MCH Alert:
March 2016 Edition


It is with great pleasure that we share this first edition of the newly reformatted MCH Alert – distributed by the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) since 1998 under various funding streams and in support of numerous federal initiatives – with a goal of providing access to new resources, training materials, and program developments. We have heard from many of our 8,000 subscribers (and secondary distribution of over 35,000) that this is a critical means of communication for the MCH community, so we are excited to continue the MCH Alert in support of current MCHB-funded projects at NCEMCH.

Beginning with this quarterly edition, we will present a Focus on Training to highlight learning opportunities and training developments for the Title V workforce as organized by the MCH Navigator and a Focus on Learning to highlight resources and announcements that have been collected by NCEMCH’s MCH Knowledge Base. As always, we welcome Feedback from all our readers.

Focus on Training

MCH Navigator News

  • 5-Minute MCH Update. We are rounding out our 9th month of our year-long series of micro-MCH learning with the 5-Minute MCH program. Over 1,400 participants have registered. You can still access any of our previous month's activities through our web portal.
    • Participants have submitted over 4,200 responses to the program related to improved knowledge/skills.
    • There is an average increase in self-reported knowledge from 3.3 to 4.6 (on a 5-point scale).
    • Learner confidence in their level of skill has increased on average from 3.1 to 4.2.
    • 92% of participants agree or strongly agree that the format is appropriate for interactive learning.
  • Online Self-Assessment Milestone. We are pleased to announce that over 1,000 professionals and students have registered and taken the online self-assessment. This presents an unparalleled opportunity for our staff to track increases in knowledge and skills. Have you taken the self-assessment yet?
    • It's easy: you can take it in an hour in one sitting or incrementally by competency (approximately 5 minutes per competency).
    • Use it in combination with the 5-Minute MCH program to identify your strengths and areas of growth and then immediately learn more each month.
  • Change Management Training Spotlight. This NEW spotlight provides links to selected trainings and related tools on key topics identified by the National MCH Workforce Development Center, including: (1) understanding transformation and change; (2) collaborating; (3) thinking critically and innovating across systems; (4) sustaining effort; and (5) learning as an organization and developing new leaders for new roles in a transformed system.
  • Learning Calendar. Did you know that the MCH Navigator shares information on upcoming learning opportunities that cover all topics of interest to the Title V workforce?
  • MCH Navigator at AMCHP Conference. Please visit our exhibit booth at the rescheduled Annual AMCHP Conference in Washington, DC. April 6-9, 2016.
  • Your Expertise Matters. The MCH Navigator employs a vetting process to ensure we include the most appropriate learning opportunities on our website. However, ongoing feedback is important. As you access the trainings we have compiled, please provide feedback through our Contact and Comments page.
  • The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute is now accepting applications. This 9 month program consists of distance and in-person learning and is ideal for MCH professionals with 5+ years of experience. Okay, MCH workforce, time to invest in yourself! Register now.

New Trainings from the MCH Navigator Course Database

This collection of 30 vetted learning opportunities address the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies. Click on the title to read more. Find more trainings on our A-Z topical page or through our Search page:

Focus on Learning

Materials Developed by NCEMCH

NCEMCH has developed professional resource briefs to support the MCH Navigator's 5-Minute MCH program to assist the Title V workforce in improving their knowledge and skills related to the 12 MCH Leadership Competencies:

Materials Collected from the Field

This collection of 10 trainings and resources has been collected in the MCH Knowledge Base at NCEMCH:

  • MCHB graduate education programs support Title V block grant transformation: Collaboration to advance shared goals. (2016). This fact sheet provides an overview of the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau's graduate education training programs. Topics include programs' areas of expertise and efforts to collaborate with state Title V programs to address regional, state, and local maternal and child health needs and priorities through technical assistance, consultation, continuing education and training, and work force and leadership development. Examples of collaborative activities are included.
  • Health care transition for adolescents and young adults: An online video CME series. (2016). This online course offers a brief review of clinical recommendations on transition and a tested quality improvement model. It also features physicians in pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine practices who successfully implemented core elements of health care transition using quality improvement methodologies.
  • Measuring the progress toward target attainment and the elimination of health disparities in Healthy People 2020. (2016). This document describes the Healthy People 2020 methodology for measuring progress toward target attainment and the elimination of health disparities, with a particular focus on methodological considerations for the interpretation of findings. The Healthy People 2020 measurement practices are contrasted with those in place for the Healthy People 2010.
  • CDC community health improvement navigator. (2015). This website is for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It includes a database of interventions, tools for successful CHI efforts, and other resources.
  • Incorporating nutrition into the Title V MCH services block grant national performance measures. This document suggests nutrition-related strategies for impacting health outcomes in the maternal and child health (MCH) population. Contents include evidence-based or -informed strategies that can be developed and used by states to monitor accountability, quality improvement, and performance of Title V programs. Topics include emphasizing nutrition and dietary aspects of oral health and ensuring appropriate referrals for nutrition needs identified during preventive oral health visits. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
  • Medicaid's Early and Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment in schools and the Free Care Rule. (2016). This newsletter describes the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Program (EPSDT program) and opportunities for school districts to significantly expand the range of health care services available to students from families with low incomes. Topics include the importance of having sufficient numbers and types of health professionals participating in Medicaid programs, how providing Medicaid services in schools can help to address children's and adolescents' unmet health care needs, and federal guidance on reimbursement for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in schools. Links to related resources are included.
  • Community health workers: Roles and responsibilities in health care delivery system reform. (2016). This report for policymakers reviews health services research findings on community health workers (CHWs) and considers key challenges to fully realizing the potential for CHWs to improve health care delivery, including oral health care delivery. Topics include major roles for CHWs in the U.S. health system, a national profile of CHWs, evidence on the clinical impact of CHWs, the policy impact potential for CHW interventions, opportunities for reimbursement through Medicaid, and state and health care innovation models.
  • Healthy Communities Navigator: Cross-sector grants, success stories and policy papers. (2016). This searchable, interactive platform provides stakeholders with community and population health resources, grants, and examples. Components include cross-sector grants, success stories, and community and population health policy papers.
  • Medicaid: Key issues facing the program. (2015). This report summarizes the GAO's body of work on challenges facing Medicaid and gaps in federal oversight. Contents include recommendations, some of which have been implemented, and key recommendations that have not been implemented. The report describes challenges in maintaining and improving access to high-quality care, transparency and oversight, program integrity, and the federal financing approach.
  • Health care workforce: Comprehensive planning by HHS needed to meet national needs. (2015). This report examines the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS') planning efforts for ensuring an adequate supply and distribution of the nation's health care work force, and the extent to which individual HHS health care work force programs contribute to meeting national needs. The report includes recommendations for developing a comprehensive and coordinated planning approach that includes performance measures, identifies gaps between its work force programs and national needs, and identifies actions to close the gaps.


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