MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Advancing State and Urban MCH
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
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MCH Public Health Catalyst Program
January 8, 2020
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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Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice
January 8, 2020
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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MCH Secondary Data Analysis Research Program
January 8, 2020
This program supports applied MCH research that exclusively utilizes the secondary analyses of existing publicly available and accessible national databases and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations. The program accelerates the pace of research in a cost-effective way by providing researchers with an opportunity to pose new research questions, test new hypotheses, and determine pathways and feasibility of interventions using existing data sets, rather than conducting primary data collection, which is both costly and time-consuming.
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Advances in Integrating Genetics into Clinical Care
January 14, 2020
The purpose is to serve as a national resource on the use of genetic and genomic information in clinical practice for genetic service providers, primary and specialty health care providers, and families.
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National Genetics Education and Family Support Program
January 14, 2020
The purpose is to increase access to genetic services by promoting and strengthening engagement of individuals and families with, or at risk for, genetic conditions in the genetic health care delivery system. The funded program will:
- Provide culturally- and linguistically-appropriate education and resources on genetics and genetic conditions to families
- Provide support for individuals and families with, or at risk for, genetic conditions so that they can be equal partners in their health care
- Train individuals and families with, or at risk for, genetic conditions to become family leaders within the genetic health care delivery system and the Regional Genetics Networks
- Provide technical assistance to Regional Genetics Networks on how best to incorporate family leaders into their programs and reach underserved populations
Regional Genetics Networks
January 14, 2020
The purpose is to develop and support a regional infrastructure system to provide health care professionals with education and to assess and coordinate follow-up and treatment relating to genetic disorders by linking patients to genetic services.
MCH Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers Program
January 21, 2020
The purpose is to improve the health status of infants, children, and adolescents with chronic respiratory conditions, sleep issues, and other related special health care needs. The objectives are to:
- Provide interdisciplinary leadership training at the graduate and post-graduate levels
- Engage with families as full partners to support family-centered practice, policies, and research
- Increase access to health services through innovative methods
- Provide technical assistance, consultation, continuing education, and subject matter expertise to facilitate academic-practice partnerships
- Support diverse and underrepresented trainees and faculty, and increase the cultural competence and skills of trainees and faculty to address health disparities in underserved communities
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EMS for Children Innovation and Improvement Center
January 29, 2020
The purpose is to demonstrate effective methods that improve the clinical care and management of pediatric patients within the EMS system through such mechanisms as:
- Improved access to pediatric EMS expertise for EMSC recipients and stakeholders;
- Implementation of Quality Improvement Collaboratives, addressing the unique needs of pediatric patients in rural health care systems;
- Strengthened communication within the EMSC community; and
- Creation of a central repository of pediatric evidence-based resources for prehospital and hospital emergency department professionals.
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Health Services and Resources Administration
Prevalence and Factors Associated with Safe Infant Sleep Practices
A new study conducted by researchers at HRSA, CDC, and the NIH indicates that improvement in safe sleep practices, particularly those other than the back sleep position, is needed. The results suggest opportunities to improve messaging through health care providers and public awareness efforts. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the analysis used data collected from 29 states in the 2016 PRAMS. More information on the study is available in this HRSA Press Release.
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Manatt Health,, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Keeping Medicaid’s Promise: Strengthening Access to Services for CSHCN
Although nearly half of CYSHCN are insured through Medicaid, mandated services are not consistently understood or provided across the country. The resulting delays and denials can be detrimental to children’s health and create difficulties for families. A new issue brief developed in collaboration with families, offers a comprehensive checklist of 8 best practice strategies that state Medicaid agencies can implement to improve access to services and health care for Medicaid-enrolled children.
National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Addressing Social Determinants of Health
SDOH like food security have a profound effect on health outcomes. This new infographic offers an overview of the SDOH, their implications for health outcomes and costs, and solutions to address unmet needs. A recent study found that people are more than 2 times more likely to go to the emergency room if they struggle with food insecurity, access to reliable transportation, or community safety. Building healthier communities will require collaboration across sectors to provide solutions like school food programs, ride-sharing initiatives, and early childhood education.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Estimated Proportion of Adult Health Problems Attributable to ACEs and Implications for Prevention
ACEs are common and are associated with many poor health and life outcomes in adulthood. Using Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data collected from 25 states, CDC's most recent Vital Signs report assessed the proportion of adult health problems that could be attributed to ACEs, as well as the implications for public health practice and prevention.
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The Benefits of an Incremental Approach to the Integration of Home Visiting and Other Early Childhood Data
Home visiting is an important component of the early childhood landscape. However, states often fail to prioritize home visiting data when developing their ECIDS. This brief provides states with examples of various ways to integrate their home visiting data into their ECIDS over time, taking an incremental approach.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
Responding to the Experiences of Children Adopted or in Foster Care
The new series examines—from diverse perspectives—the effects of early trauma, strategies to address the effects, and resources for more help. Created with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Jockey Being Family, this series of resources is designed to help children who have experienced trauma and adversity, by helping their parents, caregivers, and other adults in their lives understand how that early trauma may have affected them.
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The Progression of Health Care Transition Implementation in State Title V Care Coordination Programs from 2017 to 2019
This new report summarizes the results of the survey to assess state Title V care coordination, reviews trends from 2017 to 2019, and offers suggestions for improving health care transition. The many uses of data from this survey are highlighted, including integration in health care transition needs assessments and in state Title V block grant applications.
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State, Regional, and National Health Care Transition Performance for Youth With and Without Special Health Care Needs
The latest data on health care transition planning among youth with and without special health care needs is available from the 2017/2018 National Survey of Children’s Health. The table breaks down results by state, region, and overall U.S. performance.
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Training & Educational
Health Services and Resources Administration
Making Lifelong Connections 10th Annual Meeting
April 1-3, 2020
Save the date for the 10th annual Making Lifelong Connections annual meeting, an interactive career development and networking opportunity within the MCH Community. The meeting is open to all current and former trainees from MCHB funded training programs. Attendees will be able to:
- Engage with current and former MCH trainees from around the country
- Enhance Leadership skills
- Build collaboration networks
- Learn from new and seasoned professionals
- Gain presentation experience
- Develop valuable skills in articulating reaching your career goals
Applications will be accepted from November 10, 2019 through January 15, 2020.
National MCH Workforce Development Center
2020 Cohort Invitation to Apply
Applications due: 5:00pm
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 an optional informational call, which will be held on November 18, 2019, from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm ET. No pre-registration is required; dial 888-363-4735, code 6600416. Email Amy Mullenix or call 919-843-4457 with questions or to talk about your ideas before applying.
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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference
March 21-24, 2020
Crystal City, Virginia
Registration is open for AMCHP’s 2020 Annual Conference, a great opportunity to connect and network with nearly 1,000 public health officials who share an interest in MCH. The theme for the conference is, “The Power of Connections: Building Equity for Healthy Generations.” Register by February 21 to receive an early-bird discount.
Training & Educational – Webinars
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
EnRICH: Record Linkage and Data Integration for MCH Research
Thursday, December 12, 2019
2:00pm to 3:30pm ET
MCH professionals work at the interface of public health, clinical care, entitlement and eligibility programs in health and social services, and education. Rarely does a single database include data on the full range of phenomena of interest for specific research studies. Record linkage can be employed to link records on mothers and children across databases, longitudinally, and across generations. Data integration provides a basis for storage of linkage results for use in future analyses. At the end of this webinar, attendees will:
- Understand how to differentiate between deterministic and probabilistic linkage methods, and select the appropriate methodology;
- Describe a framework for data integration of population-based perinatal health data; and
- Identify examples of research questions in MCH requiring record linkage to obtain the necessary data for analysis.
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Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and MCH Navigator
Strategies for Developing Engaging Online Learning
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
ATMCH is hosting a webinar to discuss strategies for developing online learning. Attendees will:
- Learn key considerations and recommended guidelines to create a quality online course
- Consider different strategies for teaching and learning online
- Discuss and share examples of online courses to get inspiration for your digital learning
The webinar is limited to 125 participants, so register early. Continuing education of 1.0 CPH credit is available for participating in either the webinar or webinar archive. For more information, email Julie McDougal.
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Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health
Health Promotion Approach to Postpartum Health
An archive of this May webinar on postpartum health is now available. This webinar presented lessons learned from the 4th Trimester Project’s engagement with new mothers and postpartum health stakeholders, described the Perinatal Maternal Health Promotion Model within the broader theoretical framework that informs public health work, and provided examples of health promotion approaches in MCH practice and curriculum. 1.0 CPH credit is available for experiencing the webinar archive.
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Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
The Next Steps to Improving Home Health Care for Children with Medical Complexity
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. This webinar discussed potential solutions from the perspectives of parent advocates, home health care providers, pediatricians, and state officials. An archive of the webinar is now available.
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University of Wisconsin Pediatric Pulmonary Center
E-Cigarettes, Vaping, and JUUL: What Schools Need to Know
This October 2019 webinar directed to school nurses and health educators in the state of Wisconsin covered e-cigarettes. An archive of the webinar is now available.
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