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KIDS COUNT: State Trends in Child Well-Being


The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released 2012 KIDS COUNT to illustrate recent changes in child well-being at the state level. An updated index of 16 indicators of child well-being is organized into:

  • Economic Well-Being
  • Health
  • Education
  • Family and Community

The databook website offers a databook PDF, child well-being key indicator national and state profiles, child well-being state indicators, interactive KIDS COUNT data wheel, and databook methodology.

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Cultural Competence in Medicine and Public Health

Report of an Expert Panel

This July 2012 report presents the findings of a joint expert panel convened by the AAMC and the ASPH to identify a set of competencies in cultural competence appropriate for practitioners and students of medicine and public health. Competency statements in 3 domain areas are available:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Attitudes

The report additionally features promoting faculty skills in competency-based education and cultivating a research and scholarship agenda recommendations, case studies, mapping competencies to the ACGME Core Competence Domains, Entrustable Professional Activity, and abstracts.

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SUID/SIDS Resource Center Website Orientation Webinar  

August 23, 2012
3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Maximize the resources available on the new and improved National SUID/SIDS Resource Center website. The National SUID/SIDS Resource Center has updated it to heighten access to research and educational tools that will help address issues in sudden infant death. Presentations will be made 3 experts from the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center at Georgetown University: Research Professor and Principal Investigator Rochelle Mayer, Library Director Olivia Pickett, and Research Instructor John Richards.

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Early Life Origins of Pediatric and Adult Diseases Webinar

September 17, 2012

2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

As part of the MCH Research Program EnRICH webinar series, this presentation by Xiaobin Wang, MD, ScD, MPH, director of the new Center on the Childhood Origins of Disease at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Zanvyl Krieger Professor in Children’s Health at John Hopkins University will include:

  • Overview on life course framework and critical time windows for health and diseases
  • Discuss major factors contributing to early life origins of health and diseases
  • Discussion on the promise of biomarkers and multi-level data integration in early risk assessment, prediction, and preemptive prevention of pediatric and adult diseases
  • Summary of challenges and opportunities

EnRICH is a series of webinars that feature special topics related to MCH research. Each event features 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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RCI National Summit & Training Institute

October 24 - 25, 2012
Americus, GA

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is dedicated to supporting caregivers coping with chronic illness and disability across the lifespan. This 25th anniversary gathering provides practical tools and information to build quality long-term, home and community-based supports for family caregivers. The gathering, themed “Enabling Caring Communities: Promoting Evidence-based Programs across the Lifespan,” will include best practices in  supporting those who care for returning soldiers, individuals with disabilities, persons who have suffered a stroke, and individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues.

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APHA 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition

October 27 - 31, 2012

San Francisco, CA

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. The theme for 2012 is “Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span.” The meeting will feature keynote speaker Angela Davis, and opening speakers Gaily Sheehy, Dr. Thomas Frieden, and Dr. Reed Tuckson. The meeting will have more than 1,000 scientific sessions, roundtables, poster sessions, institutes, panel discussions, learning institutes, and other opportunities for collaboration and networking. Over 5,000 scientific papers will be presented and over 700 booths will be featured as well.

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MCH EPI & CityMatcH Urban MCH Leadership Conferences

December 12 - 14, 2012
San Antonio, TX

The 18th Annual MCH EPI Conference will be cohosted with the 2012 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference embrace the interconnectedness of data, practice, and policy.
The MCH EPI Conference attracts over 500 national and international MCH professionals working on issues related to improving the health of women, children, and families, and the keynote speaker is Michael C. Lu, administrator of MCH of HRSA. Register today!

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Preventing Postpartum Depression among Low-Income Latinas

Podcast Archive

This July 10, 2012 edition of Research Dialogue Podcasts presents the results of a study on the prevention of perinatal depression among low-income Latina women. Dr. Huynh-Nhu "Mimi" Le focused on prevention using mood regulating skills and behavioral strategies. This podcast discusses the importance of partnering with community-based organizations, the results of the study, and lessons learned from the project.

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NIH - Impact of Parental Military Deployment and Reintegration

August 12, 2012

The this announcement encourages interdisciplinary conferences and meetings to examine critical questions regarding the impact of parental military deployment, combat-related stress and reintegration with the family on child social and affective development outcomes as well as on family functioning.

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RWFJ – Increasing RWJF Programming Diversity

August 29, 2012

New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming aims to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to the Foundation who would help teams with their research and evaluation needs. This program invites both Junior Investigators and Midcareer Consultants from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups to address program priorities for RWJF’s teams and portfolios. Up to 3 grants of up to $100,000 each for a 12-month period for Midcareer Consultants and up to 10 2-year grants of up to $100,000 for Junior Investigators will be awarded.

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HRSA - MCH Research Program

September 12, 2012

Within the R40 MCH Research Program, funding is available in FY 2013 to support 6 extramural multi-year research projects. The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services including services for children with special health care needs, which show promise of substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in States and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Funding is also available in FY 2013 to support 10 studies that analyze secondary MCH data for the Secondary Data Analysis Studies Program within the R40 MCH Research Program. The expected number of awards is 16, with an estimated total program funding of $2,800,000.

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NIH - Research on Interventions for Adolescents in the Legal System

November 18, 2012

The National Institute on Drug Abuse invites participants to collaborate in developing and testing strategies and measures to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment services delivered under juvenile justice supervision. Awardees will develop and execute studies across a variety of settings including juvenile probation, truancy and teen courts, and adolescent drug courts. The estimated total program funding is $5,000,000.

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NIH - Cooperative Multicenter Reproductive Medicine Network

November 29, 2012

This announces the re-competition of the Cooperative Multicenter Reproductive Medicine Network. Investigators willing to participate with the assistance of the NICHD under cooperative agreements in an ongoing multicenter cooperative program are invited to apply. The program objective is to facilitate diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to reproductive problems by maintaining a clinical research network of sites that use common protocols in large-scale human trials to obtain answers to important clinical problems more rapidly than individual sites acting alone. The estimated total program funding is $2,500,000.

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NIH - NIH Director's Early Independence Awards

December 30, 2012 (Letter of Intent)
January 30, 2012 (Application)

The NIH Directors Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. The expected number of awards is 10, with an estimated total program funding of $4,000,000.

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RWFJ - Health & Society Scholars

September 21, 2012

The RWFJ Health & Society Scholars program provides 2 years of support to postdoctoral scholars to build the nation’s capacity for research and leadership to address the multiple determinants of population health and contribute to policy change. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to investigate the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health and develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge, interventions and policies that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health. The Foundation will select up to 12 scholars for 2-year appointments with an annual stipend of $80,000.

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RWFJ - Scholars in Health Policy Research

October 16, 2012

The RWFJ Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers. Each year the program selects up to 9 highly qualified individuals for 2-year fellowships at a university with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. Graduates of recent doctoral programs in economics, political science, and sociology, including junior faculty, are invited to apply. The Foundation will award stipends of $89,000 each year for 2-year fellowships.

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NIH - Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Outcomes Using Bioinformatics

January 21, 2013 (Letter of Intent)
February 21, 2013 (Application)

NHLBI invites applications to support a comparison of the ability of 2 data sources, electronic health records and traditional prospective patient-based clinical and research data, to answer research questions regarding the natural history, longitudinal outcomes, and phenotypes of therapeutic response for pediatric pulmonary vascular disease. There will be 1 award for a Bioinformatics Clinical Coordinating Center. 

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