Publications & Resources

General Maternal and Child Health

New Web Page on Evaluation of the CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant Program
In February 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded 10 grants, funding 18 states, to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funded by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), the Quality Demonstration Grant Program aims to identify effective, replicable strategies for enhancing quality of care for children. A new Web page on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website offers information about the national evaluation, as well as descriptions of the 51 projects being implemented in the 18 demonstration states. To view the Web page, please click here.

Archived Webinar: The Latest MCH Data on the MCHB Discretionary Grant Information System
Maternal and Child Health Discretionary Grants fund more than 900 projects through 88 programs each year. The Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS) collects program and performance measure data that help assess the effectiveness of the programs and enable HRSA to monitor the projects. Participants joined for a live webinar on Sept. 13 to hear about the DGIS Web Reports for Training and to get a first look at the 2010 data, particularly focusing on new data collected around former and medium trainees. To view the archive, click here.

AHRQ Presents Tools for Community Health Workers Workforce Development
AHRQ offers new tools to support the development of a new staff position for community members who assist health care teams in primary care settings and after hospital discharge. These tools emerged from a consortium in Minnesota that developed a scope of practice, a statewide curriculum, and a certificate program for community health workers. The new tools include a community health worker toolkit and a training manual for preventing heart disease. For more information, please click here.

CityMatch How-To Guide for Hosting Discussions about Race, Racism and Public Health
This community-empowerment resource assists MCH leaders and other public health professionals in initiating open and honest conversations about the impact of racism on the health of communities. It provides proactive strategies to eliminate racism, promote community healing and health equity and gives specific suggestions for engaging in one-on-one dialogue, group conversations or in-house conversations. For more information and to view the guide, click here.

Child and Adolescent Health

Free Online CDC Autism Case Training Course
The online continuing education version of the Autism Case Training (ACT) is now available. The new online Autism Case Training course covers the fundamental components of identifying, diagnosing and managing autism spectrum disorders. Three modules, which can be taken separately or together, are based on real-life scenarios and include up-to-date information, illustrative videos, and pertinent references and resources. Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE and CEU) are available for each module. Click here for the online Autism Case Training course. Click here for the Autism Case Training in-class curriculum.

MCH Library Knowledge Path: Nutrition in Children and Adolescents Database
This is a selection of resources that present nutrition guidance and public promotion programs, inform policy and legislation, and report on research for improving nutrition and eating behaviors. Use this knowledge path to learn more about child and adolescent nutrition, improve care, develop programs, and locate training resources. For more information, click here.

NICHM Fact Sheet on Preventing Early Childhood Obesity
The National Institute for Health Care Management (NICHM) presents a fact sheet on how the Shape NC partnership joins grant funding and training resources with a vast network of community-based alliances to address childhood obesity in the state. It highlights early data showing that participating communities and care centers are making an impact. To view the fact sheet, click here.

USDA School Lunch Toolkit
The School Day Just Got Healthier Toolkit is a collection of resources including brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and much more, to help prepare everyone for the changes to school meals this school year. This toolkit provides students, parents, educators, and communities with relevant tools and resources for each audience. To view the toolkit, click here.

Women and Infant’s Health

CDC Releases 2011 Preliminary Birth Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) presents preliminary data on births and birth rates, including births to teens, and selected maternal and infant health characteristics for the United States in 2011.The findings are based on approximately 100 percent of registered vital records occurring in calendar year 2011, which were received and processed by NCHS as of Jun. 28, 2012. Trends in the preliminary reports for 1995-2010 births were confirmed by the final vital statistics for each year. Comparisons are based on the final data for 2010 and earlier years. To view the report, click here.