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 October 27, 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 (www.amchp.org/covid-19) for your convenience. The site will be updated regularly as untapped resources become available.

New From AMCHP

AMCHP 2021 Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

The 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference will be held May 22-25 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA. At this time, AMCHP is planning for an in-person meeting in New Orleans. We will update proposal submitters and the AMCHP membership community if it is necessary to alter the conference format due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 

 

AMCHP Seeks Nominees for Awards Honoring MCH Leaders

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is proud to offer everyone who works in maternal and child health (MCH) a chance to recognize outstanding leaders and staff in MCH.

 

During the 2021 AMCHP Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA., AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through December 11, 2020. 

  • John C. MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health. 
  • Excellence in State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made a significant contribution to the health of women, children and families in his or her state. 
  • Legislative Champions for Maternal and Child Health for efforts by Members of Congress and their staff to improve the health of mothers, children and families including children with special health care needs. Please note that only Legislative Committee members may submit nominations for this award. Please contact our policy team for more information. 
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration between a state Title V Program and AMCHP. 
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, youth and families. 
  • Emerging MCH Professional Award for outstanding state or local MCH professionals under age 45 for whose work has made significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children and families in his or her state and/or region. 
  • Ryan Colburn Scholarship Award for a youth-with-disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders and continue to spread Ryan's message of hope. 

Get information on the awards and nomination process on the AMCHP Awards web page, including the nomination form (linked at the end of each award description). Please note that all awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per award. 

 

Increasing Public Health Preparedness Capability Among MCH Programs—Seeking Young Adults to Share their Experiences

AMCHP, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is working on a project to learn more about the needs of the maternal and child health workforce in preparing for and responding to all types of public health emergencies – including but not limited to COVID-19. The insights and experiences of young people accessing services and programs are extremely valuable, as it will help us design a responsive resource toolkit that can be used by states/territories to strengthen their efforts in this increasingly important area.

 

If you are a young adult (between the ages of 18-25) and interested in this opportunity, please complete the following 1-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3BM83H


If selected to participate, the focus group will be no longer than 90 minutes and you will be compensated for your time. Please contact Marsha Stepensky (mstepensky@amchp.org) with any questions.

 

AMCHP and National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health “Better Vision, Brighter Future: The Role for Vision in Lifelong Health” Webinar

October 29, 2-3 p.m., ET

Please join AMCHP and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness for an overview of the role that vision plays in children’s health, development, early literacy skills, academic achievement, and lifelong health outcomes. The webinar will describe evidence-based resources and guidelines for a comprehensive vision and eye health system. Participants will learn the following skills and practices:

  • How to leverage improved systems for children’s vision and eye health to meet state and national performance goals.
  • Strategies for stakeholder engagement and how to partner and collaborate with children’s vision and eye health initiatives in conducting needs assessments, planning, and implementing Title V programs.
  • How Minnesota, a state participating in the National Center’s Better Vision Together Community of Practice, successfully implemented vision programs for broader health impacts and achievement of Title V goals.
  • How the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health works to reduce health disparities and achieve vision equity through partnerships and awareness and education programs. 

To register for this webinar, click here. For more information, please contact Marsha Stepensky at MStepensky@amchp.org

 

AMCHP Early Childhood Roadmap Release

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is pleased to share its new early childhood resource, “A Roadmap for Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes.” This resource was developed to help understand what helps and hinders collaboration among these HRSA-funded early childhood programs. The roadmap:

  • presents the results of a comprehensive environmental scan and qualitative analysis of current priorities and activities among these early childhood programs
  • offers recommendations for enhancing collaboration among early childhood programs
  • suggests a flexible framework that states and jurisdictions can replicate
  • highlights a case study from the Indiana state team that pilot-tested this framework

 This roadmap was designed for anyone that oversees or supports Title V, MIECHV, and ECCS programs but it will also be of use and interest to public health professionals and leaders, state/local maternal and child health staff, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders working with or interested in the early childhood sector. You can access “A Roadmap for Collaboration among Title V, Home Visiting, and Early Childhood Systems Programs: Accelerating Improvements in Early Childhood Outcomes” at http://bit.ly/AMCHPRoadmap.

Board Corner 

Nominations Due Oct. 30 for 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 15th webinar in this series on October 22nd. The link to the recording is available hereThe next call in this series is November 5, 2020, 2:00-3:00 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

The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Seeks Public Feedback for Strategic Plan 

The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) seeks public comments and suggestions as we develop a vision for the future of maternal and child health. We need your feedback to inform the MCHB Strategic Plan and the Blueprint for Change for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.


MCHB Strategic Plan

We are developing a new Strategic Plan to provide a roadmap for MCHB's future. The strategic plan will guide MCHB's efforts to advance the health and well-being of mothers, children and families in the United States. We seek your innovative ideas, experience, and feedback to ensure the strategic plan positions MCHB to: 

  • Respond effectively to future needs of maternal and child health (MCH) populations
  • Accelerate improvement in equitable MCH health and well-being outcomes
  • Incorporate public health advancements
  • Leverage new technologies
  • Translate emerging MCH evidence into practice

Please review our request for information and share your comments. We encourage input from a broad range of stakeholders. Please submit comments to MCHStrategy.hrsa@hrsa.gov by Friday, December 18, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for CYSHCN and Families

In the fall of 2019, MCHB began working with a small group of CYSHCN experts and families to reexamine systems of care for CYSHCN and to identify priorities and opportunities that can advance those systems and improve outcomes. The result is a draft called A Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Families (Blueprint). This Blueprint can inform programs and policy at the community, state, and federal levels.  

MCHB invites you to review the draft Blueprint and provide input on how we can integrate this work at the community, state and federal levels in four key areas:  

  • Health Equity
  • Access to Services and Supports
  • Family/Child Well-being and Quality of Life
  • Financing of Services

Please submit comments to CYSHCN@hrsa.gov and reference "CYSHCN Blueprint RFI" in the subject line by Monday, November 30, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

Please note the following related to both Requests for Information (RFI): HRSA will not respond to any individual comments, except to clarify written responses. HRSA will also not respond to questions about potential policy issues related to this request for information (RFI). Responses to these RFIs may be made publicly available; do not include any proprietary or confidential information.

  

Public Comment Opportunity on Draft Recommendation for Preventing Obesity in Midlife Women 

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The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is now accepting comments for draft recommendation: preventing obesity in midlife women. Public comment is an opportunity for broad public input that increases the transparency and quality of the program. The comment period for the recommendation is Oct. 9 through Nov. 9, 2020. To produce a timely recommendation, all comments must be submitted by 8:59 p.m., PT on the final day of the comment period. Click here to comment today


At the conclusion of this public comment opportunity, the Multidisciplinary Steering Committee will review the public comments submitted. 

 

Family Voices Needs Your Input- Family Telehealth Readiness Quiz

As part of the CARES Telehealth grant award, HRSA has asked Family Voices to assemble a national picture of family readiness for telehealth. To gather the snapshots around the land, they have developed a Family Telehealth Readiness Quiz. The quiz contains seven questions; two are optional, and they do not request identifying information. 


Feel free to disseminate the surveys in your state to Title V Directors, CYSHCN Directors and family advocate networks for their consideration and sharing. Family Voices is happy to share a report once the "picture" develops. 

 

NOTE- there is no deadline or closing date for the quiz as they want to continually gather as many responses as possible. 

 

English Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyReadiness

Spanish Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FamilyReadiness-ES

 

Publications and Resources

AMCHP Released Two New Issue Briefs in a Series on Mental Health and Substance Use in Vulnerable Populations 

Housing as a Platform for Treatment and Recovery: The Role of Title V at the Intersection of Stable Housing, Mental Health, and Substance Use

Homelessness is a pervasive barrier to health and well-being that disproportionately affects women and children. This issue brief provides an overview of the scope and impact of homelessness; the association between homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse; states’ efforts to integrate health care and housing services; and strategies that Title V can use to serve vulnerable women and families facing homelessness and behavioral health disorders.

 

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Pregnant and Postpartum Women: Opportunities for State MCH Programs

This National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors-AMCHP issue brief explores SBIRT as an effective intervention for pregnant and postpartum women. Tips for SBIRT implementation are outlined, including the components of SBIRT, billing and reimbursement, and mandatory reporting considerations. This issue brief provides maternal and child health leaders and their partners three innovative state examples of SBIRT programs focused on pregnant and postpartum women. 

 

Bright Futures & Title V: Curated Resources for Implementation

AMCHP and the AAP’s Bright Futures National Center have developed a curated list of key resources for Title V programs looking to leverage Bright Futures resources to advance their national performance measures. Check out the list here: https://bit.ly/2G107uq. Please email Anna Corona, AMCHP’s Program Manager for Child & Adolescent Health, if you have questions or related technical assistance requests. 

 

Special Supplement of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and Companion Videos Shed Light on Programs for Expectant and Parenting Teens

A special supplement of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and companion expert interviews reveal important new insights about programs for expecting and parenting teens funded through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF). With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Mathematica’s evaluation of PAF grantees has examined the effectiveness of three programs designed to delay subsequent pregnancies, improve contraception use, and encourage expecting and parenting teens to remain in school and ultimately graduate. To highlight this new journal supplement, Senior Researcher Susan Zief, who led all PAF evaluation activities, asked the following experts to dig deeper into the findings: 

Innovation Station

AMCHP’s Innovation Station accepting submissions for Fall 2020 Effective Practices Review

Have a practice in your state that is meaningfully impacting the wellbeing of the women, children, and/or their families? Think others could benefit from learning about or replicating this practice? Submit your practice to AMCHP’s Innovation Station database, an online peer-reviewed repository of successful evidence-based/-informed MCH practices from across the US. Use our minimum criteria checklist to help determine where your practice falls on our evidence-based practices continuum, and access our submission form by visiting our effective practices page. All applications must be emailed to Laura Powis at lpowis@amchp.org by COB Oct. 30th. Check out our orientation webinar to learn more about our submissions process, or email lpowis@amchp.org with any questions. We hope you consider submitting a practice to help us share effective MCH practices nationwide! 

 

Call for Innovation Station Reviewers 

We invite you to participate as a reviewer for AMCHP’s Innovation Station, an online resource that provides professionals tools and resources to search for, implement, and share practices and strategies that are making an impact in maternal and child health (MCH). In particular, the Innovation Station database helps MCH professionals access practice-based evidence and learn from successful MCH programs across the U.S. By reviewing practices from the field and providing your input on their development, implementation, and evaluation, you will help to build and strengthen the MCH evidence base. 

 

Want more details? See our list of Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

 

New Effective Practices Identified and Featured in AMCHP’s Innovation Station

Congratulations to Innovation Station’s newest effective practices! Check out the 20 practices accepted to AMCHP’s Innovation Station Database during our Spring 2020 Review by clicking here

 

Webinars

In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording is Available for “ACA Open Enrollment Season: Opportunities to Promote Coverage for Parents and Children.”

Open enrollment is fast approaching and we encourage you to use these materials and share them among your networks: a consumer-facing resource and outreach and enrollment information for Title V programs. You can view our webinar on ACA open enrollment season here and access the slide deck here.


In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording is Available for “Integrating the National Standards: Strategies for Building Equitable Systems of Care for CYSHCN through the Title V Needs Assessment”

This webinar, hosted by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, featured a brief overview of the National Standards and its alignment with the Title V Needs Assessment and Action Plan Development. Resources (e.g., the toolkit) and a few examples of how states have used the National Standards were introduced. State Title V leaders from three states (Florida, Louisiana, and Minnesota) shared their perspectives on:

  • The utility of the National Standards and its accompanying tools to support states’ recognition of stakeholder assets
  • Identifying the needs for CYSHCN and their families (particularly in regard to inequities) to inform the strategic state priority-setting process for the Title V Needs Assessment. 

Panelists offered lessons learned to inform the ongoing needs assessment process as well as continued utilization of the National Standards tools. You can access these tools via the National Standards toolkit, and you can access the webinar here

 

In Case You Missed It: Webinar Recording is Available for Title V and Birth Defects Programs: A Partnership to Help Mothers and Babies

Speakers: Caroline Stampfel, AMCHP; Sam Viner-Brown, RI Department of Health; Deborah Garneau, RI Department of Health; Dr. Russell Kirby, University of South Florida

 

Panelists discussed the ways strategic partnerships between Title V and birth defects programs can support larger maternal and child health goals. This webinar showcased one state's successful collaboration and provides insight into how birth defects data can advance maternal and child health. See the webinar here.

 

“Hidden Consequences: How the COVID Pandemic is Impacting Children” Webinar Series ―TWO REMAINING WEBINARS 

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. 

 

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.

 

Child Health Services Research In Light of COVID-19: Listening Session 

The meeting will focus on exploring research gaps and data needs for child health services research in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will be a 4-hour virtual meeting on Oct. 29, from 1-5 p.m., ET. 

 

The meeting is being organized by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, three agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Through this listening session, we hope to hear ideas for advancing our scientific understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on health services for children and families.

 

There will be discussion of what scientists and practitioners most need now, potentially including: a summary of proposed research gaps and data needs; a discussion of potential collaborations across prioritized topic areas; a compendium of available and emerging data sources and associated timelines for release; and discussion of a set of common data elements that can be used across proposed or planned projects. Please see the links below for more information. 

 

AGENDA LINK: https://cma.ahrq.gov/cma/api/file_fetch_ext.jsp?id=1079&ftype=sf&dl=1 

**Please note: The public videocast will NOT include the breakout sessions (from approximately 3:35-4:10 ) but will be open for all other sessions.  

 

VIDEOCAST LINK: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=38967


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 into their adaptive leadership and resiliency skills when the environment feels challenging.

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


AMCHP Second Leadership Lab Webinar in the 2020–2021 Series: “(Re)Framing and (Un)Doing: Practicing Racially Just and Equitable Maternal and Child Health Leadership” 

Nov. 16, 3-4:30 p.m., ET 

During this webinar, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify, distinguish, and deconstruct frameworks; cultural competency, health equity, and racial justice
  • Identify ways in which MCH leaders can leverage the prioritization of health equity and cultural competency to advance racial justice
  • Provide examples of explicit antiracism and equity building in MCH practice 

Click here to access the informational flyer. The webinar will be live captioned. Register for the webinar here. Feel free to email workforce@amchp.org if you have additional questions. 


Innovative Approaches to Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Care During COVID-19

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2-3:00 p.m., ET

Register here.

This webinar, hosted by AMCHP & ASTHO, will discuss the challenges that COVID-19 has created for accessing/delivering mental health and substance use treatment and highlight two state programs that have innovated to meet the behavioral health needs of MCH populations, including Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine Hotline and Utah Title V's Telemental Health Program.

 

Speakers include:

Elizabeth Samuels, MD
Consulting Assistant Medical Director, Drug Overdose Prevention Program
Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)

Gwen Latendresse, Ph.D. CNM FACNM
Project Lead, Telemental Health Project
Associate Professor, University of Utah
Associate Dean, Academic Programs University of Utah

SAVE THE DATE! 7th Annual Conference on Adolescent Health (Virtual Event) Will be Held on May 13–14

The Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) remains committed to safety and accessibility as the top priorities of the 2021 Conference on Adolescent Health and is excited to announce a completely virtual event on May 13-14, 2021. Each year, the event hosts more than 400 attendees from nearly all 50 states, and a growing international community. More than half of the sessions at the event are co-facilitated by youth, and the planning of the conference is guided by AHI’s Teen Advisory Council. The conference team is planning a virtual event that has robust opportunities for learning, engagement, and connection. AHI is excited to share updates as they move through the planning process. Participants can expect an interdisciplinary schedule of speakers, opportunities to obtain continuing education credits, exciting new sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, and even a virtual networking session. Registration for the event will open on Feb. 15, 2021. Feel free to reach out with any questions to adolescenthealth@umich.edu.

Opportunities

University of South Florida Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

The University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science, and Practice is recruiting for two postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the center’s research and teaching needs in MCH and to become prepared for MCH faculty positions and MCH leadership positions at the national and state levels. These are two-year fellowships funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with particular foci on research pertaining to maternal/infant health, child/adolescent health, women’s health, sexual/reproductive health, family/community violence, and unintentional injury. Funders are interested in recruiting individuals from racially/ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as other underrepresented minority backgrounds. For more information and to apply click here.  

 

Funding

Advancing Population-Based Surveillance of Birth Defects (CDC-RFA-DD21-2101)

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities 

Deadline: Dec. 8. 2020, 11:59 p.m., ET

 

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) solicits non-research, cooperative agreement applications to strengthen the capacity of existing birth defects surveillance programs to respond to emerging threats to mothers and babies as a key component of preparedness, identify and address mechanisms contributing to health disparities, and improve the health outcomes among affected populations. The goal of this effort is to (1) improve birth defects surveillance capacity, including leveraging electronic health records and interoperability capabilities to enhance surveillance of birth defects; (2) improve birth defects surveillance data quality; and (3) use the surveillance data to improve health outcomes of affected populations.. Although CDC has been funding surveillance of birth defects since the 1990s, changes in health risks to mothers and babies and changes in health care management require that birth defects surveillance programs evolve and develop new capacities. The Zika virus outbreak demonstrated the need for more timely surveillance of birth defects and underscored the importance of strengthening state and territorial health department capacity for responding to emerging threats. In addition, the emergence of electronic heath records (EHRs) and the capability to electronically exchange health data between systems (i.e. interoperability) using standards, such as HL7, for the exchange of clinical and administrative data is changing the way public health interacts with the medical community to support surveillance. This NOFO consists of three components. 

  • Component A (8 to12 awards): Improve surveillance capacity, improve surveillance data quality, improve knowledge of birth defects epidemiology, improve primary and secondary prevention, and evaluate the effectiveness of activities and disseminate findings. Component A applicants may also apply for optional Component B and/or Component C activities, although this is not a requirement. 
  • Component B (1 to 2 awards): develop interoperability capacity between birth defects surveillance systems and EHRs. 
  • Component C (4 to 12 awards): Link critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) screening results with surveillance data. Recipients will report individual-level birth defects data and/or CCHD data to CDC. 

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please access www.grants.gov. You may also contact

Bill Paradies wep2@cdc.gov.

 

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

 

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