New Trainee & Faculty Resources
In this special issue of the MCH Training and Research Alert, we present a series of resources and links of importance to new trainees and faculty:
- Background materials and resources on the MCH Training Program
- Information on the importance of cultural competence resources from the National Center for Cultural Competence
- Links to resources about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on MCH populations
- Archived educational opportunities and webinars
- Links to useful Listservs and national-level MCH organizations
Background Materials & Resources
This 10-minute video, narrated by Director of the Division of Research, Training and Education Director Laura Kavanagh, introduces HRSA priorities for MCH, programs that support MCH workforce development, and the value of ongoing engagement with HRSA-supported trainees.
MCH Navigator is a learning portal for MCH professionals, students, and faculty that provides links to educational resources and pathways. Training areas include MCH 101, MCH Planning Cycle, Epidemiology, Management, Communication, and Leadership, among others. Subscribe to MCH Navigator updates.
MCH Training Programs submit program and performance measure data annually that help assess the effectiveness of programs and track the progress of Training Program graduates. Performance measures include the number of graduates: working in MCH, working with underserved and vulnerable populations, and working in public health organizations or agencies.
Cultural Competence Resources
The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity. Selected resources for new trainees and faculty members are:
- Conceptual Frameworks, Models, Guiding Values, and Principals – presents the underlying framework of the NCCC and establishes basic principles and definitions.
- The Compelling Need for Cultural and Linguistic Competence – with 6 reasons to incorporate cultural competence into organizational policy and practice.
- Policies to Advance and Sustain Cultural and Linguistic Competence – describes why incorporating cultural competence into policy is key to supporting culturally and linguistically competence practice.
- Mentoring—an Evidence-based Strategy to Increase the Number of Students and Faculty from Racial and Ethnic Groups Underrepresented in MCH Training Programs –discusses the role of mentoring in MCH training programs.
- Body/Mind/Spirit – distance learning module presenting a discussion of the relationship between spirituality, religion, and health, and how these are essential aspects of culture in providing health care.
- Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklists for MCH Training Programs – set of checklists to assess cultural and linguistic competence within the MCH Training Program.
Resources Related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
As the implementation ramps up, several agencies and organizations have developed resources on how the ACA will impact women and children, youth, and families. Below are just some of the many ACA resources available:
- HealthCare.gov – maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services providing information on ACA and the upcoming health insurance marketplaces. Find HealthCare.gov on Facebook and HealthCare.gov on Twitter
- National Adolescent Health Information Center has published a fact sheet on adolescents and the ACA (1.8MB PDF)
- American Public Health Association ACA Basics – fact sheets and presentations on ACA as well as resources for public health professionals and consumers
- Family Voices' National Center for Family Professional Partnerships ACA – provides information on ACA aimed at the families of children and youth with special health care needs
- Catalyst Center has several publications on the ACA’s impact on CSCHN
Archived Educational Opportunities
This March 2013MCH Training Program webinar presented several experiences with MCH mentorship from current and former MCHB trainees. Benefits of the mentor-mentee relationship, becoming an active partner in a mentoring relationship, preparing for mentoring, maintaining a mentoring relationship, and mentorship resources was covered. This webinar is first in the Trainee Engagement Webinar Series aimed at providing current and recent trainees with networking and professional development opportunities.
This October 2012 MCH Training Program webinar provided an overview of the MCH Navigator, an online learning portal of MCH professionals, students, and others. Topics covered include how to use the Navigator and how it can help MCH trainees.
The MCH Leadership Skills Development Series, presented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a set of training modules designed for use in small groups. Each module offers a mix of presentations and exploration in different learning formats.
Useful Listserv & Alerts
The goals of this listserv, hosted by AUCD and MCHB, are to connect current and former MCHB trainees across the nation and to provide a venue for sharing training opportunities, career development, research, collaborative activities, and other events and resources related to MCHB trainees in any area.
MCH Alert is a free weekly electronic newsletter that provides timely reference to research findings, policy developments, recently released publications, new programs, and initiatives affecting the MCH community.
This monthly bulletin is produced by the MCH Training & Research Resource Center each month. It features brief descriptions and links to recently released publications and materials, upcoming educational events and funding opportunities that may be of interest to MCH Training & Research Program grantees. Sign up to receive it by following the steps on the MCH Listservs page. The alert is supported by the Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development.
National MCH Organizations
The oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals, APHA works to ensure that all Americans have access to community-based health promotion and disease prevention opportunities.
Find APHA on Twitter.
AMCHP is a national organization that acts as a resource, partner, and advocate for everyone working to improve the health for women, children, youth, and families, including those with special needs. AMCHP frequently presents meetings, webinars, and publications on a wide variety of MCH-related topics.
Find AMCHP on Twitter.
AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers focused on advancing policy and practice for persons with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
Find AUCD on Twitter.
CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments' MCH (MCH) programs and leaders.
Find CityMatCH on Twitter.
The DRC administers and houses the National Survey of Children’s Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Their website features several ways to view and analyze the data from these national surveys and other resources related to interpreting and using child health data.
Find the DRC on Twitter.
Family Voices is an advocacy organization and national network focused on family-centered care for children and youth with special health care needs.
Find Family Voices on Twitter.
This is a group for current and former MCH trainees who have attended or plan to attend a Making Lifelong Connections Meeting, which focus on leadership, networking, and career development for MCH professionals.
Find Making Lifelong Connections on Twitter .
The MCH Library provides access to critical resources for state Title V agencies, communities, health professionals, educators, researchers, policymakers, and families.
Find MCH Library on Twitter.
NAHIC serves as a national resource for adolescent health information and research and publishes frequent articles and papers on topics related to adolescent health.
Find NAHIC on Twitter.
Training and Educational Resources
Thursday, September 19, 2013
2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
This webinar will provide an overview of the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) within the context of HRSA and the MCHB; a description of its current investments; a review of its reporting requirements and key deadlines for grantees; its key cross-cutting resources; and an opportunity for targeted Q&A with its staff. The webinar is targeted to new grantees; however, all current DMCHWD grantees, faculty and staff are welcome to participate.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT
Baltimore City Health Department Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Dineen will present the integration of Life Course Theory into the Baltimore Fetal and Infant Mortality Review program.
Monday, September 23, 2013
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT
Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) targeted issues projects focused on pediatric facility recognition will be highlighted in this webinar. A preview of a soon-to-be-released toolkit to assist states in development of a pediatric facility recognition program will also be shared. This program is appropriate for hospital state leaders, hospital administrators, EMSC grantees and their advisory committee members, physicians, nurses, parents and family members, as well as all others interested in improving the care of children.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
2:30pm – 4:00pm EDT
This session will provide information and strategies for program administrators interested in improving oral health quality, policy and financing for Title V and Medicaid beneficiaries and how Title V MCH programs can partner with Medicaid to do this.
November 20, 2013 (Letter of intent)
December 20, 2013 (Application)
Conduct clinical research and assume the leadership and administrative responsibilities for the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC). The selected applicant will continue the mission of the ICAC. The ICAC focuses on the prevention and treatment of asthma in inner-city populations.
January 19, 2014
Support research to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve diabetes management in young children with type 1 diabetes. The result should be an intervention that has been demonstrated to be safe, feasible to implement, acceptable in the target population, and ready to be tested in a larger efficacy trial.