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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health

Deadline: April 9, 2021

The Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health program aims to strengthen the capacities of state- and/or local-level organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting maternal and child health (MCH) populations. The program is a mechanism to support capacity-strengthening activities that will improve organizations’ abilities to address emerging issues that threaten the health and well-being of MCH populations in an effective, timely manner. MCH populations include the following groups: women, children (birth to 21), children with special health care needs (CSHCN), adolescents, and families.

Recipients will implement a set of activities under at least one of the three capacity-strengthening areas below and through these activities address an emerging issue specific to their state or local community. “Emerging issues” refers to issues that affect MCH populations at an increased rate, for which there is new knowledge or an increased level of awareness of, or there are new approaches to solving the issue. Examples of emerging issues include, but are not limited to, increasing rates of opioid and other substance use disorders, emergent environmental health threats, persistent or increasing disparities in maternal mortality, inadequate availability of and access to behavioral health services, disparities in access to health services for CSHCN, and declining immunization coverage. Successful projects will address an emerging issue that affects MCH populations and has reliable, current data to support it.

Capacity-strengthening areas:

1) Data and Informational Systems: This area aims to strengthen public health infrastructure related to data, informational technology (IT), and communication systems to facilitate the meaningful use of health information technology among health care, public health, education, and social services professionals and between the populations they serve. Activities may focus on, but are not limited to, developing or enhancing data and informational technology tools for health assessments, data collection, analysis and reporting, information dissemination, and program and service delivery.

2) Workforce Development: This area aims to build and strengthen a highly skilled and effective interdisciplinary public health workforce that is aware of trends in emerging issues across sectors and adequately trained to address these issues. Activities under this capacity may focus on, but are not limited to, education, training, professional development, coaching/mentoring, and cross training. Activities may also support efforts to build and/or strengthen a community-based workforce that is culturally competent, accessible and contributes a lived experience to the public health workforce.

3) Strategic Partnerships: This area aims to build and strengthen public health networks and relationships between and among states and communities. Diverse networks improve collaboration and communication and can contribute to better performance outcomes. Activities under this capacity should aim to increase the organization’s number of productive partnerships that contribute to increased performance under the 10 EPHS (Essential Public Health Services; see: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/publichealthservices/essentialhealthservices.html) and positively affect the health of MCH populations. MCHB encourages leveraging nontraditional partnerships (e.g., organizations working in housing, judicial systems, schools, etc.).

Amount: $1,500,000 will be available to make awards that range up to $250,000.

Eligibility: Any domestic public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization may apply.

Link: https://grants.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?

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