Information Resources

MCHB – Child Health USA 2014

Data Website

The latest edition of the MCHB’s Child Health USA is now LIVE. This year’s edition is entirely web-based and features significantly expanded functionality. Most of 50+ indicators featured can now be viewed by multiple socio-demographic and health-related characteristics using an interactive table tool that allows users to define their own queries. It is even possible to test for statistical significance between estimates in most cases.

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IOM – Measuring IPE Impact on Collaborative Practice and Patient Outcomes


This new report from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) examines the methods needed to measure the impact that interprofessional education (IPE) has on collaborative practice and health and system outcomes. Born out of the question, “What data and metrics are needed to evaluate the impact of IPE on individual, population, and system outcomes?” this report is the result of an IOM consensus committee that convened to examine the existing evidence on this complex issue and consider the potential design of future studies that could expand this evidence base.

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The Role of Family Health Partners in Quality Improvement Within a Pediatric Medical Home

Family Engagement Guide

This National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) guide encourages effectively engaging family perspectives in a pediatric practice. Patient- and family-centered medical homes encourage a cooperative partnership between doctors, nurses, other medical staff and the patients’ families to provide the best possible care for children. One way to demonstrate family-centered care in a pediatric medical home is to invite families to assist with evaluating, planning and improving the practice. Family Health Partners can play an integral role in a practice’s transformation into a medical home and in its continuous quality improvement. This guide will help practices:

  • Determine if they are ready to work with families as improvement partners,
  • Recruit and work with Family Health Partners, and
  • Evaluate, sustain, and improve the Family Health Partners role and relationships.

The guide is available in English and Spanish and includes handouts for families and practices.

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Training and Educational Resources

The Office on Women’s Health – Quick Health Data Online Training


May 12, 2015 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT
June 16, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

Mapping Focus

May 14, 2015 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
June 18, 2015 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm EDT

The Office on Women’s Health is providing telephone trainings to use Quick Health Data Online. Basics will provide an overview of the system while Mapping Focus will provide those techniques. Data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, access to care, prevention, violence, and mental health by race, ethnicity and gender, and age are available on the site. Graphing and mapping features have also been incorporated.

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National MCH Workforce Development Center — Training Cohorts 3 & 4

Applications due: June 1, 2015 at 5:00pm EDT

Cohort 3: July 2015–March 2016
Training: Denver or San Francisco

Cohort 4: November 2015–June 2016
Training: Washington DC area

The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers a range of trainings, tools and resources to strengthen MCH workforce capacity to lead through health transformation in 4 key areas:

  • Access to care
  • Quality improvement
  • Systems integration
  • Change management

State/territory Title V agencies/MCH programs and their partners will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and tools in the 4 key areas and apply them to a current health transformation project of interest. States/territories are allowed to choose between Cohort 3 or 4 and are strongly encouraged to apply to participate as current project funding ends in August 2016. The AMCHP Transformation Station also provides applications.

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National MCH Workforce Development Center – Coffee Talk 3: Leading Change

Release date: June 1st, 2015

Twitter Chat (#WDCoffeeTLK)
July 22, 2015
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

In working to improve the lives of women, children and families, leadership plays a critical role in state MCH programs. This is why it is important for the MCH leaders to take initiative, have a vision, influence people, and problem-solve. Pertinent leadership skills using John Kotter’s 8-step process for leading change will be the focus of Karen Trierweiler’s presentation (Director of Programs and Services, Prevention Services, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), and she will add her personal experience of leading change in Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Coffee Talk Series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center’s Change Management core, are presentations and Twitter chats on 4 pertinent topics benefiting the Title V workforce.

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Hearing and Vision Services for Children through Medicaid Webinar

May 14, 2015
1:00pm EDT

About 25% of all U.S. school children vision problems affecting daily life and school performance, and need prompt diagnosis and treatment. This Network for Public Health Law webinar will focus on how EPSDT (Medicaid program offering low-income children a comprehensive array of preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services) can help address this. An overview and results of a state laws and policies addressing EPSDT coverage of hearing and vision services survey with an assessment of the Medicaid managed care contracting provisions states use to address these services will be discussed. Presenters from the National Health Law Program and Network for Public Health Law:

  • Jane Perkins, JD, MPH – Legal Director
  • Sarah Somers, JD, MPH – Managing Attorney
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Family-Based Programs for Preventing Smoking Webinar

June 11, 2015
2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Examining whether family interventions can influence children and adolescents not to smoke is the focus of this Health Evidence webinar. Roger Thomas (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary) will lead and present findings from his latest review: Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents. This review includes 27 trials in 5 countries: United States, Australia, India, Netherlands, and Norway.

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2015 National Maternal Nutrition Intensive Course

August 12 to 14, 2015
Minneapolis, MN

This continuing education program from the University of Minnesota focuses on the improvement of maternal and infant health through the delivery of risk-appropriate, high-quality, nutrition services. It is designed for dietitians, nutritionists, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians and public health professionals who serve preconceptual, pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women. Topics include:

  • Vitamin D in pregnancy and lactation
  • Promoting breastfeeding among obese women
  • Fetal origins of disease
  • Nutrient content of infant and toddler foods
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Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0: Infant Feeding

September 25, 2015
12:30pm to 5:00pm EDT

Location: Online or Knoxville, TN

Promoting Healthy Weight 2.0: Infant Feeding (Part II) is a University of Tennessee, Knoxville colloquium about infant feeding as it relates to promoting a healthy weight. The presentation is available both onsite and online and CEUs will be offered. Access Part I of the Colloquium.

Email for more information:

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Health Equity Approaches to Reducing Infant Mortality

October 8, 2015
Hyattsville, MD

The Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness will host its 9th annual conference focused on reducing infant mortality. This will be an informative and thought-provoking day of presentations and engaging discussion. Subscribe to the e-newsletter for updates:

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MCH Journal Call for Papers: Postpartum Health and Wellness

Due: October 15, 2015

The MCH Journal invites manuscript submissions to be considered for an issue on postpartum health and wellness. The Journal requests manuscripts on any aspect of postpartum health and wellness including:

  • Policy briefs
  • Original research
  • Commentaries
  • Perspectives in practice (clinical or public health)
  • Program development or implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Literature reviews

Postpartum Health and Wellness Call for Papers (PDF)

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Funding Opportunities

NIH – Postdoctoral Research Training in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology

Letter of Intent: June 21, 2015
Application: July 21, 2015

Grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop clinician/scientists who will be leaders in the field of pediatric clinical pharmacology research are invited to apply. Individuals in these programs should receive training and experience in the methods and conduct of basic and clinical research, in order to qualify them to perform such studies independently.

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NIH – Studies at Periviable Gestation

October 5, 2015 (R01)
October 16, 2015 (R03, R21)

The focus of this grant is on projects that will provide an evidence base to guide therapies and treatment at periviable gestational age for both mothers and their infants. Letters of intent are due 30 days before application due date. There are 3 opportunities:

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NIH – Pediatric Endocrinologists Diabetes Career Development

Letter of Intent: November 2, 2015
Application: December 2, 2015

Grants will be awarded to eligible institutions to provide a program to prepare pediatricians, selected by the institution, for careers in pediatric endocrinology research related to diabetes to foster the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce of pediatric endocrinologists to assume leadership roles related to the Nation’s biomedical and behavioral research efforts in the area of pediatric diabetes.

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