Information Resources

MCHB – The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012

Data Book

The Health Resources and Services Administration's MCHB is proud to announce the release of a new publication, The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2011-2012. The Chartbook features the latest data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health and provides both national and state-level estimates for key indicators of child health and factors that may impact the well-being of children, including medical home access, adequate insurance, family interactions and parental health, school and after-school experiences, and neighborhood amenities and safety.

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MCH Library at Georgetown University – EPSDT Services in Medicaid

Knowledge Path

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid. The knowledge path points to resources about providing and strengthening EPSDT and includes tools for state Medicaid programs, health care practices, training, and finding data and statistics, journal articles, reports, and other materials. A separate brief presents resources to help families find care, services, and support for their children, learn more about EPSDT, and find tools to help them play a more active role in their children's EPSDT-related visits.

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AAP Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress


On June 17, 2014, the AAP hosted a daylong Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress in Washington, DC. The event convened federal policymakers, national thought leaders and partner organizations to discuss the emerging science demonstrating the impact of toxic stress on a child's lifelong health. The Symposium also helped create consensus on a broad, implementable vision to strengthen federal policies and funding to address toxic stress and early childhood adversity. This archive includes a webcast of the event, media coverage links, copies of speaker presentations, and other supplemental resources and materials.

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Training and Educational Resources

MCHB – More Than Pretty Pictures: From GIS to Spatial Analysis in MCH

Archived Webinar

The archive for the May 2014 EnRICH webinar on GIS and spatial analysis is now available. This webinar sought to briefly introduce several broad applications of GIS and spatial analysis in MCH research and surveillance; develop a conceptual understanding of what “space” means in MCH research; and link this conceptual understanding with several statistical approaches to the analysis of spatially referenced data. This program was presented by Michael Kramer, PhD, assistant professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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Healthy People 2020: Prevention and Population Health Education Across the Health Professions Webinar

September 9, 2014
1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT

Join Healthy People 2020 and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to learn about the role prevention and population health can play in advancing interprofessional education. Participants will learn how to access resources for developing curricula and collaborative learning experiences to improve prevention and population health education across various health professions. Faculty from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Duke University will describe their efforts to expand prevention education across disciplines.

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Healthy People 2020: Promoting and Measuring Well-Being and Health-Related Quality of Life Webinar

September 25, 2014
12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT

Health-related quality of life and well-being (HRQOL/WB) is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning. Since people are living longer than ever before, this view helps us to move beyond the narrow and traditional perspective of death and illness measurements of population health to focus on the impact that health status has on quality of life. Learn why HRQOL/WB measures are important and how these measures are related to Healthy People 2020 and other national health initiatives. You will also hear from two organizations that use HRQOL/QB measures to track population health.

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CEHN 2015 Research Conference and Call for Abstracts

February 4 to 6, 2015 (Abstracts due September 11, 2014)
Austin, TX

The theme for the 2015 CEHN Research Conference is “Children: Food and Environment.” This conference will explore the interaction between food and environmental factors that affect children's health, including micro-level factors such as nutrient-mediated microbiome effects and macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. The policy, regulatory, and future research implications will be explored. This conference is suited for research scientists, epidemiologists, public health and heath care professionals, and students in all related disciplines. The call for abstracts for both oral and poster presentations is currently open for multiple conference themes related to children's food and their environments.

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8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference and Call for Session Proposals

June 29 to July 2, 2015 (Proposals due August 28, 2014)
San Diego, CA

The 8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference (COC) invites persons and organizations engaged in researching, developing, implementing and evaluating policy and environmental strategies to reduce childhood obesity to submit proposals for consideration for inclusion in the 8th Biennial COC program. Sessions will be 75 or 90 minutes in length and proposal submissions will be required to: 1) select the most appropriate themed track; 2) include at least one of the conference priorities 3) select a level of evidence 4) include a diverse panel of speakers. Themed tracks include basic and applied research; build environment, land use, and transportation; community nutrition and physical activity; early childhood education; food systems; healthcare approaches to prevention; marketing to kids; and school and expanded learning (after school and summer).

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Funding Opportunities

NIH – In-vivo Methods for Assessing Placental Development and Function

September 15, 2014

This FOA invites grant applications for research in for the development of safe, real-time, non-invasive (or minimally invasive), in vivo methods to assess the development and function of the human placenta. Two activities are funded under this opportunity:

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NIH – Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Centers

September 15, 2014

The purpose of this FOA is to announce the competition of the Obstetric-Fetal Pharmacology Research Centers (OPRC) - a specialized cooperative multicenter program in the obstetric pharmacology research. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) proposes to fund a limited number of research centers which will provide an arena for multidisciplinary interactions among basic and clinical scientists interested in establishing high quality translational research programs in the area of obstetric pharmacology. The centers will also serve as national resources for clinical pharmacological research in women during normal and abnormal pregnancies. Center investigators will be expected to work with NICHD staff in facilitating research collaborations and interactions within and among the centers. Such a cooperative program will form a national network that facilitates the translation of knowledge from the basic sciences into the development of new treatments, and findings from clinical studies/trials into practice with ultimate goal of improving the safety and effectiveness of the medical treatment in pregnant women.

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NIH – Interventions for Youth Who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications

November 13, 2014

This FOA solicits U01 applications conducting either hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating controlled research to build an evidence base to address the problem of prescription stimulant medication (PSM) misuse in youth. Specifically this FOA solicits research applications that develop and test the efficacy of interventions to either prevent or reduce the misuse and diversion of PSMs among high school students and/or college students. Animal studies and epidemiological research will be considered unresponsive.

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