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Empowering Families and Communities for Child Health and Nutrition

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Empowering Families and Communities for Child Health and Nutrition
United States of America
This project aims to identify and uplift best practices in organizations working to remove barriers that prevent families with young children (birth to 5 years of age) and their families from accessing nutritious, plant-based food and nutrition education. These best practices will be highlighted in bright spots stories, an interactive map, and a webinar learning series showcased on the Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Action Collaborative website.
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Public Health Nursing: Preparing for Emerging Maternal-Child Health Threats

None other than Florence Nightingale, considered the mother of modern nursing, touted the importance of continuing education: “Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses ... we must be learning all of our lives.” Putting this idea into practice, the CDC Foundation’s latest program was created to increase nurses’ recognition and understanding of health threats facing pregnant women and infants.  

Launched with technical support from the CDC, the project is designed to empower nurses to respond quickly to new and re-emerging infectious disease threats by building their foundational knowledge, boosting awareness and providing related training. 

Several educational partners have already been chosen, including national nurses’ associations that represent nurses at the bedside and advanced practice registered nurses. The project funding will allow these organizations to develop and disseminate a variety of helpful resources, like webinars, podcasts, web campaigns and other assets designed specifically to help nurses and midwives counsel and protect pregnant women and their families. 

These efforts also align with the White House Women’s Health Research Initiative to expand training in women’s health research and public health surveillance to nurses and advanced practice nurses. The goal of that program is to improve the health of women and children exposed to or affected by infectious diseases, mental health and substance use disorders. 

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This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $452,209 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.
 

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Preparing MCH Nurses for Emerging Threats
United States of America
To provide resources to nursing and nurse practitioner groups.
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HEAR HER Evaluation and Community-based Organization Implementation

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HEAR HER Evaluation and Community-based Organization Implementation
United States of America
To complete HEAR HER evaluation and community-based organization (CBO) implementation activities.
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Hear Her® American Indian/Alaska Native Campaign

Hear Her®, a CDC communications campaign launched in 2020, supports CDC’s efforts to prevent pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent maternal warning signs. The campaign amplifies the stories of women who have experienced complications during or after pregnancy and encourages partners, friends, family and healthcare providers to really listen when a person who is pregnant or postpartum shares concerns and help get them the care they need. Acting quickly could save a life.

This Hear Her® campaign includes culturally appropriate resources designed with and for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) people, who are twice as likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women. AIAN people often experience discrimination or racism and face barriers to care including higher rates of poverty and long distance to quality healthcare services. The Hear Her® team worked with AIAN creative experts and partners to develop these assets that share key messages while reflecting the strength and diversity of AIAN communities.

Resources include:

  • Video testimonials from American Indian women who experienced pregnancy-related complications. One of the participants noted, “This video speaks volumes. I am so satisfied and grateful that my story will be shared.”
  • Conversation guides, palm cards and posters that help AIAN pregnant and postpartum people and their circles of support recognize urgent maternal warning signs and encourage them to seek the care they need.
  • Materials to support healthcare professionals who serve AIAN communities in their delivery of respectful, culturally appropriate care.

It is quite touching, and indeed I am a little tearful, that I have been able to witness a nationwide campaign targeting American Indian and Alaska Native women through the Hear Her campaign. As you know, very little data exists on our population for a number of reasons, but essentially, the overwhelming message is that our voices and experiences are not important. The Hear Her campaign was an action that contradicts those messages. Our voices are important. -- Janelle Palacious, PhD, CNM (Salish & Kootenai), American Indian nurse midwife

The campaign team is utilizing digital and social media, including AIAN-serving channels, to further the reach of these new resources. 

Learn more about the campaign and available resources at CDC.gov/HearHer/AIAN
 

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Hear Her® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Hear Her® campaign resources for American Indian and Alaska Native communities are supported through partnership and funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, as well as a partnership with the CDC Foundation, with support from Merck through its Merck for Mothers Program.

For Activities taking place from 2023 - 2024:The Hear Her® American Indian/Alaska Native Campaign Development and Implementation project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $700,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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Hear Her® American Indian/Alaska Native Campaign
United States of America
To build capacity and support the development, implementation and evaluation of materials for the Hear Her® campaign.
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Georgia Health Initiative to Eliminate Hunger and Address Food Insecurity

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United States of America
To convene a statewide meeting bringing together non-profits, advocacy organizations, policymakers and funders in Georgia with the goal of developing an action plan to eliminate hunger and address food and nutrition insecurity.
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Building Capacity for Surveillance among U.S. Individuals with a Recent Stillbirth

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Building Capacity for Surveillance among U.S. Individuals with a Recent Stillbirth
United States of America
To build capacity for population-based surveillance among individuals with a recent stillbirth within the United States.
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Atlanta Hypertension Initiative 2024

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Atlanta Hypertension Initiative 2024
United States of America
To engage individuals, health care providers and community organizations to support and connect individuals with services that support heart-healthy behaviors, catalyzing health care system quality improvement and engaging individuals in adopting small steps to improve their cardiovascular health.
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MDI Connect

Background


Medical examiner and coroner offices conduct medicolegal death investigations (MDIs) to determine the cause and manner of sudden unexpected deaths. MDI offices play a crucial role in monitoring emergent and routine public health issues and collecting data that contributes to saving lives.

Increasing deaths from drug overdoses, suicides, homicides and more have resulted in MDI offices with record caseloads. Likewise, outdated methods of sharing MDI data, like faxing and paper-based systems, are inefficient and resource-intensive. Manual data entry at each agency may lead to errors and delay public health’s ability to use the data for response.

Through collaboration with data sharing partners, software vendors and others, MDI offices are implementing standards-based data exchange. Through the automation of workflows and integration of data sources, electronic information exchange is improving the timeliness and completeness of death investigation. Modernizing MDI data practices improves public health’s ability to monitor evolving health trends and create data-driven interventions to save lives without increasing burden on these offices.

MDI Connect can help.

MDI Connect is a forum for medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices, their data sharing partners and software vendors to work with their peers and subject matter experts to design, build and test standards-based data exchange practices. Using the data standard FHIR®—Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, pronounced “fire”—allows for both scalability and information sharing across partners from public health, public safety, toxicology and health systems using a defined set of tools. MDI Connect is dedicated to advancing solutions that simplify data sharing between MDI offices and their partners. Scalable solutions will reduce inefficiencies, decrease the amount of staff time needed in an MDI office to exchange data and minimize duplicative reporting processes. These solutions could also improve how toxicology results are reported and providing data to state vital records offices and other public health surveillance systems.

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MDI Connect provides support.

 

A LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

A LEARNING COLLABORATIVE

Engage in peer-to-peer networking and learning activities. MDI offices and others share insights on data-exchange practices in virtual and in-person forums.

 

AN INCUBATOR FOR INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

AN INCUBATOR FOR INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

Form data sharing partnerships to implement standards-based data exchange and design innovative solutions in a real-world setting.

 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HUB

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HUB

Discuss implementation challenges and receive support with standards-based data exchange and information technology adoption through office hours, virtual testing events and more.

 

 

Explore real-world examples of MDI data exchange projects currently being implemented.

 

 

Explore the playlist highlighting MDI data exchange projects.

 

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MDI Connect collaborates.

Public health, public safety, health care and other agencies use MDI data daily to improve and coordinate efforts to save lives. Modernizing information technology can help build a mortality data ecosystem that provides more timely health surveillance without increasing the burden on MDI offices.

MDI Connect is also coordinating with the broader MDI community to build awareness of this data modernization initiative. Professional organizations such as the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME) actively support and promote MDI Connect to address the pressing need for streamlined data-sharing across multiple agencies.

 

MDI Connect innovates.

MDI offices and Case Management System (CMS) vendors are developing and testing data sharing solutions between various systems and stakeholders including:

  • Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS)
  • Toxicology Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • National/State Violent Death Reporting System (N/SVDRS)
  • State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS)
  • Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP)
  • MDI CMS and other surveillance systems, data systems or public facing dashboards
  • Organ Procurement Organization (OPO)

To learn more about MDI Connect and the MDI Data Modernization Initiative (DMI), view the FAQ.


 

MDI Connect Participation and Funding Questions

1. How do I get involved with MDI Connect?

MDI Connect provides content and materials for participants to learn about data modernization, including standards-based data exchange, application programming interface (APIs) and other topics related to their projects. To learn more:

2. How can I apply for funding?

The CDC Foundation shares announcements on the Requests for Proposals page. Join the MDI Connect mailing list for announcements about future funding opportunities if available.

3. Do I have to be an active awardee to participate?

No. While most of the participating sites in MDI Connect are funded projects, assistance is also provided to MDI offices that are working on similar data exchange cases but may have different funding sources. MDI Connect collaborates with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and others to provide technical assistance.

4. We participated in the past and have ideas for new use cases. Can we be funded again?

Each funding announcement has its own conditions and restrictions. The opportunity to participate in additional grant-funded projects with CDC Foundation will be contingent on funds received from the CDC and other donors. Future opportunities may allow previously funded MDI offices to submit applications for funding.

 


This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,726,393.00 with 57 percentage funded by CDC/HHS through Medical Examiner and Coroner Data Modernization Implementer's Group and $2,097,363.00 and 43 percentage funded by non-government source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.


 

Apply for a MDI Connect Planning Grant

The CDC Foundation is announcing a Request for Interest for Medicolegal Death Investigation offices to build readiness to successfully design and implement data modernization projects. 

Learn More and Apply


 

RESOURCES FOR MDI OFFICES

COMEC WEBSITE
The Collaborating Office for Medical Examiners and Coroners (COMEC) brings together resources from across the CDC to support the work in the medical examiner and coroner community. Check out the website to see what resources may be beneficial to your organization.

MDI DATA MODERNIZATION
CDC’s goal for MDI data modernization is to move from siloed data systems to connected, resilient, adaptable and sustainable systems that can help solve problems before they happen and reduce the harm caused by the problems that do happen.

PUBLIC HEALTH INTEROPERABILITY TRAINING CATALOG
A free, single-source library of existing training resources geared toward public health and their data sharing partners on interoperability. These resources are available as webinars, toolkits, PDFs, courses and other formats and are tagged as introductory, intermediate or advanced to assist in selecting appropriate content.

 

 


RESOURCES FOR IT DEVELOPERS

MDI FHIR® Implementation Guide
A guide for IT developers which includes the technical details and best practices to standardize MDI fields and interfaces when exchanging data between systems using the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) data standard.

RAVEN TEST ENVIRONMENT
The Raven platform serves as both an educational tool for MDI IT developers who are new to working with the FHIR® standard and as a tool for testing conformance to the MDI FHIR® Implementation Guide, including resource validation, record comparison and data exchange workflows.

RAVEN TOOLS
Raven documentation exists as a guide to help users understand the Raven mortality platform, providing both end-user manuals as well as technical documentation.

 


GET SUPPORT

Contact the CDC Foundation MDI Connect Team:

MDIConnect@cdcfoundation.org
 

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United States of America
To support Medicolegal Death Investigation offices and their data partners in exploring, testing and innovating data modernization strategies.
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Community Health Action Network – Phase 1a

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Community Health Action Network – Phase 1a
United States of America
To serve as an applied learning hub for community-based organizations (CBO), public health departments, funders and others to co-create the systems-level changes needed to get to the root causes of health inequities. Phase 1 will focus on community driven capacity building of all public health ecosystem actors.
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Improving Maternal-Infant Health COVID-19 Surveillance and Clinical Care

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Improving Maternal-Infant Health COVID-19 Surveillance and Clinical Care
United States of America
To support maternal-infant health COVID-19 surveillance as well as to integrate COVID-19 vaccination and other efforts to reduce severe illness from COVID-19 with the CDC strategic areas of focus.
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