MCH Training and Research Alert A Monthly Alert from the Division of Maternal & Child Health Workforce Development
HRSA Funding Opportunities
Catalyst for Infant Health Equity
Applications due: April 19, 2022
The program goals are to: 1) continue reducing overall infant mortality (IM) rates in the United States, and 2) decrease and ultimately eliminate disparities in IM across racial/ethnic groups by achieving steeper declines for groups with the highest rates.
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Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP)
Applications due: May 4, 2022
The purpose of this program is to continue and expand research-based ITC teams to change child welfare practices and improve the early developmental health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families.
Applicants may receive an award under either of these, but not both:
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Early Childhood Developmental Health Systems: Evidence to Impact
Applications due: May 10, 2022
The purpose of this program is to advance statewide systems of comprehensive early childhood developmental promotion, screenings, and interventions that improve outcomes and reduce disparities in early developmental health and family well-being for communities with high levels of childhood poverty.
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Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center
Applications due: May 17, 2022
The purpose of this program is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with HHT by funding a national center to:
- Expand access to and coordination of care for HHT patients, and
- Develop a de-identified, aggregate data collection registry to better understand this rare disease and treatment outcomes.
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Transforming Pediatrics for Early Childhood (TPEC)
Applications due: May 23, 2022
The purpose of the TPEC program is to establish resource hubs that support the placement of ECD experts into pediatric practices that serve a high percentage of prenatal-to-5-year-old (P-5) populations who are eligible for Medicaid or the CHIP or are uninsured. The primary goals are to:
- Improve equitable access to a continuum of ECD services in pediatric PCMH and similar settings, and
- Improve the capacity of pediatric practices and workforce to deliver high-quality ECD services that address the holistic needs of children and families.
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Healthy Start Supplement: Community-Based Doulas
Applications due: May 31, 2022
The purpose of the Healthy Start program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reduce racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. The goal of this supplement is to increase the availability of doulas in Healthy Start service areas most affected by infant and maternal mortality and to increase the number of women with a higher risk of poor birth outcomes receiving doula services.
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Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP)
Applications due: June 14, 2022
The CHWTP is focused on education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs who play a critical role in connecting people important health services such as: COVID care; mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services; and chronic disease care. The CHWTP will support training and employment through registered apprenticeships and job placements. It aims to increase access to care, improve public health emergency response, and address the public health needs of underserved communities, thereby reducing health disparities. HRSA will award approximately $226.5 million to up to 75 grantees over a period of 3 years. To learn more or ask questions, join:
CHWTP Technical Assistance Webinar
May 11, 2022
2:00 pm ET
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Maternal and Child Health Services
Applications due: August 12, 2022
The purpose of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant program is to enable each state to:
- Assure mothers and children access to quality MCH services,
- Reduce infant mortality,
- Provide access to prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care to women
- Increase the number of low-income children who receive regular health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services,
- Provide access to preventive and primary care services for low-income children as well as rehabilitative services for CSHCN,
- Implement family-centered, community-based, systems of coordinated care for CSHCN, and
- Provide toll-free hotlines and assistance with applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Title XIX (Medicaid).
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American Academy of Pediatrics
Pediatric and Suicide Prevention Experts Partner to Create Blueprint for Preventing Youth Suicide
Rates of attempted suicide and suicidal thoughts among youth have risen in recent years, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24 in the United States. This trend has been exacerbated by stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address youth mental health issues, the CSHCN and the AFSP, in collaboration with experts from the NIMH, have created a Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention.
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Equitable School-Based Telemental Health Services, Data Improvements for Infant and Toddler Well-Being, and Understanding and Adapting Race and Ethnicity Data
State Policymakers Can Support Equitable School-based Telemental Health Services
Five ways in which state policymakers can support equitable school-based TMH are presented in this brief, including recommendations based on relevant policy context, existing research, and feedback from key informant interviews.
Better Data Needed for Monitoring and Promoting Infant and Toddler Well-Being
Many children are at risk of not developing optimal cognitive, physical, or social-emotional-behavioral health, and thus may not realize their full potential for well-being and positive outcomes. This brief discusses how monitoring child well-being with better data and common indicators may help states develop policies and programs that foster child development.
Researchers Should Understand and Adapt Race and Ethnicity Data That Change Over Time
Child welfare practitioners and policymakers must consider how race and racism affect a young person’s child welfare experience and the services and supports they receive. This focus on race equity principles ensures that all young people have access to services tailored to their needs.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Final Review
The Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) Final Review provides a quantitative end-of-decade assessment of the nation’s progress toward achieving the HHS-led HP2020 objectives and goals over the course of the decade. HP2020 included 1,318 objectives that spanned 42 topic areas and used data from about 230 different federal and nonfederal data sources. Of these 1,318 objectives, 1,111 were measurable, meaning they had baseline data.
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Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC)
Development of a Trauma-Informed Approach in Home Visiting
Research has demonstrated that experiences of trauma and violence are prevalent in mothers participating in home visiting programs. In this brief, HARC examined how home visiting programs and home visitors address trauma history, depression, and low social support in mothers.
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Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
COVID-19 Resources for CSHCN
This compendium of COVID-19 resources was updated in March 2022 and includes information for families, caregivers, state agencies, and advocates of children or specifically CSHCN.
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National Institute for Health Care Management
Data Visualizations: Climate Change is Affecting Our Mental Health and Pediatric Emergency Visits for Mental Health Conditions
Climate Change is Affecting Our Mental Health
This infographic highlights the challenges facing humanity in regard to mental well-being and climate change as well as offers steps that can be taken to build mental health resilience.
Pediatric Emergency Department Visits for Mental Health Conditions
The COVID pandemic has had a devastating impact on children’s mental health due to factors such as increased isolation, anxiety, and learning loss. This infographic compares the current proportion of emergency department visits with rates before the pandemic.
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National WIC Association
5 Fast Facts About WIC
Since its inception in 1974, the WIC program has provided quality nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthcare, and other referral services to nearly 7 million women and infants and children through 10,000 WIC clinics nationwide. Check out these fast facts about WIC.
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Training & Educational
National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
Nexus Summit 2022
Submissions due: May 16, 2022
The Nexus Summit 2022 will include both in-person and virtual experiences. Participants can join in-person in Minneapolis, MN on August 21 to 24 or virtually on September 13 to 14. The call for abstracts includes opportunities for the following types of sessions: seminars, lightning talks, professional posters, or interprofessional student/learning posters. There are five conference themes that submissions can align with depending on how participants plan to participate, including:
- Interprofessional Learning for Collaborative IPE (in-person and virtual)
- Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Health Equity, Racism, and Bias (in-person only)
- Building the IPE Case Through Information, Evidence, and Outcomes (in-person only)
- Partnerships Advancing Care with People and Communities (virtual only)
- Person, Family and Community-Engaged Practice and Education (virtual only)
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Training & Educational – Webinars
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
2022 Autism Acceptance Month
This month, AUCD is hosting a series of webinars focused focused on the importance of mental health parity laws, suicide prevention, support, and social skills development of autistic people. Autism and co-morbid mental health illnesses are often discussed and studied in the disability and medical communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has professionals understanding the need to truly focus on mental health. The social isolation, disruption of routine, overall sense of loss has impacted the mental health of all populations.
What You Need to Know About Autism, Health Insurance, and Mental Health Parity Law
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Warning Signs of Suicide and Crisis Supports for Autistic People
Thursday, April 28, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Please email Program Specialist Maureen Johnson with any questions.
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Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health
2022 Autism Awareness Month Double Webinar
The Intersection of Autism, Health, Poverty, and Racial Equity
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
This webinar will outline findings from the National Autism Indicators Report about health and healthcare at the intersections of autism, poverty, and race and ethnicity. Using intersectionality as a conceptual lens, this report leverages population level data to provide a more nuanced description of disparate health and healthcare outcomes among autistic children.
Why Studying Puberty in Autism Research Matters
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET
This webinar will detail the current state of research on puberty and autism. Speakers will discuss strategies for studying puberty in autism research and how to address current gaps within the developmental science.
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Florida Rural Health Association
2022 Pediatric Pulmonary Project ECHO: Pediatric Lung Transplantation
When to Refer
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12:15 pm to 12:45 pm ET
Caring for the Child Post-Transplantation
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
12:15 pm to 12:45 pm ET
The 7th and 8th clinics are the final clinics in the 2022 Pediatric Pulmonary Project ECHO. The ongoing series of TeleECHO clinics will consist of 30-minute sessions and include a lecture on a specific topic with opportunity to interact with top University of Florida faculty. The goal of the project is to build expertise in understanding the challenges of pediatric asthma and issues related to lung transplantation in children. The link takes you to the registration page for both clinics.
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Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Implementing the “Care for Pregnant and Postpartum People with Substance Use Disorder” Patient Safety Bundle: Opportunities for State Public Health
Thursday, April 21, 2022
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
This national webinar will explore the AIM patient safety bundle for perinatal people with substance use disorders and the role of public health agencies, perinatal quality collaboratives, and community organizations in supporting the implementation of the AIM bundle in their state.
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Training & Educational – Webinar Archives
Overdose Prevention, Trauma-Informed Practice
Big Ideas in Overdose Prevention: Invest in Health Equity
This interactive session explored key questions, challenges, and solutions to organize thinking around health equity. Participants shared ideas and joined in discussions with other leaders in overdose prevention from the National Overdose Prevention Network’s learning network.
Trauma-Informed Practice, Part 2
Substance use, trauma, and mental health disorders are intrinsically linked, generating a growing demand for trauma-informed care. This was part 2 of a 3-part webinar series on strategies to introduce trauma-informed care into overdose prevention efforts, focused on ways to address toxic stress and burnout.
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National Institute for Health Care Management
Climate Impacts Mental Health: The Importance of Climate-Resilience
This webinar explored the interconnectedness of climate change and mental health, focusing on climate resilience and what can be done to combat these issues. The expert speakers discussed solutions that can improve mental health outcomes.
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