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 The Life Course Metrics Project

​​New Opportunity for Intensive Technical Assistance

AMCHP is pleased to announce the release a Request for Applications (RFA) for Life Course Indicators Intensive Technical Assistance projects​. This RFA, which is focused on using the indicators, will support up to eight state or community teams in two eligibility categories to calculate and communicate a subset of the life course indicators. State or community teams are eligible to apply to or the RFA in one of two categories but will participate in the Intensive Technical Assistance together as one cohort. Category A is for state teams that include a CDC MCH Epidemiology Assignee; Category B is for State or community teams that do not include a CDC MCH Epidemiology Assignee but have some other epidemiology or data capacity. ​

Applications are due by 11:59 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014. For questions about the Life Course Indicators RFA please contact Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org; 202-775-1473.

This Intensive Technical Assistance opportunity includes the following components:

  • Analytic assistance in calculating a subset of the life course indicators
  • Virtual learning events that focus on communicating health disparities and social equity issues, including information from leading national experts in the fields of life course, health equity, and communication
  • Expert consultation around communication of the implications for equity components of life course indicators
  • Peer-to-peer learning network to support each other (SharePoint collaborative site, conference calls)
  • Travel funding for 2 team members to attend an in-person meeting to design an analysis and communications plan.
  • Individualized feedback to state teams to help identify key messages and design products
  • Regular, facilitated check in calls where state teams can share challenges and best practices.
  • Creation of at least one communications product (policy or issue brief, fact sheet, needs assessment section, etc.)

​​A word document template for the team roster can be found here​.

Overview

As MCH programs develop new programming guided by a life course framework, measures are needed to determine the success of their approaches. In response to this emerging issue, AMCHP launched a project designed to identify and promote a standardized set of indicators that can be applied to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. This project was funded with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A National Expert Panel guided the framework for the project, and the selection of the final set of indicators took place over a 12-month collaborative process with seven state teams: Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina. The teams distilled 413 proposed indicators down to approximately 100 by assessing the indicators on three data and five life course criteria (view the indicators proposed but not selected or the indicator wish list). The final set of 59 were selected by a voting procedure at an in-person meeting in June 2013, where states discussed supporting written narratives for each indicator after consulting state expertise and the literature. Throughout July, AMCHP invited public comments on the draft final set of indicators, and these comments were used to refine and clarify the indicators. For more background on the project, view this annotated slide deck.

The Final Set - Now Available!

  • Online indicator toolVisit this page to browse the 59 indicators by category, domain, or data set. Complete narratives for each indicator will be added throughout October and November - please check back regularly for updates.
  • Printer-friendly indicator set - Want an easy snapshot of the indicator set to print or share with your colleagues? Download this PDF of the indicators.
  • Indicator set in excel - The excel file of the indicator set includes the same information in the online tool and printer-friendly version and also includes national comparison data, notes on calculation, and allows the user to sort the indicator set by similar measures in other indicator sets, among many other options.

Tools for Use

  • The "Short List" - State teams selected, through a nominal group process, 13 indicators from the set of 59 that they felt best captured the breadth and robustness of the final set. Users can start by calculating these indicators, and programs can use this set to communicate with policymakers and stakeholders outside of the MCH program.
  • FAQ - Have questions about the indicators? AMCHP is collecting frequently asked questions about the indicators and posting the answers in the FAQ. Don't see your question? E-mail Caroline Stampfel at cstampfel@amchp.org.
  • Data Resource Portal - AMCHP has compiled links to several data sources, query systems and resources for ease of access by data users. We will continue to add to this resource in the coming months.
  • Webinar on the Final Set: During this webinar, presenters provided an overview of the Life Course Metrics Project and it's process, sharing key decision points and methods for engaging the MCH community.  Representatives from state MCH programs, including MCH epidemilogy, shared their perspectives on participating in the project, the challenges, and lessons they learned, and how the life course indicators will influence their work and future efforts. The webinar concluded with a discussion on the implications of the life course indicators for the field of MCH and beyond. Click the link to access a recording of the webinar and speaker slides.
  • Stories from the field (coming soon!) - AMCHP is collaborating with MCH programs and partners in the calculation and use of the final indicator set. Share with us how you're using the indicators, and we will feature examples online in Winter 2013/2014.

Next Steps

Throughout 2013 and 2014 AMCHP will continue to add complete narratives for each indicator set to the online tool, and will compile all narratives into a final .zip file for distribution. AMCHP looks forward to collaborating with members and partners in the use and application of the indicator set.

Staff Contact

Caroline Stampfel, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist, Women’s & Infant Health
(202) 775-1473
cstampfel@amchp.org