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MCH Policy and Advocacy: A Focused Look. Year Developed: 2018. Source: University of Illinois at Chicago. Presenter(s): Arden Handler, DrPH. Type: Video Lecture. Level: Advanced. Length: 75 minutes total, broken up into 10 short videos.

Annotation: This learning opportunity was recorded from the 2018 policy and advocacy lecture that Dr. Handler presented to her class at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It is divided in 10 short videos for ease of engagement. In the presentation, she outlines key advocacy components, the difference between case and class advocacy, and a review of policy and advocacy through the history of MCH. She explains current trends and the need for ongoing education and advocacy at national, state, and local levels. It concludes with current advocacy laws and a summary of the topic grounded in the current public health environment.

Learning Objectives: • Understand the strategic differences between advocacy and community organizing/community empowerment strategies. class issues, compromise, internal vs. external agents of change, and the difference between advocacy from the left and from the right. • Be able to to connect women and children's topics when advocating for services and discusses using children as a population group to address broader issues of social justice. • Synthesize the differences of case and class advocacy. • Become familiar with the history of advocacy related to MCH. • Understand how the advocacy process works. • Be able to use strategies in three main categories to advance MCH topic areas. • Be able to develop a plan to follow current lobbying laws appropriately.

2018 DMCHWD Grantee Virtual Meeting: How to Tell Your Program's Story. Year Developed: 2018. Source: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development. Presenter(s): Deborah Klein Walker, EdD. Type: PowerPoint Presentation. Level: Intermediate Advanced. Length: Self-paced, multiple items..

Annotation: The meeting addressed how to compose and share your program's story from a high-level perspective, emphasizing effectiveness, impact, and interaction with key audiences. It also underscored the value of building and establishing relationships with decision-makers, state agencies, community organizations, and more. To highlight Dr. Klein Walker's presentation, three (3) DMCHWD grantees shared their examples during the webinar. You can view the YouTube recording of the presentation. Their slides and attachments are located on the webpage at the link in this record. The three programs were: * Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH): MCH H.O.P.E.S. (Birmingham, AL) * Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND): Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Cincinnati, OH) * Healthy Tomorrows: Clinic in the Park (Santa Ana, CA) This resource includes the meeting agenda, PowerPoint slides, transcripts, discussion notes, and other materials.

Communicating with Participants. Year Developed: 2016. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, WIC. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.

Annotation: This Web-based course provides continuing education and resources that can be accessed by any WIC staff member. This self-paced, repeatable, and cost-effective course has been designed to assist in all areas of providing WIC nutrition services. There are 3 modules that make up the content for this course: Providing Quality Customer Service, Communicating with Limited Literacy Audiences and Working in a Multicultural Environment.

Learning Objectives: • Recognize the importance of using good communication skills with WIC customers. • Identify examples of quality customer service within a WIC clinic. • Identify examples of key strategies for communicating with limited literacy audiences. • Identify methods for providing nutrition education within a multicultural environment.

Special Instructions: Some users are experiencing trouble accessing these modules with updated Java. You may need to lower your Java security level to the lowest setting. We will post a message here when the modules will no longer require lower Java security. New users will receive password by email within 1-2 business days of registration.

Continuing Education: WIC Certificate [8/1/14-]

Title V Health Reform Implementation Webinar: State Assessment Tool. Year Developed: 2014. Source: National MCH Workforce Development Center. Presenter(s): Lacy Fehrenbach, Katharine Witgert, Melissa Ellis, and Amy Mullenix. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Introductory. Length: 57 minutes. Slides

Annotation: This archived webinar introduces a comprehensive self-assessment tool that helps Title V agencies assess health reform-related activities in states. The tool can help define a state's capacity and opportunities to leverage existing MCH skills to drive health transformation - in all its forms - for MCH populations. Iowa recently completed the tool and had this to say: "This tool was helpful for us to think about how Iowa's Title V program interfaces with the health care reform activities going on in our state. It helped us identify areas of strength and provided direction on important next steps as we move MCH forward post ACA implementation. Hopefully, other states will use the tool to ignite conversations in their states".

Maternal and Child Health Course Bundle: Communication. Year Developed: 2012. Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham Maternal and Child Health Leadership and Policy Education Program and the South Central Public Health Training Center. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Intermediate Advanced. Length: 240 minutes. Troubleshooting Tips for South Central Public Health Partnership Courses

Annotation: Good communication skills are important personally and professionally and maternal and child health program settings are no exception. In fact, in a recent survey about 35 percent of state Maternal and Child Health and Children with Special Health Care Needs program directors identified communication skill development as a top three training need for their staff members. Though all states have MCH programs, organizational structure varies and each may have unique responsibilities related to specific maternal and child issues. In light of these differences, and considering new opportunities such as the federal home visiting program and the affordable care act, it is critical that MCH leaders have strong communication skills so they can emphasize Title V’s role in assuring quality and accessibility of services, highlight successes, and respond to a variety of audiences that may need information. The course bundle includes: 1. Improving Your Communication Skills 2. Managerial Communications 3. Productive Communication Skills 4. Improving Interpersonal Communication and Relationships 5. Leadership Management Communication 6. Facilitator Training 7. Communicating With and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges

Special Instructions: To access the course bundle, click on the link and scroll down to the “Management” section on the landing page. Click the “Here” buttons for more information or to enroll in the courses. Registration to the South Central Public Health Partnership is required. For new users it will take one weekday to receive an access email. If you are registered in TRAIN, login using that username and password. Click on “Certificate Programs,” click on “View all Available Certificates,” and select “Maternal and Child Health Course Bundle: Management.”

Continuing Education: Continuing education credits for nurses and social workers are available for some courses.

Communicating with and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges. Year Developed: n.a.. Source: South Central Public Health Partnership. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Online Course. Level: Introductory. Length: n.a..

Annotation: Title V and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs aim to improve the health of all mothers and children, yet program structures and responsibilities vary among the states, and existing systems and resources to address MCH needs are frequently sub-optimal. Effective communication and knowledge transfer skills can reinforce Title V’s role in assuring access to high quality services, translation of best practices, and the development of health policies that support improved health outcomes. Program faculty discussed successful, clear communication and knowledge transfer skills and strategies crucial to MCH health improvement and advocacy goals. Contact hours (2)

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Continuing Education: 1 CEU/CE; 1 Certificate of Attendance

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