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Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESM) Learning Labs
In follow-up to the State Title V Technical Assistance Meeting that took place in Washington, D.C., on April 5 and 6, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau is hosting several learning labs, each focusing on a population health domain. The labs will build on the work at the Technical Assistance Meeting to provide ongoing technical support in the development of Evidence-Based or -Informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) to address each of the National Performance Measures (NPM). Each lab will be scheduled from 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET. To dial-in, please call 800-619-3217 (toll-free) and use passcode 9245999. Dial-in and passcode information is the same for all learning labs which have access for 100 callers. Additional information about registration and scheduling is provided below:

  • The Child Health Learning Lab is scheduled for May 18 and will focus NPM 6, developmental screening and NPM 8, physical activity.
  • The Cross-Cutting/Lifecourse Lab is scheduled for May 23 and will discuss NPM 13 (oral health), NPM 14 (smoking) and NPM 15 (adequate insurance).
  • The Women's Maternal Health Lab is scheduled for May 25 and will focus on NPM 1 (well woman visit) and NPM 2 (low-risk cesarean).
  • The Perinatal/Infant's Health Lab is scheduled for June 1 and will discuss NPM 3 (risk-appropriate perinatal care), NPM 4 (breastfeeding) and NPM 5 (safe sleep).

Title V Block Grant Webinar
Join us on May 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET for an interactive webinar, "Connecting IM CoIIN Efforts to Title V Block Grant."  Objectives for this session include sharing methods for leveraging IM CoIIN efforts and aligning with the Title V Block Grant, and facilitating state sharing around connecting CoIIN efforts to Title V National Performance Measures. This webinar will include time for discussions and Q/A with the presenters. Attendees should come prepared to discuss the following questions:

  • How have you successfully leveraged IM CoIIN activities with your Title V Block Grant?
  • What Title V efforts/activities/work have you been able to innovate, improve or enhance by participating in IM CoIIN?
  • Where are you struggling to make a connection between your work and Title V Block Grant?
  • What new ideas do you have for leveraging your existing activities?
  • General questions regarding Title V Framework/ESMs.
  • What support or ongoing technical assistance do you need?

To register, click here.

Applications Open for the 2016 MCH Epi Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP and CityMatCH will offer four two-day training options Sept. 12-13 for those wishing to build their skills in the areas of Medicaid claims analysis, data communication, spatial thinking and evidence-based public health. A detailed description of each, including learning objectives and MCH leadership competencies addressed, is available through the AMCHP website. To apply, click here. The deadline to submit an application for "early decision" is June 1.  The training application will remain open as long as slots are available until July 1.

Workforce Development Series Focuses on 'Bench Strength'
AMCHP is pleased to present a new MCH Workforce Development Solutions Series Domain (WSSDOM). This new series will provide a platform for AMCHP members to learn more about successful workforce development solutions to address issues such as staffing, organizational design, accreditation and work process re-design (e.g., due to health transformation), to share innovations and to identify best practices. The WSSDOM series consist of 45-minute live interactive webinars. The next topic is:

  • Building Bench Strength

    One of the major changes affecting the Title V workforce is the growing number of the staff who are retiring. Because of the changing workforce, states have increasingly worked to build the bench strength of their staff. This webinar will take place on June 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET and will focus on rebranding succession planning on staff development, overcoming the challenge of engagement, and maintaining realistic goals. This webinar will feature guest speakers Steve Orton, Senior Investigator for the North Carolina Department of Health, and Regina Bryde, Division of Family Health Title V Coordinator for the New York State Department of Health. To register, click here.

 Free MCH Summer Skills Institute
The National MCH Workforce Development Center is offering a free MCH Summer Skills Institute in August. You can choose either a three-day or five-day schedule to enhance your skills and improve effectiveness. All activities will focus on advancing block grant strategies and outcomes in the health transformation environment. The institute will also include the rescheduled full-day session on Collective Impact in MCH. Hold the dates of Aug. 22-26 and check out the National MCH Workforce Development Center's website or AMCHP's Member Briefs/Pulse for registration details. For additional information, click here

Stay Informed About Adolescent and Young Adult Health
A new service is on the way to help you stay up-to-date on adolescent and young adult health topics and resources: The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH Center), funded by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), recently launched a newsletter -- and Member Briefs subscribers will automatically receive it. The AYAH Center created the newsletter to inform the field about trending adolescent and young adult health topics; provide resources from the AYAH Center, the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) and the MCH community; and promote upcoming events related to adolescent and young adult health. Future issues will include information about AYAH Center activities. For more information about the AYAH Center and its partners -- AMCHP, the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC), the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) and the State Adolescent Health Resource Center (SAHRC) -- click here.

Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)
Come and join AMCHP's Strengthen the Evidence Base: Communities of Practice (CoP)! The CoPs are grouped by population domain, including Child Health, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN), Cross-cutting/Life Course, and Women's/Maternal Health. The purpose of the CoPs is to provide a space for peer sharing and learning, which could include topics ranging from Evidence Based Strategy Measures development to implementation of your plan. We encourage participants to actively contribute to the CoPs by responding to discussion questions, posting your own questions and resources, and engaging with other participants. To sign up, click here. For questions or additional assistance, please contact Krista Granger at kgranger@amchp.org or Sarah Beth McLellan at smclellan@amchp.org.

Text4Baby Users are One in a Million!
As of April 2016, Text4Baby – the largest mobile health initiative in the nation – had enrolled 1 million pregnant women and new mothers, reaching them with important health and safety information. Since the program's launch in 2010, Text4Baby has built and relied on a vast network of more than 1,400 outreach partners – including hospitals, Medicaid agencies and WIC clinics – to spread the word and aid in enrollment. Text4Baby sends a special "thank you" to the partners who helped reach this milestone. Zero to Three and Voxiva are hosting events around the country to celebrate this achievement. To participate in the next celebration or work in helping Text4Baby reach its next million, send inquiries to info@tex4baby.org.

Latino Children Undercounted in Census
On May 18, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET, the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the NALEO Educational Fund will host a webinar highlighting The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation's Census Count, a recent collaborative publication by both organizations that reveals that 400,000 Latino children were unreported in the 2010 Census, which is the biggest undercount of any group in the United States. The webinar will explain why the undercount occurred and what can be done to correct it in time for the 2020 Census. To register, click here.

Reducing Disparities in Teen Birth Rates: A National Snapshot and Examples from the Field
On May 19, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight the findings from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that was released Apr. 28 about reductions in teen birth rates and persistent disparities. Program partners in North Carolina and South Carolina will describe efforts to address the social determinants of health through the Office of Adolescent Health/CDC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Community-Wide Initiative (2010-2015) that might have contributed to narrowing of differences in birth rates between white and black teens in targeted communities in their states. A Q&A session will follow. To register, click here.

Child Safety in Tribal Communities
On May 19, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET, the U.S., Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the Fox Valley Technical College AMBER Alert National Training and Technical Assistance Program, will present "Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Strategies in Tribal Communities: A Focus on Child Safety." This webinar will discuss child safety methods in tribal communities and how to enhance different approaches. Presenters will identify strategies to increase child safety messaging that include partnership and technology. To register, click here.

The State of Reproductive Health Care in 2016: Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Birth Control Coverage Requirement
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) will host a free webinar on May 19, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, to clarify the legal requirements for coverage of the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods, including long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods. This webinar has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit. To register, click here.

Preventing Bullying and Discrimination of Muslim Youth
The U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will present a webinar, "Helping Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of and Discrimination Against our Nation's Muslim Youth," on May 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will cover civil rights, bullying and harassment of Muslim youth, basic cultural competence, behavioral health implications of bullying, and available resources. The webinar will be conducted in collaboration with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To register, click here.

Child Abuse Prevention Webinar
On May 25, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, the Children's Safety Network will host a webinar, "Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect to Create a World Where Every Child Can Thrive." The webinar will highlight the CDC's Essentials for Childhood framework, which is intended for communities committed to the positive development of children and families, specifically the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The webinar will provide state examples and resources to support the framework. Presenters from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will highlight several policy approaches for states to consider when working to create the context for healthy children and families, and will discuss how these approaches can have a positive influence on children's health, family relationships and opportunities for learning. To register, click here. The webinar capacity is limited.

Making the Connection: Climate Changes Children's Health
The American Public Health Association and ecoAmerica are cosponsoring a webinar series that investigates the health impacts of climate change. This series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health, including asthma, health risks in children, mental health and healthy community design as a mitigation approach. The webinar on May 26, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET, will provide insights on how climate change can influence children's health and well-being. To register, click here.

Disparities in the Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in Rural Areas of the United States
On May 31, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau will host the latest installment in the DataSpeak Series. This webinar will present recent data from national surveys and data sets on access, health status, and mortality patterns for children and youth in rural areas, along with resources and information on improving the health of these populations. To register, click here.

Upcoming Webinar Series
Join Child Trends and other partners of the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for a webinar series focused on evaluating quality initiatives, especially those related to the Child Care and Development Fund. Topics include evaluation basics, data collection and analysis, as well as evaluation timing and reporting.

  • Session 3 of the series, on June 2, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET, will focus on the timing of data analysis, dissemination strategies and the messaging of evaluating findings, as well as ways to examine the infrastructure needed to support evaluation findings over the long term. Click here to register.

Investing in Children's Health and the Pay for Success Approach
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation will host a webinar on June 6, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET, about the Pay for Success (PFS) approach, which invites investors and philanthropies to fund evidence-based social programs, such as home visits, with reimbursement from the government when the programs achieve their objectives. The webinar will cover how PFS works; which partners and programs might benefit from PFS, and the challenges they face; an update on federal efforts on PFS; results from feasibility studies on various state-level PFS proposals; and a $30 million multi-sector PFS partnership to expand home visiting in South Carolina. To register, click here.

Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes
City MatCH is accepting applications for the Third Cohort of the Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes. Seven Teams will gain the opportunity to be a part of this high-visibility, national movement of urban communities instilling a data-driven focus on public health strategies to reduce inequities in birth outcomes. A major focus for this cohort will be on authentic community engagement and engaging in racial healing activities. Approaches will be thoroughly evaluated, with results and impact of local initiatives broadly disseminated. Please submit all required application materials to Denise Pecha, City MatCH Director of Programs, at denise.pecha@unmc.edu. Applications must be received by June 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to be considered. For more information, click here.

The ACE Study: Implications for MCH Policy and Practice
Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions based on the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, for an issue dedicated to enhancing knowledge of the study and its implications across the field. Topics of interest include: the aims and findings of the ACE Study; the implications of the study and use of its findings to shape MCH practice in clinical, program and policy settings; the importance of the study in relation to life course theory and social determinants of health; the strengths and limitations of the study as a basis for action to improve MCH outcomes; adoption of a trauma-informed approach on an agency or communitywide basis; and the strengths and limitations of the study in relation to efforts to eliminate inequality in MCH health outcomes. Submissions received by July 1 will have a greater likelihood of acceptance. When submitting a manuscript, include a cover letter requesting that it be included in the thematic issue and select "ACE Special Issue" as manuscript type. For submissions and additional instructions, click here.

New Name for Home of Catalyst Center
The name of the group that is home to the Catalyst Center has changed. The Catalyst Center – a national center dedicated to improving health care coverage and financing for children and youth with special health care needs – is run by the Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (formerly the Health & Disability Working Group) at Boston University School of Public Health. The new name better reflects the group's focus on advancing policies and practices that improve the well-being of vulnerable populations, including children with special health care needs. The Catalyst Center URL will continue to bring you to the Catalyst Center website, which is now part of the new CAHPP website. You can sign up for the new CAHPP quarterly newsletter to learn about the group's other activities to provide meaningful policy change and support for social change.