HRSA Funding Opportunities

MCH Navigator Program

Applications due: January 19, 2021

The purpose of this program is to serve as a learning portal of high-quality vetted, MCH Leadership Competency-based trainings and resources to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the MCH workforce through online continuing education (CE) tailored to meet the needs of emerging and practicing MCH professionals. This program supports HRSA Strategic Plan 2019–2022 goals to improve access to quality health care and services, strengthen the health workforce, and improve health equity.

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P4 Challenge

Applications due: January 19, 2021

The purpose of the program is to respond to declining rates of childhood vaccination coverage and well-child visits due to COVID-19. The P4 Challenge will award $1 million in prizes for innovative approaches to increase access to and utilization of well-child visits and/or immunization services within primary care settings.

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Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network

Applications due: February 2, 2021

The purpose of the network is to establish and maintain a national, multi-site, collaborative research network for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building. This Research Network will provide national leadership to advance the evidence base in the developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial aspects of pediatric care to improve clinical services and health and related outcomes for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD) across the lifespan.

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MCH Research Network on Promoting Healthy Weight among Children with ASD and other DD

Applications due: February 3, 2021

The purpose of the Network is to establish and maintain an interdisciplinary research network (RN) of researchers and practitioners to lead and support coordinated research activities related to promoting healthy weight among children and youth with ASD/DD. This program’s target population of interest is broadened to include both overweight/obese and underweight children, and an increased emphasis on the inclusion of underserved populations in the proposed research studies.

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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities

Applications due: February 16, 2021

The purpose of the LEND program is to improve the health of individuals who have or are at risk for developing ASD/DD by providing graduate-level training in MCH interdisciplinary leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities programs. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of the workforce trained to meet the complex needs of individuals with ASD/DD by enhancing the expertise and leadership skills of practicing professionals, families, and self-advocates dedicated to working with and improving the system of care for individuals with ASD/DD.

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National MCH Consortium for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement

Applications due: February 17, 2021

The purpose of the Consortium is to develop and expand accessible, high-quality integrated preventive oral health care for MCH populations by providing targeted technical assistance to Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) oral health Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) and Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program (Title V) award recipients, utilizing a learning collaborative approach. The Consortium’s lead, in collaboration with Consortium partners and key national stakeholders, will advance excellence in oral health care TA in support of preventive oral health care delivery, with an emphasis on MCH safety net services.

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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three Program

Applications due: March 15, 2021

The purpose of this program is to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system, that promote early developmental health and family well-being, and increase family-centered access to care and engagement of the prenatal-to-3 population. The goals for the program are to:

  1. Increase state-level infrastructure to develop maternal and early childhood systems of care
  2. Increase coordination and alignment between MCH and other systems that impact young children and families
  3. Increase the capacity of health systems to deliver and connect families to services
  4. Identify and implement policy and financing strategies
  5. Increase state-level capacity to advance access to services

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MCH Workforce Development Center Program

Applications due: April 6, 2021

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the practicing and future MCH workforce by providing training and collaborative learning for State Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program leaders and staff. Training will focus on:

  1. Systems integration
  2. Change management and adaptive leadership
  3. Evidence-based decision making

Also in this notice is the opportunity to apply for additional funding to support Building Capacity to Advance Population Health Approaches for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).



US Department of Health and Human Services

Nationwide Study Shows Continued Rise in Opioid Affected Births

Journal Article

A new study shows that the rates of pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder and of babies born with withdrawal symptoms increased from 2010–2017. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), indicates that mothers with opioid-related diagnoses documented at delivery increased by 131%. Additionally, the incidence of babies born with withdrawal symptoms, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS, increased by 82% nationally over the same period. Increases were seen for nearly all states and demographic groups.

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Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

Competencies Promise to Reduce Health Care Disparities for Millions of Americans with DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

White Paper

Consensus was reached on the Core Competencies on Disability for Health Care Education through a partnership with The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education. The Competencies are designed to improve training across a diverse field of medical providers and improve the care received by people with disabilities throughout the health care system.

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Child TrendsHRSA Disclaimer

Relationships with Caring Adults and Social and Emotional Strengths are Related to High School Academic Achievement (PDF)HRSA Disclaimer

White Paper

youthCONNECT is an integrated student supports initiative, developed by Venture Philanthropy Partners, that is being implemented in Prince George’s County, MD, in partnership with the Prince George’s County government and Prince George’s County Public Schools. At Suitland High School, the youthCONNECT theory of change posits that providing college and career preparation services, life skills training, and a connection to a caring adult—all via a coordinated network of 5 nonprofit organizations working in collaboration with each other and with school staff—will improve students’ healthy behaviors, engagement in school, and social and emotional skills. Additionally, youthCONNECT aims to leverage these improvements into stronger academic outcomes, high school success, and to postsecondary engagement and employment.

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Every Child ThrivesHRSA Disclaimer

Shared Data Moving the Needle for Young ChildrenHRSA Disclaimer

White paper

In 2014, just 15.5% of Battle Creek, MI’s children were ready for kindergarten. By 2020, that rate more than doubled to 39.2%. It’s the result of a decade-long collaborative focus involving organizations across the early childhood education and care spectrum—all committed to improving outcomes for children in the city.

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Every Child ThrivesHRSA Disclaimer

Mississippi Report: Investing in Child Care to Grow State EconomyHRSA Disclaimer

White paper

A recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee) found that Mississippi is losing $673 million annually because of gaps in child care. The study, MS Untapped Potential: How Child care Impacts Mississippi’s State Economy (PDF),HRSA Disclaimer calls for immediate action from early education advocates, the business community, and policymakers to build a stronger state economy. The report illustrates that Mississippi can generate substantial economic development by focusing on childcare solutions.

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Got TransitionHRSA Disclaimer

Health Care Transition in School-Based Health Centers: A Pilot StudyHRSA Disclaimer

Journal Article

Nationally, there are low rates of high school–age youth receiving health care transition (HCT) preparation from health care providers. A pilot study implemented and assessed the use of a structured HCT process, the Six Core Elements of HCT, in 2 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Washington, DC. It examined the feasibility of incorporating the Six Core Elements into routine care and identified self-care skill gaps among students. Quality improvement methods were used to customize, implement, and measure the Six Core Elements and HCT supports. After the pilot, both SBHCs demonstrated improvement in their implementation of the structured HCT process. More than half of the pilot participants reported not knowing how to find their doctor’s phone number and not knowing what a referral is. These findings indicate the need for incorporating HCT supports into SBHCs to help students build self-care skills necessary for adulthood.

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Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Mental Health Needs during COVID-19: Responses in Pediatric Health Care (PDF)HRSA Disclaimer

Journal Article

Until recently, children have not been central in news of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the pandemic has certainly impacted them. Recent studies suggest that both parental and children’s mental health have worsened since the onset of the pandemic. These changes are most pronounced in families facing more hardship, and children already at high risk for mental health concerns are even more vulnerable as a result of the pandemic. Children’s hospitals have responded in varied ways to these concerns, providing telehealth mental health visits, offering webinars on pertinent topics, and adding supportive content on their websites. This article features specific programs of Children’s Mercy with hospitals in both Kansas City, MO, and Overland Park, KS, as well as several other institutions, and outlines resources for nurses to share with families.

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Training & Educational

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Division of MCH Workforce Development Internship

Summer Application deadline: Monday, January 25, 2021
Fall Application deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Internship, based in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the HRSA, 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.


Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Making Lifelong Connections 2021HRSA Disclaimer

April 8-9, 2021
Application deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

Making Lifelong Connections is an annual interactive career development and networking opportunity within the MCH Community. It is open to all current and former trainees from MCHB-funded training programs. Focusing on “Cultivating Resiliency during Times of Change,” activities will include guest speakers, MCH trainee presentations, mentorship, and network building. ApplicationsHRSA Disclaimer are now being accepted.

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Family VoicesHRSA Disclaimer

2021 Family Voices Leadership Conference Call for ProposalsHRSA Disclaimer

Application deadline: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The 2021 Family Voices Leadership Conference (April 8, 10 and 15) will connect family and youth leaders, Title V staff, pediatric providers, researchers, and other CYSHCN stakeholders from across the states, territories, and tribal communities. Our annual conference presents the opportunity to share promising practices and to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of families and professionals partnering to improve health care for all children, including CYSHCN.

Family Voices is seeking proposals for 1-hour sessions that address health equity, supporting families during the pandemic, telehealth, family and youth engagement, organizational development, communication strategies, and impacting policy. Applications are now being accepted.

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineHRSA Disclaimer

Community-Led Initiatives for Population Health Improvement: A WorkshopHRSA Disclaimer

Thursday January 28 and Friday, January 29, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm & 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET (each day)

The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement will host a virtual workshop featuring Community-Led Initiatives that improve health and well-being. The event will feature presentations and discussions on community-led action around a variety of population health improvement areas, including the social determinants of health.

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Training & Educational – Webinars

Association of Maternal & Child Health ProgramsHRSA Disclaimer

AMCHP/HRSA 2021 Virtual Title V Partnership Meeting Series (PDF)HRSA Disclaimer

Thursday, January 28, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm ET

This series supports the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program. Attendees will come together virtually for 4, 90-minute sessions over 4 months to learn about topics to support the health of women, infants, children, and youth—including those with special health care needs—and families. During the first session, participants will have the opportunity to hear from HRSA’s MCHB about the results of an analysis of new Title V priorities for 2020-2025, including trends from 2015 to 2020 and how the priorities were shaped and selected by Title V programs.


Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism and DD at AUCDHRSA Disclaimer

AIR-P Presents: The National Autism Indicators Report on Health and Health CareHRSA Disclaimer

Thursday, January 21, 2021
4:00pm to 5:00pm ET

This webinar presents findings from the recent National Autism Indicators Report: Health and Health Care. This report, the 6th in the National Autism Indicators Report Series produced from the Life Course Outcomes Research Program area at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, reports indicators of health and health care for autistic people across the lifespan. Topics covered include overall health, health services, medication, insurance, and accessing services. The report combines data from 2 national surveys about health, a national sample of hospital inpatient stays, and previously published findings from Kaiser Permanente Northern CA patient records.

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Florida Rural Health AssociationHRSA Disclaimer

Insomnia and Behavioral Insomnia in ChildhoodHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
12:00pm ET

The ongoing TeleECHO Clinic Series—Interactive Sessions of the University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Project ECHO—will consist of hour-long sessions starting at noon. This webinar, the second clinic, will focus on insomnia and behavioral insomnia in childhood.

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Association of State Public Health NutritionistsHRSA Disclaimer

WIC Developmental Monitoring Project Online Training (video)HRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

This December 2020 webinar on the WIC Developmental Monitoring Project centered around educating professionals on talking with caregivers about their child’s special needs.

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Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

AUCD 2020: Early Childhood Special Interest Group Meeting (video)HRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

This December 2020 webinar provided an update on the national early childhood COVID-19 activities from the Act Early program, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and the IDEA Infant Toddlers Association.

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Dialogue4HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Mental Health First Aid in Schools: Connecting Public Health, Policy & Equity in COVID-19HRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of all age groups. Students and adolescents report that the pandemic has had significant impacts on their mental health, as they’ve missed out on major life events and adjusted to distance learning. This December 2020 webinar presented:

  • Lessons learned from the 2020 school year and potential approaches for 2021
  • How communities, advocates, researchers, and policymakers can partner with one another to implement Mental Health First Aid during the pandemic
  • Evidence-based strategies to improve mental health equity through Mental Health First Aid

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