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 Health Resources and Services Administration (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. Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (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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MCH Navigator and MCH Library
MCH History: Title V @ 85—Beyond Legislation, Bold Leaders, Bright Legacies
The passage of Title V of the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935 signaled the commitment of the federal government to promote the health and welfare of all women and children. This history page—a collaboration of the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Digital Library and the MCH Navigator—is a celebration of nearly a century’s worth of accomplishments.
- Beyond Legislation presents the legal framework and a decade-by-decade milestones showing the federal response in supporting mothers, children, families, and communities.
- Bold Leaders offers an overview of federal MCH leaders and their signature projects.
- Bright Legacies provides insights and resources then and now as seen through the lens of current population/conceptual domains that highlight the diversity and history of MCH initiatives.
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National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
MCH Evidence: Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH Programs
Injury hospitalization is one of 15 MCH National Performance Measures (NPMs) for the State Title V MCH Services Block Grant program. The goal of NPM 7.1 is to decrease the rate of hospital admissions for non-fatal injury among children ages 0 through 9. The purpose of this evidence analysis review is to identify evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies that MCH Block Grant programs can implement to ensure that hospitalization rates for infants and children from unintentional and intentional injury are reduced.
- NPM 7.1 Injury Hospitalization (Ages 0 to 9) – Evidence Review: Brief (PDF)
summary of report methodologies, results, key findings, and implications
- NPM 7.1 Injury Hospitalization (Ages 0 to 9) – Evidence Review: Report (PDF)
critical analysis and synthesis of the effectiveness of strategies that might be applied and serve as the foundation for accountability across all states and jurisdictions
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El Camino: The Road to Healthy Relationships
This was developed as a curriculum to prevent bullying and other forms of interpersonal conflict, both in person and online. The program was designed for and piloted with students in Washington DC middle schools to help them develop knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that support their ability to make decisions that foster healthy relationships with their peers, parents, family, and partners. The curriculum focuses on decision-making and personal values, and includes lessons and activities on coping with strong emotions, teen brain development, empathy, assertive communication, and boundary setting. It is intended for in-person implementation in youth-serving agencies, including schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs.
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Adolescent and Young Adult National Resource Center
Innovative Digital Technologies to Improve Adolescent and Young Adult Health
This special supplement, published by the Journal of Adolescent Health in August 2020, focused on innovative digital technologies to improve adolescent and young adult health. It presents articles that address a range of topics to advance the scope and reach of technology:
- Equity, inclusivity, and innovation
- Leveraging technology from a developmental science perspective
- Technology and youth-led participatory research
- Technology and clinical preventive services
- A theoretically grounded intervention for health behavior change using 3D gaming and interactive narrative technologies
- Preconception care using a web-based, virtual animated health counselor
- Artificial intelligence
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Linking Young Adults to Mental Health Services through Social Media and Campus-based Peer Advocacy
For college-age young adults, stigma around mental health and mental health treatment can pose a barrier to seeking services. Finding high-quality services can also be a challenge. This new report describes 2 innovative initiatives to address these issues with a focus on young adults of color: a digital ad campaign and a peer advocacy project at a community college.
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The updated Resource Directory includes more than 800 knowledge products (e.g., publications, reports, briefs, research studies, videos and more) from W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantees and partners. Under Health Equity, there are multiple reports on public, oral, and MCH. Under Early Childhood Education, research highlighting innovative solutions to provide culturally competent, high-quality education to children from ages 0 to 8 can also be found.
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National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality
Seven Strategies for Conducting Services Virtually
Insights & Infographic
Health and social service providers have had to find news way to support children and families in the face of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Home visiting services, pediatric well-child visits, prenatal care, and mental health appointments have largely had to transition from in-person appointments to visits virtually—by either phone or video. At the same time, COVID-19 has worsened and added to stressors that make these services even more necessary. National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) compiled 7 essential strategies that health and social services providers can use to better support families virtually.
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National Institute for Health Care Management
Helping Children Thrive: Early Childhood Development & Adverse Childhood Experiences
The COVID-19 pandemic, the associated economic downturn, and schooling challenges have worsened stress and uncertainty for families and children. A child’s earliest years lay the groundwork for lifelong health, and positive early experiences can strengthen a child’s developing biological systems, helping them to thrive and become healthy adults. Alternatively, negative or adverse experiences, such as trauma, abuse and racism, can result in toxic stress and poor health outcomes. This infographic explores the impact of early childhood development and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on health and well-being and outlines actionable strategies to support healthy child development.
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Adolescent and Young Adult National Resource Center
A Quarter-Century Later & Adolescents Still Not Receiving Time Alone
Using data from 2 national surveys, the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center examined adolescents’ receipt of time alone during 2016–2017. Findings, summarized in an infographic, demonstrate the need for continued action to increase delivery of time alone to adolescents. Ongoing monitoring of time alone is needed to assess progress on this critical component of adolescent health care.
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Training & Educational
Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of MCH Workforce Development
Trainee Ambassador Group Accepting Applications
Applications due: 11:59pm ET
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Established in 2015, the Trainee Ambassador Group (TAG) is a virtual trainee work group designed to foster connections between trainees across MCH Training Programs and to strengthen the link between them and MCHB. The TAG is composed of 10 trainee representatives from Division of the MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) graduate and undergraduate education programs. Ambassadors attend monthly virtual meetings and collaborate to develop trainee-focused products.
- 2021 TAG Overview and Highlights(PDF) – roles, responsibilities, leadership opportunities
- 2021 TAG Application Form
- 2021 TAG Recommendation Form
Email Julia Fantacone at the MCH Workforce Performance Center or Kaitlin Bagley at the DMCHWD with questions.
National MCH Workforce Development Center
Skills Institute: Operationalizing Your Title V Action Plan during Times of Uncertainty
November 10, 12, 17 & 19
2:00pm to 5:00pm ET
This free virtual Skills Institute builds on those held in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and is targeted to state and jurisdictional Title V professionals and their partners. Teams of colleagues, ready to turn Title V Block Grant Action Plans into reality will join Center experts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over 2 consecutive weeks. Participants will engage with speakers and each other using an online platform, but there will be opportunities to connect with Center experts between sessions for tailored support.
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Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health
Advancing Cultural Competence toward Sexual & Gender Minorities
Through an Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) Innovative Teaching Award, Dr. Stacey Griner and Dr. Erica Spears of the University of North Texas Health Science Center developed and pilot-tested materials associated with an activity designed to increase cultural competency towards sexual and gender minority populations within the MCH context. The materials include:
- Instructor’s notes
- Slide deck with script
- Recorded lecture
- Assignment instructions and a rubric
- Sample assignments, presentations, and infographics from students
The goal is that future MCH leaders will have the advanced cultural competency skills to modify systems and employ strategies to ensure culturally sensitive public health and health service delivery systems.
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Association of Teachers of Maternal & Child Health
Flexible, Innovative Online Learning Content Development for Aspiring Lactation Experts
Through an MCH Innovative Teaching Award, Dr. Olivia Anderson of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Anna Sadovnikova of LiquidGoldConcept designed an online case-based, asynchronous educational platform designed for repetitive practice in a safe, confidence-building virtual environment. Learners master topics in clinical lactation by answering contextualized questions embedded into unfolding patient case scenarios. The materials include:
- Lactation Support in a Telehealth Setting (course on Canvas Commons)
- Summary report
- Unfolding scenario example
- Case rubrics
- Encounter documentation
This is intended to strengthen skills in diagnostic reasoning and patient management in preparation for one-on-one telehealth simulations with a patient.
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Training & Educational – Webinars
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reducing Polysubstance Use in Pregnancy
The use of multiple substances (such as tobacco, alcohol, and opioids) during pregnancy can have negative effects on a pregnant person and the developing baby. Research suggests that polysubstance use (using more than one substance at a time) during pregnancy is common. This session of Public Health Grand Rounds discussed:
- The adverse MCH outcomes caused by polysubstance use
- How data can improve our understanding of polysubstance use
- How screening and brief interventions may reduce prenatal substance exposure and improve the health of women and infants.
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