Maternal and Child Health Training Program
A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
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.
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.
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.
The learning objectives for this webinar:
1. Understand the types of data readily available in electronic health records (EHRs) that support child health research activities
2. Recognize the challenges with cleaning and organizing electronic health data before statistical analyses can be performed
3. Gain a practical understanding of how researchers working with the American Academy of Pediatrics are using data from an EHR “supernetwork” to conduct cutting-edge research
Robert W. Grundmeier, MD (Bob) is a practicing Primary Care Pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Informatics in the Division of General Pediatrics, and is the Director of the Clinical Reporting Unit in CHOP’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHI). Bob is a founding member of the Pediatric Research Consortium (PeRC), which facilitates EHR-mediated research within CHOP's dozens of primary care practices across the region.
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?"
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.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) – HRSA-16-180. The purpose of this program is to increase the proportion of children and young adults ages birth to 21 years who fall within a healthy weight range by supporting states to adopt evidence-based or evidence-informed policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding that support healthy weight behaviors.
The Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN will support implementation of the Title V Block Grant transformation by supporting states’ efforts to address the new National Performance Measures (NPMs) by accelerating improvement and innovation in integrating and translating evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies into practice through collaborative learning in order to achieve the greatest collective impact at the state level. The Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN will align and synergize with other MCHB investments, including Healthy Start, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems to support states in areas related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding and will build on lessons learned from the MCHB Pediatric Obesity Mini CoIIN.
To learn more about the Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN (HRSA-16-180), click on http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=282168 or go to grants.gov and search for HRSA-16-180
NOTE: A technical assistance call will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time. The MCHB Project Officer will provide an overview of the FOA and be available to answer questions. Call information is as follows:
Call number: 888-843-9978
Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/hrsa-16-180/
The MCH Workforce Development Center FOA has been released! Can you please post the FOA release on our website when you return to the office? The information about the TA session is below:
There will be a technical assistance call on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
A recording will be available until May 5, 2016 at: 1-866-445-8290; Passcode: 3517
Here is the grants.gov link: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=281960
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.
CHICAGO (March 14, 2016) – The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH), and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (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:
All teams interested in participating must submit applications via an online portal by April 25, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET. Applications will be selected and parties notified by May 23, 2016.
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.
"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.
For more information about the Improving Children’s Vision: Systems, Stakeholders & Support project or children’s vision health topics, please visit http://nationalcenter.preventblindness.org/ or contact Kira Baldonado at (800) 331-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 or www.facebook.com/preventblindness
About the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
NICHQ is an independent, nonprofit organization working for nearly two decades to improve children’s health. We help organizations and professionals who share this mission make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives. For more information about NICHQ, go to www.NICHQ.org/about .
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.
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).
Healthy 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.
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) and Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).
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.
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
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.
Go to http://www.mchnavigator.org/5min to sign up, access resources, and interact!
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.
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); 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/
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.
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/
Please register for the webcast. The webcast will be recorded. Advance registration is recommended.
Interested in hosting a partner conference? Partner conferences arrange a group viewing with additional activities such as a discussion, speakers’ panel, or additional presentations at their school or organization. For information about partner conferences visit the Webcast webpage.
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.
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:
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:
Lauren Raskin Ramos, MPH
Director, Division of MCH Workforce Development
Michelle Tissue, MPH
Public Health Analyst, Division of MCH Workforce Development
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program implemented group well child visits for Asian American immigrant and refugee families and children 0 - 2 years of age. The group visits allowed for caregiver education and support in a culturally competent and financially self-sustainable manner in the context of pediatric medical home.
Implementation Insights: Leverage existing opportunities and infrastructure rather than creating completely new initiatives. Engage diverse families through cultural brokers who represent culturally and linguistically diverse community members. Involve key leaders and stakeholders early to enhance sustainability.
To find out more about the Empowering Mothers Initaitive, including practical pediatric medical home implementation tips and strategies, visit the National Center for Medical Home Implementation Web site.
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH are pleased to host a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).
Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place through February. The scheduled webinars are as follows:
NPM #4 Breastfeeding Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. EST
NPM #10 Adolescent Well Visit Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. EST
NPM #5 Safe Sleep Jan. 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST
More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website.
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 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!!
This webinar ( July 16, 2015) was the 4th in a year-long series, sponsored by the Region VIII Federal Partners.
On July 23, 2015, the Division of MCH Workforce Development held a New Grantee Orientation Webinar. The webinar covered the following information:
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
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:
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.
PH WINS is the first nationally representative survey of individual state health agency workers of which more than 10,000 public health workers from 37 state health agencies participated. Join us on Thursday, September 24, for a Town Hall Webinar to learn about the findings from the PH WINS and how it impacts the public health workforce; including the field of Maternal and Child Health. We look forward to your participation! To log into the webinar, please use the following information:
Prior to the webinar, we encourage you to test your connection to ensure proper functionality and get a quick overview of Adobe Connect.
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.
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.
Are you interested in contributing to state and national health reform implementation, as well as expanding your leadership skills? If so, we invite you to register for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill fall 2015 Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation online course. This course is targeted towards graduate students in an MCH Training Program and individuals who are currently or formally affiliated with an MCH training program. 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. Course participants will gain essential competencies for quality improvement, systems thinking, population change management, and promotion of access to care for women and families. Participants can enroll in this course for academic or certificate of completion.
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.