MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Participate in 3 prize-awarded Challenges. These Challenges seek low-cost, scalable, innovative solutions that improve MCH across the United States.
- Care Coordination for CSHCN Challenge
Submissions due by: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Supports the creation of tech innovations to help families, providers, and case managers with care planning and coordination for CSHCN.
- Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge
Submissions are due by: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Supports the creation of tech innovations to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and well-being of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women as a tool to monitor their own health and make informed decisions about care.
- Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women & New Moms Challenge
Submissions are due by: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Improves access to quality health care, including substance use disorder treatment, recovery and support services for pregnant women with opioid use disorders, 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 for more information.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program. The purpose of this HS program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reduce racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. The HS program provides grants to high-risk communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average and high rates of other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality). HS works to reduce the disparity in health status between the general population and individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups. Beginning in FY 2019, the HS program will serve infants and families for the first 18 months after birth. This is a change from the current program design, which includes support for infants and families up to 2 years after birth.
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Data and Fact Sheet
HRSA announces that data from the 2017 NSCH is now available. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by MCHB, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of children’s health and well-being. Links to the data files and a fact sheet that includes a brief overview of the 2017 NSCH and new estimates of key child health indicators is available.
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The National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN define a comprehensive, coordinated, and family-centered system of care for CYSHCN, who make up 20 percent of U.S. children. This new toolkit from the NASHP provides links to critical tools, fact sheets, and resources that states can use to design, strengthen, and improve health care systems serving CYSHCN and their families. New resources will be continually added to the toolkit.
The CCF and the AAP created factsheets underscoring the importance of Medicaid in providing coverage for children in all 51 states (including the District of Columbia).
Behavioral Health Homes for Children: An Opportunity for States to Improve Care for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance Fact Sheet (PDF)
Developed by the NASHP and the NCMHI, this fact sheet provides federal health home requirements and flexibilities and highlights three examples of successful state pediatric behavioral health home programs. This fact sheet supports states’ utilization of a systems approach and showcases how state Medicaid agencies can improve care delivery and outcomes for children while containing costs.
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The opioid epidemic continues to have devastating consequences for children and families across the country, with growing social and financial implications for states. NASHP, in partnership with the Alliance for Early Success, interviewed Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia officials representing state Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health programs to explore how their child-serving agencies were responding to the opioid epidemic. This new report explores:
- State strategies to support young children and families affected by the epidemic;
- Available state and federal funding sources for these initiatives; and
- Key considerations for states working to improve services and outcomes for this vulnerable population.
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National Performance Measures Implementation
The AMCHP has released new implementation toolkits to help state agencies meet the NPM under their federal Title V block grants. The toolkits provide evidence-based/informed practices, reports, publications, and other resources that are geared toward each NPM and can be implemented at the state, territory and community levels. The first three toolkits feature NPMs:
The toolkits are structured as a series of linked infographics, so the user can navigate with the same ease-of-use as when navigating a database with specific search criteria. The toolkits include implementation-focused resources from AMCHP, including AMCHP’s Innovation Station, with contributions from state agencies and other partners in MCH.
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Training & Educational
Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:45pm to 10:15 PM ET
Behavioral health professionals are encouraged to attend a virtual job fair hosted by the HRSA. This Virtual Job Fair will be specifically for behavioral health professionals, which includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses and Physician Assistants (specializing in psychiatry, mental health, or behavioral health). Health care professionals hired by organizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas who provide opioid and substance use disorder treatment may qualify for a new Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program which will open this fall. How to Register:
- Create a professional profile on HRSA’s Health Workforce Connector
- Job seekers can register today
- Join the Virtual Job Fair email list to receive updates about the event and future Virtual Job Fairs
To join, you will need a phone and a computer or tablet with internet connection.
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Due February 3, 2019
The NMCHWDC is accepting applications for its 2019 Cohort learning opportunity. Accepted teams from state/jurisdictional Title V agencies will participate in an 8-month Cohort with 5 other state/jurisdictional teams, during which time the Center will support their work on an existing (or planned) project as a way to increase workforce skills and capacity.
Please reach out to Amy Mullenix by email at email@example.com or call 919-843-4457 if you have questions or would like to talk about your ideas before applying.
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Training & Educational Webinars
Thursday, October 18, 2018
3:00pm to 4:15pm ET
ATMCH will be hosting a webinar on building MCH Academic Leadership aimed at multiple audiences: those already in MCH Academe who are wondering if they are going to be successful/wondering how they are going to climb the academic ladder, for those not yet in academe, who might be considering a career in public health academe and MCH in particular, and for those who are part of academe and are curious about whether MCH academe is a good fit for them. Through this webinar, participants will learn about the following objectives:
- Objective 1: To explore how one can have a successful career in MCH academe in Schools of Public Health.
- Objective 2: To understand how one can balance the research demands of academe and of academic institutions while maintaining a commitment to MCH public health practice.
- Objective 3: To encourage aspiring and current doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty interested in population maternal and child health to consider a career in MCH academe.
Participation is limited to 125 participants, so register as soon as possible!
webinar workforce development
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
As part of their webinar series: 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.
The next webinar will discuss that there are inevitable trade-offs that any complex health care system must confront when attempting to achieve multiple worthy goals, from benefiting individual patients and families and securing fair distribution of benefits across populations, to operating in a manner that is transparent and free from conflicts and interests. It is suggested that attendees read the Pediatrics supplement article prior to the event.
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Wednesday October 24, 2018
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kidsdata, a part of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, provides access to data about children in California in five topics focusing on CYSHCN including Characteristics, Access to Services, Insurance Coverage, Impact on Children and Families, and Quality of Care. They will be hosting a webinar on the data available, including a live demonstration. Webinar attendees will learn about the types of CYSHCN data that are available and how to access and use these data to promote action and optimize children’s health and well-being.
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An archive from HRSA’s August 8th webinar on “Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity” is now available. The webinar featured experts from the University of Kansas Medical Center who have developed treatment recommendations for pediatric obesity. Attendees learned about the prevalence of pediatric obesity and the use of telehealth for the treatment of pediatric obesity.
An archive of the Center for Health Care Strategies webinar, Addressing SDOH: Connecting People with Complex Needs to Community Resources, is now available. The webinar featured speakers from AccessHealth Spartanburg in South Carolina and Petaluma Health Center in Northern California who shared strategies for addressing SDOH through screening approaches, innovative technologies that track social service referrals, and development of strong connections with community partners. Providers, health systems leaders, and other interested stakeholders can replay this 90-minute webinar to learn how providers serving individuals with complex health and social needs are addressing SDOH.
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