MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project
January 8, 2019
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the SHSPP. The purpose of SHSPP is to promote consistency in service delivery across HS programs and support HS grant recipients in providing effective, evidenced-based service delivery through training and technical assistance. SHSPP will assist in strengthening the implementation of HS activities by providing CBA, including ongoing technical assistance training and education to HS grant recipients in the implementation of activities in accordance with the program’s four approaches to reduce disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes.
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Family-to-Family Health Information Centers—Montana
January 15, 2019
Apply for funding to provide information, education, technical assistance, and peer support to families of CYSHCN and the professionals who serve them. Eligibility is limited to Montana applicants.
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Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research Program
January 22, 2019
Apply for funding under the Autism SDAR Program to support secondary data analysis of existing publicly-available and accessible national databases and/or administrative records. The program will advance best practices and determine the evidence-based practices for interventions that improve the physical and behavioral health of children and adolescents with ASD/DD.
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Leadership in Family and Professional Partnerships
February 12, 2019
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the LFPP Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the engagement of families with CYSHCN at all levels of health care. The LFPP recipient will be a national resource on family engagement for state and local organizations, such as F2F HICs and Title V programs, as well as families. The LFPP will provide training, technical assistance, and best practices with the field as they work to implement family engagement strategies and serve diverse, medically underserved CYSHCN and their families.
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Health Services and Resources Administration
HRSA-Led Study Estimates 1 in 40 U.S. Children has Diagnosed Autism
A new study led by HRSA found that about 1.5 million U.S. children—or 1 in 40—have received a diagnosis of, and currently have, autism spectrum disorder. Published in Pediatrics, the analysis used data collected from parents of more than 50,000 children from the 2016 HRSA National Survey of Children's Health. The CDC, Harvard University, Drexel University, and George Washington University contributed to the study. Previous research has shown that autism diagnoses have increased in children over the past 20 years. “Through the National Survey of Children's Health, our study provides the most recent nationally representative data on both the prevalence of autism and some of the challenges families face obtaining care,” said lead author Michael D. Kogan, Ph.D., of HRSA’s MCHB. “This new information improves our capacity to understand and address autism, a complex neurological disorder.”
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Health Services and Resources Administration
HRSA Study Reveals Half of U.S. Children Have Access to Care Consistent with a Medical Home
Research published in Pediatrics, revealed 43.2% of CSHCN and 50.0% of non-CSHCN were reported to have access to a medical home, an important model for providing quality health care for all children. The analysis used data on an estimated 50,177 children ages 0 to 17 years from HRSA’s 2016 National Survey of Children's Health. The study looked at medical home overall, as well as the five sub-components that constitute a medical home:
- An individual’s source of care,
- Whether the individual has a personal doctor/nurse,
- Has access to referrals,
- Receives care coordination, and
- Receives family-centered care.
Sociodemographic characteristics among both CSHCN and non-CSHCN were associated with whether a child attained the medical home measure. These rates serve as a new baseline to track progress in medical home access and its subcomponents. These results indicate further improvement is needed to improve access to the medical home among all children.
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Maternal and Child Health Bureau
MCHB Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge — Phase 1 Winners
HRSA’s MCHB has selected 10 Phase 1 winners for the Grand Challenge on childhood obesity. Winners were awarded $10,000 and will move on to Phase 2 of the challenge to develop their innovative ideas. Using different approaches and technology platforms, winning designs aim to empower low-income families to achieve healthy lifestyles and improve the health of communities across the United States.
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National Home Visiting Resource Center
2018 Home Visiting Yearbook
The NHVRC has released its 2018 Home Visiting Yearbook, the most comprehensive picture available of early childhood home visiting across America. The publication presents 2017 data from state agencies and evidence-based and emerging home visiting models, including:
- Where programs operate, the families they serve, and the families who could benefit but are not being reached
- State, tribal, and model profiles
- Data tables featuring information on services delivered by state awardees of the MIECHV.
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How Early Head Start Prevents Child Maltreatment
Documenting and understanding the long-term impact of early childhood programs on child and family well-being, particularly on child abuse and neglect, is a challenge. Most research on programs for infants and toddlers, such as EHS focuses exclusively on immediate impacts on child development, school readiness, and family functioning without follow-up over time to understand their longer-term well-being. This research-to-practice brief summarizes findings from a large-scale study on the role of EHS in reducing child abuse and neglect. It also provides recommendations for early childhood practitioners to strengthen services for infants and toddlers and to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
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National Academy for State Health Policy
Resources to Help States Improve Integrated Care for Children
Integrating children’s care improves early identification and treatment of health issues that can improve children’s well-being and avoid costly medical, special education, foster care, and criminal justice expenses. This NASHP Issue Hub provides valuable resources for states interested in the InCK Model and others working to implement payment, coverage, and cross-agency strategies to improve integrated care coordination of behavioral, physical and health-related social needs for children eligible for Medicaid or the CHIP. Most of the resources focus on children, with the inclusion of adult resources that can serve as alternative payment and care coordination models for children.
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Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,
The National Standards for CYSHCN: A Compendium of National Data and Quality Measure Sets
Quality measurement is a critical component of state health programs, including Medicaid and State Title V CYSHCN programs. This new compendium highlights quality measures aligned with key elements for a system of care for CYSHCN, as outlined in the National Standards of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This tool compiles data and quality measures from applicable and widely used measure sets. Identification of data and quality measures can help states evaluate how well their system of care is serving CYSHCN.
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Achieving Care Integration for Children with Medical Complexity: The Human-Centered Design Approach to Care Coordination
Care coordination is the issue that families of CYSHCN cite most often as problematic. Fragmentation and lack of communication among care providers often leads to frustration and poorer quality of care. A team of researchers from the LPFCH has taken a novel approach, reimagining the process using human-centered design, which focuses on the users’ needs. The goal is to integrate all sectors of care and support—medical, educational, financial and other services—so that care can be delivered effectively and better meet the needs of children, families, providers, and payers. The researchers propose four steps to applying human-centered design to care coordination for children with medical complexity. They suggest that disruption of the current system may be necessary, and note the potential roadblocks to change.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Updates on Core Sets of Children’s and Adults’ Health Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP (PDF)
CMS released an informational bulletin that describes the 2019 updates to the core set of children’s health care quality measures (the Child Core Set) for Medicaid and the CHIP and the core set of health care quality measures for adults enrolled in Medicaid (the Adult Core Set).
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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Interactive Family Navigator Story Wall
The AMCHP launched an interactive story wall that features a half dozen family navigators' stories on their experience supporting families access comprehensive systems of care for CYSHCN. The Family Navigator Story Wall can support state MCH Title V/CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families, and other pediatric stakeholders in supporting and partnering with families of CYSHCN.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Being Overweight or Obese and the Development of Asthma
It’s long been understood that obesity is linked to asthma in adults, but a new study in the December 2018 Pediatrics, “Being Overweight or Obese and the Development of Asthma,” shows that an estimated 23% to 27% of new asthma cases in obese children are directly attributable to obesity. Researchers found that in the absence of overweight or obesity, 10% of all U.S. cases of pediatric asthma could be avoided. Researchers studied 507,496 children, half who were overweight or obese and half who had a healthy weight, from more than 19.5 million doctor visits from the PEDSnet clinical data research network from January 2009 to December 2015. Based on the current estimate of 6 to 8 million pediatric asthma cases in the United States, researchers estimate up to 1 million of cases of children’s asthma (12.7%) are directly attributable to overweight and obesity. Researchers concluded that obesity is a major preventable risk factor for pediatric asthma and that successful interventions which reduce pediatric obesity must be a major public health priority to improve the quality of life of children.
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Training & Educational
Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development
Summer 2019 Internship
Applications due: 11:59pm ET
Friday, January 25, 2019
The DMCHWD Internship, based in HRSA's MCHB, is designed to educate, engage, and support future leaders in MCH. DMCHWD accepts applications from highly motivated graduate students in good standing at schools of public health or other health-related training programs in the United States.
DMCHWD Internship Application Package
- Statement of Interest. Address the following (500-word max):
- What do you hope to gain from this MCH-focused internship experience, and how does this internship align with your career goals?
- How have your experiences shaped your definition of diversity? What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity? In your opinion, what is the purpose of promoting health equity over health equality?
- Have you been involved with any of DMCHWD’s graduate or undergraduate education programs? If so, please describe your involvement.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Unofficial Transcript (most current)
- Statement of Availability. Include the:
- Months and days of the week available,
- Total hours needed (if submitting as a university requirement), and
- Any concurrent responsibilities.
Contact Samantha Croffut at SCroffut@hrsa.gov with any questions or to submit your complete application package.
Making Lifelong Connections 2019
Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019
The Making Lifelong Connections 2019 annual meeting will be taking place April 3-5, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin, and is open to all current and former trainees from MCHB-funded training programs. The purpose of Making Lifelong Connections is to:
- Engage with current and former MCH trainees from around the country
- Enhance leadership skills
- Learn from new and seasoned professionals
- Gain presentation experience
- Develop valuable skills in articulating and reaching your career goals
Applications for 2019 Making Lifelong Connections are now open!
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National MCH Workforce Development Center
Cohort 2019 Applications Open
Applications due: 5:00pm ET
Monday, February 4, 2019
Teams will participate in a 7-month Cohort with 5 other state/jurisdictional teams, while the NMCHWDC supports their work on an existing (or planned) project to increase workforce skills and capacity. State/jurisdictional Title V agencies are invited to submit applications. Dial into an optional call for more information. No pre-registration is required:
Monday, January 7, 2019
3:00pm to 4:00pm ET
888-363-4735, code 6600416
Contact Amy Mullenix at email@example.com or 919-843-4457 with questions or to talk about your ideas before applying.
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Title V MCH Internship Program
Opens: Monday, January 7, 2019
Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019
The NMCHWDC soon will accept student applications for the Title V MCH Internship Program. Eight teams of MCH Trainees will participate in internships in state Title V programs over the summer of 2019. Contact Cindy San Miguel.
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2019 CityMatCH MCH Leadership Conference
Abstract & Workshop Submissions due: 11:59pm PT
Friday, March 1, 2019
2019 CityMatCH MCH Leadership Conference will take place in Providence, Rhode Island, from September 23 to 25, 2019. The submission window for abstracts and workshops will open Monday, December 17, 2018. CityMatCH welcomes and encourages submissions on a variety of topics as they relate to MCH including maternal mortality, fatherhood, equity, structural racism, immigration, underrepresented populations, emergency preparedness, social determinants of health, and so many more.
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Training & Educational—Webinars
Children's Hospital Association
Family Partners for Better Care Webinar
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
1:30pm to 3:00pm CT
The CARE Award, a national project to transform care delivery and payment models for CMC, presents the final webinar in a four-part series on improving care for CMC. Faculty will discuss development of a parent navigator model and telehealth for virtual home visits as strategies to enhance family partnership. These practical tools and strategies can support state MCH Title V/CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, and families in enhancing care for children with medical complexity. Archived recordings of the webinar series are also available.
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University of Tennessee Department of Nutrition
Promoting Healthy Weight 3.0: A Socio-Ecological Perspective—Policy at All Levels
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:30pm to 5:00pm ET
Save the date! The third series of the biannual PHW Colloquia will focus on the MCH population using a socio-ecological lens. Learn how policy affects other levels of the socio-ecological model in the context of nutrition. Attendees may participate online or on site in Knoxville, TN.
Presentations from the PHW Spring Colloquium 2018 Breaking Down Silos through Interprofessional Collaborations archive are available as well.
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