443-0344.


MCH Public Health Catalyst Program

The purpose of HRSA-15-133, MCH Public Health Catalyst Program (Catalyst Program) is to:

  1. Provide an increased focus on fundamental MCH content and competencies within schools of public health where no concentration currently exists; and
  2. Provide MCH content exposure to an increased number of public health students, introducing students to careers in the maternal and child health field.

The successful applicants will seek to provide MCH exposure to graduate students, including individuals from underrepresented backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities), who are also underrepresented in the maternal and child health field.

Up to $70,000 may be available, per grant per year, to fund up to five (5) grants at accredited schools of public health. The actual number and size of awards will depend on the availability of funds. The application deadline is March 13, 2015.

Archived webinar TA session for HRSA-15-133

Questions regarding the MCH Public Health Catalyst Program should be directed to or (301) 443-6853.


MCH Navigator Team Recognized With Prestigious Award

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Laura Kavanagh and Holly Grason were honored with the MCH Effective Practice Award, given by the MCH Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the 2014 Martha May Eliot Luncheon. The award recognized the vision and dedication that they, and the original design team, showed in the development of the MCH Navigator.

The MCH Navigator is a one stop shot for pursuing continuous learning in MCH and is designed to help emerging and established MCH professionals map professional growth pathways. The MCH Navigator provides a searchable web-based inventory of learning opportunities, and provides assessment tools and learning guides to assist practicing and emerging MCH professionals assess their strengths in leadership MCH competencies. Visit the MCH Navigator Exit Disclaimer



MCH Section: Most Outstanding Student-Authored Paper

Laura Kavanagh and Holly Grason

A consulting team from the Fall 2013 class presented their work at APHA this year and received Most Outstanding Student-Authored Paper from the MCH Section for “Challenges in homeless health care: Improving reproductive health services for homeless women.” Thank you to Dr. Summer Bartholomew and the BHCHP family team for hosting the student team!


Links to article "The Future of MCH Nutrition Services: A Commentary on the Importance of Supporting Leadership Training to Strengthen the Nutrition Workforce"The Future of MCH Nutrition Services: A Commentary on the Importance of Supporting Leadership Training to Strengthen the Nutrition Workforce

This is an excerpt from the content:

With roots dating back to the early 20th century, nutrition services and training in the US developed alongside MCH services and training [1]. Federal responsibility for both, especially since the passage of the Title V legislation in 1935,p has been that of the MCHB, currently part of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and its predecessors. This commentary will briefly recap the milestones of this history, and focus on the importance of the investment of the MCHB in promoting and supporting the development of MCH nutrition services as well as leadership training for public health nutrition professionals.

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Links to article "Incarceration and Public Health"Incarceration and Public Health

Healthy Generations, Winter 2015

The University of Minnesota's HRSA-funded Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health’s Winter 2015 volume of Healthy Generations, Incarceration and Public Health, is available at for download as a PDF document.  Exit Disclaimer

This volume, written by multidisciplinary professionals, includes articles about the health status of incarcerated people in the US, related legislation in the US and Minnesota, prison-based health-care and intervention programs for pregnant and parenting women, and methods for conducting research in a prison setting.

Hard copies of Healthy Generations' Incarceration and Public Health are available by request by emailing  .  Please let us know how many copies you want and where we should send them.


NUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS AND NUTRITION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

February 23 – 25, 2015

This is a three-day program with the purpose to improve the nutritional status of infants, children and adolescents by updating health professionals in infant, child and adolescent nutrition at both the individual and public health level. The course will provide leadership training in pediatric/adolescent nutrition by developing high levels of clinical competence; provide instruction in nutrition needs and services for children, and providing training in systems of delivery of nutrition care. This course is designed for pediatric practitioners, including dietitians, nurses, nutritionists, pediatric nurse practitioners, physicians and other professionals who have involved in the care of children. This course is designed for dietitians and other professionals who are involved in the care of children.

Topics include: Pediatric Growth and Development, Feeding Concerns and Disordered Eating, Genetics, Sports Nutrition, Sleep Problems, Community Assessment and reviews of current treatments in Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Cardiology, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Children with Special Health Care Needs.

CEU: 20 hours has been requested from the Commission on Dietetic Registration


Making Lifelong Connections

Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees Exit Disclaimer

April 23-24, 2015

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Making Lifelong Connections Planning Committee would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other current and former MCHB trainees and enhance their career d evelopment. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees” in San Antonio, TX on April 23-24, 2015. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership and presentation skills, network and develop professional connections.

For more information, please visit the Making Lifelong Connections website. Exit Disclaimer


WI MCH LEND Training Program Now Includes Milwaukee-Link Exit Disclaimer

The "Milwaukee-Link" addition to the Madison-based Wisconsin LEND program provides opportunities for former MCHB-funded Pipeline undergraduate trainees and others who are in graduate school at UW-Milwaukee (UWM), to participate in the WI LEND program and receive leadership training to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families, and systems of care. Read more... Exit Disclaimer


Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence..... A Catalyst for Change in Networks Supporting Individuals with IDD and DD Exit Disclaimer

June 22-25, 2015

The National Center for Cultural Competence is excited to announce its first "LEADERSHIP ACADEMY", a component of the Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence ... a catalyst for change in networks supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

When and where?

This Leadership Academy will take place June 22-25, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The face-to-face component of the Academy will begin the afternoon of Monday, June 22nd and end the evening of Thursday, June 25th. More details to follow once our web site is launched.

What is the Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute is a collaborative, multifaceted initiative with a goal to increase the number and capacity of leaders to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) and respond to the growing cultural diversity among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the United States, its territories, and tribal communities.

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logo for the University of Alabama Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2014 Awards Presented to Outstanding Individuals

The Disability Community and AUCD network members - advocates, trainees, professionals - work to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. They inform the public, provide services, conduct research, teach the next generation, develop policy, and support others - all toward our goals of independence, productivity, inclusion, and self-determination. The effect of these daily activities is likely seen in a thousand small ways. Sometimes the cumulative effect can be seen in dramatic improvements in the lives of individuals. 18 awards were presented to network members and friends at the 2014 AUCD Conference. We are incredibly proud to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Read more about each individual at the links below.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, PhD: Robert H. Bruininks, PhD
  • George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award: Frederick Palmer, MD
  • George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award: Ansley Bacon, PhD
  • Special Recognition Award: Alison Barkoff, JD
  • Gold Star Award: Cate Benedetti
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Glenn Fujiura, PhD
  • Meritorious Service Award: Shelley Dumas, PhD
  • Leadership in Advocacy Award: Ken Capone
  • Council on Community Advocacy Award: Center for Persons with Disabilities Utah State University
  • Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity: Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS
  • Young Professional Award: Jessica Jagger, PhD
  • Young Professional Award: Zachary Warren, PhD
  • Anne Rudigier Award: Emily Johnson, MA
  • Service to the Organization Award: A. Anthony Antosh, EdD
  • Service to the Organization Award: Shannon Caldwell
  • Service to the Organization Award: Amy Sharp, PhD
  • Service to the Organization Award: Stephanie Weber, PsyD
  • President's Award: Leslie Cohen, JD

Photos courtesy of Denny Henry Photography for AUCD. Centers or individuals wishing for copies of photos may view and download them from our Flickr site here. Exit Disclaimer


logo for the University of Alabama2014-2015: Hot Topics in Pediatric Nutrition

Departments of Pediatrics And Nutrition Sciences
University Of Alabama at Birmingham

October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nutrition is again being offered as an online training.   4 hours of CPE has been awarded as a self-study by the Alabama Dietetic Association as a provider for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).   The purpose of the online program is to provide pediatric practitioners with up-to-date information on topics in the area of MCH and pediatric nutrition.  The topics include an update on: 1) Uric Acid, Metabolic Syndrome and the High Fructose Corn Syrup Connection by Daniel Feig, MD, PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham;2) Treatment of common GI Concerns by Kirk Thame, MD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; 3)Food and Disease: Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Celiac Disease by Kirk Thame, MD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,  and 4) Overview of ACA and Nutrition Services by David Becker, PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

CEU: 4 hours approved by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)


logo for the University of AlabamaNutrition for Infants, Children & Adolescents

Departments of Pediatrics And Nutrition Sciences
University Of Alabama at Birmingham

February 23 – 25, 2015

This is a three day program with the purpose to improve the nutritional status of infants, children and adolescents by updating health professionals in infant, child and adolescent nutrition at both the individual and public health level.  The course will provide leadership training in pediatric/adolescent nutrition by developing high levels of clinical competence; provide instruction in nutrition needs and services for children, and provide training in systems fo delivery of nutrition care.  This course is designed for pediatric practitioners including dietitians, nurses, nutritionists, pediatric nurse practitioners, physicians and other professionals who are involved in the care of children.

Topics include:

  • Pediatric Growth and Development,
  • Breastfeeding and Cultural Counseling,
  • Feeding Concerns and Disordered Eating,
  • Genetics, Sports Nutrition,
  • Sleep Problems, 
  • Community  Assessment, and
  • Reviews of current treatments in Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Cardiology, Inborn Errors of  Metabolism, Children with Special Health Care Needs.

CEU: 20 hours has been requested from the Commission on Dietetic Registration


Webinar: Introducing the MCH Measurement Research Network Exit Disclaimer

Thursday, November 20, 2014

EnRICH (Research Innovations & Challenges) Webinar Maternal Child Health Research Program

The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • Discuss the evolution of health systems and the emergent conceptualizations of health and well-being;
  • Explore the various purposes and applications of a framework as determined by the needs of the MCH field;
  • Understand the process by which the MCH Measurement Conceptual Framework was developed and is continuing to be adapted; and
  • Examine ways in which this conceptual framework can be used to guide research, evaluation, action and innovation to inform the next generation of MCH measurement systems.

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LEAH Health Disparities Conference 2014

December 5, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual JHU LEAH Region III Health Disparities Conference.  The topic for this year’s conference is:  "Adolescent Health Disparities:  A Focus on Substance Use and Abuse."


Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health Exit Disclaimer

November 10 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is pleased to announce the next DataSpeak web conference titled "Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health." This program will take place on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 2:30pm-3:30pm ET (1:30-2:30pm CT; 12:30-1:30pm MT; 11:30am-12:30pm PT).

We live, work, and play in our built environments—our neighborhoods, homes, businesses, workplaces, and streets—and the shape of the built environment is vitally important to our health. Our environments can promote health with facilities like accessible sidewalks, appealing parks, and green spaces, and can damage health when marred by pollution or poor water quality. While links between physical health and the built environment are clear, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the built environment can also affect the psychological health of women and children. This DataSpeak will explore current research into how the built environment can influence reproductive health, child development, and mental health outcomes.

Presentations will be made by:

  • Gary Evans, PhD, from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Dr. Evans will present research on the effects of environmental factors such as pollution and housing quality on child development and psychological health.
  • Lynne Messer, PhD, MPH, from the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. Dr. Messer will discuss how she has used data on environmental quality to explore health disparities in reproductive and mental health outcomes.

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Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health Annual Assembly at APHA

Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:00-11:30 am  (CDT)
New Orleans Convention Center, MCC 239

If you are attending the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo next month, please make plans to attend the ATMCH Annual Assembly. Even if you are not yet an ATMCH member, you won’t want to miss the great presentations planned. Check out the attached agenda!  

Of course, joining (or re-joining) ATMCH is free and easy. Click HERE to access the Membership Application Exit Disclaimer, which can be completed and submitted online. Joining ATMCH gives you access to valuable Maternal & Child Health teaching resources, including MCH leaders around the country with expertise in a wide variety of MCH specialty areas.  

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting, please also consider attending the 9th Annual Greg Alexander Student/Faculty Breakfast (a terrific student/faculty networking opportunity) on Nov. 16th from 8:00-9:30 am in the New Orleans Convention Center (MCC 242).


Bullying Prevention in 2014: HRSA’s Perspective

A new blog post on stopbullying.gov by Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides HRSA's perspective on Bullying Prevention.


Competencies and Frameworks in Interprofessional Education: A Comparative Analysis

National Center Journal Club
Tuesday, November 18 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Join Dr. Jill Thistlethwaite and Dr. M Nawal Lutfiyya in a discussion about the nature of interprofessional competencies, the trend towards competency-based education and its impact on interprofessional education.

The basis of the discussion is Dr. Thistlethwaite's June 2014 article in Academic Medicine in which she and her co-authors highlight the need for further discussion around:

  • Establishing a common interprofessional language
  • Strengthening the ways in which academic environments work with practice environments
  • Improving the assessment of interprofessional competencies and teamwork, including the development of assessment tools for collaborative practice

For more information and to register, click here. Exit Disclaimer


HHS' National Partnership for Action to Host Health Equity Webinar

October 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

HHS' National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities will hold the webinar "Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments," Exit Disclaimer sponsored by ASTHO, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and Community Action Partnership. The webinar will highlight two resources for conducting community health needs assessments with a health equity lens: the America's Health Rankings Health Disparity Tool, which helps identify populations experiencing health disparities, and NNPHI's Community Commons, which provides free access to geographic information systems data for topic areas across the domains of the social determinants of health.


AMCHP is Now Accepting Applications for their Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship

DEADLINE: November 17 by 8:00 PM EST

AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 17. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here. Exit Disclaimer


Call for Applications: UCSF Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Preterm Birth

DEADLINE: December 1, 2014

The Fellowship goal is to develop the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers at UCSF focused on decreasing the global burden of preterm birth. Please find a brief overview of the Fellowship and list of application materials. Exit Disclaimer

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Craig Cohen
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
University of California San Francisco
craig.cohen@ucsf.edu
or
Hannah Park
Director of Operations,
UCSF PTBi
hannah.park2@ucsf.edu


Enrich Webinar: Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews

October 22, 2014
1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

The learning objectives for this webinar are:

  • Discuss how systematic reviews and meta-analysis can help meet the aims of researchers and decision-makers;
  • Understand the current methods used in systematic reviews and meta-analysis; and
  • Examine methodological questions under discussion by the research community.

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Measuring the Impact: Evaluating Interprofessional Education and Care in Community Clinical Settings

Thursday, October 16 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CDT

Join presenters Jennifer Morton, DNP, MPH, APHN Exit Disclaimer, and Susan Kimble, DNP, RN, ANP-BC Exit Disclaimer, as they discuss lessons learned while studying inteprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP).

From building a cohesive team to analyzing data, Drs. Morton and Kimble will explain how the support of the National Center, and the network of other HRSA grantees, aided in a successful study.

Objectives:

  • Illustrate how National Center resources can be used to support IPECP studies
  • Share how program plans, including evaluation, translate across various demographics
  • Describe attributes that contribute to a high-functioning interprofessional team
  • Describe how an interprofessional student interface is beneficial to a clinical partner’s organizational culture
  • Showcase the linking of isolated IPECP efforts


Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Maternal Obesity

Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm EDST

The Colloquium is offered by the University of Tennessee's Public Health Nutrition Program on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:30 pm-5:00 pm EDST at the Howard Baker Center on the UT campus. If attending on-site, check-in at 12:30 pm EDST. If participating online, log-on by 12:45 pm EDST.

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The Brookings Institution presents “MEDtalk” Exit Disclaimer

September 24th, at 10:30am ET

The Brookings Institution is hosting an innovative event called a MEDtalk. As part of the “Merkin Series on Innovations in Care Delivery ,” this event is based on case study findings of care redesign and sustainability through the lens of pediatric asthma.

The event features seven brief “TED-style” talks that consider the challenges of delivering pediatric care, while tackling factors that drive suboptimal care, improving patient and family quality of life, and reducing costs. This event will feature a case that draws on the experiences of the Community Asthma Initiative, an enhanced pediatric asthma intervention and their efforts in sustainability. The agenda includes firsthand experiences from patients, payers, policymakers, and clinical leadership from Massachusetts and Arkansas. Sustainable improvement strategies and the financial mechanisms available to encourage innovations in asthma will be explored.

The 90-minute MEDTalk will take place on September 24th, at 10:30am ET. If you’re in Washington, DC, you can join us at the Brookings Institution or if you can’t attend in person, you can watch a live-stream. You can find the full agenda and register here. Exit Disclaimer In addition, journal articles and a white paper will be released following the event. If you’re interested in hearing more about this project, sign up for the newsletter here.

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Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Healthy Tomorrows grantee, to be featured at Brookings Institution “MEDtalk” Exit Disclaimer

September 24th, at 10:30am ET

The Brookings Institution will feature Dr. Elizabeth Woods, Healthy Tomorrows grantee from the Community Asthma Initiative at Boston Children’s Hospital, in their September 24, 2014 “MEDtalk” to encourage innovative sustainable improvement strategies and new reimbursement mechanisms. Dr. Woods is also a faculty member of the Boston Children’s Hospital LEAH program. Register and watch via the Web .

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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP). The goal of this program is to promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies through innovative community driven programs. This program supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and to improve health equity. HTPCP funding supports direct service projects, not research projects.

Click to view this grant opportunity at Grants.gov


2014 CityMatCH Leadership And MCH Epidemiology Conference Exit Disclaimer

September 17 - 19

Location: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Registration Opens: April 28, 2014

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AMCHP's PULSE Newsletter features the MCH Workforce Development Center

The latest edition of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Newsletter, PULSE, features the MCH Workforce Development Center, funded by the Division of MCH Workforce Development.


Just published: “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays”

New Hampshire LEND PI, Dr. John Moeschler, co-authors "Comprehensive Evaluation of the Child With Intellectual Disability or Global Developmental Delays" just published in Pediatrics.


IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Please join us for the IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder that will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET at The National Institutes of Health, John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, 35 Convent Drive, Building 35, Room 620, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Agenda:
The IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring Conditions will focus on a range of co-occurring health conditions in individuals with ASD that are under-recognized in clinical and services settings, as well as how to best support both research and increased community/provider awareness of these conditions and foster development of guidelines in areas that are currently under-recognized.

Please visit the IACC Events page for the latest information about the meeting, including registration, remote access information, the agenda, materials and information about prior IACC events.


2014 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course

Conference Dates:  October 8-10, 2014

Description:
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.

Conference Topics This year’s conference topics include:

  • Nutrition and Infant Mortality
  • FASD Identification & Treatment
  • Street Drug Use Among Pregnant Women
  • Baby-Led Weaning
  • Predictors of Obesity Among 4 year old Children
  • Nutrition, Neonatal Growth and Cognitive Development
  • Substance Use and Depression in Postpartum Women
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Male Reproductive Health

Distance Learning Opportunities:

Distance education options are available for certain sessions. Up to 13.75 CEUs are available for distance viewers. The distance education program will be available from October 24 through December 31.


Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center Program Grant Opportunity Exit Disclaimer

DUE June 30th

Title: Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center Program Award
Size: Up to $1.35M per year with a program period of 4 years
Due date: June 30, 2014
TA call: June 4, 2-3 pm ET 877-930-9834 passcode 157473#

Description:
The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, Adolescent Health Branch is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH) Program. The purpose of the AYAH Program is to promote the comprehensive healthy development, health, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults and address their major health issues by strengthening the capacity of State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Programs, as well as of public health and clinical health professionals, to better serve these population groups, which range in age from 10 to 25 years. Over the past year, MCHB has been working with its partners to develop and refine a vision for transforming the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant in order to better meet current and future challenges facing this country’s mothers and children, including children and youth with special health care needs. This transformation contains expectations for improved accountability through new performance and structural/process measures spanning the MCH life course, including adolescence and young adulthood, as well as a realignment of the Title V MCH Block Grant to support more directly the needs of State Title V MCH Programs. The AYAH Program is a Special Projects of Regional or National Significance (SPRANS) activity that functions in the environment of the transformed Title V MCH Block Grant Program.

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Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America Exit Disclaimer

Conference and Webcast from Washington DC
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EST

The Century Foundation, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association would like to invite you to join us for a day-long meeting in Washington on 10 June, where we will explore the impact of poverty on children and families, and discuss possible solutions with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines and policy backgrounds. No charge for admission, but you need to register to assure a slot. There will be a live webcast of the event.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

Please RSVP to attend the conference or webcast.


Lessons Learned from Open Enrollment: How MCHB Grantees Are Supporting Families Exit Disclaimer

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

Please join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern, for a webcast to learn about MCHB grantees’ experiences in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Speakers will present maternal and child health population enrollment data from the first open enrollment period and highlight the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) New Jersey and SHIELDS for Families’ efforts to educate and support families to access and understand the value of health insurance. Successes and challenges will also be described.

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Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training. Exit Disclaimer

The University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program faculty and trainees announce the availability of a newly developed online learning tool entitled Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training. Exit Disclaimer

This learning tool is comprised of five sessions intended for professional development by personnel in MCH leadership education and training programs, Title V programs, and official health agencies who desire to learn about quality improvement (QI). The series aims to define QI, emphasize the importance of QI in healthcare settings, and present relevant tools for applying QI knowledge and skills in practice. This learning tool was developed for implementation in group settings, but also may be completed individually as a self-study. We will be applying for continuing professional education units for registered dietitians who complete all activities and a self-study questionnaire. Information regarding continuing education will be posted as soon as it is available.

The sessions were compiled by MCH Nutrition trainees and faculty from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Public Health Nutrition Program and as part of its federally-funded MCH Nutrition Leadership Education and Training Program. As part of this collaborative effort, faculty and trainees from the University of Minnesota’s Leadership, Education, and Training in MCH Nutrition Program piloted the sessions and provided feedback. The development of this learning tool was supported by grant number T79MC09805 of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We hope that you will find this tool useful in your professional endeavors. Additionally, we encourage you to distribute this tool to others who would find it relevant to their professional practice.


Healthy Tomorrows Grantee, CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) Program Receives National Recognition Exit Disclaimer

Healthy Tomorrows Grantee's CHALK program (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) received national recognition by Michelle Obama through her Let's Move! Active Schools initiative. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of Community-based Initiatives newsletter, Community Pediatrics E-News, features an interview with CHALK project leaders Andrea Hausel, MPH, RD, CDN and Dodi Meyer, MD, FAAP.

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WEBINAR: Why Gender Stereotypes are Bad for Adolescent Health: New Research Insights to Improve Programs & Care for Teens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM EST

Join us online OR in person at BU School of Public Health (see flyer) If you work with or plan programs for TEENS, you will not want to miss this webinar! Boston University and Harvard University Schools of Public Health jointly present this webinar open to all who work with adolescents. Dr. Bryn Austin of the Harvard School of Public Health, is renowned for her research on aspects of adolescent health, including eating disorders and gender expression, often misunderstood or neglected in public health and medicine. In this webinar she will present research findings on gender expression among teens and the pitfalls of gender stereotyping for their health and wellness. Professor Sophie Godley of Boston University School of Public Health, a longtime expert and practitioner of adolescent sexuality and health, will discuss how the research can and must inform our design of programs and policies for adolescents.

View the archived webinar


Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic CompetenceDocumenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence:

A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs

The National Center for Cultural Competence is pleased to announce a new product to support MCHB-funded training programs document efforts in advancing and sustaining cultural and linguistic competence. Documenting the Implementation of Cultural and Linguistic Competence: A Guide for Maternal and Child Health Bureau Funded Training Programs is designed to provide suggested approaches that can be used for grant proposals, progress reports, and site visits to document these efforts or to document progress over time. The guide’s structure is based on the areas addressed in site visits to Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs; however, the suggested approaches to documentation can be used by all types of training programs.

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Webinar: A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together—The Role of Epidemiologists

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The need for collaboration between primary care and public health is widely recognized, but these sectors don’t have a lot of experience working together. To address this, the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed a new tool – A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together. The Practical Playbook is a free, web-based tool designed to facilitate public health and primary care integration by offering a variety of resources for primary care providers and public health officials.

For more information, including the archived webinar, click here.


IACC 2013 Summary of Advances booklet, click to download the PDF2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in conjunction with the celebration of National Autism Awareness Month. The 2013 IACC Summary of Advances is a collection of brief summaries of studies selected by the IACC as the twenty most significant biomedical and services research advances in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research in 2013.

PDF document icon Get your copy now, click to download the PDF

Please feel free to visit the pages below for more information.

For more information please visit the IACC website

For more links and resources about autism spectrum disorder ASD, please visit our page Autism Highlitsh From Around the Network


Autism’s Powerful Affinities: Prison or Pathway?

WHEN: Thursday April 24, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
SPEAKER
: Ron Suskind
WHERE: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus
BOOK SIGNING: 3-3:30 PM, FAES Bookstore, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus
VIDEOCAST: http://videocast.nih.gov

The National Institute of Mental Health and Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to invite you to attend a special lecture to recognize National Autism Awareness Month.  In his talk, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Suskind will discuss his family’s 20 years of experimentation with his autistic son’s powerful affinity for animated movies, mostly from Disney, as a tool to open new pathways of communication and social connection.  Based on his experience, he poses provocative questions about how the features of autism might be turned from challenges into strengths to help those on the spectrum achieve their full potential. 

For more information please visit the website.


Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm (EDT)
Duration: 1 hour
Dial-In: 888-455-1840, passcode: 5780103
No pre-registration is needed.

In commemoration of National Minority Health Month, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites you to attend a stakeholder call announcing the launch of a new Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals. This oral health e-learning program is the first Think Cultural Health e-learning program based on the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards) designed specifically for oral health professionals.

Speakers:

  • J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Mayra E. Alvarez, MHA, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Rear Admiral William Bailey, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service (HHS)
  • Ralph Fuccillo, MA, Chief Mission Officer, DentaQuest and President, DentaQuest Foundation
  • Jim Crall, DDS, ScD, Director, National Oral Health Policy Center, Director, HRSA/MCHB Leadership Training in Pediatric Dentistry Program Professor, Chair, Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry, and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

888-455-1840, passcode: 5780103


Linked by Life Webinar: “Wisconsin: Turning the Ship Towards Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care

May 6, 2014 from
2:00 - 3:30pm EST

Description:  

The webinar will illustrate how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adopted and executed life course theory to expand preconception care throughout the state, connect MCH and early childhood modes of care while addressing the social determinants of health. Speakers will also reveal how they combined the assets of their MCH and chronic disease divisions to improve overall women’s health. The presenters will communicate why other local and state health departments should adopt this strategic intent in order to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes by becoming a MCH Life Course Organization.


CDC’s 2014 Community Report on AutismCDC’s 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is now available

The 2014 Community Report on Autism from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network and participating states’ pages are now available at the web addresses below:

PDF document icon 2014 ADDM Network Community Report on Autism

www link icon ADDM Network homepage


Child Welfare Information Gateway logoFunding Opportunity

Fellowships for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment
HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CA-0803

Summary:

Program Office: Children’s Bureau
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.670
Post Date: 04/08/2014
Application Due Date: 06/09/2014

Description:

This 24-month fellowship program is designed to identify, develop, and empower a new generation of scholars who will use their research to generate new knowledge in child maltreatment and will pursue careers in child abuse and neglect research and evaluation. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will provide funds for fellowships in blocks to eligible institutions to support doctoral candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to the study of child maltreatment, and faculty who will conduct research on critical issues in child abuse prevention and treatment and provide mentorship to the emerging scholars. Each block must consist of one faculty member and up to two students. These fellowships serve to help cultivate the academic infrastructure and support the growth of university-based research capacities. The Children’s Bureau will fund proposals that utilize multi-method research designs for: economic evaluations of interventions to improve outcomes of children and families in or at risk of entering the child welfare system; studies that examine the relationship between neglect and poverty; studies that examine resiliency and protective factors for children experiencing or at-risk of child maltreatment; and secondary research on existing datasets. Doctoral candidates concentrating on child maltreatment issues in the fields of social work, social science, public health, medicine, and economics are the target of this support.


2014 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health Ready, Set, Now! Access and Youth-Friendly ServicesReady, Set, Now! Access and Youth-Friendly Services

July 28th - July 30th, 2014
Amherst H. Wilder Center

What if nothing got in the way of a young person accessing the health and social services they needed? No transportation or financial barriers. No concerns about confidentiality. No fear of stigma or discrimination. No restrictive policies limiting providers’ services. Would we be ready? Would we be set?

Today’s health and social services landscape is changing so rapidly that providers and policy makers can’t keep pace. It’s even more difficult for young people to know the latest. We need to equip all who work with youth – from front-line providers to systems-level administrators – with perspectives and tools for creating practices and policies that meet the health and social service needs of young people.

Now! It is the right time to engage in creative and courageous conversations about how we can redesign our services to assure they are youth-friendly. From the eyes of young people, are services accessible, affordable, appropriate, and, perhaps most of all, acceptable? Do providers have skills for creating welcoming places, building trust, and engaging young people as partners in health?

During the 2014 Summer Institute, we will catch up on the latest in policies affecting access to services, create a tool for evaluating the “friendliness” of youth services, visit settings that are successfully supporting young people, and listen to how others have learned from experience about reaching all young people, especially those often excluded from access – those struggling with mental health problems or addictions, those living in immigrant communities or rural areas, those who are homeless or incarcerated. Think about new ways for drawing young men into clinical services. Most importantly, during the Institute, listen to young people advise us on key elements of youth-friendly services and how we can work with them to advocate for access to the services they need.

Early bird registration - $250 - is until July 1st. After July 1st, registration is $300. U of MN graduate students registration fee is $150. Graduate credit from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University is available for this course.

For questions, please contact Jenna Baumgartner, Program Coordinator, at 612-626-0606.


Building Capacity To Reduce Bullying And Its Impact On Youth Across The Lifecourse: A Workshop

When: April 9, 2014 - April 10, 2014 (8:30 AM Eastern)

Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (NAS Lecture Room) 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) will hold a two-day workshop that will feature expert presentations and discussion to highlight current research on bullying prevention as well as lessons learned from related areas of research and practice.

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Public Health Grand RoundsCDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds Presents:
Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Numbers to Know-How

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Global Communications Center (Building 19)
Alexander D. Langmuir Auditorium, Roybal Campus

Presented By:

  • Julie Daniels, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health,
    Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “Autism Etiology – What We Know and How to Learn More”
  • Jon Baio, EdS, Epidemiologist
    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
    “Surveillance for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Key Findings and Trends”
  • Susan L. Hyman, MD, Division Chief, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
    “Early Identification and Screening”
  • Samuel L. Odom, PhD, Director, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute,
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    “Evidence-based Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Facilitated By:

  • John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
    Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
    Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

For CDC staff unable to attend the event: The session will be available on IPTV and Envision. To join by Envision, reserve a conference room and make the Envision request or use your local room scheduling process to schedule Envision.

For non-CDC staff or those outside the CDC firewall: A live external webcast will be available. Presentations are archived and posted 48 hours after each session. Due to security measures at CDC’s Roybal campus, non-CDC staff who wish to attend these sessions in person must have prior clearance and a U.S. state-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, U.S. passport).

Names of non-CDC staff (both domestic and international) should be submitted to the Grand Rounds Team. Please note that all information for international visitors must be submitted at least 10 days in advance.

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National Minority Health Month

During April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action, a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our communities. Everyone in America should have the chance to live a healthy life, regardless of who they are and where they live. We need your help to combat health disparities, build healthier communities and create a stronger nation. Join us during Minority Health Month and take action for health equity!

To learn more, visit the Office of Minority Health website


New NCBDDD Report on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

1 in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder

New data from NCBDDD’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed. CDC encourages partners to use information from the ADDM Network in their local communities and across the country to move forward initiatives, policies, and research that help children with ASD.

Today, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries released the findings in a report titled, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010.”

To learn more, visit the NCBDDD’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network


Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting

Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting group photo with about 45 participantsThe Southeast Maternal and Child Health Scholar Collaborative Meeting was held March 14-15, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. Hosted by the University of South Florida’s (USF) Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program, the regional meeting was a collaborative effort involving students and faculty from MCH training programs at USF, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tulane University, and the University of North Carolina. Featuring speakers, panel discussions, and interactive group activities, the focus of the meeting was on MCH policy and translating policy at the local levels. Speakers included Dean Donna Petersen of USF, Holly Grason of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Johns Hopkins University, as well as Brent Ewig, the federal policy liaison for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. Feedback from our MCH Scholars was very positive; we hope to offer this meeting annually!


Link to the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! web page and videoBirth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Recent statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 4 children aged 0-5 are at moderate or high risk for developmental, behavioral, or social delay.[1] As a result, the Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health Resources and Services Administration, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! seeks to:

  • Celebrate milestones
  • Promote universal screening
  • Identify possible delays and concerns early
  • Enhance developmental supports

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will support the implementation of these core missions by releasing:

  1. A compendium of research-based screening tools
  2. “User’s Guides” for multiple audiences
  3. An electronic package of resources for follow-up and support  

This unprecedented multi-faceted initiative will assure that the wide range of adults who love, work, and care for young children have an array of resources tailored to fit their needs and those of the families they serve.

To learn more, please visit www.hhs.gov/WatchMeThrive.

[1] National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011-12. With funding and direction from MCHB, these surveys were conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.


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image of head silhouette with puzzle piece superimposedOutside of rare “eureka” moments, breakthroughs usually result from the collective contributions of everyone on a research team, from the tenured senior scientist to the most junior researcher. Junior researchers—often students in college, graduate school, medical school, or even high school—come to the NICHD and other NIH Institutes through programs such as the NIH Summer Internship Program and the NIH Postbaccalaureate Programs. These programs provide critical opportunities for students and new investigators to learn about research, research careers, and research institutions.

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Making Lifelong Connections Annual Meeting, link to website

Making Lifelong Connections Fourth Annual Meeting

Date: May 8-9, 2014
Location: Denver, Colorado

We would like to invite trainees to participate in a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, meet other Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) current and former trainees and enhance their career development. The Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Arizona are co-hosting this one and a half day event entitled “Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCHB Trainees” in Denver, Colorado on May 8-9, 2014. At this meeting, current and former MCHB trainees will work together to enhance their leadership skills, network and develop professional connections.


Maternal & Child Health: Reach Out & Help Families Enroll

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A video message from Associate Administrator for MCH, Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH


2014-2015 Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program

  • Do you have a passion for supporting people with developmental disabilities?
  • Do you want to be a catalyst for positive changes in supporting Georgia’s children with disabilities?
  • Do you want to be more effective in your work with individuals, families, and other professionals?
  • Are you interested in developing into a leader in your field?

If you answered YES to any of these questions above then watch the following video!

Click to watch a video about the Georgia LEND program

The Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The ideal applicant will be a student of Georgia State University (GSU) or other Georgia University who is pursuing the highest degree that the University grants in a health profession or advocacy-related field. (For a list of LEND and LEND-related disciplines, please see page 2 of the program application.) The GaLEND Program provides an interdisciplinary training experience that focuses on learning to provide family-centered, coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally competent supports and services to children with disabilities and their families.

An applicant who is accepted to the program will work 10-12 hours a week over the course of the academic year. Trainees are appointed as graduate research assistants with a stipend between $5,000 and $10,000 for the academic year; note that compensation is commensurate with academic standing. GaLEND participants have historically been eligible for full tuition remission. Trainees or fellows who are accepted into the program are also eligible for a travel stipend to support professional development.

The GaLEND Program is funded through a grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program is operated by GSU’s Center for Leadership in Disability in partnership with the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Completed applications are due to Mark Crenshaw by 5PM on Friday, March 7, 2014. Please contact Mark Crenshaw at 404.413.1385 with questions.

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MCH 3.0 Virtual Town Hall

The multimedia archive of the MCH 3.0 Virtual Town Hall for the Division of MCH Workforce Development Programs that took place on Thursday, January 9, 2014  is now available!


2014 Spring Internship Opportunity

Division of MCH Workforce Development

The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is seeking intern(s) for spring 2014. The internship is an unpaid practicum experience for graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or enrolled in health-related coursework in the United States. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program. 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 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.


Nutrition for Infants, Children & AdolescentsNUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS

DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS AND NUTRITION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

February 17 – 19, 2014

This is a three day program with the purpose to improve the nutritional status of infants, children and adolescents by updating health professionals in infant, child and adolescent nutrition at both the individual and public health level. The course will provide leadership training in pediatric/adolescent nutrition by developing high levels of clinical competence, provide instruction in nutrition needs and services for children, and providing training in systems of delivery of nutrition care. This course is designed for pediatrics practitioners including dietitians, nurses, nutritionists, pediatric nurse practitioners, physicians, and other professionals who are involved in the care of children.

Topics include: Pediatric Growth and Development, Feeding Concerns and Disordered Eating, Genetics, Sports Nutrition, Sleep Problems, Reviews of current treatments in Pulmonary, GI, Renal, Cardiology, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Overview of Nutrition and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and How to Address the Gaps in Nutritional Services under ACA.

CEU: 20 hours has been requested from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Alabama Board of Nursing


2013-2014 - HOT TOPICS IN PEDIATRIC NUTRITION

DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS AND NUTRITION SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nutrition is again being offered as an online training. 4 hours of CPE has been awarded as a self-study by the Alabama Dietetic Association as a provider for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The purpose of the online program is to provide pediatric practitioners with up-to-date information on topics in the area of MCH and pediatric nutrition. The topics include: 1) An update on assessment and treatment of pediatric food allergies by Ms. Lynn Christie for the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Arkansas Children’ Hospital; 2) Dr. Chandler-Laney of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences presents the results of research showing the link between maternal gestational glucose and childhood obesity; 3) Dr. Linda Knol from the University of Alabama presents on the link between food insecurity and childhood obesity; 5) Helping patients and professionals determine where to turn for health information on the internet, Dr. Brian Geiger, Director for the Center of Educational Accountability at UAB presents on “How do I know what is credible on the internet?”

CEU: 4 hours approved by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)


In the News: Dr. Maria Trent of Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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Ready, Set, Go: ACA Basics and Outreach & Education Opportunities Webcast

Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Please join the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration for a webcast focusing on the historic coverage expansions in January 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. The session will include a brief overview of the two major pathways to health care coverage for maternal and child populations. Then the webinar will look at strategies and resources so you can help educate others about the new insurance options open to them for enrollment. Information on the different types of consumer assistance available will be shared and there will be time for questions and answers as well.


New Grantee Orientation

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Dr. Kay Perrin wins the 2013 Riegelman Award for Excellence

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education – Dr. Karen (Kay) Perrin of the University of South Florida College of Public Health. The Riegelman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Public Health Education, made possible by a generous grant from Dr. Richard and Mrs. Linda Riegelman, recognizes a full-time, undergraduate public health faculty member at a university with a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health, who has demonstrated exemplary efforts to start a new program, collaborated both with community partners and other disciplines, and garnered respect and enthusiasm from students. This year’s award presentation will take place at the 2013 Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit on Saturday, November 2, in Boston, MA.


The Autism Intervention Research Network On Physical Health Launches New Site

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our newly designed website for the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Along with a new look, we have included some features that we hope will make visiting the site a friendlier, easier and more interactive experience. We hope you enjoy our new website which offers information about our research studies and the work of the AIR-P, tools for parents and professionals, upcoming events on how we broaden the reach and much more.

Visit the web site at www.autisminterventionresearch.net


MCH Workforce Development Centers Program Awarded

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is pleased to announce the award of the MCH Workforce Development Centers Program to the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, under the leadership of Project Director Dr. Dorothy Cilenti.

The MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC will provide workforce development for State Title V MCH program leaders and staff in four key programmatic areas around implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): access to care, quality improvement, systems integration and population health management. In addition, the MCH Workforce Development Center will help prepare the future MCH workforce with skills and knowledge to succeed in a transformed public health system under the ACA.

The UNC Center will serve as a consolidated national hub for this program, engaging with key academic, policy and public health practice partners and providing workforce development in each of the four key areas.


Healthy Generations Spring 2013 Features Life Course Content

The Sping 2013 volume of Health Generations, Exit Disclaimer published by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnestoa's School of Public Health, has been one of their most popular volumes to date. Life course is the feature topic and this volume received over 6000 visits on the website in addition to the 3500 subscribers who recieved this volume by mail. Title V directors received 10 hard copies each and many have placed orders for additional copies to share with others. Holly Grason, MS, from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health comments:

What a terrific job you did putting the concepts into clear English, and presenting the information in very accessible contexts.  Kudos and thank you! --Holly Grason, MS

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Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC), with input from an expert MCH faculty work group, developed a set of checklists to assess cultural and linguistic competence within the MCH Training Program. Each checklist addresses a different aspect of the infrastructure, function, policy, and practice of training programs. The checklists are not designed to measure the cultural and linguistic competence of a given program; rather they provide a structure for discussion and self-examination to facilitate programmatic and organizational change. New additions to the series include an additional resource to be used in connection with the checklist on experiential learning--Applying Cultural and LInguistic Competence to a Framework for Creating Learning Spaces for the Enhancement of Experiential Learning-- and a new checklist on the climate of the learning environment.

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2013 Summer Institute in Adolescent Health Seeking, Striving, Succeeding:  Sexual Health for Emerging Adults

When: July 29th - July 31st, 2013 (August 1st for individuals taking it for graduate credit)
Where: Amherst H. Wilder Center, St. Paul, MN 

Who Should Attend? All who work with young people – teachers, coaches, and administrators; nurses, physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and youth workers; religious leaders and policy makers.


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Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time

Part 1: July 16, 2013
Part 2: July 24, 2013

The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is launching a technical assistance (TA) webinar series for MCH Training Program Directors and Data Coordinators aimed at: Emphasizing the importance of performance report data in demonstrating program impact Communicating how performance measure data is used by DMCHWD staff Providing consistent TA across DMCHWD Programs for upcoming performance report submission Providing an opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff


Reinventing Maternal and Child Health: Coordinating the Boundaries Between Social Determinants and Clinical Care

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
Thursday June 13, 2013
12:00-1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

As changes occur in the field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), innovative approaches are needed to address critical issues. Life Course, a perspective that has roots in other disciplines, builds upon collaborations and partnerships in the broader public health system and in other disciplines. The process of applying Life Course in practice allows for flexibility and innovation and is critical for long-lasting and effective health improvements. Program faculty will discuss the role each public health professional can play in contributing to this system change and social movement within MCH.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Provide a quick summation of the status of the Maternal and Child Health industry in America today.
  2. Communicate an operating framework/matrix to implement a Life Course Approach to MCH practice.
  3. Communicate specific policy and practice strategies for state and local action in Alabama.
  4. Define the leadership mandate to reinvent maternal and child health.

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Coughing Kids: When Not Just Asthma

Satellite Conference and Live Webcast
Thursday May 16, 2013
12:00-2:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Chronic, recurring cough is a common occurrence in the pediatric clinic. While asthma is by far the most common etiology of such a cough, this can often signal a more serious, underlying health concern. Program faculty will outline various symptoms related to impaired mucociliary clearance and immunologic dysfunction that may lead to a diagnosis affecting pediatric respiratory health. Faculty will also discuss the process and diagnostic rationale in evaluating a chronic cough in the pediatric patient and respiratory health maintenance strategies related to treating and preventing the advancement of bronchiectasis and lung injury.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Discuss the differential diagnosis of a chronic and recurrent cough.
  2. Describe the epidemiology and significance of immune dysfunction on respiratory health.
  3. Describe the diagnostic approach to evaluation of a chronic cough.
  4. List therapeutic options and preventative therapies to promote respiratory health.
  5. Discuss the impact of chronic respiratory disease on the child, family, and community.

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2013 Trainee Engagement Webinar Series

A webinar focused on Mentorship Experiences:
Thursday, March 28, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The Division of MCH Workforce Development is initiating a new Trainee Webinar series aimed at providing current and recent MCH Training Program trainees with networking and professional development opportunities. This inaugural webinar will focus on trainee mentoring experiences and explore trainee perspectives on the following topics:

  • How trainees connected with a mentor
  • Benefits of the mentoring relationship
  • Lessons learned (considerations for trainees seeking a mentor and for training programs connecting trainees with a mentor)

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The Pediatrician and Substance Use: Practical strategies to minimize the impact of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs on infants, children, teens and young adults

April 26 to 28, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

Summary:

Substance use in the home affects the entire family—parents, children and siblings—and primary care providers are in an ideal position to detect and intervene when necessary. This two and a half day conference will bring together experts in the fields of general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, developmental medicine and addiction to discuss the developmental, behavioral and medical aspects of the problem and to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing substance abuse in the primary care setting. Major topics covered will include tobacco use, drug-endangered children, risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use, interviewing adolescents, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), parent guidance, opioid misuse and important new information about the adolescent brain and its special susceptibility to the effects of TAOD. Special sessions will focus on cannabinoid physiology and marijuana policy, treatment for opioid dependence and “new” psychoactive drugs used by teens and youth.

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Communities Creating Healthy, Active Environments

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Communities across the nation are implementing projects that improve people’s ability be more physically active in their neighborhoods. This webinar will share lessons learned from different communities that increased opportunities for both children and adults to walk, bike, exercise and play through policy and environmental changes. The webinar will also provide evidence on how having access to parks, open space, trails, and other venues for physical activity is related to better health. Representatives from two different communities will share their stories, including successes in underserved neighborhoods to improve safety, aesthetics, and access to places to be active.

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