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

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Transitioning to Adult Health Care

Call for Papers

As part of a yearlong rolling theme issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association is seeking articles on Transitioning Adolescents and Young Adults to Adult Health Care that will be published throughout the next year. Manuscripts about research that addresses all facets of the transition process are requested including educational interventions that help clinicians implement a smooth transition for patients and their families. Health services researchers, pediatric, adult primary care, and specialty clinicians are invited to submit.

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Latest Child Health and Women’s Health Data


Child Health USA and Women's Health USA are published annually by MCHB in partnership with the Office of Women's Health. They provide a collection of current and historical data from Federal sources on some of the most pressing health challenges facing women, children, families, and communities. New topics include:

Child Health USA 2012
  • Environmental health
  • Weight control and sedentary behaviors
  • Special focus: rural/urban data related to birth outcomes
  • Latest data on Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
Women's Health USA 2012
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Sexual risk behaviors and violence
  • Internet use for health information
  • Special section: Asian women, rural and urban women, and women veterans

The online databooks include downloadable data tables, graphs, and PDFs for single topics as well as the entire data books.

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Maternal Distress in the Perinatal Period and Child Outcomes 

MCH Library Knowledge Path

Find a selection of current, high-quality resources that describes some sources of stress that pregnant women and new mothers experience and the impact of maternal distress on the developing fetus and young child. It includes links to policies, programs, and practices that:

  • Enhance a woman's ability to cope with stress
  • Provide social and emotional support for pregnant women and new mothers
  • Build protective factors in new families

Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to:

  • Learn more about maternal distress and child outcomes
  • Integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve care
  • Develop programs
  • Locate training resources

The knowledge path was developed with support from the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

MCH Library Knowledge Path

Current, high-quality resources on how to prevent, identify, and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to:

  • Learn more about racial and ethnic health disparities, health equity, and removing barriers to care
  • Develop programs
  • Locate training resources

The knowledge path was developed with support from the MCHB.

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CSHCN and Asthma


The Seattle Children’s Center for Children with Special Needs’ newsletter for professionals who work with children with special needs, Linkages is available. This winter 2013 edition focuses on asthma resources:

  • Spirometry training
  • Asthma medication demonstration videos
  • Asthma clinical practice tools
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Webinar: Improving Population Health

March 26, 2013
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

“Interprofessional Education and Practice to Improve Population Health: A Systems Transformational Strategy” is geared to health professions educators. This is the first in the series “Thought Leaders in Public Health” put on by the Association of Schools of Public Health.

  • Speaker: Dr. Frank Cerra, the senior advisor and interim deputy director at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Speaker: Dr. Daniel Zismer, professor, Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
  • Moderator: Dean John Finnegan, Jr., chair of the ASPH Board of Directors and member of the Framing the Future Task Force
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Webinar: MCH and Chronic Disease Collaboration

April 2, 2013
3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

MCH Learning presents “Linked by Life: The Case for Collaboration of MCH and Chronic Disease to Improve Infant & Women’s Health” presenters will explore the interplay between chronic disease and MCH work. They will discuss strategic collaborations and funding opportunities that support linking throughout the life course.

  • Moderator: Mario Drummonds, MS, LCSW, MBA, CEO of the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

Speakers from Ohio Department of Health:

  • Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH, Chief Medical Director
  • Cynthia Shellhass, MD, MPH, Child and Family Health Services Medical Director
  • Elizabeth Conrey, PhD, RD, State MCH Epidemiologist
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2013 CSTE Annual Conference

June 9-13, 2013
Pasadena, CA

The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) conference connects more than 1,000 public health epidemiologists who will meet and share their expertise in:

  • Surveillance and epidemiology
  • Informatics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunizations
  • Environmental health
  • Occupational health
  • Chronic disease
  • Injury control
  • MCH
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AcademyHealth Annual Meeting

June 23-25, 2013
Baltimore, MD

The AcademyHealth's ARM (Annual Research Meeting) is the premier forum for health services research where 2,400+ researchers, providers, key decisionmakers, clinicians, graduate students, and research analysts gather to discuss health policy implications, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The abstract review and call for abstracts processes determine most of the ARM’s agenda.

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NACCHO Annual Meeting

July 10-12, 2013
Dallas, TX

NACCHO Annual 2013 will provide an interactive setting to examine strategies, share ideas, and plan actions to sustain or reinvent organizations. Local health officials and their public health partners from around the country will discover how to:

  • Address preventing the leading causes of death
  • Examine the effective use of data across all operational aspects of a public health agency
  • Maximize organizational performance, influence policy, and maintain fiscal sustainability
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Leading Effective Organizations

Online Course

“Creating a Context for Change: Leading through Organizational Development” focuses on leadership effectiveness by facilitating innovation and change within an organization and being conducive to continuous improvement and a commitment to excellence. Effective leaders strive to create a shared vision of the future and then mobilize people, processes, and resources to achieve that vision. Learn to engage others in working together to be adaptable and flexible in their ongoing pursuit of their shared vision.

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HRSA - MCH Nutrition Training Program

March 22, 2013

This master’s-level MCH Nutrition Training Program improves access to quality health care by:

  • Providing graduate education to nutritionists designed to foster leadership in administration, systems integration, continuous quality improvement, education, and nutrition services with a public health focus
  • Developing and disseminating curricula, teaching models, and other educational resources to enhance MCH nutrition programs
  • Providing continuing education, consultation and technical assistance in nutrition which address the needs of the MCH community
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HRSA - MCH Navigator and KP Programs

March 26, 2013

The MCHB is committed to advancing the knowledge and skills of practicing MCH professionals. Two types of programs will be funded under this initiative:

Knowledge to Practice (KP) Program

Applicants can develop onsite, distance education, or blended methods for maximum impact with their target audience; however, a distance learning component is required in order to reach a broad audience and achieve regional and/or national significance.

MCH Navigator Cooperative Agreement

This complements the KP grants, using a web site to link learners to open-access webcasts, presentations, instructional modules, and online courses covering essential MCH skills and knowledge. There will be 4 main roles and areas of activity:

  • Strategic and collaborative assessment and planning
  • Communications and outreach
  • Direction and guidance in the development of innovations and content quality
  • Accountability and evaluation


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ASPH - Summer Internship

April 4, 2013

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is now accepting applications for the ASPH Headquarters Summer Internship Program. Open to current students of ASPH-member, CEPH-accredited, graduate schools of public health, the internship will allow the student to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to public health projects of importance to ASPH and member schools.

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OAH - Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers and Their Families

April 10, 2013

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) asks for State applications for the development and implementation of programs for expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers and their families.

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USDA - Childhood Obesity Prevention

April 11, 2013

This RFA focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, and is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The Secretary of Agriculture and NIFA are committed to preventive nutrition and physical activity strategies that will reduce obesity and related chronic diseases, and thereby lower healthcare costs.  The goal of these strategies is to improve the health and nutrition of America’s children.

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SAMHSA - Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity Courts

April 16, 2013

The purpose of this program is to expand or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult, juvenile, and family “problem solving” courts which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.

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HRSA - Early Childhood Development

April 26, 2013

The purpose of this grant program is to improve the healthy physical, social, and emotional development during infancy and early childhood; to eliminate disparities; and to increase access to needed early childhood services by engaging in systems development, integration activities and utilizing a collective impact approach to strengthen communities for families and young children and to improve the quality and availability of early childhood services at both the state and local levels.

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NIH - Microbiomes and Preterm Labor and Delivery

May 9, 2013

These funding opportunities announcement build on the efforts of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) to understand the mechanisms related to preterm birth by leveraging the work performed by the NIH Human Microbiome Project (HMP). NINR seeks research to address the contribution of the microbiome to preterm labor and delivery. Interdisciplinary collaborations that include nurse scientists in the project team are strongly encouraged. Additionally, applicants should consider engaging the resources and expertise of nearby or otherwise available Clinical and Translational Science Award grant sites and/or Federally-funded research centers where possible.

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NIH - Broadening Scientific Training

May 10, 2013

The purpose of this FOA is to seek, identify and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training,such that training programs reflect the range of career options that trainees may pursue and that are required for a robust biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research enterprise. This program will establish a new paradigm for graduate and postdoctoral training; awardee institutions will work together to define needs and share best practices.

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NIH - Birth Cohorts

June 5, 2013

This FOA is intended to support novel research on how prenatal exposures contribute to the etiology of chronic diseases and health conditions later in life. The goal is to stimulate research by leveraging existing birth cohorts to address targeted mechanistic questions regarding the normal and abnormal developmental origins of organ systems and/or diseases of interest to the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

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NIH - Orthotics for Healthy Development and Pediatric Populations

July 31, 2013

Applications to design, build, and test novel orthotics that capitalize on the plasticity of the neuromuscular and skeletal systems in growing children to reduce musculoskeletal abnormalities and improve function in children with disabilities are invited. Applicants are expected to use state-of-the-art biomechanical modeling and materials to revolutionize the field of orthotics for populations through 21 years.

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NIH - Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Prevention

August 30, 2013

Applications to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of implementation of triple antiretroviral drug strategies for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in resource-constrained settings — either an approach in which antiretroviral drugs stop after breastfeeding cessation in women who don't require therapy for their own health or a strategy in which life-long antiretroviral therapy is started in all pregnant women regardless of immune or clinical status.

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