Children with Special Health Care Needs Data


Newly released online, the chartbook presents the major findings of the NS-CSHCN on the national and state levelfor many important indicators including medical home access, insurance adequacy, measures of family impact, and CSHCN population. Data is stratified by variables such as age, race/ethnicity, income level, and type of insurance.

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Public Health Approach to Infant Mortality


The Infant Mortality Toolkit: Resources for a Public Health Approach is an interactive guide that provides resources to help the MCH workforce strategically integrate the evidence base into plans for addressing infant mortality. It provides resources organized according to a 4-part conceptual model:

  • Surveillance and monitoring
  • Identifying risk factors and protective factors
  • Developing and testing prevention strategies
  • Ensuring widespread adoption (for families and professionals)

The toolkit was released by the MCH Library at Georgetown University with the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center.

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Understanding Health Insurance

Discussion Paper

Basic information that can be used to help people understand their health insurance options is provided in this paper. It is a resource for those who will be helping consumers make important decisions such as patient navigators, community organizations, employers, media, and educators.
The paper was created by 6 participants in the Collaborative on Health Literacy and Access, Health Care Coverage, and Care of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014 (522k PDF)

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Performance Measurement Technical Assistance

July 16 & 24, 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT

This 2-part technical assistance webinar series from the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is for MCH Training Program Directors and Data Coordinators. It will:

  • Emphasize the importance of performance report data in demonstrating program impact
  • Communicatehow it is used by DMCHWD staff
  • Provide consistent TA across DMCHWD Programs for upcoming performance report submission
  • Provide an opportunity for targeted Q&A with DMCHWD staff

Presenters for both webinars are:

  • Laura Kavanagh, MPP, Director of the Division of MCH Workforce Development
  • Michelle Menser, MPH, Public Health Analyst in the Division of MCH Workforce Development

Each part includes a different focus:

  • Part I, July 16: Cross-cutting issues for MCH Training Program performance measures 07, 09, 10, and 59; Data Collection Forms on Faculty and Staff, Short-term Trainees, Medium-Term Trainees, Technical Assistance, and Continuing Education.
  • Part II, July 24: Follow-up breakout session on long-term MCH Training Program performance measures and data collection forms for PM 08, PM 84, PM 85, Long Term Trainee Information and Former Trainee Information response rates.
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Discretionary Grants Information System for Home Visiting Updates

August 8, 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT

This webinar will provide updates on the features of the Federal Discretionary Grants Information System for Home Visiting (DGIS-HV). Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees and staff will understand features updated to reduce grantee burden and improve the quality of data reported. This MCH Learning webinar will also prepare participants for the second round of data submission to the MIECHV program.

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Maternal Health Town Hall

August 27, 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm EDT

This meeting will share and discuss proposed strategies while soliciting ideas in support of the National Maternal Health Initiative. This MCH Learning webinar will also serve to engage and obtain feedback from the public on HRSA’s national strategy to reduce maternal morbidity and mortalityand improve maternity care in the United States. Speakers:

  • Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Administrator of the MCHB
  • Hani K. Atrash MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services at the MCHB
  • Keisher Highsmith, Dr.P.H., Director of Special Initiatives and Program Planning and Evaluation at the MCHB
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Maternal, Infant, and Child Health: Healthy People 2020 Indicator

July 18, 2013
12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT

This webinar will give an overview of the Maternal, Infant and Child Health Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topic. It will also feature the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative and their success in improving maternal, infant, and child health. Featured speakers include:

  • Don Wright, MD, MPH, Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health

Every other month, a 45-minute webinar will focus on one of the 12 Healthy People 2020 LHI topics released by the HHS.

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Adolescents and STDs

July 24, 2013
1:00pm EDT

This webinar will highlight opportunities for improving the prevention and diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) among adolescents, including:

  • Resources for communicating with providers about the importance of assessing sexual risk and testing for STDs
  • Potential of the Affordable Care Act to improve access to STD services for youth
  • Considerations for effectively reaching adolescents, including the importance of confidentiality
  • Successful health plan collaborative focused on improving chlamydia screening rates in Minnesota
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Allergies & ASD

July 24, 2013
3:00pm – 4:00pm EDT

As part of the Advances in Autism Research & Care Webinar Series, this webinar will cover the topic of allergies and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is prsented by the Autism Treatment Network and the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health.

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LGBT Health Curricula

Training Curricula

This list of 6 training curricula for behavioral health and primary care practitioners will them help assess, treat, and refer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients in a culturally-sensitive manner. They feature Federally-supported curricula identified by SAMHSA, HRSA, and technical assistance providers, and they are available for continuing education credits. Even more LGBT Health information is available on the HRSA website.

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Chronic Illness and Disability Conference

October 16–18, 2013
Houston, TX

Save the date for the 14th Chronic Illness and Disability Conference, “Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care.” It will deliver practical, insightful, and relevant information for physicians, social workers, counselors, youth and young adults with chronic illness and their parents and guardians. Returning for the 3rd year is “Research Day” sponsored by Got Transition? and the Health Care Transition Research Consortium.

Chronic Illness and Disability Conference Save the Date (145k PDF)

Email Baylor College of Medicine

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Biases in Lupus Health Care

Online Training Modules

Conscious and Unconscious Biases in Health Care: A Focus on Lupusis designed to:

  1. Bring awareness to members of the health care community about the impact of conscious and unconscious biases,and how they contributes to health care disparities
  2. Increase knowledge of how to recognize and mitigate biases in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of lupus for diverse patient populations

These 4 modules, for continuing medical education credit, offer an array of innovative activities that are intended to diminish the negative impact of biases.

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AAPD Foundation: Access to Dental Care Grants

August 1, 2013

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children will award single-year matching grants of up to $20,000 to support community-based initiatives that provide oral health care to underserved children.These funds can be used to cover clinic supplies and instruments, education materials, take-home supplies, outreach and education to dentists, and other activities that have a clear impact on pediatric oral health care.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants (50k PDF)

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Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation: Cancer Patient Assistance

August 5, 2013

The 2013 Promise Circle Grant focuses on patient assistance programs. Funding is provided to programs that help patients and family members cope with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and the emotional challenges they face. It is also for financial assistance programs to serve the underinsured and survivorship programs that address the needs of children in remission.

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NIH: NICHD Program Project Grant

September 25, 2013

Innovative grant applications are invited from organizations that propose to conduct research on processes that determine the health or functioning of human beings. Investigation of complex problems relevant to the mission of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is encouraged. Facilitating economy of effort, space, and equipment is desired.

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NIH: Diabetes Clinical Network Hub and Centers

November 27, 2013

Applications for a screening and clinical activities coordination unit, the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Clinical Network Hub (CNH) and for TrialNet Clinical Centers infrastructure are invited. The main objective of this is to increase the efficiency of risk screening, pilot new and creative approaches to screening, recruitment, and trial implementation, and increase the operational efficiency and flexibility of the TrialNet network. The CNH restructures leadership to increase efficiency and optimize responsive decision-making. The Clinical Centers support will allow them to recruit, treat, and follow subjects in studies and trials. Funding will also be provided for them to support affiliate sites.

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USF College of Public Health: Assistant Professor

Position will remain open until filled

The University of South Florida’s College of Public Health is seeking an assistant professor for a 12-month position at 1.0 FTE (0.75 FTE tenure-earning appointment). Applicants must have a doctoral degree to be earned prior to hiring date, in public health, MCH, social/behavioral sciences, nursing, health education, epidemiology, health policy and management, medicine, or a closely-related field. Applicants should also have a defined research agenda in children and family health with areas of focus such as maternal health, infant health, child health and development, women’s health, life course, and violence/injury and an established record of research including extramural funding, a publication record, and practice experience.

The Assistant Professor position is #19033 or Job ID #1737.

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