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Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being

Resource Guide

The Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide, released for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, provides resources for service providers working to prevent child abuse and neglect. It includes discussion of the 6 protective factors that help prevent abuse and neglect and tip sheets for parents and caregivers.

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Changes in Prevalence of ASD


The March 2013 National Health Statistics Reports article presents autism spectrum disorder (ASD) data from the newly released National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). It compares the reported prevalence in ASD in the NSCH between 2007 and 2011-2012 and discusses reasons for the change in prevalence.

Download a PDF of the Article (663k)

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Hispanic Adolescents in the United States

Monthly Update

This Adolescent Health Insider e-update from the Office of Adolescent Health presents a snapshot of the health of Hispanic adolescents. The update covers:

  • Health care coverage
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Academic achievement
  • Strategies that have been shown to improve these factors
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Improving the Health of Foster Care Children

April 16, 2013
1:00pm EDT

Hosted by the NIHCM Foundation and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, this webinar “The Health of Children in Foster Care: Making Improvements through Medicaid and the Law” will focus on opportunities to improve the health of children in foster care. Speakers will discuss:

  • Trends in the health of children in foster care
  • A successful partnership to improve services for this population through Medicaid managed care
  • Laws that impact the health of children and youth who are in or aging out of foster care
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National Survey of Children's Health Findings  

April 16, 2013
3:00pm–4:00pm EDT

HRSA’s MCHB is pleased to announce “DataSpeak: Findings from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.” One of the very first presentations on the results of this important survey, presenters are:

  • Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) at the OHSU School of Medicine — jumpstart the use of NSCH data with the Data Resource Center’s website
  • Stephen Blumberg, PhD, Associate Director for Science in the Division of Health Interview Statistics at the CDC — methods and design behind the NSCH
  • Michael Kogan, PhD, Director of MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research — key findings from the new survey
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Autism Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention

April 24, 2013
2:00pm–3:00pm EDT

This presentation on autism screening, diagnosis, and intervention will be in 2 parts with 2 presenters:

  • Nancy Cronin of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council — Coordination of Evaluation and Early Intervention among Early Childhood Professionals and Diagnosticians: quality improvement activities undertaken in Maine to improve early identification and intervention by increasing coordination and communication between medical diagnosticians and early childhood providers
  • Leonard Rappaport from Boston Children’s Hospital Collaborative Efforts to Improve Access and Care for Children at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders: efforts in Massachusetts designed to improve access and care
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Early Childhood Data: Building a Strong Foundation Webinar Series

This Child Trends webinar series provides an orientation to a new set of tools designed by the Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) to support the development of high quality early childhood data. The series provides an orientation to a new set of tools designed by INQUIRE to support the development of high quality early childhood data.

Webinar 2: Developing Data Governance Structures Webinar

May 6, 2013
2:00pm–3:30pm EDT

A review essential data governance structures that can be put in place to support the development of data sharing and linking will be provided.

Webinar 3: Best Practices for Producing Data Webinar

May 16, 2013
2:00pm–3:30pm EDT

An overview of best practices in data management will be provided. These practices promote data integrity and ensure that high quality data are available for reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

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12th Annual Women's Health Symposium

April 27, 2013
Tucson, AZ

The annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium addresses the educational needs of all who are interested in compelling mental health issues specific to women. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, counselors, interested community members, and all specialties of health care providers are encouraged to attend. This year’s keynote address, delivered by Esther M. Sternberg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Research Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, is “Brain Immune Interactions: The Science of Health and Well-Being.”

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QI Science for Health Care Research Conference

May 3, 2013
Washington, DC

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will host the 3rd annual conference on pediatric quality improvement (QI) methods, research and evaluation. The meeting will focus on state-of-the-art methods for and bring together leaders and innovators in pediatric health care QI research. Topics will include:

  • Challenges of using QI methods and developing an agenda for further improving and applying QI research methodologies
  • Integrating evidence-based quality improvement strategies into front-line QI efforts such as maintenance of certification

Individuals with interest and/or experience in how to conduct, evaluate, apply, or interpret quality improvement research should attend. CME credit is available.

Download the Registration Packet PDF (69k)

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Translational Health Disparities Course

August 5–16, 2013
Bethesda, MD

This 2-week intensive course will provide introduction in the principles and practice of health disparities research. With a focus on concepts, methods, key issues, and applications, this course aims to provide the knowledge and research tools needed to conduct and develop translational and trans-disciplinary research and interventions to eliminate health disparities.

Application deadline: May 15, 2013.

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NYAM – Vulnerable Populations and Early Childhood Fellowships

April 12, 2013

The Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, The New York Academy of Medicine, and other founding donors have created a new fellowship program for health professional students, focused on transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention. The Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships will provide stipends to support medical, dental, nursing, public health, and public policy students to participate in 8- to 10-week research and policy projects focused on addressing the health needs of vulnerable urban populations. Projects must be conducted with or supervised by a senior professional mentor in an academic, government, or nonprofit institution in the Greater New York/New Jersey area.

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CDC – Screening and Evaluation for Women

April 30, 2013

The purposes of the WISEWOMAN program are: assuring that cardiovascular screening is provided to women aged 40–64 who are participants in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program; working with community-based organizations to provide evidence-based prevention services to those women in need of them; improving the management and control of hypertension by integrating innovative health system-based approaches and strengthening community-clinical linkages; and gathering and reporting program related evaluation data, including impact measures. The expected number of awards is 21 with an award ceiling of $2,000,000.

Contact CDC PGO at or 770-488-2756.

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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund – Patient Program

May 1, 2013

Woman to Woman is the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s (OCRF) signature patient program. This program, started in 2003 at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, is a professionally-led volunteer supported, education and advocacy model for women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer. OCRF is now expanding Woman to Woman nationally to other hospitals. Institutions interesting in starting a Woman to Woman program can apply for a grant during this first 2013 funding cycle.

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SAMHSA – Substance Abuse Treatment for Minority

May 14, 2013

SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2013 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS grants. The purpose of this program is to expand substance abuse treatment and HIV services for African American, Hispanic/Latina and other racial/ethnic minority women (ages 18 years and older), including heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual, previously incarcerated women, and their significant others, who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS. The expected number of awards is 35, with an award ceiling of $520,000.

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Johnson & Johnson – Obesity Prevention in Children

May 15, 2013

The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program (J&J CHC), in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), is pleased to announce a grant funding opportunity for non-profit community health care organizations implementing evidence-based, community-education programs that promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of obesity in children. Successful applicants will receive a $200,000 grant to fund activities over a 2½ year period for programs that seek to improve the knowledge and healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors of children with the support of the adults in their lives who influence their diet, food preparation and activity level. Approximately 8 grants will be awarded in the fall of 2013.

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SAMHSA – Substance Abuse Cooperative Agreements

May 17, 2013

SAMHSA, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year 2013 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements. It is designed to address the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: underage drinking among persons aged 12–20 and prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12–25. The expected number of awards is 17 with an award ceiling of $2,260,000.

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Office of Refugee Resettlement – Refugee Home-Based Childcare

May 21, 2013

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for Refugee Home-Based Child Care Microenterprise Development Projects. These projects are aimed at assisting primarily refugee women in becoming economically self-sufficient by providing home-based child care services. Recipients will teach refugee women about laws, regulations and licensing. They will assist in English language acquisition, educational attainment, and acquired job skills. Mentors will help establish agreements or contracts with State or county child care offices.

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SAMHSA – State Substance Abuse Cooperative Agreements

May 22, 2013

SAMHSA CSAT is accepting applications for fiscal year 2013 for Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes to improve treatment for adolescents and transitional aged youth through the development of a learning laboratory with collaborating local community-based treatment provider sites. The expected number of awards is 10, with an estimated award ceiling of $950,000.

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CDC – Disease Prevention by Collaboration

June 5, 2013

“Promoting, Strengthening and Enhancing Disease Prevention by Collaboration with Targeted Stakeholders” will require working through targeted stakeholders, including WIC staff, coalitions, stakeholders and parents, the awardee will increase accurate information on social media and will educate WIC staff about vaccine recommendation and best practices. These activities will in the long term reduce barriers and lead to the reduction of morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases. The expected number of awards is 10, with an award ceiling of $220,000.

Contact CDC PGO at or 770-488-2756.

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NIH – Childhood Obesity Prevention: Home and Family Approaches

July 5, 2013 (R01)
July 16, 2013 (R21)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites two types of studies for testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of overweight in infancy and early childhood. Tested interventions can use behavioral (including dietary and physical activity), environmental, or other relevant approaches. The research project grant (R01) covers projects with randomized clinical trials testing and the exploratory pilot/feasibility study and small clinical trial (R21) grant covers other study designs.

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