Information Resources

Maternity Leave and Workplace Breastfeeding

Policy Briefs

Mandating Paid Maternity Leave for America’s Working Mothers: Improving the Health and Economic Stability for Families (566k PDF) discusses the importance of paid maternity leave policies, while Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace (155k PDF) presents a guide to the why and how of implementing breastfeeding support policies. These policy briefs were developed by participants of the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

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MCH Navigator: 5-Minute MCH

Learning Program

5-Minute MCH: Master the MCH Leadership Competencies in 5-Minutes per Week will improve participants’ knowledge of and skills in the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. MCH Navigator will conduct this monthly series which will explore each competency, provide learning opportunities and implementation strategies, and culminate in an interactive learning session with an expert from the field in weekly 5-minute sessions. It will start in July 2015 with “MCH Knowledge Base/Public Health Context,” and continue monthly until June 2016.

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The ACA: A Working Guide for MCH Professionals


These National MCH Workforce Development Center modules provide the building blocks for current and future MCH professionals to learn the basics of the ACA and its implications for Title V programs. The first 3 modules provide an overview of the ACA and its implications, and the final 3 modules address new and expanded ways individuals can access health care coverage and provide an explanation of the covered services. Each module includes a quiz, a questions section specific to the learner’s state or territory, and resources for further exploration.

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A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States


Health for Every Mother: A Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide for States provides a comprehensive planning framework and menu of strategies, and is supported by implementation examples from more than 30 states and a wealth of national program and policy resources. The guide includes assessment tools for use internally or with partners. AMCHP, who created this publication, is happy to talk with state and community stakeholders about opportunities to use the guide their communities. Download the Maternal Health Resource and Planning Guide (6.4 MB PDF), or email Brittany Argotsinger to learn more or request a hard copy by mail.

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Training and Educational Resources

DataSpeak on Vital Statistics to Advance MCH

Archived Webinar

The full multimedia archive of "Vitally Important: Improving the Timeliness of Vital Statistics to Advance MCH" is now available! This webinar, supported by the MCH Epidemiology and Statistics Program, was dedicated to helping MCH practitioners on the Federal, State, and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking. This presentation focused 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. Access the DataSpeak archive, program transcript, and questions & answers on the HRSA website.

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Scientific Writing for Peer-Reviewed Publications

October 31, 2015
Chicago, IL

The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the APHA is offering this course to help public health practitioners turn their work into manuscripts for publication. Trainers are Dr. Michael Kogan, Director of Epidemiology and Research at MCHB and Dr. Samuel Posner, Editor-in-Chief of Preventing Chronic Disease at CDC. Participants should bring an abstract, manuscript outline, data analysis results, or a draft of an article to turn into a manuscript.

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Funding Opportunities

NIH – Genetic Basis of Structural Birth Defects and Childhood Cancers

June 27, 2015 (Letter of Intent)
July 27, 2015 (Application)

Use whole genome sequencing at an NHGRI-supported sequencing center to investigate the genetic etiology of structural birth defects, and further elucidate the genetic contribution to childhood cancers and the genomic contributions to treatment failure for childhood sarcomas.  Information from this activity will be used to help design future activities of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program.

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RWJF – Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

July 1, 2015 (Concept papers)
September 9, 2015 (Invited full proposals)

This national program of the RWJF supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight. The award types are Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

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HRSA – Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program

July 17, 2015

This CHGME Payment Program will compensate for the disparity in the level of Federal GME funding for freestanding children’s teaching hospitals versus other types of teaching hospitals and is administered by the BHW, HRSA, HHS.

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AAP – CATCH Planning, Implementation, and Resident Grants

July 31, 2015

CATCH supports pediatricians who collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to needed health services and a medical home. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan community-based child health initiatives that will ensure all children have medical homes, are properly immunized, and have access to health care services not otherwise available in their community. Up to $2,000 will be awarded to pediatric residents to plan and/or implement community-based child health initiatives.

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AAPD – Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children GrantHealthy Smiles, Healthy Children

August 3, 2015

HSHC supports community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. It provides 1-year matching grants of up to $20,000, supporting community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children.

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NIH – Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers

September 2, 2015 (Letter of Intent) October 2, 2015 (Application)

The AADCRC program will support centers that integrate clinical and basic research to conduct studies on the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of diseases of interest. The program will improve the understanding of the pathogenesis of these conditions and to provide a rational foundation for new, effective treatments and prevention strategies.

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NIH – National Centers for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility

October 12, 2015 (Letter of Intent)
November 12, 2015 (Application)

The NCTRI will form a national network that facilitates knowledge transfer between the laboratory and clinic to improve human reproductive health through communication, innovation and research excellence. These centers

  • Encourage interactions among scientists who want to establish translational research programs in the reproductive sciences,
  • Are resources for training and career development of those conducting research in reproduction and infertility, and
  • Have investigators who develop and participate in community outreach and education to increase awareness of their research activities to the public.
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