MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Supporting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Screening and Intervention
Applications Due: June 9, 2020
This program has 2 related purposes:
- Reduce alcohol use among pregnant women, and
- Improve developmental outcomes for children and adolescents with a suspected or diagnosed FASD in states, U.S. territories, tribes/tribal organizations, or communities that have high rates of binge drinking among pregnant women—especially in rural areas.
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Strengthening the MCH Public Health Academic Pipeline – Competitive Supplement to the Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science, and Practice Program
Applications Due: June 19, 2020
The purpose of this program is to support post-graduate training to promote career pathways into MCH academia. Support for postdoctoral fellowships and junior faculty will increase research and teaching capacity for advancing MCH within Schools of Public Health, strengthen academic-practice partnerships, and enhance skills in the formation of MCH policy, including the translation of research to practice and policy.
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National Institutes of Health
COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines: Special Considerations in Pregnancy and Post-Delivery
The NIH recently published COVID-19 treatment guidelines including special considerations in pregnancy and post-delivery. There is current guidance from the CDC, the ACOG, and the SMFM on the management of pregnant patients with COVID-19. This section of the NIH’s Treatment Guidelines complements that guidance and focuses on considerations regarding management of COVID-19 in pregnancy.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
Increased Risk for Family Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This perspective article published in Pediatrics examines how the stresses placed on families combined with the closure of classrooms and childcare heightens the risks of domestic abuse and neglect. The authors note that reports of increased domestic violence following quarantine orders in China have provided insight into the interpersonal violence risks of isolation due to the pandemic. Research has shown evidence of anger, confusion, and posttraumatic stress symptoms, and increases in substance use during periods of isolation. Many families are also under financial pressures and need to continue to work full time during these periods. Children are likely to be more challenging and oppositional due to significant changes in routines. The authors list recommendations for clinicians and parents such as maintaining continuity of their practices, interacting with families through telehealth, and when possible, contacting the families of patients at higher risk during this time.
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Being Healthy and Ready to Learn is Linked with Family and Neighborhood Characteristics for Preschoolers
Because families are the first nurturers and educators of their children, it is helpful for policymakers and other stakeholders to understand how family characteristics, the activities in which families engage, and their neighborhood circumstances are associated with preschool children’s health and readiness for learning. The analyses presented in this brief examine the associations between various family and neighborhood factors and the extent to which a child is reported to be healthy and ready to learn, using data from the 2017 and 2018 waves of the NSCH for children ages 3 to 5.
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Training & Educational
National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center
Applied Methods for Health Transformation Implementation in MCH
The NMCHWDC at UNC-CH is offering an online, interdisciplinary course to prepare participants to contribute successfully to state and national health transformation. The course is open to:
- Any MCH professional interested in lifelong learning, and
- 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 Programs).
Course participants may elect to earn graduate credit (1 or 3 credits) or a certificate of completion. For more information, please contact Rebecca Greenleaf, MPH, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of MCH at UNC-CH.
MCH 20|20 Microlearning Program
In this environment, it is often difficult to pause and think about our skills as MCH professionals. Everyone is under added stress juggling new work demands related to COVID-19. However, MCH 20|20 can help you learn and grow during the remainder of this year. This microlearning program will be asking a series of 20 questions (one question every 2 weeks) to jump-start your learning and sharpening of skills. Stay tuned throughout the year as we all learn together and expand our knowledge and skills as MCH professionals.
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COVID-19 and MCH Leadership Competencies
The COVID-19 pandemic presents difficulties on many fronts, especially for the MCH workforce. With new obstacles around working from home, connecting with organizations and colleagues, and your own individual needs and fears, there is a lot to figure out. This is the perfect time to come together as a workforce to support each other and put your MCH knowledge and skills to the test. The MCH Navigator has organized resources and information as it relates to COVID-19 through the lens of select MCH Leadership Competencies.
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International and Interdisciplinary Health Care Transition Research Consortium
Call for Abstracts: 12th Annual HCTRC Research Symposium
Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 at
12:00am Midnight PT
(Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:00am ET)
The International and Interdisciplinary HCTRC in collaboration with the 21st Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference, Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care, has announced their Call for Abstracts to be presented at the 12th Annual HCTRC Research Symposium in Houston, TX, on October 28, 2020. There are 8 categories for presentations (platform and poster) or breakout sessions. Note: If an in-person meeting is not possible, this symposium will be converted to an online symposium.
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Training & Educational – Webinars
Building Partnerships to Reach Underserved Populations
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
3:00pm to 4:30pm ET
Having difficulty reaching and supporting underserved populations? Join Family Voices for this webinar presentation to hear representatives from 3 states share successful experiences to develop relationships with underserved populations. Presenters from Title V organizations and family-to-family health information centers will share meaningful partnerships they have developed with each other and other partners, strategies employed, and key components to the progress made.
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Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey
Perinatal Mental Health Webinar Series: Clinical Considerations for the New Millennium
The PMCH of Northern New Jersey is hosting a 4-part free virtual webinar series on perinatal mental health featuring expert presenters in the field. Remaining sessions include:
Concerning Dads: Postpartum Depression in Fathers
Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
Postpartum OCD: Making Sense of Scary Thoughts
Thursday, May 21, 2002
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
Mom’s the Word: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders
Thursday, May 28, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
Continuing Nursing Association contact hours are available for each session.
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State Adolescent Health Resource Center
Young Adult Mental Health & Suicide Prevention: Reaching Them Where They Are
The 2nd webinar of the 3-part young adult health series is now available. This April 2020 event focused on young adults and their unique mental health needs. It included an overview of data related to the mental health needs and suicide rates among young adults and interventions and other resources designed for the young adult population. Special considerations for connecting with young people during the COVID-19 pandemic were also discussed.
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