MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Due July 15, 2019
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 children and adolescents with special health care needs;
- 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.
grant Title V state partnership
Due July 15, 2019
The State MHI Program is being established to assist states in collaborating with maternal health experts, and optimizing resources to implement state-specific actions that address disparities in maternal health and improve maternal health outcomes, including the prevention and reduction of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. A technical assistance webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 3:00pm ET.
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Due July 15, 2019
The purpose of the AIM—Community Care Initiative is to:
- Support the development and implementation of non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles within community-based organizations and outpatient clinical settings across the United States and
- Build upon the foundational work of AIM by addressing preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among pregnant and postpartum women outside of hospital and birthing facility settings. Maternal safety bundles are a set of small, straightforward evidence-based practices, which when implemented collectively and reliably in the delivery setting have improved patient outcomes and reduced maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.
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July 15, 2019
The purpose of the MHI Program is to support HRSA award recipients who focus on improving maternal health, states and key stakeholders in their efforts to reduce and prevent maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity by providing:
- CBA to recipients of the State MHI Program and the RMOMS Program to implement innovative and evidence-informed strategies, and
- Establish a resource center to provide national guidance to HRSA award recipients, states, and key stakeholders to improve maternal health. A technical assistance webinar will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 3:00pm ET.
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The HTPCP in cooperation with Altarum Institute, created an infographic to highlight investments in the program since 1989, and demonstrate the impact, reach, and sustainability of projects after federal funding ends. They also created 3 case studies to highlight the ongoing impact of HTPCP in disadvantaged and underserved communities and to demonstrate sustainability strategies. These HTPCP grantees share best practices and lessons learned:
- House of Teens at YWCA New Britain, with Community Health Center, Inc., New Britain, CT (PDF)
- Empowering Mothers Initiative at Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA (PDF)
- Reach Out and Read Washington State, Seattle, WA (PDF)
The HTPCP supports community-based partnerships and collaborations aimed at improving the health status of disadvantaged children, youth, and families nationwide.
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Fabric not Fringe: Weaving Family Involvement throughout Training and Practice for Professionals and Advocates Working with Individuals with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
Family involvement from the perspective of the family discipline itself and the ongoing paradigm shift in family-centered care is discussed in this document. It also includes a summary of the history of family involvement in the LEND network and a series of 8 individual handouts which detail the definition, need, benefits, resources and strategies associated with each type of family involvement.
Healthy People 2020 released an infographic with the latest data related to the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health LHI topic. The infographic details the infant mortality rate by race and ethnicity of the mother, shows progress toward Healthy People 2020 LHI targets, and indicates where there is still work to be done
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Combined enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP declined in 38 states by 912,000 children nationwide in 2018. This paper examines:
- The significant decline in children’s combined enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP during 2018 reported in federal/state administrative data;
- What may be happening to coverage for these children; and
- Why it occurred.
It also describes what can be done to regain the country’s momentum in providing health coverage to children and ensure that eligible children are not losing access to the health care they need to succeed in school and in life.
Addressing implicit bias in the clinical setting is one way pediatricians can work towards health equity for all populations. This article provides recommendations for pediatricians and non-physician clinicians to identify their own implicit bias. The article also discusses practical strategies clinicians can use to prevent implicit bias from impacting how they treat patients.
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Disparities in purchase of services for ethnic and racial groups served by the state's 21 regional centers have been a longstanding issue in California. A Public Counsel study confirms systemic discrimination continues to plague the regional center system. Stark disparities in funded services between White and Hispanic clientele and English and Spanish-speaking clientele are highlighted in this report. It also identifies root causes of these funding disparities and provides policy recommendations to improve equal access among state-funded programs and services.
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Extended foster care is designed to help older youth transition to adulthood successfully while allowing the child welfare system additional time to secure permanent family supports. While most states offer some version of extended foster care, utilization among older youth remains low across the country. Child Trends examined the relationship between extended foster care and young adult outcomes, including homelessness, employment, high school graduation/GED, and young parenthood.
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El Camino is a comprehensive, goal-setting teen pregnancy prevention program developed by Child Trends. El Camino’s aim is to reduce teen childbearing and increase educational achievement among Latino youth. The program helps teens to personally identify their goals and develop their own camino, or road, to pursue them. It is divided into 3 arcs that focus on goal setting, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy relationships. This brief describes El Camino, its structure and format, and preliminary results from a pilot testing of the program in 7 schools and community-based organizations across 6 cities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health and American Academy of Pediatrics
This variety of resources supports healthcare providers in improving awareness and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health care for adolescents. The new resources provide guidance on recommended services, approaches to addressing important clinical issues, and information for patients and their families on how to optimize the health of adolescents and young adults and reduce risk-taking behaviors. The patient- and family-specific information is designed to be shared with patients and their families by their primary care provider.
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Training & Educational
The National MCH Workforce Development Center offers an online interdisciplinary course designed to prepare participants to contribute successfully to state and national health transformation. “Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH” is open to any MCH professional interested in lifelong learning and to students enrolled in any of the MCHB-funded Graduate Education Programs to Educate the Next Generation of MCH Leaders (CoE, Catalyst, LEND, LEAH, DBP, MCH Nutrition, and PPC). Course participants may elect to earn graduate credit (1 or 3 credits) or a certificate of completion. There are no prerequisites. Learning is asynchronous with weekly modules and an opportunity to connect with an online MCH community of practice.
interdisciplinary course training
September 23 to 25, 2019
Registration is now open for the annual conference that will take place this September in Providence, Rhode Island, and offers a platform to share experiences, enhance knowledge, and generate new ideas for promoting the health of women, children and families. A full day of conference activities will be dedicated to health equity showcasing how communities nationwide are prioritizing health equity to build healthier, more resilient, and more just communities.
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Training & Educational – Webinars
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00 pm ET
This webinar will use examples from the field to highlight how positive youth development approaches can be applied by organizations, systems and communities to improve adolescent health. Webinar participants will learn how to:
- Discuss the importance of applying positive youth development approaches to public health with organizations, systems and communities to improve adolescent health; and
- Explain how public health organizations can promote and implement positive youth development approaches to improve adolescent health.
This is the second in a 3-part adolescent health webinar series. An archive of the first webinar, Building on Strengths: An Asset-Based Approach to Adolescent Health, is now available.
webinar adolescent health youth development
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
This session will discuss the importance of MCH and nutrition during the 1,000 days. this 1,000 days refers to the period from pregnancy through a child’s 2nd birthday, when optimal nutrition is critical for brain development, healthy growth, and setting children on a trajectory for lifelong health. Unfortunately, only a third of women gain the appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy and about 16% of pregnant women have iron deficiency. Almost 1 in 5 babies are never breastfed. Among 1-year-olds, fewer than half have eaten a vegetable, and 1 in 3 consume a sugary drink on a given day.
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This webinar focused on strategies for states and communities to create effective partnerships to expand the SOC approach broadly to achieve shared goals of improving services and outcomes for children and youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Faculty presented a framework that outlined the roles of states and communities in SOC expansion and sustainability, along with guidance for partnerships that emerged from an exploration of effective approaches. This webinar is part of the SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community.
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Mental Health Policy Briefing: Raising the Priority of California Children with Special Health Care Needs
Mental health services and supports for CYSHCN must be a priority for California. This briefing provided an overview of the mental health services to which CYSHCN are entitled, highlighted current state policy priorities, and shared ways to engage in advocacy efforts. The archive of the May 2019 event includes the recording, presentation slides, and a set of questions that were answered after the webinar.
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