Workforce Development

The special focus of the March Alert is Workforce Development with this section of informational and educational resources on MCH workforce needs, training opportunities, and competencies.

MCH NavigatorHRSA Disclaimer

Training Bundles and TopicsHRSA Disclaimer

MCH Navigator has several workforce development tools:

  • MCH Bundles: trainings on key MCH and leadership topics
  • Training Spotlight: in-depth portals to trainings on specific issues of importance to public health professionals
  • Training Briefs: short lists of learning opportunities on MCH topics

Association of State and Territorial Health OfficialsHRSA Disclaimer

Workforce Development Plan ToolkitHRSA Disclaimer

This April 2015 toolkit is designed for agencies at all stages of workforce development plan preparation. Agencies that are just starting the process may find it useful to review all toolkit sections in depth, while agencies that are further along might use the toolkit sections as a checklist. Agencies are encouraged to adapt and customize the guidance provided in this toolkit to meet the particular needs of their organizations.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthHRSA Disclaimer

MCH Leadership Skills Development SeriesHRSA Disclaimer

The MCH Leadership Skills Development Series brings leadership concepts to life in an MCH context, allowing you to conduct your own training sessions, within your own time frames and in your own settings. The Series is a set of training modules designed for use in small groups. Each module offers a mix of presentation and exploration in different learning formats. Modules cover topics including tapping into your leadership potential, building and supporting teams, managing conflict effectively, and more.

Northwest Center for Public Health PracticeHRSA Disclaimer

From Data to Desk: Translating Needs Assessments into Targeted Employee TrainingHRSA Disclaimer

During this September 2013 webinar, workforce development specialists shared their tips for assessing staff training needs and implementing training plans. The webinar includes links to resources including a workforce development plan template, succession planning and management best practices, and a public health training needs assessment regional brief.

Public Health ReportsHRSA Disclaimer

Student Practicum as a Bridge to Governmental Public Health Practice: A Survey of Schools and Programs of Public HealthHRSA Disclaimer

The article presents a study conducted by the ASPPH on the practicum experiences of students in U.S. public health agencies. Topics include:

  • The need to understand the role of practicum in linking academia and practice
  • The involvement of the Council on Education for Public Health
  • The barriers to placement, such as: limited resources at the agencies, financial issues, and bureaucracy

National Network of Public Health InstitutesHRSA Disclaimer

National Coordinating Center for Public Health TrainingHRSA Disclaimer

Partnerships with 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers and 40 local performance sites allows an offering of high-quality training, tools, and resources for thousands of professionals engaged in the critical work of advancing public health practice and improving population health. Recent resources include:


American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer and Food Research & Action CenterHRSA Disclaimer

Addressing Food Insecurity: A Toolkit for PediatriciansHRSA Disclaimer

This toolkit will help pediatricians recognize and intervene in food insecurity. It provides background information on food insecurity, tips for screening and documentation, interventions, and referrals to federal nutrition programs.

Center for Disease Control and PreventionHRSA Disclaimer

New Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System DataHRSA Disclaimer

New PRAMS data on selected indicators for 2012–2013 has been released. Selected indicators by state are available for download.

American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer

Bright Futures Implementation StoriesHRSA Disclaimer

For a quick summary of this item, please read the Bright Futures item description in the February alert.

National Center for Medical Home ImplementationHRSA Disclaimer

Back to Basics Medical HomeHRSA Disclaimer

For a quick summary of this item, please read the Medical Home item description in the February alert.

Training and Educational Webinars

Health EvidenceHRSA Disclaimer

School-based Interventions for Preventing HIV, STIs, and Pregnancy in Adolescents: What's the Evidence?HRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday March 28, 2017
11:00am to 12:00pm ET

This webinar will examine the effectiveness of school-based interventions for preventing HIV, STIs, and pregnancy in adolescents. Amanda Mason-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health, Faculty of Science, University of York will be leading the session and will present findings from her recent Cochrane review.

Funding Opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Health Policy Research Scholars ProgramHRSA Disclaimer

March 29, 2017

For a quick summary of this item, please read the RWJF Scholars Program item description in the February alert.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Prevention of Opioid Misuse in Women: Office on Women’s Health Prevention AwardsHRSA Disclaimer

April 7, 2017

For a quick summary of this item, please read the OAH Prevention Awards item description in the February alert.

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionHRSA Disclaimer

State-based Perinatal Quality CollaborativesHRSA Disclaimer

April 24, 2017

These networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals are working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes through continuous quality improvement. The purpose of this program is to enhance the capabilities of state PQCs to collect timely data to provide feedback to members to improve the quality of perinatal care in their respective states, including but not limited to, reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality, improvements in the use of progesterone to prevent preterm birth, increase in appropriate use of antenatal corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity in the setting of anticipated preterm birth, improvements in care for infants impacted by neonatal abstinence syndrome, and reduction of medically unnecessary cesarean deliveries.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Environmental Influences on Placental Origins of DevelopmentHRSA Disclaimer

May 30, 2017 (Letter of intent)
June 30, 2017 (Application)

This will stimulate multidisciplinary research projects from the scientific community that use a combination of animal/cell models and non-invasive human placenta tissues or biomarkers to investigate how early life exposures affect placental growth, development, and function, and the subsequent health of the offspring.

National Institutes of HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Biomarkers: Bridging Pediatric and Adult TherapeuticsHRSA Disclaimer

June 16, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
July 16, 2017 (Application)

This FOA encourages grant applications that propose adapting adult biomarkers to children. This would include the application and validation of biomarkers developed in adults to pediatric diagnosis, prognosis, and estimation of disease progression, toxicity and response to therapy. Projects supported will include those biomarkers that correlate with a clinical observation, have been extensively studied in adults, and for which there is solid evidence that they have pediatric applications. Discovery of new biomarkers for use in new drug development or in preclinical studies is also part of this.