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MCH Nutrition Grantee Projects:

Leadership Education in MCH Nutrition:
Currently six centers of excellence are funded to provide leadership education and training for graduate-level trainees and fellows and to deliver continuing education (CE) for the MCH nutrition workforce. These centers focus on clinical and public health nutrition to improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, children with special health care needs, mothers, and their families.

Training Initiative Highlights:

Policy Briefs developed by participants of the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute are available for downloading from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists website Exit Disclaimer

Highlights from the Annual Meeting of the Western MCH Nutrition Leadership Network

Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute 2014-2015

Life Course Nutrition: Maternal and Child Health Strategies in Public Health
Description: This 75-minute online course, based on a life course framework, is designed to help public health leaders describe the role of maternal and child nutrition in population health and identify actions they can take to create equitable access to healthy foods and food environments.

See What Trainees are Doing:

Meetings, Webinars, and News Around the Network:

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

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.

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.

Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Infant Feeding, Part 1 Exit Disclaimer
DATE: Friday, March 27th, 2015
12:30pm – 5:00pm EDST (onsite)
12:45pm – 5:00pm EDST (online)
LOCATION: Onsite at the Howard Baker Center & Webcast The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
DESCRIPTION: 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. For more information Exit Disclaimer

Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference: Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership
DATE: August 2-4, 2014
LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia
DESCRIPTION: The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will be hosting the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. USBC is thrilled to convene this unique conference once again, with a continued focus on implementation of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to impact policy, systems, and environmental change. A new focus has also been placed this year on developing capacity and commitment to racial equity in breastfeeding support, as reflected in the theme: Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership.

Preventing Childhood Obesity Through Family Engagement and Policy: the Women’s Children’s and Family’s Health and Nutrition Conference
DATE: May 16, 2014. Minneapolis, MN.
CE hours available: 5.75
Conference topics include: Food Addiction & Obesity, Trends in Nutrition Quality of Restaurant Foods, Evaluating Health Eating & Activity Policies in Schools, Fetal Origins of Obesity, Risk & Protective Factors for Childhood Obesity in the Home Environment, and Promoting Family Meals and Teaching Cooking Skills in the Home Setting.
Register for the confernce at this link.

The National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Course
DATE: October 8-10, 2014. Minneapolis, MN.
DESCRIPTION: Distance viewing of the program will be Available Nov 1, 2014 – Jan 30, 2015. Select conference topics include: Nutrition and Infant Mortality Effects of Alcohol and Substance Use among Pregnant and Postpartum Women Nutrition, Obesity and Male Reproductive Health Baby-Led Weaning, Nutrition, Neonatal Growth and Cognitive Development Advancements in Motivational and Client-Centered Counseling Registration and conference information will be available in June.

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) Annual Meeting
DATE: June 8 - 10, 2014
LOCATION: Minneapolis, MN

NIHCM webinar archive: Expanding Nutritional Counseling to Prevent Childhood Obesity
DATE: December 12, 2013
DESCRIPTION: Efforts to improve children’s nutrition have been gaining momentum, with new standards for school lunches in effect this year and community gardens in harvest across the country. Yet for many, the annual well-child visit continues to be a missed opportunity to address poor eating habits. Given the health risks of childhood obesity, offering positive, practical guidance on nutrition in a clinical setting could prove beneficial for protecting children’s long-term health.

Making It Work Toolkit
Workplace Toolkit, from New York The New York State Department of Health and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children have developed the Making It Work Toolkit, an online resource for breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school. The toolkit is designed to provide assistance to breastfeeding mothers as well as tools and information for businesses and families. This project was funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.

National Women's Health Week Graphic
In honor of National Women's Health Week, the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association has developed a graphic highlighting the important role of breastfeeding in women's health across the lifespan.

Recent Publications:

Links to PDF document for Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0 Colloquium Series: Infant Feeding, Part 1
Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0
Colloquium Series: Infant Feeding, Part 1


Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute

Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition
Training Institute 2014-2015


Links to story about Lisa Mays, a nutrition trainee
See What Trainees Are Doing

Links to a poster for National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week

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