MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Maternal & Child Health Training and Research Resource Center

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Children with Disabilities Grants

Programs Funded

The Department of Education has announced who will be funded under the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) intended to serve children with disabilities:

OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Request for Nominations

HHS and USDA requests nominations for members of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee which will:

  • Examine the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Conduct systematic reviews to evaluate available evidence
  • Analyze the evidence and weigh its quality to support conclusions to diet and health research questions on which to base recommendations for healthy eating
  • Submit a report of findings to the Secretaries of HHS and USDA

Please submit nominations as instructed in the Federal Register notice by November 26.

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Home Visiting Research Agenda Ideas

Online Survey

With a grant from MCHB’s HRSA, the Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) was created. An objective of the HVRN is to develop a home visiting research agenda. To help identify key research priorities for the agenda and gather a more ideas about them, this survey was created. Contact Kay Gonsalves with questions about the HVRN.

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MCHB Announcement of Recent Honors

MCH Award Winners

The MCH Training Program congratulates its close colleagues and MCH champions on their recently-received honors:

  • Holly Grason, MA
    Distinguished Service to the Section and Profession Award
    American Public Health Association’s MCH Section
  • Martha Slay Wingate, MPH, DrPH
    2012 Loretta P. Lacey Award
    Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health
  • Debbie Klein Walker, EdD
    2012 Martha May Eliot Award
    American Public Health Association
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Improvements in Infant Mortality Rates

Fact Sheet

This Promising Practices in MCH fact sheet highlights examples of partnerships: a program that couples socio-emotional counseling with medical care for expectant mothers, and a telemedicine initiative that connects at-risk pregnant women in isolated areas with physician specialists. These NIHCM Foundation fact sheets promote promising MCH programs or policies and create a space for MCH leaders to share their success stories.

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Health of Women in Rural and Frontier Areas

Fall 2012 Northwest Bulletin

This 2-part fall issue is centered on the health of women and children living in rural and frontier areas of the Northwest region and Alaska. The first part focused on children while this one focuses on women and:

  • 2012 pap screening guidelines
  • Factors and programs related to migrant women’s health
  • Impact of environmental hazards on rural, low-income, and ethnic minority communities
  • Outreach to rural, young Latinas on emergency contraception
  • March of Dimes “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” campaign
  • State efforts to reduce early-term and preterm births

Download the Northwest Bulletin (460k PDF).

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Late Preterm Infant Toolkit Webinar

November 15, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Join the National Premature Infant Health Coalition for a webinar on The Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit. Oklahoma has a high rate of late preterm infants, so a toolkit was designed to us in hospitals and agencies who work with them. This webinar will describe the identified problem, the process of development of a clinical practice guideline based on current evidence-based resources and research, and final content of the Late Preterm Toolkit that has a goal of reduction of morbidities associated with late preterm birth.

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LGBT Youth and Bullying Prevention Webinar

November 15, 2012
2:30pm - 4:00pm EST

Bullying Prevention Legislation: Focus on LGBT Youth, will be presented by Cristina Meneses, JD, MS, Senior Staff Attorney, The Network for Public Health Law (Network), Eastern Region, The University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law and Ellen Schmidt, Assistant Director, Children’s Safety Network (CSN), Education Development Center. This is the first in a series of webinars from CSN and the Network: Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy. An update on laws or policies and the challenges faced by state health department injury prevention staff related to this topic will be discussed.

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WISH Academy

January 16 - May 22, 2013

The WISH Academy is a free distance-based training program focused on promoting integrative community approaches to optimize mental and physical health among women of reproductive age. The training is based on action-oriented learning among professionals and peers with immediate application of theory into practice. It includes 6 units comprised of: self-study online, webinar participation, and team activities. Applications from teams of 2-4 representing at least 2 different organizations are sought. Deadline: November 16.

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A Prerequisite to Quality? Specialty Health Care Access

Webinar Archive

On September 13, 2012, Dr. Karin Rhodes spoke at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies on “Access is a Prerequisite to Quality: Can Children Who Need Specialty Health Care Get in the Door?”
Dr. Rhodes describes her work using audit methodology to identify and measure two dimensions of disparity in children’s access to needed specialty care: verifying and quantifying deficiencies and capacity issues previously only reported anecdotally; findings signal the need for incentives that target provider behavior and innovative models of specialty care delivery to increase equitable access to care.

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PHA – End Childhood Obesity Challenge

November 16, 2012

In March 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) will bring together more than 1,000 leaders who are committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis.  The agenda will feature the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, an online contest that asks anyone to submit a unique idea that could help in the fight against childhood obesity. Three finalists will present to the Summit attendees and a panel of judges.

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HRVN - Young Scholar Travel Awards

December 1, 2012

Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) will sponsor 4 travel awards to Washington, DC for February 13-15, 2013 to participate in the Pew Charitable Trust's Third National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting, and to receive tailored training and mentoring by expert home visiting researchers. Awardees will have a mentor who will guide them in a curriculum tailored to the awardee's individual interests.

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SHLI - Health Policy Leadership Fellowship

January 15, 2013

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program provides postdoctoral professionals with the knowledge, experiences, and skills needed to prepare them for leadership roles in promoting and implementing policies and practices to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in health. The 10-month fellowship begins in September 2013. Fellows may be eligible for faculty appointments or have additional training opportunities through partnerships.

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NIH - NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

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

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences. The award ceiling is $50,000.

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