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Movement & Meditation

Deborah Teplow, PhD, IWE

Plenary: Behavioral Health Efforts in the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services

Dawn Levinson, MSW, Behavioral Health Lead at the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services within MCHB/HRSA

Behavioral Health Updates Plenary Slides

This session will provide a brief overview of programs and resources related to behavioral health, that are housed within the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services.  The goal of the presentation is to share how some of the Division’s other programs can support the work of Healthy Start grantees, and alert grantees to some helpful resources for Healthy Start teams and individuals to learn more about depression and anxiety during the perinatal period, and how to help prevent alcohol and other substance use during pregnancy.

Plenary:  Mental Health Support for Healthy Start Staff  

Wendy Davis, PhD, PMH-C, Executive Director at Postpartum Support International

Mental Health Support for HS Staff Plenary Slides

This plenary session will address the real challenges and opportunities that meet us as we strive to accomplish our work during a time of unprecedented public health and social stress. Just as we’ve learned to focus on strengths, coping skills, and resilience with our clients, this is a time to take stock of our own strengths and resources, even as we acknowledge our vulnerabilities. Identifying sources of support and inspiration are essential to be able to maintain and sustain our goals and relationships. How do we keep the purpose and motivation for our work when dealing with such stress and limitations? As we navigate this time, it is essential that we acknowledge and find support for our own needs of mental wellness and resilience.

Plenary: HS Data Systems and Data Resources (including CAREWare!)

Ada Determan, PhD, MPH & S. Lina Barrett, MPH, DHSPS

Matt Biewener, NICHQ

Data Systems, Resources & CAREWare Plenary Slides

During this plenary, attendees will receive a first-hand look at CAREWare, a free, electronic health and social support services information system customized for the data collection and reporting needs of Healthy Start grantees. Additionally, members from the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services’ (DHSPS) Data and Evaluation Team will provide details on the upcoming release of the new Healthy Start Monitoring and Evaluation Database (HSMED2), as well as brief updates on changes to data collection tools. The plenary will close with an overview of the future direction of Healthy Start’s national evaluation.

Lunch Networking Cafés
1. Consumers: A Space for Healthy Start Consumers

Tamela Milan, MPPA, Westside Healthy Start

Consumers Networking Cafe Chat Box

2. Community Action Network (CAN): Building and Strengthening the Capacity of Your CAN

Dianne Browne, PhD, CFLE, Camden Healthy Start

CAN Networking Cafe Chat Box

3. Evaluation: What Keeps Evaluators Up at Night?

Vanessa Lee, MPH, DHSPS

Evaluators Networking Cafe Chat Box

4. Breastfeeding: Challenges of Meeting the Breastfeeding Benchmarks

Rochelle Littleton, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge Healthy Start

Breastfeeding Networking Cafe Chat Box

TA/Skills-building Breakout Session Topics
1. Less is More: The Revolutionary Power of Tiny Habits® So You Can Survive Today and Thrive Tomorrow

Deborah Teplow, PhD, Co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Wellness Education

Tiny Habits Breakout Slides

Tiny Habits Handout

Tiny Habits Breakout Chat Box

When you’re in the grip of uncertainty and fear, it’s hard to do anything but worry and feel anxious. If you’re like a lot of people, you want to do better with how you’re handling things right now, but you may be finding it really hard to do. You’re not alone . . . a lot of people are struggling. But there is a way you can feel more secure, more confident, and more competent not only to survive the challenges of today’s Covid-19 crisis, but to thrive in tomorrow’s new normal. In fact, some people are discovering that now can be a time of creative change and growth. This session will provide a deep dive into Tiny Habits, a revolutionary method developed by Stanford Professor BJ Fogg to promote lasting behavior change. Tiny Habits takes the struggle out of behavior change and makes it easy, fun, and effective regardless of the kind of change you want to make. This workshop will transform how you think about behavior change and what you do to achieve it now and in the new normal of tomorrow.

2. Using Quality Improvement to Make a Difference

Jane Taylor, EdD, Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Quality Improvement Breakout Slides

PDSA Cycle Documentation Handout

QI Breakout Session Google Doc

QI Breakout Session Chat Box

We all try new ideas out every day.  We don’t call them theories, but they are.  We learn how our ideas work and use them or try something else.  How can we develop leverage of prediction, reflection and continuous learning?  How might we tap into the wisdom of those we serve, of our staff and partners to joyfully learn together?  How do we seize our lived experiences to make a better world? Quality improvement is one way forward.

3. Perinatal Mental Health: Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Wendy Davis, PhD, PMH-C, Executive Director at Postpartum Support International

Perinatal Mental Health Breakout Slides

PSI Brochure (English)

PSI Brochure (Spanish)

Postpartum Support Int’l Fact Sheet

PSI Perinatal Mental Health Discussion Tool

PSI PMH Discussion Tool (Loss)

Perinatal Mental Health Chat Box

This session will focus on ways to support the emotional and mental health needs of families during pregnancy and postpartum. We will discuss how to identify and communicate about mental health concerns, signs and symptoms, including postpartum depression, anxiety, and loneliness. We will explore how we use our strengths of listening, reflecting, and identifying tools to help families move forward, and share best practices in making referrals and connecting with resources.  Resource handouts for moms and dads, and plenty of time for questions. We will also share how the work of supporting families affects you, and how to understand your role, boundaries, and tools for self-care.

4. Deep Dive into Healthy Start Data Topics for Evaluators and Data Leads

Ada Determan, PhD, MPH & S. Lina Barrett, MPH, DHSPS

Deep Dive for Evaluators Breakout Slides

Deep Dive for Evaluators Chat Box

In an attempt to make data collection and reporting more consistent across grantee sites, less burdensome, and better aligned to other MCHB programs, the Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services’ (DHSPS) Data and Evaluation Team has made changes recently to some Healthy Start (HS) materials. The Deep Dive Data Breakout will go into detail on all of the recent updates to the HS Data Collection Forms and the Monthly Aggregate Template. This session will prepare grantees for the changes that the DHSPS will be implementing in the very near future, as well as provide announcements about the Annual Performance Report.

5. Lifeline: Help Your Clients Access Phone/Internet for Tele-Healthy Start

Jodie Griffin, Deputy Division Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Catie Miller, Manager of Lifeline Communications at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)

Lisa Matthews, Project Director at Healthy Start Ohio

Lifeline Breakout Slides

Lifeline Program Breakout Chat Box

This session will provide an overview of the Lifeline Program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or Internet service for eligible low-income consumers. Eligible consumers can receive up to $9.25 per month toward home or mobile phone service or high-speed broadband, and up to $34.25 per month for those living on Tribal lands. The speakers will walk you through how to apply, who qualifies, and how to assist your clients with the process. The FCC will be joined for this presentation by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which administers the Lifeline Program for the FCC.

6. Partnering with Faith Leaders & the Faith Community

Ben O’Dell, MA, Program Specialist at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Partnering with Faith Leaders Breakout Slides

Key Terms for Faith Engagement Handout

Partnering with Faith Leaders Breakout Chat Box

This session will focus on how to build partnerships with faith and community leaders, with a focus on how partnerships can support the mental health and wellbeing of new mothers and their children.  We will provide suggestions for engagement, resources to encourage and how these relationships can strengthen and encourage the Healthy Start Grantees programs long-term.

Plenary: Updates from HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Kathryn T. Umali, MPH & William England, MS, PhD, JD, HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Updates from Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Plenary Slides

In this session, the speakers will describe HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s (FORHP) work around telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will share information about accessing their Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) and their Licensure Portability Program, both of which are part of the FORHP’s COVID-19 response and are accessible for Healthy Start grantees. Finally, they will provide a closer look at telehealth in the context of FORHP’s Rural Maternity Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program.


Kenn Harris, NICHQ

Day 2 Wrap-up Slides