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Integrating Public Health and Primary Medicine 

Free Supplement

“Primary Care Physicians and Public Health Agencies Need Shared Accountability to Improve Health Outcomes” highlights examples of primary care and public health integration, showing how shared accountability can lead to improved community and population health outcomes. This first-time joint publication by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine  and the American Journal of Public Health  compliments the March 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health.” 

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AMCHP Call for Proposals 

Call for Session Proposals

The AMCHP “Advancing the MCH Vision: Leadership, Quality and Action” conference is set for February 9-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Proposals are due August 24, 2012 by 5:00pm and sought for:

  • Skills-building training
  • Information-sharing workshop
  • Power workshop
  • Poster session
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HRSA Grants Technical Assistance 

Online Resource

HRSA has launched a new online technical assistance resource containing webinars, application and submission guidance, tips for successful proposals, eligible organization guidelines, FAQs, and troubleshooting tips.

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Become a Health Literate Organization 

Discussion Paper

“Ten Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization” from the IOM presents ways that organizations can make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. The paper is not meant to be exhaustive, but aims to synthesize knowledge and practice supported by the science of health literacy.

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Disability and Family Life 

Call for Papers

In preparation for a special issue on “Families and Disabilities: Implications for Policy and Practice” the journal Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies is seeking articles that contribute to an understanding of the demographics of disability and their impact on family life and the social, relational, economic, health, and/or legal issues in families where at least 1 member has a disability. Papers on all types and aspects of disabilities are welcome. Due: December 15, 2012

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Discretionary Grant Data 

Online Resource

For more than 900 projects, data is collected in the Discretionary Grant Information System website. Find information on grants that address health issues to ensure the availability of quality health care for U.S. women and families such as:

  • Financial data
  • Program data
  • Performance measures
  • Abstracts
  • Products and publications

The website has been updated and includes:

  • Search by program
  • New medical home, sustainability, and infrastructure measures
  • Grantee-developed trainings and materials
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Asthma Disparities 

Blog Post

Seven million children suffer from asthma, and minority and low income children have higher rates of asthma, more exposure to the environmental causes of asthma, and less access to care. The post, written by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, introduces a new interagency initiative and its potential to help lessen these health disparities: Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.

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Summer Food Program 

Campaign Information

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school. To raise awareness about SFSP:

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Emergency Department Care Webinar 

July 16, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm EDT

This panel presentation will highlight innovations in caring for high volume, high impact pediatric populations in the emergency room. An evidence-based screening for abused children project and a pediatric emergency department use of an asthma education intervention project will be presented. Presentations will include overviews, findings and implications that will be described by:

  • Daniel Lindberg, MD
    Associate Physician and instructor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Charles Macias, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor and Chief of Academic Programs at the Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Director of the Evidence Based Outcomes Center at the Baylor College of Medicine
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The Role of Health Care in Stable Housing Webinar 

July 26, 2012
1:00pm EDT

Children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, asthma, hunger, traumatic stress, and emotional and behavioral problems.
This webinar will be focused on the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families, and will feature health and housing experts discussing:

  • Effects of and scope of unstable housing on children’s health
  • Health system changes including Medicaid expansions and new funding for community health workers and the potential impacts
  • Health plan foundation efforts to improve stable housing access
  • Health care stakeholder opportunities to advance at-risk family health
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Stillbirth, SIDS, and Infant Survival Conference 

October 4-7, 2012
Baltimore, MD

International researchers, parent leaders, stakeholders and medical professionals will exchange vital information and concerns, and establish essential connections for the common goal of reducing infant loss at this biennial 2012 International Conference hosted by First Candle . Researchers and research consumers will exchange information around the topics of stillbirth, SIDS and sudden unexplained infant death. Attendees will include health care providers, health educators and parents; as well as leaders in public policy, safety and product development.

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Adolescence to Adulthood Meeting 

October 18-20, 2012
Tampa, FL

The Society for Research in Child Development  will host this focused, topical meeting to promote new ways of thinking about transitions to adulthood by focusing on:

  • Education and work
  • Family, peer, romantic, and other social relationships
  • Biological, neurological and physical development
  • Mental health and problem behavior
  • Policy, intervention, and vulnerable populations

Registration is open and is there is a limit of 300 participants.

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MCH Training Courses 

Online Courses

The South Central Public Health Training Center  has developed free Internet-based trainings on public health topics such as bioterrorism, risk communication, leadership management, communication skills, and environmental health:

There are also MCH Course bundles available:

  • Leadership development (10 courses)
  • Communication (7 courses)
  • Management (7 courses)
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NIH - Household Air Pollution Health Impacts 

July 16, 2012

This is an administrative supplement to NIH-funded research and training that would support research into the health impacts of household air pollution (HAP) from the incomplete combustion of biomass or solid fuels used for cooking, heating or lighting. Purpose: to provide opportunities for teams with current programs in lower and middle income countries to conduct research or research training on the relationship between exposure to HAP and the risk for adverse health effects to women and children.

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CDC - Obesity Prevention Programs 

July 17, 2012

Opportunity to apply for funds to improve the quality of obesity prevention practices in ECE facilities by providing opportunities to ensure equitable access to ECE services that meet the national Preventing Childhood Obesity standard components related to nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and screen time, all of which are key areas for obesity prevention.
CDC PGO TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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CDC - Immunization and Vaccines 

August 20, 2012

Purpose: support efforts to plan, develop, and maintain a public health workforce that helps assure high immunization coverage levels, low incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, and maintain or improve the ability to respond to public health threats. Purpose: increase access to vaccines for eligible children by supplying Federal government-purchased pediatric vaccines to public and private health care providers enrolled in the program. Estimated total program funding is $33 million with 64 expected awards.
CDC PGO TIMS at 770-488-2700 or

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HRSA - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program 

August 21, 2012

Purpose: enhance behavioral, psychosocial, and developmental aspects of pediatric care. The American Board of Medical Specialties approved specialty certification status for developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Intent: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program is to build upon past successes, to train the next generation of leaders in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and to provide pediatric practitioners, residents and medical students with essential biopsychosocial knowledge and clinical expertise. Estimated total program funding is $1,861,000 with 10 expected awards.

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HRSA - Emergency Medical Services for Children 

September 26, 2012

Applications in 3 categories: Planning, Implementation, and Partnership. Mission: reduce the prevalence of pediatric morbidity and mortality that may occur as a result of acute illness and severe injury. It will work to institutionalize pediatric-centered healthcare programs within States, and promote the value and importance of integration. Purpose: assist States in expanding and improving their capacity to reduce and ameliorate pediatric emergencies, taking special care to include CSHCN, culturally distinct populations and historically underrepresented groups. Estimated total program funding is $7.4 million with 59 expected awards.

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NIH – Pregnant Women's Mental Health 

November 16, 2012

Purpose: outline priority areas for research related to women’s mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Priority areas include basic and clinical neuroscience, studies of clinical course, epidemiological factors and risk factors, as well as interventions and services research.

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