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 September 24, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

AMCHP COVID-19 MCH and Community Resource Page

AMCHP is committed to working alongside our federal agency and organizational partners to gather available information, resources, and guidance specific to our MCH population during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are on our website ( for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as untapped resources become available.

New from AMCHP

New Webinars and Issue Briefs on Promoting Healthy Beginnings with Title V: Preterm Birth Priming and Planning 

AMCHP, in partnership with birth equity thought leaders, created a series of webinars and corresponding issue briefs about anti-racist strategies for preterm birth prevention for Title V MCH programs. Visit the project webpage for access to the resources.

Legislation and Policy 

House Passes Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, Sends Bill to Senate

On Sept. 22, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to extend government funding through Dec. 11. The bill, an updated version of H.R. 8319, is a continuing resolution that would continue government funding at fiscal year 2020 levels through Dec. 11 and gives Congress more time to come to agreement on and pass appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2021. The bill also extends funding through Dec. 11 for several public health programs whose funding is set to expire at the end of the month, including Community Health Centers, National Health Services Corps, Teaching Health Centers, Special Diabetes Programs, Personal Responsibility Education Program, and Sexual Risk Avoidance Education. A summary of the bill from the House Appropriations Committee is available here. The bill now heads to the Senate with just a week remaining before current federal funding expires on Sept. 30. The Senate is expected to pass the bill and the president is expected to sign it into law before the end of the current fiscal year to avert a government shutdown.

House Passes Bill Endorsed by AMCHP to Improve Maternal Health Care

On Sept. 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 4995). Led by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), this bill would authorize funding for several programs and activities focused on improving maternal health care in the United States, including the following: the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health; training on implicit bias for maternal health care providers; perinatal quality collaboratives; integrated services for pregnant and postpartum women (pregnancy medical homes); rural obstetric networks; and rural maternal and obstetric care training. The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved similar legislation in June 2019. This bodes well for the possibility of the Senate passing H.R. 4995 before the end of the Congress in early Jan. 2021.

House Passes Bill Endorsed by AMCHP to Better Understand Sudden Unexpected Death in Early Life

On Sept. 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act (H.R. 2271). Led by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), this bill would provide funding to states, tribes, and tribal organizations to improve data collection related to sudden unexpected infant death and sudden unexpected death in childhood. In addition, states, tribes, and tribal organizations could use such funding to identify, develop, and implement best practices to reduce or prevent sudden unexpected death in early life and to disseminate information and materials to health care professionals and the public on risk factors that contribute to sudden unexpected death in early life, among other uses of funding. The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. A similar bill by the same name (S. 1130) passed the U.S. Senate in May. This bodes well for the possibility of the Senate passing H.R. 2271 before the end of the Congress in early Jan. 2021.

Board Corner 

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors – 2021 General Election 

AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying for one of several open positions on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Oct. 30 for elections to be held in February 2021. Please see our Call for Nominations page for additional information. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!

Your Voice: Call for Volunteers for AMCHP Committees 

AMCHP is seeking volunteers for all of its committees, including Governance; Annual Conference Planning; Best Practices; Health Equity; Family Leadership, Education, and Development (Family LEAD – formerly FYLC); Legislative and Healthcare Financing; and Workforce and Leadership Development.

Won't you please think about contributing your time and expertise to your professional organization? This is a terrific way to enhance the benefits of your membership in AMCHP and your career, while also contributing to the success of the organization. Please complete this brief survey to let us know of your interest. 

National AMCHP Policy Calls 

AMCHP National MCH COVID-19 Townhall Series

Thanks to those of you who joined us on the 12th webinar in this series on Sept. 10th. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is Sept. 24, 2-3:00 p.m., ET. Please use this link to register.  For follow-up materials and resources from previous calls, please be sure to check out AMCHP's COVID-19 page.


This series will continue to provide an opportunity for our members to hear about the current state-of-play related to COVID-19 and national policy as well as other pressing policy updates, as needed. We will be joined by leaders from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AMCHP (and our federal agency partners) are very interested in talking with you to share information to assist in your planning around COVID-19, as well as to hear about your evolving needs and/or stories from the field.

Get Involved

Deadline Tomorrow: Calls for Proposals for the 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health: Translating Research into Practice on May 13-14, 2021

Call for Proposals for the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health closes Fri., Sept. 25! Share your program, practices, or research with an audience of 400 leading adolescent health professionals. Submit a proposal for the 2021 Conference on Adolescent Health today.

 Adolescent Health Initiative is currently accepting breakout sessions, oral presentations, and poster presentations. To learn more about the submission process, or review the proposal questions in advance, check out our Call for Proposals Submission Guide.

Deadline ExtendedCurrently Accepting Applications for the Emergency Preparedness and Response Action Learning Collaborative 

AMCHP is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Reproductive Health to support states in ensuring that the needs of women of reproductive age, especially pregnant and postpartum women, and infants are incorporated in planning, preparedness, and response efforts in the event of a natural or manmade emergency. We are currently accepting applications for the third cohort of the project. Core components of the Action Learning Collaborative include facilitated action planning with an assigned subject matter expert coach, bimonthly didactic learning opportunities, peer networking, and access to staff and resources from CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health.


Please use these links to access the call for applications and the application. Access a PDF version of the application here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brianna Lewis

Publications and Resources

Coming Soon! National Survey of Children’s Health data with 2019 updates will be available October 5, 2020.

National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), with data from 2019, will be released on October 5, 2020, which is also National Child Health Day. The NSCH is the only national and state‐level survey on the physical, emotional, and behavioral health and well‐being of U.S. children ages 0-17 years old, their families, and their communities. The NSCH serves as a powerful tool to provide accurate, reliable, and comprehensive data to researchers, policymakers, and state-level decision makers for child health populations. So, stay tuned to forthcoming announcements at and/or follow @HRSAgov on social media to view forthcoming announcements, tweets and posts about the 2019 NSCH release on October 5!

New Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) podcast on “Improving Care to Address Maternal and Child Lead Exposure”

As part of their partnership with AMCHP’s Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (MCEH CoIIN), ASTHO recently released a new podcast episode on state efforts to address lead exposure. The episode discusses how Louisiana and Iowa, two of nine states in the MCEH CoIIN, have used quality improvement strategies and innovative partnerships to improve systems of care related to maternal and child lead exposure. They also discuss racial disparities that exist in populations with high lead exposure and how addressing this is critical to achieving overall health equity. Listen to the podcast here. You can also listen to it by searching for "Public Health Review" (the name of ASTHO's podcast) on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play Music, or Spotify.

This podcast will also be featured in an interactive, web-based implementation toolkit from the MCEH CoIIN that will be released later this fall. Check back during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct. 25-31, 2020) for the initial launch of the toolkit. Updates will be posted on the MCEH CoIIN website and via AMCHP’s Child and Adolescent Health Team Twitter account: @AMCHP_GrowingUp.

FREE Continuing Education Resource: “Coping with COVID-19: Trauma-Informed Care for Frontline Maternity, Pediatric, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic” 

This continuing education resource is valuable education for a wide range of providers who work with mothers-to-be, new parents, and their babies during the heightened stress of the pandemic. Providers may include physicians, nurse practitioners, NICU staff, doulas and midwives, bedside nurses, social workers, psychologists, family advocates, and peer support specialists. The course content focuses on helping providers:

  • Identify patients at increased risk of developing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders due to the pandemic
  • Mitigate those risks
  • Address racial disparities and inequities in health care during the pandemic that has had a disproportionate effect on people of color
  • Expand access to patient-centered telehealth services to marginalized communities

The course also addresses the critical need to provide staff with emotional support that they need in facing the unique stressors of the pandemic. 

Access this resource here:

For more information, call (805) 372-1730 or email

The training was developed with funding from a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration CARES Act, a program called the Maternal Telehealth Access Project.

New Resource: Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC)  

The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) was formed in 2020 to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 and increase Americans’ confidence in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health officials. The website launched just over two weeks ago. Since this launch, PHCC added several more resources and answers to questions about emerging issues related to COVID-19, including voting, vaccines, and sports. You'll also find a recent Op-Ed, authored by John Auerbach and David L. Lakey, which argues that we urgently need to begin preparing for a COVID-19 vaccination to ensure safe and equitable distribution. 

This site is intended to provide sample messaging about issues that are important to you. Click here to let PHCC know if you need communications support with additional issues. 

Newly Released: 2020 Prenatal-to-3 Policy Roadmap

The 2020 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap is available! These state profiles and data interactives for the 50 states and DC provide a clear pathway to strengthen systems of care and improve outcomes for young children. Find your state and learn more here:

New Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Infographics

Produced by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, these new infographics provide information for oral health professionals about benefits of and barriers to preventive dental visits.


Preventive Dental Visits for Children and Adolescents Are Important!   

Preventive Dental Visits for Pregnant Women Are Important! 

These resources are designed to make program administrators and other stakeholders more aware of the Title V NPM 13 and the importance of preventive dental visits to reduce oral health problems and unnecessary treatment expenses.


Title V National Performance Measure 13 (Oral Health): Strategies for Success, second edition

Produced by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, this publication provides information to help states implement Title V NPM 13 and oral-health-related state performance measures. It offers sample strategies for providing preventive dental visits for pregnant women and children and adolescents. The second edition includes strategies for using tele-dentistry to provide preventive oral health care. For all strategies, the report presents sample evidence-based or evidence-informed strategy measures (ESMs), possible data sources for ESMs, and a comprehensive list of resources.

New COVID-19 Resource: “Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently posted a new webpage entitled “Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy.” This webpage summarizes CDC-supported activities designed to help readers understand the impact of COVID-19 during pregnancy on both mothers and infants. This webpage highlights the work of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities’ Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies (SET-NET) and others. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities’ continues to update our web content to include our updated pages on SET-NET and MAT-LINK. Access these pages here:

Always and Now: A Reflection on the Importance of Prioritizing AYA Mental Health

The latest post in the #ScreenToInteveneForAYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults) blog features a reflection from AMCHP’s Senior Program Manager for Adolescent Health, Iliana White, on the “Always and Now” framework that serves as a way of thinking about how providers, public health practitioners, and adult champions can work to improve AYA mental health. Sign up here to receive updates from the #ScreenToInterveneForAYAs blog. To write a guest blog post or if you have any questions, contact Anna Corona.


Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) Questions and Answers on Communicating with the Media Webinar


Oct. 1, 12, to 1 p.m., ET

PHCC is excited to announce an upcoming PHCC Communications Webinar. As news about COVID-19 continues to dominate the media landscape, health professionals are increasingly expected to tackle tough questions from reporters and the public. In its first live Q&A session, PHCC will share sample messaging about current issues and answer other questions about communications.

Led by experts in public health communications, this hour-long session is dedicated to tackling your specific questions when it comes to communicating with the media and/or the public. Call-in information will be shared with registered attendees. Register for the webinar here

Please submit your questions in advance to Select questions will be addressed. 

Register for the webinar here.  

To sign up for email updates from PHCC, visit the website.

Virtual Webinar on Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting 

Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI)

Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., to 4 p.m., ET

AHI is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Connection Session, "Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting," which will be completely virtual this fall! 

The 2020 Connection Session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals. This interactive event is funded in part through support from the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning at Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan). Register here.  

ACA Open Enrollment Season: Opportunities for MCH Programs to Promote Coverage for Parents and Children

Oct. 7, 2-3 p.m., ET 

Millions of individuals have lost health insurance since the pandemic began, particularly young women and women of color. It is more important than ever to promote the ACA open enrollment season! Join us for this important conversation with Sara Cariano, Policy Specialist and Lead Navigator at Virginia Poverty Law Center’s Enroll Virginia Program and Stan Dorn Director of the National Center for Coverage and Innovation & Senior Fellow at Families USA. Register here.  

“Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children” Webinar Series ―Sept. 30 through Oct. 29

Join the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), in collaboration with ASPR’s Pediatric Centers of Excellence, to participate in this webinar series.

Topics will include impacts on child health and wellness, child emotional and social effects, the impact of COVID-19 on children with special healthcare needs, and how secondary/other disasters may affect children during the pandemic. 

Child Health and Wellness 

The first webinar in this series will focus on child health and wellness. Panelists will discuss resumption of routine care, missed immunizations, lead poisoning screening, sleep, and child neglect and abuse. This webinar will take place on Wed., Sept. 30, 2020, 1:30-2:45 p.m., ETRegister today.

Child Emotional and Social Effects 

The second webinar in this series will focus on the emotional and social effects of COVID-19 on children. Panelists will discuss food and financial insecurity, racial disparities, the impact of social determinants on children’s health, return to school and daycare, and alternate childcare. This webinar will take place on Fri., Oct. 16, 2020, 1-2:15 p.m., ETRegister today

The Effects of Secondary Disasters on Children 

The third webinar in this series will focus on how secondary disasters may affect children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss sheltering in place versus mass sheltering; family preparedness considerations; wildland fire preparedness and response; the potential impact associated with the 2020-2021 influenza season; planning for pediatric surge; multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C): epidemiology, clinical features, laboratory findings and outpatient approach; and pharmacy and supply chain considerations. This webinar will take place on Fri., Oct. 23, 2020, 1-2:30 p.m., ETRegister today

Impact of COVID-19 on Children with Special Health care Needs 

The fourth and final webinar in this series will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with special health care needs. Panelists will discuss related programs, the impact of COVID-19, and social determinants on this population of children, behavioral health/ psychological effects, child neglect/abuse, and secondary disaster preparedness planning considerations. This webinar will take place on Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020, 1-2 p.m., ET. Register today.

THREE REMAINING WEBINARS — Join the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for the Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional, a special webinar offering from ASTHO and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI). This is a three-month-long webinar series, held on Thursdays.  


As our nation struggles with COVID-19, public health professionals working on the front lines leading activities may be feeling angry, confused, stressed, and dismayed. Join national behavioral health and resilience experts for 60-minute sessions of conversation, reflection, and nourishment to help you continue the vital work of responding to COVID-19. Please register using the links below to receive the virtual connection information.


What Can We Learn from Crisis? Leadership, Post-Traumatic Growth and COVID-19

Sept. 24, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET


  • Joe Parks, MD, Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Our nation is experiencing a collective traumatic event, yet how we each manage this time will determine its individual and collective long-term impact. Explore the concept of post-traumatic growth and how to harness it to emerge from this crisis in a positive direction, both personally and professionally. Register here 

Systematic Racism, Health Disparities, and COVID-19: Leading through Complex Trauma with Resilience and Hope

Oct. 8, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET


  • Linda Henderson-Smith, PhD., LPC, Director, Children and Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, Consultant, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

How do seemingly unrelated but overwhelming global events connect to create complex trauma? How do we reckon with systemic racism, health disparities, COVID-19, and the unprecedented social and economic stress impacting individuals, families, and communities across cultures, generations, genders, and racial groups? Learn about the tools for supporting individuals as they develop healing and resiliency around complex trauma. Register here.


Mental Health First Aid: A Primer for Public Health Professionals and Communities

Oct. 22, 2020, 3-4 p.m., ET

Speaker: Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course on mental health and substance-use issues. More importantly, however, it is a tool that public health leaders across the United States have begun to engage in early detection and intervention around the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses. The primer provides concrete tools and engagement with local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups, and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support. Register here.

COMING IN NOVEMBER: Free Virtual Skills Institute from the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center 

Tues., Nov. 10 and Thurs., Nov. 12, 2-5 p.m., ET

Tues., Nov. 17 and Thurs., Nov. 19, 2-5 p.m., ET

Note: Participants are encouraged to attend all four days because content will build on previous sessions.

The National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center is presenting a Virtual Skills Institute entitled “Operationalizing Your Title V Action Plan During Times of Uncertainty.” The 2020 Institute will build upon highly successful Skills Institutes held in prior years. It is designed for state and jurisdictional Title V professionals and their partners. Gather a team of colleagues who are ready to turn your Title V Block Grant Action Plan into reality and join Center experts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons over two consecutive weeks. Engage with speakers and other participants via the online platform. Participants will also have optional opportunities to connect with Center experts between the sessions for tailored support. Participants will meet with their colleagues and Center experts to achieve the following objectives: 

  • Think strategically about launching their Title V Five-Year Action Plan
  • Strengthen the transition from planning to action
  • Leverage the financial and human resources and assets they have to achieve maximum impact

Lean in to their adaptive leadership and resiliency skills when the environment feels challenging.

To learn more and register, visit the November 2020 Skills Institute website.


Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program is Seeking Proposals for Innovative, 

Community-Based Initiatives to Increase Access to Preventive Care and Services in Underserved Communities 

Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Academy of Pediatrics 

Deadline: Oct. 6, 2020

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program is a cooperative agreement between the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program awards federal grants up to $50,000 a year for up to five years 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. MCHB is especially interested in proposals for projects that address the goals, objectives, guidelines, and materials of its Bright Futures for Infants, Children and Adolescents initiative to improve the quality of health promotion and prevention services for families and communities. Applicants are required to apply online through the website. To apply for this funding opportunity, click here

Pennsylvania Department of Health is Seeking Grant Applications to Improve MCH Workforce Development Capacity on Public Health Concepts and Topics through Educational Sessions

Pennsylvania Department of Health/Bureau of Family Health

Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020, 1:30 p.m., ET

The Pennsylvania Department of Health/Bureau of Family Health is soliciting MCH workforce development grant applications from institutions and organizations. The Department will fund grants to develop and deliver online and in-person educational sessions for the MCH workforce. The goal is to improve capacity around public health concepts and topics, including health equity and the social determinants of health, among Department staff and partners. The anticipated grant agreement term is Jan. 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023 subject to the availability of funding. Pending availability of funds, the Department may award one grant agreement for a maximum of $1,200,000.00 and not to exceed $400,000 per state fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

 For more information regarding the RFA 67-106, click here

CDC Research Awards Seek to Understand Causes of Firearm Violence, Find Solutions

Every day in the United States, about 109 people die from a firearm-related injury. For every firearm death, at least two nonfatal firearm injuries are treated in emergency departments. Yet, we know that that many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented. This September marks an important milestone in progress toward prevention, as CDC awards funding for research to understand and prevent firearm violence. 

Sixteen awardees will receive support as part of the competitively funded RFA-CE-20-006: Research Grants to Prevent Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries (R01) and 2 will receive support as part of the competitively-funded RFA-CE-20-002: Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth. A summary of the awards is below. This research is an important step toward keeping individuals, families, schools, and communities safe from firearm violence and its consequences. 

Please visit CDC’s Firearm Violence Prevention Funded Research page for more information

RFA-CE-20-006: Research Grants to Prevent Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries (R01 Grants) 

The purpose of this initiative is to directly improve understanding of firearm-related violence and promising prevention approaches by supporting activities under one or both of the following two research objectives: 1) help inform the development of innovative and promising opportunities to enhance safety and prevent firearm-related injuries, deaths, and crime, and 2) rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of innovative and promising strategies to keep individuals, families, schools, and communities safe from firearm-related injuries, deaths, and crime. 

Two-year Projects

Firearm Behavioral Practices and Suicide Risk in U.S. Army Soldiers and Veterans 

Principal Investigator: Dr. David Benedek, Henry M. Jackson Foundation 

  • First Year Award: $350,000 
  • Short Summary: This study will analyze longitudinal data to improve understanding of the motivations and opportunities for suicide prevention among service members and Veterans who own firearms, store them in unsafe conditions, and use them to hurt others or themselves.

Exposure to Violence and Subsequent Weapons Use: Integrative Data Analysis Across Two Urban High-Risk Communities 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rowell Huesmann, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 

  • First Year Award: $349,846 
  • Short Summary: This study will use integrative analyses of two longitudinal datasets to examine how individual, family, and neighborhood risk factors for gun violence affect the development of violence- and weapons-related social cognitions and behaviors into early adulthood.

Prevalence of Community Gun Violence Exposure and Consequences for Adolescent Well-Being: Identifying Sources of Heterogeneity to Disrupt the Cycle of Violence 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, University of California at Davis 

  • First Year Award: $299,245 
  • Short Summary: This study will estimate the population prevalence and consequences of youths’ direct and indirect exposure to community gun violence to inform prevention efforts.

Using Small-Area Estimates of Firearm Ownership to Investigate Violence Disparities and Firearm Policy Effects 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrew Morral, Rand Corporation 

  • First Year Award: $349,829 
  • Short Summary: This study is designed to use small-area estimation techniques to generate informative estimates of household firearm ownership and then use these new estimates to test the effects of firearm safety policies. 

Firearm Access, Opioid Use, and Firearm Suicide Mortality 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Aimee Moulin, University of California at Davis 

  • First Year Award: $321,067 
  • Short Summary: This study examines the synergistic impacts of firearm access and opioid-related harm on firearm suicide risk at the individual and population levels in the state of California. 

Understanding the Epidemiology of Firearm Injuries in a Large Urban County: A Guide for Targeted Intervention Efforts 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, Baylor College of Medicine 

  • First Year Award: $342,190 
  • Short Summary: This study will integrate data from trauma centers, the medical examiner's office, and law enforcement to examine individual-level and neighborhood-level risk factors for firearm-related violence. 

An Examination of Firearm Violence Crises Using Crisis Text Line Data: Filling a Critical Gap 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Anna Yaros, Research Triangle Institute 

  • First Year Award: $349,909 
  • Short Summary: This study will analyze Crisis Text Line data related to multiple types of firearm violence to help inform firearm violence prevention activities. 

Three-year Projects 

IntERact: Preventing Risky Firearm Behaviors Among Urban Youth Seeking Emergency Department Care 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Patrick Carter, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 

  • First Year Award: $649,999 
  • Short Summary: This study will determine the effectiveness of IntERact, a technology-enhanced behavioral intervention, in reducing risky firearm behaviors, firearm carriage and violence, and co-occurring mental health and behavioral risks among youth seeking treatment in an emergency department. 

Multi-Site External Validation and Improvement of a Clinical Screening Tool for Future Firearm Violence 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jason Goldstick, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 

  • First Year Award: $649,991 
  • Short Summary: This study will use cutting-edge machine learning methods to optimize the ability to assess youth risk for firearm violence so that prevention resources and emergency department interventions can be used efficiently. 

An Evaluation of the Gun Shop Project: Suicide Prevention Led by the Firearms Community 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sabrina Mattson, University of Colorado 

  • First Year Award: $649,898 
  • Short Summary: This study is looking at Gun Shop Projects (GSPs), community-driven suicide prevention partnerships, to better understand how they impact firearm safety behaviors and suicides involving firearms. 

Participatory Action Research to Inform a Social-Ecological Model of Gun-Related Attitudes, Behaviors, and Practices 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Krista Mehari, University of South Alabama 

  • First Year Award: $607,195 
  • Short Summary: This study is looking at risky gun-related behaviors and the acceptability of specific approaches to prevention for populations at greatest risk for homicide (African American boys and young men) and suicide (older White men). 

Reframing Firearm Injury Prevention Through Bystander Interventions for Youth Shooting Sports Participants 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Megan Ranney, Brown University 

  • First Year Award: $649,753 
  • Short Summary: This study will evaluate the effectiveness of a bystander intervention in changing firearm injury prevention norms, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors among a sample of fifty 4-H Shooting Sports Club communities. 

Culture, Longitudinal Patterns, and Safety Promotion of Handgun Carrying Among Rural Adolescents: Implications for Injury Prevention 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, University of Washington 

  • First Year Award: $461,284 
  • Short Summary: This study will identify the context, antecedents, and consequences of handgun carrying among adolescents who reside in rural communities in order to inform culturally appropriate and community-specific interventions. 

ShootSafe: An Interactive Web Platform to Teach Children Hunting, Shooting, and Firearms Safety

Principal Investigator: Dr. David Schwebel, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

  • First Year Award: $650,000 
  • Short Summary: This project will develop and evaluate ShootSafe, a website designed to teach children how to engage safely with firearms to reduce risk for unintentional pediatric firearm-related injuries and deaths. 

Firearm Involvement in Adolescent Children of Formerly Incarcerated Parents: A Prospective Intergenerational Study of Resilience Within Families 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Linda Teplin, Northwestern University at Chicago 

  • First Year Award: $506,943 
  • Short Summary: This study will use prospective and intergenerational data to examine differences within and between families in risk and protective factors for youth involvement with firearms. 

Preventing Retaliatory Gun Violence in Violently Injured Adults: A Randomized Control Trial of a Hospital-Based Intervention

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nicholas Thomson, Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • First Year Award: $649,720 
  • Short Summary: This study will determine the effectiveness of a hospital-based violence prevention program for reducing risk of firearm-related violence and injury in adult victims of violence. 

RFA-CE-20-002: Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth (K01 Grants) 

The purpose of this initiative is to provide support for an intensive, mentored career development experience in conducting violence prevention research. CDC supports K01 grants to help ensure the availability of an adequate number and diverse group of highly trained scientists to address critical public health research questions to prevent violence and injury. CDC awarded support to four recipients. Two of the recipients are focused on firearm-related research and their projects are described below. 

Preventing Youth Violence Through Technology Enhanced Street Outreach: A Community Engaged Approach

Principal Investigator: Dr. Caitlin Elsaesser, University of Connecticut Storrs 

  • First Year Award: $125,000 
  • Short Summary: This study will gather formative and survey data to develop an intervention to reduce threats expressed via social media that have been implicated in firearm-related violence and other forms of youth violence. 

Physical, Social, and Economic Environments and Firearm Fatalities Among Youth 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rose Kagawa, University of California at Davis 

  • First Year Award: $124,066 
  • Short Summary: This study will examine neighborhood-level exposures and how they work together to impact firearm violence. 


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