MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
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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Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry
February 12, 2020
The purpose of the program is to improve access to, and the delivery of, oral health care services for all individuals, particularly vulnerable populations and individuals located in rural and/or underserved areas. Grants will prepare general, pediatric, and public health dentists to practice in and lead new models of oral health care delivery by supporting innovative postdoctoral dental residency training programs.
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Food and Drug Administration
Nutrition Education for Youth & Adults
The new Nutrition Facts label will be required on packages by January 1. New toolkits will help consumers understand them.
- Health Educator’s Nutrition Toolkit helps those such as health care and nutrition professionals, social workers, youth counselors, and program directors teach consumers how to make informed food choices and how to use and understand the new label. The toolkit provides realistic tips on how to shop, prepare, and order food when eating out to build a healthy diet.
- Read the Label Youth Outreach Materials support the Read the Label program that challenges kids, ages 9 to 13, to look for and use the new label. The materials include components for kids, parents, and community health educators. Tips help kids and parents to make smart and healthy food choices at the school cafeteria, grocery store, and restaurants.
Call CFSAN at 1-888-723-3366 or submit an inquiry for more information.
National Academy for State Health Policy
How States Use the National Standards to Improve Health Systems for CYSHCN
Interactive Map and Charts
The National Standards for CYSHCN are used by many state health policy leaders to inform, structure, and improve quality systems of care and ultimately health outcomes for CYSHCN. New charts and an interactive map highlight how states have integrated the Standards into their state Medicaid programs and state Title V MCH Services Block Grant Programs.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
Prevalence and Trends of Developmental Disabilities among Children in the United States
A new study from the CDC published in Pediatrics examines prevalence of 10 developmental disabilities among children ages 3 to 17 years. The most prevalent developmental disabilities were found to be:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Learning disability
- Other developmental delay
- Autism spectrum disorder
Data demonstrate that nearly 18% of children have a developmental disability—an increase from the last 2 decades.
Training & Educational
Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development
Summer 2020 Internship
Due: Saturday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59pm ET
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.
Email Samantha Croffut with any questions or to submit your complete application package.
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.
Training & Educational – Webinars
Trust for America’s Health
State of Obesity 2019: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
2:30pm to 4:00pm ET
Hear a discussion on the national obesity crisis, its health impacts, and how advocates are working at the national and local levels to address this ongoing epidemic. This web forum explores findings of the 2019 State of Obesity report. The report found that about 1 in 3 Americans of all ages—more than 100 million people—have obesity. The epidemic is estimated to increase national healthcare spending by $149 billion annually, about half of which is paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Speakers will cover the latest national and state obesity rates and trends, highlight promising approaches localities have undertaken to ensure healthy communities, and offer national policy recommendations that incorporate innovative approaches that prioritize helping all Americans lead.
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National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Health in Rural America: Innovative Solutions to Address Disparities
America is facing a complex rural health crisis. Increasing urbanization leaves behind an older, sicker, and poorer population in rural America that may struggle with social determinants of health like access to medical care and healthy meals. These challenges contribute to rural-urban health inequities in rates of chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes. Despite the odds, leaders are leveraging the unique strengths of rural communities to develop and implement promising solutions. This November 2019 webinar explored:
- The current rural health landscape and federal strategies to improve rural health
- Innovative initiatives to respond to unmet social needs, address provider shortages and expand telehealth in Arkansas and Texas
- The impact of rurality on MCH and approaches to managing access issues
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