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The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers Brief

Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers, examines the link between emotional support mothers receive in rearing their children, and their children's development.
Child Trends reports in this brief that emotional support for mothers improves outcomes for children. Findings also suggest that providing emotional support for mothers may serve to protect children in both disadvantaged and advantaged families from negative outcomes.
Download the Child Trends Brief (140k PDF)

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Stop Bullying Now Website Update

The Stop Bullying Now website has been relaunched with new resources that emphasize action steps individuals can take to prevent and stop bullying in their schools and communities. It also features easy-to-use tools and resources for community leaders, young people and families, including:

Find updated widgets and badges, submit materials for inclusion into the resource database, and discover ways to share on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

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New Resource Briefs on MCH Statistics, Research, and Programs

The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a set of resource briefs to help you quickly locate data sets, data tools, and statistics; literature and research; and programs to improve families’ health and well-being.

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Innovations in EMS Care through Research Webinar

April 16, 2012
3:30–5:00 PM EDT

This MCH Learning webinar will include presentations by:

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Cluster Analysis Webinar

Monday, April 23, 2012
3:00 – 4:15PM EDT

As part of the EnRICH webinar series, this presentation will focus on latent class cluster analyses (LCCA). LCCA is a model based cluster analysis method used to identify subtypes of related cases (latent classes) from categorical, ordinal, and continuous multivariate data. It provides a way of identifying latent segments (types) for which parameters in a specified model differ.
Traci Clemons, PhD, Vice President at The EMMES Corporation will present. Dr. Clemons oversees the Data Coordinating Center for MCHB funded Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).  Dr. Clemons also serves as Principal Investigator for numerous statistical and data coordinating centers sponsored by the Federal government and private pharmaceutical corporations in a variety of disease areas, such as age related macular degeneration, cataract, macular telangiectasia, and pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.
EnRICH is a series of webinars that feature special topics related to MCH research. Each event features one or more speakers who are experts in the field. EnRICH webinars are conducted by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center, which is funded by the MCHB’s Division of Research, Training, and Education.

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HRSA Combating Autism Act Webinar

April 25, 2012
1:00–2:30 PM EDT

This MCH Learning webinar, “How Is HRSA Combating Autism Act Funding Impacting States, Families, and Health Professionals?” will include presentations by HRSA MCHB staff:

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Latina Researchers Conference

April 27 – 28, 2012
New York, NY

This conference is a response to the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees including those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It will examine the barriers and opportunities for advancement in research and academic positions highlighting those with these degrees. It will showcase work from these researchers providing role models for future researchers.

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Health Care Transition Call for Abstracts

Submission deadline: May 31, 2012

Submit abstracts for the 4th Annual Health Care Transition Research Consortium in Houston on October 17. Fall symposium goals are: facilitate sharing of health care transition expertise and experience; foster development of health care transition; and facilitate networking among colleagues and consumers. We are interested in receiving abstracts addressing topics such as:

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CityMatCH Conference Call for Abstracts

Submission deadline: June 15, 2012

“Advancing Partnerships: Data, Practice, and Policy” will be co-hosted with the 18th Annual MCH Epidemiology Conference.
Abstracts can relate to 16 different Public Health Issue Focus Areas, 8 different Population Focus Areas, and follow either a Program and Policy or Data/Scientific Research track.

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Head Start 11th National Research Conference

June 18–20, 2012
Washington, DC

The conference, "Research on Young Children and Families: Effective Practices in an Age of Diversity and Change," will identify and disseminate research relevant to young children and their families and to encourage collaborations and partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The conference focuses especially on research that considers low-income families who are Head Start's service population.

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HRSA – MCH Pediatric Research Network Program

April 20, 2012

The MCH Pediatric Research Network Program exists to support a pediatric applied research network that promotes coordinated multi-centered research activities, focused on translating research to practice that should result in health and health service improvements when applied directly into pediatric primary care and/or service settings. These funds should be used to identify more effective approaches to children's health in primary care settings through the development and maintenance of a national network of primary care child health professionals who collaborate in the development and implementation of research designed to increase critical child health care knowledge.

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HRSA – EMS for Children Resource Center

April 30, 2012

The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for a cooperative agreement to provide support for a Resource Center to provide integrated support to HRSA's EMSC Program grantees through dissemination and knowledge transfer. The Resource Center and the Data Coordinating Center will support the Federal EMSC Program grantees, national partners, and stakeholders and serve as a repository that is both resourceful and equipped with a wealth of knowledge and skill necessary to support the Federal EMSC Program initiatives, its partners and key stakeholders through the provision of technical expertise, content knowledge, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. The estimated total program funding is $1,500,000.

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HRSA – State Public Health Center for Autism

April 30, 2012

The Coordinating Center will support and assist States in developing a State system of care to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or are at risk for developing ASD and other DD. The Coordinating Center will coordinate with the State Autism Demonstration Grantees and developing a strategy for supporting and monitoring the role of State public health, including Title V and other public health programs, in developing a State system of care to assure that children and youth with ASD and other DD receive early and timely identification, diagnosis, and intervention. The estimated total program funding is $275,000.

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RWJF – Community Grants 2012

May 2, 2012

The program will support communities working to implement policy or system changes to address one of the social or economic factors that most strongly influence health outcomes in their community including: education, employment and income, family and social support, and community safety. Grantees will be organizations that participate in established coalitions or networks spanning multiple sectors and perspectives. Applicants must engage community members in the planning and implementation of projects, and must collaborate with organizations having expertise in improving the health of the public. Estimated total funding is up to $200,000 with up to 20 grants awarded for a 24-month period of implementation.

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APHA – MCH Student Fellows Nominations

May 4, 2012

The MCH Section of the American Public Health Association is seeking nominations for its Student Fellows Program. This program is an exciting and unique opportunity for students to learn more about the MCH field and to be actively engaged in the activities of the MCH Section. For 1 year, each student fellow will have an opportunity to learn more about APHA and the MCH Section by participating in business meetings, serving on various Section committees, working on Section policy statements, and helping to organize a special session at the Annual Meeting. Student Fellows will be matched with a public health mentor in the MCH field who is serving in a leadership role in the MCH Section.
Students will be selected and notified by July, and begin October 1. Questions about the program can be directed to Lianne Estefan.

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CDC – Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities Conference Support

May 7, 2012

The purpose of conference is to support funding and to provide partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas improving the health and quality of life for people with disabling or potentially disabling health conditions. The estimated total program funding is $400,000.
Contact the Procurement and Grants Office TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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HRSA – MCH Oral Health Services Grant Program

May 8, 2012

The goal of this ongoing national effort is to help in the development of effective strategies aimed at improving maternal and child oral health status. The grant program will provide support to health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, researchers, and others who seek to address current and emerging public oral health issues in their efforts to achieve sustainable oral health services for the MCH population. Such efforts will augment and/or stabilize oral health services including but perinatal services focuses, newborn home-visiting efforts, and school-based health centers. The estimated total program funding is $600,000.

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HRSA – National Developmental Disability Resource Center

May 18, 2012

The National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center will improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have, or are at risk for developing, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD), by providing TA to the network of interdisciplinary training programs in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities in States that do not have a program. The Resource Center will assist training grantees to better train professionals to utilize valid and reliable screening tools to diagnose or rule out and provide evidence-based interventions for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. The estimated total program funding is $777,141.

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CDC – Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Case Registry

May 29, 2012

The purpose of the SUID-CR is to monitor category-specific trends in SUID, including racial and ethnic disparities and characteristics associated with SUID. The estimated total program funding is $1,087,752 with 10 expected awards.
Contact the Procurement and Grants Office TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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HRSA – Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Coordinating Center

May 29, 2012

The purpose of this FOA is to invite cooperative agreement applications from State governments and accredited schools of medicine to support clinical investigators to support the data functions for the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. The estimated total program funding is $2,800,000.

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CDC – National Framework to Eliminate Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

May 30, 2012

The purpose of the program is to: convene the existing stakeholders and support working groups, and implement the actions directed by the group; lead the efforts of the expert panel on preconception and reproductive health and to develop, provide and disseminate relevant technical assistance (TA); disseminate the FIMR-HIV Prevention Methodology, and to provide TA to communities via a resource center; and optimize the Methodology to improve perinatal systems. The estimated total program funding is $2,122,500 with 3 expected awards.
Contact the Procurement and Grants Office TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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RWJF – Healthy Eating Research

Round 7: May 31, 2012

New Connections: July 31, 2012

The national Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity program supports environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children. The primary goal of this proposal call is to fund and communicate strategic and timely research addressing key evidence needed to advance RWJF's policy priorities — providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with innovative, solution-oriented, policy-relevant environmental and policy studies to guide policy action. Proposals are invited for 2 types of grants:

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CDC – Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Surveillance

June 6, 2012

The purpose of this program is to provide support through CDC cooperative agreements for non-research activities to develop robust, population-based estimates of the prevalence of CHDs focusing on adolescents and adults, and better understand the survival, healthcare utilization, and longer term outcomes of adolescents and adults affected by CHDs. The estimated total program funding is $4,275,000 with 4 expected awards.
Contact the Procurement and Grants Office TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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NIH – Child Health Research Career Development

June 27, 2012

This FOA invites applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs from applicant organizations that propose to support a national program of mentored institutional career development programs for junior faculty investigators who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in a subspecialty area of Pediatrics, and are committed to launching an independent research career. The program provides supervised research training to assist the transition into productive physician scientists. The expected award ceiling is $400,000.

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R01: July 5, 2012
R21: June 16, 2012

This FOA is designed to improve the quality and quantity of research related to emergency medical services for children (EMSC), with the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality in children through improved care delivery. Areas of research included under EMSC: prevention research to reduce the need for emergency care; clinical research to ensure that children receive high-quality and appropriate medical, nursing and mental health care in an emergency; health systems research from pre-hospital care to the emergency department to in-patient care and return to the community; models to improve service and cost efficiency in pediatric emergency care; and methodological studies to improve the quality of research conducted.

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NIH – Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

July 17, 2012

This FOA issued by NIEHS and EPA encourages grant applications to support a program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children’s health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. The revised program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health in all children. The expected total program funding is $12,000,000 with 7 expected awards.

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