MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
MCHB invites you to participate in 4 prize-awarded challenges with a total prize purse of $1.5 million. These competitions seek low-cost, scalable, innovative solutions that improve MCH in the United States.
- Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge
Launch date: July 23, 2018
Create tech innovations to empower low-income families to achieve healthy eating practices, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable changes within the home environment—within the broader context of their community
- Care Coordination for CSHCN Challenge
Launch date: August 2018
Create tech innovations to help families and case managers with the care and coordination of CHSCN
- Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge
Launch date: September 2018
Create tech innovations to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women themselves as a tool to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care
- Preventing Opioid Misuse in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge
Launch date: September 2018
Create tech innovations to improve access to quality health care, including SUD treatment, recovery, and support services for pregnant women with OUD, their infants, and families—especially those in rural and geographically-isolated areas
The Challenges are designed to inspire innovation, promote partnerships, and help families and care providers address some of today’s most important health issues. Sign up for updates, or email MCHBGrandChallenges@hrsa.gov.
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July 16, 2018
The purpose of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program is to create federal/state partnerships in all 59 States/jurisdictions that support service systems which address MCH needs such as:
- Significantly reducing infant mortality;
- Providing comprehensive care for women before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth;
- Providing preventive and primary care services for infants, children, and adolescents;
- Providing comprehensive care for CYSHCN;
- Immunizing all children;
- Reducing adolescent pregnancy;
- Putting into community practice national standards and guidelines for prenatal care, for healthy and safe child care, and for health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents;
- Assuring access to care for all mothers and children; and
- Meeting the nutritional needs of mothers, children, and families.
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July 19, 2018
Applications for the Expansion of the F2F HICs Program in U.S. Territories and for American Indians/Alaska Natives are open. The purpose of this program is to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of CYSHCN and the professionals who serve them. This program will fund one F2F HIC in each of these U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands as well as up to 3 F2F HICs to serve American Indians/Alaska Natives.
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August 6, 2018
The purpose of the program is to establish, improve, or maintain programs that expand health care providers’ capacity to screen, assess, treat, and refer pregnant and postpartum women for maternal depression and related behavioral health disorders, including in rural and medically-underserved areas. The program’s overarching goal is to improve the mental health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women and, thereby, their infants’ social and emotional development, through increased access to affordable, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate treatment and recovery support services.
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August 13, 2018
The purpose of this program is to promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of new or the improvement of existing statewide or regional pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs. The program also will provide training and education on the use of evidence-based, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate telehealth protocols to support the treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders.
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First released in 2007 to support current and future MCH leaders by defining the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in this field, the MCH Leadership Competencies have been updated to reflect changes in the leadership skills needed for MCH professionals today. Drawn from both theory and practice to support and promote MCH leadership, they are intended for MCH interdisciplinary training programs, national, state, and local health agencies, and other MCH organizations to support new and practicing MCH professionals by:
- Defining MCH leadership.
- Describing how the MCH Leadership Competencies can be used by a variety of audiences.
- Providing a conceptual framework for the development of an MCH leader.
- Outlining the knowledge and skill areas required of MCH leaders.
- Linking to tools for implementation.
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This State Multi-Sector Framework will help parents, state lawmakers, and other stakeholders better understand how various child-serving systems support CYSHCN across health, education, justice, and other sectors. The effort follows previous initiatives by other organizations to provide health officials with set standards and key outcomes to clarify how health systems ought to serve CYSHCN.
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Incorporating Health Care Transition Services into Preventive Care for Adolescents and Young Adults: A Toolkit for Clinicians
Got Transition, a program of NAHIC, has released a new toolkit with suggested content for providers to introduce health care transition during preventive visits by age group: early, middle, late adolescence and young adult. This toolkit was created in partnership with the AYAH National Resource Center to include transition questions and anticipatory guidance for each age group including a motivational interviewing approach to engage youth with and without special health care needs.
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Created by the NCMHI in partnership with NASHP, this table provides an overview of pediatric medical home initiatives occurring through Medicaid and the CHIP by state. The table showcases pediatric medical home initiatives and how work and services are coordinated across multiple systems for Title V/CYSHCN programs, pediatric clinicians, practices, AAP state chapters, and other stakeholders.
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Project Findings Resources
The Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services and Education are excited to share the findings from a 3-year demonstration project dedicated to sustainable health care practice change for Michigan’s medically-underserved children and adolescents. Tracking data from the start to the final year of the project, substantial improvements were made in the areas of:
- Clinic visit volume,
- Communication and interaction with adolescent patients,
- Standardized risk screening, and more.
The project summary and full project report will help you learn more about the project sites, activities, and qualitative and quantitative key findings. The projects, lessons learned along the journey, and the significant outcomes achieved are discussed in their archived webinar.
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Training & Educational
Rethinking the Way We Teach Future MCH Leaders: Four Ways to Build Management and Professional Skills among MPH Students Webinar
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
12:30pm to 1:15pm ET
The demographics of students entering into master of public health programs has shifted over the years yielding classrooms full of eager students with little professional workplace experience. Join Trish Elliott for a conversation about how to transform a traditional graduate classroom environment into a space where professional skills can be developed, practiced, and assessed. Through this webinar, you will:
- Identify gaps in professional skills development among many master-level students
- Compare approaches to build and assess professional management skills in the classroom
- Discuss ways to incorporate organic situations for students to practice and enhance professional skills during a management course
- Construct a plan to modify a current course utilizing a learned strategy
Registration is limited to 125 participants, so please register for the webinar early. ATMCH has secured 1.0 CPH credit for participating in either the webinar or webinar archive.
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Deadline: August 31, 2018
State/jurisdictional Title V agencies are invited to submit applications for this learning opportunity where accepted teams will participate in an 8-month cohort with 5 other state/jurisdictional teams. The Center will support their work on an existing (or planned) project as a way to increase workforce skills and capacity. Interested applicants can attend an optional informational call on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Contact information and an application is available on the website.
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The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Youth in Rural Communities—How Schools and Communities are Responding Webinar
Thursday, July 19, 2018
3:00pm to 4:30pm ET
The 2018 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide information and resources on innovative approaches to address the needs and challenges of rural community behavioral health. Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges. The September webinar in the series will focus on adequately addressing the needs of young people with SED.
webinar SED rural health beahvioral health webinar series
Thursday, July 26, 2018
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
As part of their focus on Building Systems that Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health sponsored the March 2018 issue of the Pediatrics supplement. Authors and experts in the field will be discussing supplement articles in-depth throughout 2018 in a series of online conversations. This webinar will discuss why care coordination is vital to improving the system of care, best practices, and how to implement a process that will achieve improved outcomes and value for CYSHCN and their families.
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August 15 to 17, 2018
At NASHP’s 31st Annual State Health Policy Conference, Shifting Tides in State Health Policy, attendees will learn the latest from the nation’s leading experts about ways to reduce health care costs, address work force shortages, improve chronic care, stabilize the individual insurance market, and tackle the social determinants of health through effective policies and more. This year’s conference will explore issues that are critical to the state health policy community. Registration is available.
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September 12 to 14, 2018
Partnering with Purpose: Data, Programs, and Policies for Healthy Mothers, Children and Families, will allow participants to discover:
- Critical elements of evidence-based public health programs;
- Innovative strategies to enhance the reach and impact of these programs;
- National recommendations and examples for public health programs and policies at the local and state level; and
- Health impacts of established and proposed federal, state and local policies that affect MCH populations.
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This e-learning module was created to support implementation, adaptation, and innovation of best practices in MCH. Produced through the AIM, the Road Maps share the experiences of MCH leaders in North Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada as they implement programs to advance the use of the Bright Futures guidelines—ensuring continuity of coverage and care for pregnancy women and children, and improving systems of care for CYSHCN. Early-bird registration is open until Friday, August 3, 2018.
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