Information Resources

MCH Navigator Online Self-Assessment Tool

The Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) is excited to announce the launch of the MCH Navigator’s NEW online self-assessment tool! This tool:

  • Helps identify your strengths and learning needs in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies,
  • Matches your learning needs to appropriate trainings, and
  • Provides a customized learning plan to track your progress over time and guide you, your staff, and/or department in professional development activities.

This MCH Navigator presentation on innovations also explains how to use the new online self-assessment tool.

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Autism Awareness Highlights

The DMCHWD has compiled a list of grantee spotlights, events, resources, and news items related to autism awareness on their page, 2015 Autism Awareness: Highlights from Around the Network. April is Autism Awareness Month!

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New Family Involvement Page

The DMCHWD is excited to share the new Family Involvement page highlighting the importance of family involvement and family-centered care within the MCH field. Family involvement and leadership is an important component of all programs within DMCHWD, and engaging with family members is critical to the success of efforts in many of our programs. Programs are partnering with family members in many ways such as including them as members on advisory boards and councils to ensure that a family perspective is represented in program planning, implementation, and evaluation, as family faculty, and as trainees. Highlights include:

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Community Health Status Indicators 2015 Web Application

The CDC presents the redesigned CHSI 2015, an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as:

  • Health care access and quality,
  • Health behaviors,
  • Social factors and the physical environment.

CHSI 2015 is user-focused and designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators, including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

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State Pediatric Medicaid and CHIP Medical Home Initiatives: At-A-Glance Table (PDF)

Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this state at-a-glance table provides an overview of pediatric medical home initiatives occurring through Medicaid and the CHIP. By learning about ongoing pediatric medical home initiatives in a state, pediatric clinicians, practices, state Title V agencies, American Academy of Pediatrics state chapters, and others can gain insights on how to integrate their work and coordinate efforts across multiple systems.

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Training and Educational Resources

Blue Zones Approach to Healthy Living Webinar

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:30pm to 1:30pm CDT

Heather Fox, HRSA’s nutrition major graduate-level intern, and Shree Mohanty, MS, RD, will present this MCHB webinar on how to live longer like the Blue Zones inhabitants. Objectives include:

  • Learning about the eating and lifestyle habits of the world’s healthiest and longest-living people according to The Blue Zones Solution,
  • Learning how to take small steps to create a healthier environment that leads to a long-term healthier life, and
  • Adopting strategies to adopt the lifestyle habits of Blue Zones inhabitants.

Register with

Connect to the Blue Zones Webinar.

Audio and questions: 877-493-5701, participant code 570-7869.

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JFK Partners 50th Anniversary Events

April 17–18, 2015
Denver, CO

JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is a leader in advancing care and treatment for children and adults with developmental disabilities through training, education, clinical services, research, policy, and advocacy. The JFK Partners 50th Anniversary Symposium will include:

  • Keynote on the Past, Present, and Future of Early Intervention: A View Through the ASD Lens by Sally J. Rogers, PhD, MIND Institute;
  • Grand Rounds presentation from Former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy;
  • Parent and Self-Advocacy Leadership discussion with Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Other events include a dinner and an alumni reunion.

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Call for Abstracts: Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?

Abstracts due April 30, 2015

The NCIPE will host “Where's the Patient's Voice in Health Professional Education 10 Years On?” from November 12 to 14, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to look at the progress made since the first conference was held in 2005. Abstracts are invited on examples of “patient” involvement in health professional education across the continuum of education including: educational initiatives that have been implemented and evaluated; descriptions of progress and lessons learned over the last 10 years; and patient experiences as educators of health professionals.

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DataSpeak—Vitally Important: Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics to Advance MCH Webinar

Thursday, April 30, 2015
1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

This DataSpeak presentation will focus on how states are working to improve vital statistics timeliness and data sharing, and how this is helping to inform and improve programs and health outcomes for women and infants:

  • Patricia W. Potrzebowski, PhD, Executive Director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems will review efforts to make data more current for public health program purposes.
  • Glenn Copeland, MBA, State Registrar for the Michigan Department of Community Health, providing timely data on infant mortality in Michigan with a focus on the COIIN to Reduce Infant Mortality.
  • John Paulson, Data Center Supervisor at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health, will discuss Ohio data with a focus on the STEVE System.
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Developing Interprofessional Champions in the Clinical Environment: Opportunities for Preceptors Webinar

Friday, May 8, 2015
1:00pm CDT

The NCIPE presents this new American Interprofessional Health Collaborative Webinar that responds to the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s recent call for aligning interprofessional education and clinical practice to achieve the Triple Aim. This webinar will feature 2 university approaches for developing preceptors to be interprofessional champions in the clinical environment. Each case study will provide information on their approaches and materials, lessons learned and strategies for success.

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Funding Opportunities

CityMatCH – Year 9 CityLEADERS Cohort

May 1, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the CityMatCH Year 9 CityLEADERS Cohort, an 8-month emerging and mid-level MCH leaders training program. This intensive training program on core MCH Leadership Competencies focuses on professional growth with the support of a senior MCH mentor.

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CDC – National Public Health Practice and Resource Centers for Children with ADHD or Tourette Syndrome

May 11, 2015

Purpose: fund centers that have the capacity to develop and provide health promotion programs and health communication and education resources for professionals and the public about ADHD or TS. Program strategies will include:

  1. Information, consultation and referral,
  2. Health communication programs and materials development, and
  3. Education and training.

Intended outcome: promote health and well-being of children with ADHD or TS.

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CDC – SUID Case Registry: Building Capacity and Implementation

May 31, 2015

This is a surveillance system that compiles information on unexpected infant deaths from various data sources. Module A will continue to support the work of the 9 states that have successfully implemented the SUID-CR pilot program through an existing FOA. Module B will fund new states to implement the necessary components of a state-based SUID Case Registry and surveillance system. Measurable outcomes of the program will be in alignment with CDC performance goals.

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CDC – Surveillance of Congenital Heart Defects Across the Lifespan

June 1, 2015

This will expand the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities programs conducting birth defects surveillance with a focus on CHDs among individuals of all ages.

  1. Category A: Build on existing infrastructure for population-based CHDs surveillance.
  2. Category B: Develop and implement approaches for conducting surveillance of CHDs by linking data sources.
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NIH – Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems

June 1, 2015
Letter of Intent: May 1, 2015

There are 3 opportunities:

These 3 will make up the PRISMS Program whose mission is to develop sensor-based integrated health monitoring systems to serve as research tools to measure factors in studies of asthma, and eventually other chronic diseases, in the pediatric population. The 3 will work closely to ensure functionality of the overall systems.

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NIH – Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity

July 16, 2015

Institutions or organizations should propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and or children. Exploratory epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research will also be supported within this program.

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NIH – Lifespan Human Connectome Project: Baby Connectome

September 3, 2015

This is an initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. Propose to extend the experimental protocols developed through the Human Connectome Project to children 0–5 years to investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical development.

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NIH – Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology

R01: October 5, 2015
R21: October 16, 2015

These encourage innovative research to enhance the quality of measurements of dietary intake and physical activity. Applications are encouraged to include development of: novel assessment approaches; better methods to evaluate instruments; assessment tools for culturally diverse populations or various age groups, including children and older adults; improved technology or applications of existing technology; statistical methods/modeling to improve assessment and/or to correct for measurement errors or biases; methods to investigate the multidimensionality of diet and physical activity behavior through pattern analysis; or integrated measurement of diet and physical activity along with the environmental context of such behaviors.

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