Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls (“Communication Skills Building”) helps community leaders strengthen the communication skills of parents and caregivers of preteen and teenage girls. Dating, self-image, Internet dangers, and peer pressure are some topics parents and caregivers have a hard time discussing with their children. This resource includes a Facilitator’s Guide, online videos, and tip sheets for African-American and Hispanic (Spanish- and English-speaking) communities. It was developed by the Office of Women’s Health.
Prevention Institute and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have just released a new tool to help public health practitioners work at the community level to tackle health inequities. A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play. It is designed for those who are new to the concept of health equity, as well as those who are already working to create equitable environments.
“Retweet Does Not Imply Endorsement”: The Logic of Cyberbullying in Schools” is designed to present a real-world dilemma, problem solving, and teamwork to students while challenging them to solve the problem of weight-related cyberbullying in a middle school. This is the second teaching case released by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders. The first case, “Who’s Calling Me Fat? Or How Columbia Got Its Obesity Prevention Campaign Back on Track,” is also available for free to the public.
Marketplace Enrollment Data
This resource to tracks enrollment reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia highlighting key data across states:
- Each state's total number of completed marketplace applications
- Number of people in those applications determined eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan or in the state's Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program
- Number who selected a marketplace plan
The Kaiser Family Foundation also has developed state-by-state estimates of the number of people eligible to receive tax credits , profiles describing each state's marketplace , and other state indicators related to health reform .
Major Data Source Overview
This overview of large publicly-available data sets addresses health status and health care access, utilization, and quality for adolescents and young adults. Developed by the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, it includes a list of surveys by level of analysis and health topic.
The fall 2013 edition of Linkages is a newsletter for professionals who work with children with special needs that looks at resources that support parents of these children. Linkages is published by the Center for Children with Special Needs.
This factsheet for Hmong readers about the goals of the Affordable Care Act and its potential impact on individual and public health includes ACA enrollment information and discusses the intent of the ACA and resources for Twin Cities-based individuals. The factsheet is free and available for distribution in both English and Hmong. The factsheet is published by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Training and Educational Resources
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Over the last four years, the RWJF Maximizing Enrollment program worked with 8 states to transform state enrollment systems, policies and procedures for Medicaid and CHIP and to prepare for the ACA’s enrollment requirements. This briefing will share lessons learned that may be useful for state and federal policymakers as ACA implementation moves forward. Panelists will highlight state innovations that make enrollment faster, more efficient, and more effective, and will define realistic expectations for participation levels under the ACA.
January 23–25, 2014
At the Families USA Health Action 2014: Making the Promise Real conference, experts will focus on the challenges and the promise of Affordable Care Act implementation. State and national leaders will provide critical updates and insights, discuss Medicaid expansion and budgets at the state level, and share emerging advocacy strategies, tactics, and best practices.
January 25–28, 2014
“The Road Ahead: Challenges, Changes, and Opportunities for MCH” sessions will cover advocacy, health equity and social justice, health care financing and coverage, life course, women’s and perinatal health, infant and child health, and others. The 4th Annual National Summit on Quality Home Visiting will be held concurrently.
March 4–6, 2014
“Racial Justice or Just Us? in Birth and Breastfeeding” will focus on the policies that affect mothers, babies, and families, particularly those related to racial justice and breastfeeding. Community health workers, MCH leaders, doulas, peer counselors, Early Head Start educators, Healthy Start professionals, and others are invited.
Deadline: February 15, 2014
The 2014 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference will take place September 17–19 in Phoenix, AZ. CityMatCH has issued a call for abstracts in either the scientific research/data focus or the program/policy focus. Both oral and poster sessions will be accepted.
This arvhiced webcast focuses on the historic coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act. The session includes a brief overview of the two major pathways to health care coverage for maternal and child populations and highlights strategies and resources to help educate others about the new insurance options open to them for enrollment. Information on the different types of consumer assistance is also described.
January 8, 2014
This program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings and conversely gives influential practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to work in research settings.
January 8, 2014
These grants to help bridge the gaps between research and the policies and practices that affect youth ages 8–25 in the United States. These projects, which can be newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects, should focus on studying what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence.
January 15, 2014
The New Connections program provides support and training to Junior Investigators to address priorities related to RWJF’s program areas: Childhood Obesity, Coverage, Human Capital, Pioneer, Public Health, Quality/Equality and Vulnerable Populations. This round of New Connections funding will focus on research projects addressing health disparities. Up to 9 grants of up to $100,000 for a 24-month period will be awarded.
January 15, 2014
The New Connections program provides support and training to Midcareer Consultants to address priorities related to RWJF’s program areas: Childhood Obesity, Coverage, Human Capital, Pioneer, Public Health, Quality/Equality and Vulnerable Populations. This round of New Connections funding will focus on projects addressing health disparities. Up to 2 grants for up to $100,000 for a 12-month period will be awarded.
HRSA – Eliminating Perinatal Health Disparities
January 17, 2014
The Healthy Start (HS) program grants are provided to communities with rates of infant mortality at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average and high rates for other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality) in order to address the needs of high-risk women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy. HS works to reduce the disparity in health status between the general population and individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, and services begin in the prenatal period and follow the woman and child through 2 years after the end of the pregnancy.
HRSA Call Center 877-464-4772 or CallCenter@HRSA.GOV
Opportunities: HRSA-14-020, HRSA-14-112, and HRSA-14-113
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – Macy Faculty Scholars Program
February 26, 2014
The Macy Faculty Scholars program is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Scholars will implement new educational innovations at their home institutions and participate in career development activities. They will receive salary support of $100,000 per year for 2 years, at least 50% protected time for 2 years to pursue an educational project, mentorship by a senior faculty member at their institution, access to the program’s national advisory committee, and opportunities to participate in Macy conferences and other national meetings.
Macy Faculty Scholars Program Webinar : Tuesday, January 7 at 2:00pm EST