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Title V Five Year Needs Assessment Virtual Training – Part 2: Nuts and Bolts on Using Data Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a statewide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. Hard to believe that the time has come for Title V programs to prepare for the next comprehensive needs assessment! The needs assessment process can be a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision making and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments AMCHP is hosting a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The second webinar, The Nuts and Bolts on Using Data, is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 from 3-4 p.m. EST. This webinar will feature a presentation from Caroline Stampfel, MPH, currently the senior epidemiologist at AMCHP and formerly an MCH lead analyst with the Virginia Title V program, on using data in the needs assessment process. Ms. Stampfel’s presentation will be followed by two states-in-action profiles, Rhode Island and Alaska, who will share their data strategies, resources and lessons learned from conducting the five-year needs assessment process. In order to capitalize on the information presented in the virtual training, AMCHP recommends that states consider team participation in the training, i.e., participation from both program and data staff. Click here to register.

Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow Several forces, such as full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and enduring budget cuts, deficits and hiring freezes, are having a huge impact on the knowledge and skills needed for a competent public health workforce. To continue to effectively meet the needs of children, families and communities they serve, building and retaining a resilient MCH workforce has become especially critically important for state Title V programs. In order to support state efforts to maintain a talented workforce, AMCHP is hosting the Building and Retaining a Resilient MCH Workforce for Tomorrow webinar on May 15 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar will feature stories from two states, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health and Meredith Pyle, systems development chief in the Maryland Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs, highlighting their successes in building a resilient workforce. The webinar will also feature a brief overview from Mark Law, PhD, director of operations for CityMatCH, of two concepts, Positive Psychology and Emotional Intelligence, that have demonstrated effectiveness in building a resilient workforce. Click here to register.

Save the Date: Linked by Life Webinar The Linked by Life webinar titled "Wisconsin: Turning the Ship Towards Implementing Life Course Theory, Social Determinants of Health and Preconception Care," jointly sponsored by the Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will take place May 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. The webinar will illustrate how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services adopted and executed life course theory to expand preconception care throughout the state, connect MCH and early childhood modes of care while addressing the social determinants of health. Speakers also will reveal how they combined the assets of their MCH and chronic disease divisions to improve overall women’s health. The presenters will communicate why other local and state health departments should adopt this strategic intent in order to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes by becoming an MCH Life Course Organization. To join the event participants should click here. For audio, dial in to the toll-free number: 800-988-9658 and use the passcode #5218751 for the event.

Save the Date: Upcoming Webinar on the MCH Navigator! The MCH Navigator, funded by MCHB at Georgetown University, is a learning portal that provides access to state and local MCH professionals for free, providing competency-based online trainings to meet professional development needs and ensure that the Title V workforce has the knowledge and skills to address the needs of the MCH Community. On May 21 from 1-2 p.m. EST, John Richards, research director for the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University will provide an overview of new and familiar features of the new Navigator website, and will explain how professionals can access learning opportunities directly through the site and how departments and organizations can use the Navigator to encourage and track staff development. After this event, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the MCH Navigator, how it assists in learning the skills needed for being a member of the Title V workforce, and learn about new key features of the website
  • Learn how to identify specific MCH Navigator trainings and resources based on individual needs
  • Learn about the MCH Navigator's Self-Assessment tool and how to develop a customized learning plan for success
  • Understand how the MCH leadership Competencies and the Public Health Core Competencies assist in structuring your learning needs both in the MCH Navigator and through HRSA TRAIN

Please click here to register.