MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
November 8, 2019
The purpose of this program is to support comprehensive and coordinated state and territory EHDI systems of care so families with newborns, infants, and young children up to 3 years of age who are deaf or hard-of-hearing receive appropriate and timely services that include hearing screening, diagnosis, and early intervention.
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November 8, 2019
The center will provide support to HRSA EHDI Program recipients, leadership and resources for EHDI systems of care and stakeholders at the national, state/territory, and local levels by:
- Providing support to all EHDI Program recipients in meeting program objectives through technical assistance, training, education, quality improvement, and evaluation;
- Serving as a national technical resource center that identifies, compiles, analyzes, and disseminates evidence-based and innovative practices, policies, tools, and resources; and
- Developing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with national EHDI systems of care organizations and key stakeholders.
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November 8, 2019
The purpose of the FL3 Center is to provide technical support to national, state and territory, and local EHDI systems of care in order to increase family engagement and leadership, and to strengthen family support for families, parents, and caregivers with newborns, infants, and young children up to 3 years of age who are DHH.
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November 12, 2019
The purpose of the program is to advance the health and well-being of MCH populations by supporting innovative, applied, and translational intervention research studies on critical issues affecting MCH populations. The research findings of the R40 MCH FIRST Program should be generalizable to the broader U.S. population, and of regional and national significance. Findings are expected to:
- Strengthen and expand topics addressed by the MCH Block Grant National Performance Domains.
- Address HRSA’s MCHB Strategic Research Issues.
- Address HRSA’s clinical priorities; namely, mental health, opioid abuse, childhood obesity, maternal mortality, and telehealth.
November 15, 2019
The purpose of this program is to strengthen state and urban MCH programs’ capacity to deliver quality public health and health care services to improve MCH outcomes, with an emphasis on innovation, collaboration, impact, and effectiveness. Through this program, one recipient will support state Title V MCH leaders, including CYSHCN leaders (Focus area 1) and one recipient will support urban MCH leaders (Focus area 2) across the country to achieve national impact by each addressing these 4 core functions:
- Evidence-Based Practice and Data-Driven Programming
- Current and Emerging Public Health Issues and Threats
- Collaboration and Coordination
- Leadership and Workforce
grant Title V CYSHCN
The purpose of this program is to strengthen and expand the MCH workforce by training graduate and post-graduate public health students in MCH and advance MCH science, research, practice and policy through a well-trained MCH public health workforce. In this notice is the additional opportunity to apply for the MCH Epidemiology Doctoral Training Supplement. Building on infrastructure provided by the Centers of Excellence in MCH funding, the purpose is to train the future MCH epidemiologic workforce and promote advancements in applied MCH research.
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The purpose of this program is to develop and/or expand MCH curriculum, competencies, and degree offerings within schools of public health where there is currently a lack of, or limited, MCH offerings; strengthen the public health graduate student competencies in MCH; and recruit graduate student trainees from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds to complete MCH coursework. Applicants will select a program track of either: MCH Curriculum Start-Up or MCH Curriculum Expansion.
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New Data Released
Data from the 2018 NSCH has been released. The NSCH provides critical data about the health and health needs of U.S. children. Funded and directed by the MCHB and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the NSCH provides the latest national and state-level estimates of the health and health care of children as well as information about their families and their communities. The 2018 survey includes data for more than 30,500 children across the United States, which when combined with data from the 2017 survey, yields a total sample of more than 50,000 children.
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As urbanization increases, an older, sicker, and poorer population remains in rural America. This new infographic depicts the population shifts driving these changes, the corresponding health care challenges, and promising tools to improve rural health. The population over 65 years of age is 18.4% in rural compared to 14.5% in urban areas, and rates of obesity, diabetes, and smoking are higher. Expanding local provider communities and using technology to increase access to providers and specialists can help rural Americans get the health care they need.
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Online Handout and PDF
This new interactive e-handout aims to help health professionals talk with families about recommended sleep practices and empower caregivers to be safe sleep champions. Health professionals can sit with families and click through the pages where they’ll find different sleep scenes and environments. A series of prompts and pop-ups help users learn about what’s safe and inspire learning conversations. Families can also access the handout at home and use it to teach their friends and families about safe sleep.
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Opportunities for Medicaid to Transform Pediatric Care for Young Children to Promote Health, Development, and Health Equity
Covering nearly half of young children birth to age 5, Medicaid plays a critical role in improving young children’s health and developmental outcomes and supporting families. This resource outlines opportunities that provide a common framework for states and their partners—including pediatricians, non-physician clinicians, other physicians, public health professionals, and advocates—working to improve Medicaid for children. These opportunities can inform and advance state Medicaid policy and implementation efforts designed to improve children’s health and developmental outcomes. These opportunities can also support families and contribute to achieving health equity.
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State Medicaid agencies provide a variety of health services to promote women’s overall health and improve birth outcomes, such as reducing infant mortality. States use performance measurement, incentives, and other improvement initiatives to enhance preventive care, chronic disease management, and perinatal care. This map and downloadable chart highlight states’ managed or accountable care performance improvements and system transformation initiatives used to improve women’s health. The chart was updated in September 2019.
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Training & Educational
Applications due: 11:59pm ET
Sunday, October 13, 2019
The TAG is a virtual trainee work group, designed to foster connections between trainees across MCH Training Programs and to strengthen the link between trainees and MCHB. The TAG is composed of 10 trainee representatives from DMCHWD’s graduate and undergraduate education programs. Applications for the 2020 TAG are now being accepted.
2020 Cohort Learning Opportunity
Applications due: 5:00pm ET
Monday, December 9, 2019
State/jurisdictional Title V agencies are invited to submit applications for its upcoming learning opportunity where teams will participate in a 7-month cohort with other state/jurisdictional teams. The Center will support their work on an existing (or planned) transformational challenge as a way to increase workforce skills and capacity. Interested applicants can attend either of 2 optional informational calls.
Email Amy Mullenix or call 919-843-4457 with questions or to talk about your ideas before applying.
Title V professional development
October 24 to 25, 2019
Skill preparation and planning for health care transition for CYSHCN is inadequate. Less than 50% of families nationwide indicate that their CSHCN have received the services necessary to make appropriate transitions to adult health care, work, and independence. One of the major hurdles to receiving this care is the lack of a workforce trained to provide the services necessary to make the health care transition. This conference will provide a venue to discuss the legal issues involved in health care transition, the time to meet and talk with faculty in small groups, and the exchange of ideas among participants who can share knowledge and information about how best to plan for successful transition. Continuing education credit will be available.
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Training & Educational – Webinars
Monday, November 4, 2019
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
Navigating complex systems of care is a struggle for CYSHCN. Current approaches to improve the process overlooks families’ personal and community assets. A network science approach can demonstrate how to develop person-centered care navigation, coordination, and referrals for families in healthcare and community-based settings. At the end of this webinar, attendees will:
- Discover how the science of networks provides a unique lens to strengthen systems of care; and
- Explore applications of network science approaches within healthcare settings as a mechanism to transform practice and health outcomes.
More information about the EnRICH series and webinar archives are available.
Public Health Grand Rounds – Addressing Gaps in Health Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an ID. It is the most common developmental disability, yet difficulty finding able and willing healthcare providers is reported. Several reasons, including lack of training for healthcare professionals, for this exist. Learn more about how we can address the gaps in health care for individuals with ID.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
1:30pm to 2:30pm ET
More children are surviving serious chronic conditions than ever before, which means home health care is essential to supporting their care. Children may need home health care to help with medication administration, respiratory care, or activities of daily living. Recent shortages in home health care providers have led to additional family burden. Addressing workforce issues—from competitive wages and better training, to telemedicine and alignment with adult-focused care initiatives—can help alleviate undue family hardship. Join this discussion of potential solutions from the perspectives of parent advocates, home health care providers, pediatricians, and state officials. Please read the Health Affairs article Home Health Care for Children with Medical Complexity: Workforce Gaps, Policy, and Future Directions prior to the event.
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MCH Life Course Intervention Research Network and National Academies’ Forum for Children’s Well-Being
Friday, October 25, 2019
3:00pm to 4:30pm ET
Register for the second webinar in this virtual workshop series. Stephen Buka, ScD (Founding Chair, Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health) will host a discussion about the epidemiology of children’s mental health disorders.
This webinar is part of a series that focuses on understanding how mental health disorders develop over the life span, with a special emphasis on prenatal, early, middle, and later childhood development. It will seek to identify gaps in our knowledge, explore new strategies for using existing data to enhance our understanding of the developmental origins of mental disorders, review potential approaches to prevention and optimization, and propose new ways of framing how we understand, address, and prevent these disorders from a life course development perspective.
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