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

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MCH Training Programs in Schools of Public Health Presentation on Public Health MCH Student and Faculty Work

Online Presentation

Following discussions at their 2012 annual meeting about the public understanding of MCH, the 13 MCHB-funded MCH Training Programs in Schools of Public Health collaborated to create a web presentation about the nature of their work in this field. Their hope is that this more visual representation of MCH will be helpful to a number of key audiences, including the general public, policymakers, and graduate and undergraduate students in related professional fields. The program directors also are hoping that their colleague MCH training programs in other MCH disciplines as well as their colleagues in MCH professional practice will consider developing complementary presentations to help advance a comprehensive understanding of MCH as a professional field and public activity. Construction of the presentation was led by Charlotte Noble MA/MPH, an Anthropology doctoral student at the University of South Florida (USF) with a with support from the USF MCH training grant, “Promoting Health Equity through MCH Leadership Training.”

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State-Level Data on Children with Disabilities

Child Trends Research Brief

Child Trends' October 2012 research brief, “Children with Disabilities: State-Level Data from the American Community Survey,” presents data on the number and percentage of children identified as having a disability in the United States, and for each of the states. The brief also presents information on the percentage of children with a disability living in poverty and data on health insurance status.

Download the Child Trends Fact Sheet PDF

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Maternal Distress in the Perinatal Period

MCH Library Knowledge Path

This is a selection of current resources describing some stress sources of pregnant women and new mothers and the impact of it on the developing fetus and young child. It points to policies, programs, and practices for coping with stress, providing social and emotional support, and building protective factors in new families. The Knowledge Path informs caregivers on maternal distress and child outcomes, helps them improve care, develop programs, and to learn about training resources.

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The Health Care System’s Role in Alleviating Homelessness

NIHCM Fact Sheet

Insurers have a powerful role to play in addressing the preventing homelessness and providing care to those families and children experiencing it. This National Institute for Health Care Management fact sheet “Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing – The Role of the Health Care System” shows how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, and it provides examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.

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Quality Improvement Webinar

January 4, 2013
11:00am - 12:00pm EST

Join the MCH Training’s Distance Learning grantees the first Friday of each month through March to learn about methods and strategies to effectively train MCH audiences through online learning. Each Webinar focuses on one of the “Big I’s:” Innovation, Quality Improvement, Systems Integration, Investments, Interdisciplinary Training, and Impact. The webinar will also include background information, promising practices from the field, and where to go for more information.

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SAHM 2013 Annual Meeting

March 13 - 16, 2013
Atlanta, GA

The theme for the 2013 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting, “We Can All Be Healthy: Achieving Health Equity for Adolescents and Young Adults,” will focus on issues of health equity and achieving health for all youth by addressing the social determinants of health. This year at this premier multidisciplinary and educational event, adolescents and young adults are included in the meeting and will present the Saturday plenary session on health equity and the roles that stakeholders can play in reducing health disparities.

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OHSU Conference Call for Abstracts

Submission deadline: January 14, 2013

The conference planning team is now accepting poster abstracts for “Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: A National Conference.” Posters should clearly focus on health or healthcare for people with disabilities in underserved racial and ethnic groups. The meeting, sponsored by the Oregon Health & Science University, will be held April 25-26 in Washington, DC.

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RWJF – Public Health Research Call for Proposals

December 18, 2012

The RWJF seeks to expand the evidence base for effective public health policy and practice through investment in Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR). This multi-disciplinary field of study provides a framework for examining the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the impact of those services on the health of the public. Short- and long-term studies are sought with awards of up to $200,000 as well as complex and comprehensive studies with awards of up to $450,000.

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CDC - Birth Defects Study

Letter of Intent: January 8, 2013
Application: February 1, 2013

The purpose of this FOA is to identify modifiable maternal exposures in early pregnancy that may increase the risk for having a pregnancy affected by certain major, structural birth defects. Quantifiable and measurable outcomes will be measured against the GPRA performance goal to find causes and risk factors for birth defects in order to develop prevention strategies. The estimated total program funding is $25,750,000, with 9 expected awards.

CDC PGO TIMS: 770-488-2700 or

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HRSA - Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

January 22, 2013

This competition is open to nonprofit organizations proposing to provide services under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant program in the State of Florida or the State of Wyoming. Applicant nonprofit organizations must demonstrate that they will provide home visiting services as defined in this funding opportunity announcement to families in communities identified as being at risk.

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HRSA – CHSCN Medical Home Implementation

January 28, 2013

This announcement solicits applications for a National Center for Medical Home Implementation. The purpose of this activity is to support:

  1. A national resource and technical assistance effort to implement and spread the medical home model to all children and youth
  2. Activities of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) grantees to improve children’s health

The estimated ward ceiling is $800,031.

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HRSA - National Center on YSHCN Health Care Transition

January 28, 2013

The purpose of this activity is to fund a national resource for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policymakers focusing on the transition of youth and young adults from pediatric to adult system of health care services in part by increasing the number of clinicians with the knowledge and skills to care for this population in the adult system of care. The estimated award ceiling is $436,160.

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HRSA - Promoting Healthy Weight Among CSHCN

February 4, 2013

The purpose is to establish an interdisciplinary research network that will lead and promote coordinated research activities related to promoting healthy weight among children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and other special health care needs. The network will be an interdisciplinary network of national experts that will identify gaps in knowledge, develop a research agenda, and conduct research on these conditions and their outcomes in this population.

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HRSA - Center for Health Insurance and Financing for CSHCN

February 8, 2013

Applications are sought for a cooperative agreement to support a National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs that will collaborate with national, state and community stakeholders to develop and spread innovative strategies and policies to facilitate access to health insurance and other financing to pay for needed health and health-related services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).

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RWJF - Clinical Scholars Call for Applications

February 28, 2013

The RWJF and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the RWJF Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. The Foundation will select up to 20 individuals for appointments beginning July 1, 2014 with a 1st year scholar stipend of $67,000.

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