Information Resources

Life Course Perspective

Training Resources

Association of University Centers on Disabilities has developed a series of life course training resources for students, trainees, and teachers:

  • Webinar library with overviews of the life course perspective
  • Life course slide library collected to serve as a resource for MCHB-funded training programs
  • Interdisciplinary case studies focused on the life course perspective
  • Health equity quiz that can be used to test the knowledge of trainees and students
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Life Course Metrics Project

MCH Online Tools

AMCHP developed 59 indicators to measure outcomes of a life course perspective for MCH. They are available through the Life Course Indicators Online Tool  where you can browse indicators by category, domain, or data set. These indicators were developed with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and input from a national expert panel and 7 state teams.

Learn about the Measuring a Life Course Approach to MCH Webinar↓ below.

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Updated AIR-P Website

Website Update

The updated Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) website includes new tools and resources for parents and professionals:

  • Announcements of recent and upcoming events, posts on the Autism Speaks blog, news and publications
  • Research and Guidelines sections that share resources from clinicians and information on how AIR-P is contributing to the field of autism
  • Validated tools for health professionals and families, with webinars and other materials, available for download
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Hispanic or Latino Distribution by Origin – NEW!

Interactive Data Map

The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new data visualization, Distribution of Hispanic or Latino Population by Specific Origin: 2010. The interactive graphic shows the proportion of the group on the county level from areas such as Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and others.

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The ACA and Community Transformation Grants


This issue of Healthy Generations (published by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health) contains articles that cover topics such as:

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA), its goals, the health systems and insurance reforms
  • Information about Community Transformation Grants
  • Implications of the ACA for MCH populations and public health services, including women, immigrants, children, children and youth with special health care needs, and adolescents and young adults

Healthy Generations Fall 2013 issue (1.2MB PDF)

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Reducing Infant Mortality

Public-Private Partnership

The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality is a public-private partnership to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Participants learn from one another and national experts, share best practices and lessons learned, and track progress toward shared benchmarks. Notes and resources from past meetings are available:

Updates from the October 2013 meeting (notes are forthcoming):

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Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Workshop Summary Report

The Leveraging Action to Support Dissemination of the Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Workshop convened discuss ways to effectively communicate and implement the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines, released in 2009. The workshop featured products to assist women in achieving recommended weight gain during pregnancy and presented ideas for outreach and partnership with health care providers and health programs to implement the Guidelines.

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Improving Adolescent Health & Wellbeing

Online Resources Listing

A listing of online resources for state MCH professionals working to improve adolescent health, safety and well-being, e-adolescence is available through your email inbox. For example, the most recent issue focused on social determinants of health. It is made possible by the National Initiative to Improve Adolescent Health (NIIAH) and produced by the State Adolescent Health Resource Center at the Konopka Institute.

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Training and Educational Resources

Introduction to DAGs Webinar

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
2:30pm–4:00pm EST

Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) are hypothesized causal diagrams that can be used to assess sources of bias in epidemiologic studies based on a set of rules for interpretation. Increasingly, DAGs have been recognized as a valuable tool for evaluating confounding, but they have other uses as well such as clearly communicating underlying assumptions. Dr. Penelope Howards, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, will provide a general introduction to DAGs using MCH examples.

EnRICH is a series of webinars that feature special topics related to MCH research. Each event features speakers who are experts in the field. EnRICH webinars are conducted by the MCH Training and Research Resource Center which is funded by the MCHB’s Division of Research, Training, and Education.

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New DMCHWD Grantee Orientation

Archived Webinar

For those who missed the live webinar put on by the MCH Training Program Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) or would like to view it again, this September 19, 2013 webinar provided:

  • Overview of the DMCHWD within the context of HRSA and the MCHB
  • Description of current investments
  • Review of reporting requirements and key deadlines for grantees
  • Key cross-cutting resources
  • Opportunity for targeted Q&A with staff
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Measuring a Life Course Approach to MCH Webinar

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

AMCHP’s year-long effort to identify and promote standardized indicators to measure progress using the life course approach to improve MCH was finalized in October. It will include:

  • Overview of the Life Course Metrics Project↑ and its process
  • Perspectives on project participation, challenges, lessons learned, and how indicators will influence their work and efforts from state MCH program representatives
  • How life course indicators will affect the MCH field and beyond from national expert panel members

Register today to join and ask questions or share reactions and experiences in measuring a life course approach to MCH.

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Health Disparities Conference Call for Abstracts

Due: January 10, 2014

The 7th Annual Health Disparities Conference has issued a call for podium and poster presentations. The conference will be held March 10-12, 2014 in New Orleans. Abstracts on research, policy, and clinical practice are requested.

Download Guidelines and Instructions (607k PDF)

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Medical Legal Partnership Call for Proposals

Session Proposals: December 20, 2013

Poster Abstracts: January 24, 2014

Each year, National Center for Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) hosts a national 2-day conference (April 10-11, 2014 in Seattle) that brings together hundreds of leaders in healthcare, law, public health and government to share ideas, insights and best practices about how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable people. This year's Summit will focus on MLP in the era of health reform and will explore medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery, interprofessional education and population health change.

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MCH Trainees Annual Meeting

May 8-9, 2014

Denver, CO

The 4th annual meeting, Making Lifelong Connections: Leadership, Networking, and Career Development for MCH Trainees will be put on by the University of Alabama Birmingham Pediatric Pulmonary Center and University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center. Applications from current and former trainees of MCHB-funded projects will be invited to apply in January, and include an abstract/presentation proposal.

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Obesity Prevention for Child Care Providers

Online Training Modules

One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers, is 3 free online modules that:

  • Discuss the importance of physical activity for children
  • Explain how child care providers can promote physical activity
  • Give examples of activities and resources

Produced by Katrina Holt, MPH, MS, RD, of Georgetown University, curriculum completion allows for participants to apply for 1 continuing education credit.

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Funding Opportunities

AAHD Scholarship Program

Friday, November 15, 2013

This opportunity from the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) supports students with disabilities pursuing higher education. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in the field of public health, health promotion, disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. Scholarships are given up to $1,000.

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Home Visiting Research Scholar Program

November 30, 2013

Successful applicants can attend the Pew Charitable Trust 4th National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting in Washington D.C. on January 29-31, 2014 and receive consultation from Home Visiting Research Network (HVRN) leaders in designing a study addressing one or more of the national home visiting research agenda priorities. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program, a post-doctoral fellow, or a junior faculty member no more than 3 years past doctoral completion.

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Disparities Leadership Program

December 13, 2013 (Letter of intent)

February 14, 2014 (Application)

The Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to helping health care leaders address disparities and achieve equity in a time of healthcare transformation. The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is a year-long, hands-on executive leadership program focused on helping health care leaders achieve equity in quality. Teams of at least 2 participants are routine but larger teams and individuals are also encouraged.

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NCHS and Academy Health Policy Fellowship

January 16, 2014

The fellowship program brings visiting scholars in health services research-related disciplines to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) for 13 months to conduct studies of interest to policymakers and the health services research community. Fellows have access to NCHS data resources for use in their proposed studies and work on collaborative projects with NCHS staff.

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NIH: Pregnancy-Related Diseases and Therapeutics

Letter of Intent R01: January 5, 2014

Letter of Intent R43/44 and R41/42: January 27, 2014

Grant applications that will identify molecular targets for pregnancy associated/induced disorders and lead to the development of new safer and more effective medications for use in pregnancy are requested.

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