Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Highlighting Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Training and Practice

Theme of the Month

This month, the MCH Training Program is highlighting interdisciplinary and interprofessional training and practice. This collection of resources features grantee spotlights and program highlights related to interagency collaboration, interdisciplinary training, and related online trainings and resources.

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionHRSA Disclaimer

Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome—28 States, 1999–2013HRSA Disclaimer


This new report presents NAS (a group of withdrawal symptoms that occurs primarily among newborns exposed to opioids during pregnancy) trends in 28 states using hospital discharge data from 1999 through 2013. The report shows that during this time, the rate of NAS increased 300%. It also presents the differences between states and recommended guidelines for prevention and treatment, and was published in the August 12, 2016 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Office of Adolescent HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Serving and Engaging Males and Young FathersHRSA Disclaimer


The PAF serves expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families through grants to states and tribes and is managed by OAH. Research shows that supporting young fathers can have significant and positive effects on them and their children. PAF provides funds to grantees to implement programs that support expectant and parenting young mothers and fathers, providing an important opportunity to improve the wellbeing of families.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and EvaluationHRSA Disclaimer

Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing or at Risk of HomelessnessHRSA Disclaimer

Research Report

This report from the ASPE summarizes existing evidence on family intervention strategies for youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness gathered through a literature review and supplemented with conversations with a small set of key informants. It also includes a summary of common elements of effective interventions and a discussion of gaps in the evidence base.

National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information CenterHRSA Disclaimer

Adolescent and Health Professional Perspectives on the Medical HomeHRSA Disclaimer

Health Policy Brief

This report includes a detailed description of methods, key focus group findings, and expert reactions the findings from a study conducted to better understand adolescents’ views on what are considered core components of the medical home and identify barriers to promoting adolescent health in relation to the medical home. Conducted by the University of California’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in collaboration with ICF International, the study sought to find out what the needs and challenges in providing adolescents with access to medical homes are.

National Center for Medical Home ImplementationHRSA Disclaimer

Tennessee HealthCare System StrategiesHRSA Disclaimer

State Profile
Key strategies, program components, the payment model, and outcomes from a 2-year, $65 million SIM testing grant to transform Tennessee’s healthcare system are outlined in this profile. The SIM grant supports a patient-centered medical home program that was built off of a quality improvement initiative facilitated in partnership with the Tennessee Chapter of the AAP.

National Institute for Health Care Management FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Michigan's ClassroomsHRSA Disclaimer

Fact Sheet

BCBSM and a coalition of stakeholders launched a series of school-based obesity prevention programs designed to help schools with different sets of needs and resources. To address the childhood obesity epidemic in Michigan, BHC, a school-based prevention program to help children adopt healthy habits at a young age, was launched. It targets children where they spend a large percentage of their time—in schools—and aligns with The Michigan Health & Wellness 4x4 Plan.

Training and Educational

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionHRSA Disclaimer

Beyond the Blood Spot: Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease WebinarHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1:00pm ET

Newborn screening began in the United States in the 1960s to test for medical conditions that may not be apparent just by looking at a baby. Finding these conditions soon after birth can help prevent certain serious problems, such as brain damage, organ damage, and even death.  This webinar is part of the CDC Public Health Grand Rounds series.

University of Wisconsin Population Health InstituteHRSA Disclaimer and Robert Wood Johnson FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Using the Rankings Data: Beyond Your County Snapshot! WebinarHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
3:00pm to 3:20pm ET

This webinar gives a brief overview of the Using the Rankings Data Guide that can help users:

  • Get the most out of County Health Rankings snapshots and the wealth of underlying data.
  • Widen the focus beyond the Rankings’ specific measures with links to additional county-level data.
  • Visualize where the assets and weaknesses are in a community.
  • Learn about how other communities are using the Rankings.

Healthy People 2020HRSA Disclaimer

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Reproductive and Sexual Health WebinarHRSA Disclaimer

Thursday, September 22, 2016
12:00 to 1:00pm ET

Join Healthy People 2020 to learn how one community organization is working to improve reproductive health through identifying women’s preferences and experiences around contraception and engaging in activities designed to develop, evaluate and disseminate innovative family planning interventions. For many, reproductive and sexual health services are the entry point into the medical care system, and reproductive and sexual health is a key component to the overall health and quality of life for both men and women.

National Institute for Health Care Management FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring? WebinarHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
1:30pm to 3:00pm ET

This webinar from the NIHCM Foundation will explore ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy. Lack of prenatal dental care and good oral hygiene can be a precursor to adverse birth outcomes and childhood caries. Find out how though the ACA has improved health coverage for pregnant women broadly, limitations in access and education continue to keep many women from receiving dental services.

Autism Intervention Research NetworkHRSA Disclaimer

Suicidality and Mental Health in ASD Youth WebinarHRSA Disclaimer

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
2:00pm to 3:00pm ET

As part of a monthly seriesHRSA Disclaimer which alternates autism research and care themes, this webinar will feature Dr. Jessica Kettle, co-PI at the ATN site at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and her colleagues exploring the parameters for assessing youth with ASD for suicidality. In addition, recommendations for the acute and long-term management of suicidal threats and behaviors will be presented.

MidAmerica Center for Public Health PracticeHRSA Disclaimer

2016 Change Institute: A Food SummitHRSA Disclaimer

September 30 to October 1, 2016
Maywood, IL

Attendees will:

  • Hear the latest in nutrition science and the impact of food on chronic diseases, population health, and the health of our planet.
  • Gather new knowledge and resources from national and local experts on strategies aimed at increasing access or availability of healthier options.
  • Network and share experiences with others.

Mathematica Policy ResearchHRSA Disclaimer

Policy in Perspective: The Changing Role of Public Health in a Post-ACA EraHRSA Disclaimer


A key role of public health agencies has been to help fill gaps in health care access by providing medical services to the uninsured and underinsured. With more individuals gaining access to comprehensive coverage through the ACA, programs focused on providing public medical services can now redirect resources to strengthen their other public health functions. In conjunction with National Public Health Week, this new podcast, featuring Mathematica Senior Vice President and Director of Health Research Christopher Trenholm and Senior Fellow Judy Bigby, discusses the changing role of public health programs in an era of health care reform.

Funding Opportunities

Health Resources & Services Administration

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention ProgramHRSA Disclaimer

October 14, 2016

The purpose of this program is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated statewide EHDI system of care targeted towards ensuring that newborns and infants are receiving appropriate and timely services, including screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and EI. This purpose will be achieved by focusing efforts on:

  1. Increasing health professionals’ engagement within and knowledge of the EHDI system
  2. Improving access to EI services and language acquisition
  3. Improving family engagement, partnership, and leadership within the EHDI programs and systems.

National Institute of Child Health and Human DevelopmentHRSA Disclaimer

Autism Centers of Excellence: Networks and Centers

October 17, 2016 (Letter of intent)
November 17, 2016 (Application)

Each ACE Network will consist of a multi-site project focusing on a specific topic of research for R01 support through the R01 FOA. Each ACE Network will submit one R01 application that includes sub-awards to the collaborating sites. A companion FOA invites applications for ACE Centers supported by the P50 mechanism. The P50 mechanism allows for integrative, multi-disciplinary, coordinated programs of research that demonstrate cohesion and synergy across research projects and cores.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

October 29, 2016 (Letter of intent)
November 29, 2016 (Application)

The NIAAAHRSA Disclaimer seeks to continue support of the previously-funded CIFASD, a multidisciplinary consortium of domestic and international projects that was established to address the prevention of FASD; the diagnosis of the full range of birth defects associated with PAE; and improved interventions for affected individuals. The initiative aims to accelerate the translation of key research findings by fostering collaboration and coordinating clinical, basic, and translational research.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Research on Autism Spectrum DisordersHRSA Disclaimer

November 5, 2016

The purpose of this announcement is to encourage research grant applications to support research designed to elucidate the etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and optimal means of service delivery in relation to ASD.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote DiversityHRSA Disclaimer

November 12, 2016

The purpose is to enhance the diversity of the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible individuals from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences. Salary and research support for a sustained period of “protected time” for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor, or sponsor is provided. Career development award applications from individuals from backgrounds that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related science are invited.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote DiversityHRSA Disclaimer

November 12, 2016

The purpose of the program is to prepare individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research. The award is designed to promote career development of clinical scientists from diverse backgrounds that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related science and for those who are committed to a career in basic biomedical, behavioral or translational cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

NCI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote DiversityHRSA Disclaimer

November 12, 2016

The award is for career development of individuals with a health professional doctoral degree from groups currently underrepresented on a national level in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. The NCI recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the patient-oriented research workforce.

Health Resources & Services Administration

Rural Policy Analysis ProgramHRSA Disclaimer

November 14, 2016

The purpose of this program is to support research and analysis of key policy issues affecting rural communities that informs policymakers. The program is national in scope and looks at cross-cutting rural health and human services issues in order to identify trends and challenges. These activities should educate and inform rural decision makers and policy leaders, including the NACRHHS and organizations focused on improving health and human services in rural communities.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Developmental Mechanisms of Human Structural Birth DefectsHRSA Disclaimer

November 16, 2016 (Letter of intent)
December 16, 2016 (Application)

The purpose announcement is to support innovative, multidisciplinary, interactive, and synergistic program projects that integrate basic, translational, and clinical approaches to understanding the developmental biology and genetic basis of significant congenital human malformations. To contain costs, each program project will consist of only three component research projects, as well as associated cores. At least one project must use basic research in an animal model system and at least one project must be clinical or translational in nature. The component research projects must share a common central theme, focus, or objective on a specific major developmental defect or malformation that is genotypically, mechanistically, biologically, or phenotypically analogous or homologous in both animal models and humans.