HRSA Funding Opportunities

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 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 CYSHCN.


Emerging Issues in MCH

Applications due: April 9, 2021

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the capacities of state- and/or local-level organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting MCH populations. Recipients will implement a set of activities under at least 1 of 3 capacity-strengthening areas:

  • Data and Informational Systems
  • Workforce Development
  • Strategic Partnerships

Through this program, the HRSA MCHB aims to increase the ability of states and local communities to anticipate, prepare, and execute timely responses to emerging issues to reduce their negative impact on MCH populations.

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Vision Screening in Young Children Program

Applications due: April 12, 2021

The purpose of the program is to improve children’s vision and eye health through early detection, follow-up, treatment, and surveillance at the national, state, and community levels for children under 5 years of age, including traditionally underserved populations and those residing in medically underserved areas.

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Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program

Applications due: April 12, 2021

This program supports applied MCH research that utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records to determine the evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the physical and behavioral health of children and adolescents with ASD/DD. The goals and objectives are to:

  • Generate new evidence to address the needs of underserved ASD/DD populations
  • Contribute to a broad public health impact by improving patient engagement and care delivery
  • Develop and implement a plan to disseminate applied and/or translational research

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Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (Autism-FIRST) Program

Applications due: April 15, 2021

The purpose of this program is to support empirical research that advances the evidence base on interventions designed to improve the health of children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD/DD across the lifespan. Because racial and ethnic disparities exist in the early screening and diagnosis of ASD/DD, the Autism-FIRST Program has a special focus on addressing the needs of underserved populations. The Autism-FIRST program’s goals and objectives are to:

  • Generate new evidence to address the needs of underserved ASD/DD populations
  • Contribute to the broad public health impact to improve health and service delivery
  • Conduct and disseminate findings from applied and/or translational research on critical and emerging ASD/DD issues

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Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network

Applications due: April 22, 2021

The purpose of this program is to establish and maintain a national, multi-site, collaborative Research Network to develop, test, and promote effective interventions for supporting the enrichment of the early home learning environments of children from underserved families for whom there are limited interventions or existing interventions are ineffective. The BWG will:

  • Lead, promote, and coordinate national research activities to support the enrichment of early home learning environments
  • Coordinate a plan to enhance the research, training, and mentorship of diverse emerging MCH investigators
  • Expand the evidence base and disseminate study findings to key stakeholders

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Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-Up Program

Applications due: April 29, 2021

The purpose of this program is to facilitate access to quality SCD care:

  • Conduct outreach and working with individuals and families with SCD from the time a newborn screen identifies a child with possible SCD, through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up
  • Coordinate a plan to enhance the research, training, and mentorship of diverse emerging MCH investigators
  • Provide education to families and providers
  • Disseminate resources
  • Collaborate with state newborn screening programs
  • Link individuals and families to community resources, evidence-based SCD care, and care coordination within the communities where they reside to the fullest extent possible.

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Long-term Follow-up for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and Other Newborn Screening Conditions

Applications due: May 3, 2021

The goal of this program is to ensure newborns and children identified through newborn screening achieve the best possible outcomes by expanding the ability of state public health agencies to provide screening, counseling and services and to collaborate with clinicians, public health agencies and families to create a system of care that can assess and coordinate follow-up and treatment of newborn screening conditions.

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Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program

Applications due: May 3, 2021

The purpose of the Program is to increase access for individuals with SCD to quality, coordinated, comprehensive care:

  • Increase the number of clinicians or health professionals knowledgeable about the care of SCD
  • Improve the quality of care provided to individuals with SCD
  • Improve care coordination with other providers.

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State Newborn Screening Interoperability Implementation Program

Applications due: May 10, 2021

The purpose of this program is to support state newborn screening programs in the implementation of comprehensive data interoperability plans to ensure infants having or at risk for heritable disorders are provided with the appropriate screening, counseling, and/or health care services.

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American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on Telehealth, Dermatology Recommendations, Mental and Behavioral Health Awareness

  • New Resources Help Make the Most Out of Telehealth Visits with PediatriciansHRSA Disclaimer
    Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatricians realized they were going to need more ways to connect safely with their patients. With a sense of urgency, pediatricians quickly turned to telehealth, a valuable tool that allowed them to meet virtually with patients over phones, laptops and computers. An AAP initiative on telehealth, funded with a grant from the HRSA, offers new resources to help families and caregivers make the most out of telehealth with their pediatrician.
  • Choosing Wisely: Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question Related to Pediatric DermatologyHRSA Disclaimer
    The AAP, as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, has released a list of common medical therapies and practices related to children’s dermatology that may be unnecessary and should be considered carefully by physicians and parents. The AAP Section on Dermatology developed the evidence-based list after considering common issues that come up during pediatric visits.
  • Mental and Behavioral Health in Children: A Crisis Made Worse by the PandemicHRSA Disclaimer
    Together, the CHA and AAP are launching an awareness campaign to highlight the escalating mental, emotional and behavioral health crisis among children and youth and share ideas about what government can do to ensure families have access to services. The campaign features digital advertising in national publications, editorials and educational sessions for policymakers. Beyond the awareness campaign, CHA and the AAP are working together and with other child health-focused organizations on longer term solutions to better integrate pediatric mental and behavioral health into the health care delivery system.

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Association of Maternal & Child Health ProgramsHRSA Disclaimer

MCH Lead ToolkitHRSA Disclaimer


AMCHP released a new resource to prevent and mitigate lead poisoning for infants, children, pregnant people, and families. The Toolkit shares best practices and lessons learned from the Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN), its national partners, and state teams. It aims to help public health professionals access resources, strategies, tools, and ideas that they can replicate or adapt in their states, jurisdictions, and communities.

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Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthHRSA Disclaimer

COVID-19 Educational and Training Materials and Resources DatabaseHRSA Disclaimer

Resources Database

To support members of the public health workforce and community stakeholders who are engaged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASPPH has compiled a list of COVID-19 educational and training materials and resources developed by member schools and programs of public health. All materials are online and free.

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Association of State Public Health NutritionistsHRSA Disclaimer

COVID-19 Resources DatabaseHRSA Disclaimer

Resources Database

ASPHN has created a resource page with categorized links from websites that offer information and guidance on nutrition to help public health nutritionists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bright FuturesHRSA Disclaimer, American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer

Periodicity ScheduleHRSA Disclaimer

Table Resource

The Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (also referred to as the Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule), presents the screenings, assessments, physical examinations, procedures, and timing of anticipatory guidance recommended for each age-related visit in the Bright Futures Guidelines. Explanatory notes and a key to the chart provide important details and references that support the recommendations. The Periodicity Schedule can be helpful to many audiences, including state Medicaid agencies, health insurance companies, public health clinics, and pediatric practices.

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Child TrendsHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on Black Families, Home Visiting, Healthy Schools, and Reducing Child Poverty

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National Academy for State Health PolicyHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on Health Themes in State Government and State Maternal Mortality Review Committees

  • 2021 State of the States: Amid the Pandemic, Governors Tackle Health, Social, and Economic IssuesHRSA Disclaimer
    Governors’ annual addresses allow them to define their policy priorities for the year ahead. As of late February 2021, 45 governors had delivered speeches, and all mentioned their states’ responses to COVID-19. They also outlined plans to focus on a wide range of health, social, and economic issues and address disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. This chart and blog, highlight key health-related themes outlined in the speeches.
  • State Maternal Mortality Review Committee Membership and RecommendationsHRSA Disclaimer
    The United States faces a growing maternal mortality crisis with a maternal death rate that is higher than other developed countries. Additionally, Black women are 2 to 3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than non-Latinx white women. To better understand the root causes of these maternal deaths and develop recommendations to improve health outcomes, many states have formed MMRCs. These charts and maps report each state’s MMRC membership and recommendations when publicly available.

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National Alliance to Advance Adolescent HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Strengthening the Capacity of Primary Care Providers to Care for Young Adults with IDD During Pandemic and Emergency SituationsHRSA Disclaimer


The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health has received funding from the WITH Foundation to assist PCPs to care for young adults with IDD during pandemic and emergency situations. With this 1-year grant, The National Alliance will form a multi-stakeholder advisory panel to develop practical educational materials for PCPs to strengthen their capacity to support this underserved population during pandemics and emergency situations.

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National Center for Cultural CompetenceHRSA Disclaimer

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Assessment for Disability OrganizationsHRSA Disclaimer

Self-Assessment and Guide

This tool was developed to assess organizational cultural and linguistic competence, addressing the cross-section of organizations concerned with disability. It was intended to support organizations to:

  • Plan for and incorporate culturally and linguistically competent values, policies, structures, and practices in all aspects of their work
  • Enhance the quality of services, supports, and advocacy provided to diverse and underserved communities
  • Effect change in education, training, technical assistance, research, and public policy
  • Advance cultural and linguistic competence as an essential approach to address racial and ethnic disparities and promote equity for people who experience disabilities and their families

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National WIC AssociationHRSA Disclaimer

The State of WIC: Healthier Pregnancies, Babies, and Young Children During COVID-19HRSA Disclaimer

Annual Report

The State of WIC report—supported by the WKKFhighlights the experiences of WIC providers and stakeholders, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will serve as a resource for WIC administrators, providers, and researchers. It comprehensively lays out the strong evidence base for WIC, the different facets of WIC’s nutrition and breastfeeding services, innovations in the clinic and shopping experiences, health equity priorities, and partnerships with farmers. This report underscores the National WIC Association’s vision for the future of WIC.

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Public Health NewswireHRSA Disclaimer

Rising Inequality of Infant Health in the United States HRSA Disclaimer

Journal Article

Inequality may have narrowed due to expanded medical insurance coverage and greater knowledge about fetal health. However, greater income inequality may have reduced health for births to the most economically disadvantaged mothers, leading to growing infant health inequality. This study uses administrative birth certificate data for over 22 million births to examine trends in inequality of infant health from 1989 to 2018 in the United States.

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W.K. Kellogg FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on 90 Years of Health Change, Breastfeeding, and Campaign for Racial Equity

  • For 90 Years…For ChildrenHRSA Disclaimer
    Annual Report
    The WKKF released its 90th anniversary annual report, For 90 Years…For Children, highlighting and affirming its dedication to Will Keith Kellogg’s vision throughout the year 2020. This year’s reflections emphasize the importance of authentic relationships and grantees’ responsiveness to foster change in the midst of disruption from the pandemic and greater exposure to ongoing racial inequities. The inspiring stories showcase how grantees worked to create opportunities for meeting the needs of children, families and their communities.
  • Keeping Communities Strong and ConnectedHRSA Disclaimer
    White Paper
    To support breastfeeding advocates and parents around the country, WKKF grantee, Center for WorkLife Law, launched a free COVID-19 legal helpline to help ensure equitable access to time, space, and privacy for nursing mothers in the workplace. Since the pandemic began, they have fielded four times as many caregiving-related calls from women who are desperate to keep their jobs and care for their families.
  • New Orleans Community Launches Campaign to Create a More Equitable Future for its Children and FamiliesHRSA Disclaimer
    Community Campaign
    A new campaign, I am New Orleans, developed in partnership with more than 30 community organizations and supported by the WKKF, provides a platform for residents, leaders and stakeholders to powerfully unite to advance racial equity across 6 key areas:
    • MCH
    • Workforce
    • Food
    • Early childhood education
    • Opportunities and challenges facing young men and boys of color
    • Generational change
    The year-long campaign will feature videos capturing New Orleans’ voices and offer virtual events with stimulating panel discussions on the community-led priorities.

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Training & Educational

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Student Internship

Fall Application deadline: Sunday, April 25, 2021

The DMCHWD Internship, based in the HRSA 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.

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Association of Maternal & Child Health ProgramsHRSA Disclaimer

MCH Coaching and COVID Leadership Forums (PDF)HRSA Disclaimer

Forums occur on Friday, March 26 & Friday, April 30
2:00pm to 3:00pm ET

The pressure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging to early career and seasoned staff alike. AMCHP is pleased to offer unique programs to support MCH and CYSHCN staff and leadership during the ongoing public health emergency. Individualized coaching is available for all state and territory staff by request. Email for more information about coaching or request coaching todayHRSA Disclaimer. COVID Leadership Forums are supportive, facilitated group sessions for state and territory MCH and CYSHCN directors. Email Stacy Collins for more information about the forums or register for a forum todayHRSA Disclaimer.

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Harvard Medical SchoolHRSA Disclaimer

Optimizing Transition from Pediatric to Adult CareHRSA Disclaimer

Application deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

The upcoming CME program will be live streamed on May 24-26, 2021 by faculty from Harvard Medical School and the Bostons Children’s Hospital BRIDGES Young Adult Transition Program. The program will provide physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with evidence-based best practices to guide their patients’ effective transitions to, and acceptance into, adult care.

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Training & Educational – Webinars

National WIC AssociationHRSA Disclaimer

Formula Intolerance and Using an Algorithm to Help Guide Formula ChoiceHRSA Disclaimer

Thursday, March 25, 2021
4:00pm to 5:00pm ET

During this webinar, presenters will discuss the the underlying diagnoses that can cause these symptoms, formula options that can treat the underlying diagnoses, and a formula algorithm that can be used and help guide formula choices and transitions based on symptoms and diagnoses.

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Florida Rural Health AssociationHRSA Disclaimer

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in ChildrenHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, April 9, 2021
12:00 pm 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. The fourth clinic will focus on approach to obstructive sleep apnea in children.

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Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” As a Tool to Strengthen Early Childhood SystemsHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

The February 2021 Act Early Network Webinar featured the NICHQ alongside 4 states representing the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN). ECCS CoIIN is a multiyear initiative to improve early childhood systems in 12 states to increase age-appropriate developmental skills among 3-year-old children and reduce developmental disparities.

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Community-Campus Partnerships for HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archives on CBPR and COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Using a Community-Based Participatory Research ApproachHRSA Disclaimer
    CBPR in particular is at the crux of bridging evidence and policy. To advance the progress of this translation we must examine the linkage between CBPR and policy, assess the current landscape, and highlight and replicate successful examples. This January 2021 webinar sought to develop a narrative to advocate for and push forward CBPR work that influences policy.
  • Vaccines are Here: Now What?HRSA Disclaimer
    In January 2021, the North Carolina I-TEAM Project hosted a webinar to discuss the next steps of the COVID-19 vaccination, including vaccine distribution, treatment and personal experiences and anecdotes.

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National Institute for Health Care ManagementHRSA Disclaimer

Nurses on the Frontline: Strengthening America’s Health Care WorkforceHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

In February 2021, NIHCM facilitated the first webinar in the series “Health Care Workforce 2021” which explored challenges and solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar explored the burden of COVID-19 and offered strategies for supporting nurses’ well-being, raising their voices and improving patient outcomes.

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