MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Women’s Preventive Services Initiative
Applications Due: October 5, 2020
The purpose of this initiative is to improve women’s health across the lifespan by engaging a coalition of provider, academic, and patient-focused health professional organizations to:
- Identify and recommend evidence-based updates to the HRSA-supported Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines;
- Raise awareness and knowledge of these Guidelines; and
- Increase clinicians’ adoption and utilization of these Guidelines.
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Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Applications Due: October 6, 2020
The purpose of this program is to support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to preventive care and services. This program supports HRSA’s goals to improve access to quality health services, achieve health equity, and enhance population health. HTPCP will support projects related to a range of topical areas including, but not limited to, medical home or care coordination, mental and behavioral health services, child development and school readiness services, and promotion of healthy weight and physical activity.
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Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development
Nutrition in the Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment
MCHB created two new resources that highlight ways to incorporate nutrition in the Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment. These resources highlight the role of nutrition in supporting improved MCH outcomes and chronic disease prevention. They also highlight clear strategies for state Title V MCH programs and public health nutritionists to engage and connect.
- Resources for Addressing Nutrition in the Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment (271kb PDF) – for state Title V MCH programs
- Incorporating Nutrition in the Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment (514kb PDF) – for public health nutritionists
You can learn more about the ways MCHB supports healthy nutrition across the lifespan by visiting the HRSA MCHB Nutrition page.
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Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition™ and Implementation Guides
Revised tools, samples, and recommendations are included in these updated packages that incorporate extensive review and input from clinicians, youth, young adults, and family HCT experts. Practical step-by-step Implementation Guides dedicated to each core element were developed. Got Transition recommends a QI approach to incrementally incorporate the tools as a standard part of care, and these guides offer real-world examples of practices utilizing the Six Core Elements.
The National Academy for State Health Policy
State Approaches to Providing Home Health Services to Children with Medical Complexity Enrolled in Medicaid
States are implementing new and enhanced strategies to improve the delivery and quality of home health services for children with medical complexity enrolled in Medicaid. This policy brief examines how 6 states structure, finance, and provide home health services designed to:
- Provide important home-based care and family supports;
- Improve quality of care; and
- Avoid costly hospitalizations and institutionalized care.
Maternal and Child Health Inequities Emerge Even Before Birth
This brief presents the serious disparities in maternal health and birth outcomes among babies and families of color using state data. To help ensure a healthy start for babies, we should understand the influence of race and ethnicity on the care both mothers and babies receive and how it compares by state. State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 disaggregates national and state averages on key indicators of child well-being to explore key subgroups.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
Pediatrics on Call Podcast
“Pediatrics on Call,” a new AAP podcast, begins on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. You will hear:
- Latest news and innovations in children’s health;
- Discussions about the science behind child health recommendations; and
- Thoughts from leading experts in child and adolescent medicine.
American Academy of Pediatrics
COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
Based on available evidence, this guidance was developed to support education and public health and help local leadership and pediatricians collaborate with schools to create policies for school re-entry. These guidelines reinforce the creation of policies that foster the overall health of children, adolescents, staff, and communities. Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide academic instruction, social and emotional skill development, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity. Beyond supporting the educational development of children and adolescents, schools also play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. As such, it is critical to reflect on the differential impact COVID-19 and subsequent school closures have had on those of different races, ethnicities, and vulnerable populations.
The National Institute for Health Care Management
Infographic: The Current State of Food Insecurity in America
This infographic explores the current state of food insecurity in America. Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 1 in 9 people in the United States were food insecure and lacked consistent access to enough food and nutritious options. Food insecurity, while tied to poverty, is also impacted by other SDoH, including access to transportation, housing and social isolation. As people practice social distancing and quarantine, many are faced with new challenges to accessing and affording food.
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The National Academy for State Health Policy
Infographic: How State Medicaid Programs Can Use Telehealth to Serve Pregnant Women during COVID-19
What states need to consider when providing pregnancy-related services to Medicaid enrollees through telehealth during the pandemic is the subject of this infographic. Links to more tools and resources are listed below it as well.
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Training & Educational – Webinars
National WIC Association
Serving Participants Where They Are
Thursday, July 30, 2020
3:00 pm ET
Site closures to protect staff and participant health during the COVID-19 pandemic have required WIC agencies across the country to find new ways to serve participants without in-person appointments. Aside from the pandemic, lack of transportation, work and childcare schedules, and caring for newborns or sick children are ongoing challenges that make it difficult for participants to come to WIC sites. This webinar will feature presentations from 4 state and local agencies that implemented projects to serve participants outside of WIC sites through the Streamlining WIC Certification Practices project, which aims to identify and pilot strategies that are consistent with federal WIC guidelines. The session is worth 1 RD Education Credit Unit.
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Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Supporting Families in the Post-COVID World: Using Technology to Maximize Reach and Remain Connected
Monday, August 3, 2020
3:00pm to 4:00pm ET
During this webinar, speakers from 2 large rural states—South Dakota and Wyoming—will describe approaches they’ve used to stay connected and support families during the pandemic. Their use of distance technology will be highlighted as a means of reducing exposure to COVID-19 and in maximizing the reach of their efforts. Participants will learn from presenters at the University of Wyoming’s Project ECHO and the Autism Family Support Program of the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities:
- About 2 model programs for family supports that focus on rural communities;
- How technology can be used to facilitate connections with families; and
- To describe lessons learned to enhance the effectiveness and reach of these programs.
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National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
Social Determinants of Grief: the Impact of Black Infant Loss
Understanding African American grief requires taking a long look at the historical and contemporary experiences around the issues of death. But troublingly, there is very little research conducted on Black grief and its connection to racism and the social injustices connected to it. Understanding the impact of systemic racism and its influence on how a person reacts to loss sets the stage for addressing how best to support communities that are disproportionately affected by infant death. This April 2020 webinar offered insight on how some women of color deal with compounded loss and trauma and gave participants an opportunity to gain additional knowledge on how to best serve communities of color affected by infant loss.
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Association of Teachers of MCH and MCH Navigator
First Things First: An MCH Reset Retreat to Determine What Matters Now
More retreat than webinar, this was an opportunity to unite as an MCH community. This June 2020 webinar offered insight on how to identify and align priorities and values and see the present circumstances with increased clarity. ATMCH has secured 1.0 CPH credit for participating in the webinar archive.
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