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March 2021

 Tara Entwistle 
 HCP Consultant

 A CYSHCN Construction Project: Building   Tools that Drive Meaningful Change

 A group of 20 experts including local and state public   health professionals, RAE representatives, and parents   of children and youth with special health care needs  (CYSHCN) have been meeting regularly since November of last year. We connect virtually on the Zoom platform, where our Community Language Cooperative colleagues provide simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish. As facilitator, I am guiding us through a co-creative construction project that will drive meaningful changes at the local level.

The primary goal of this workgroup is to develop a tool that promotes community and data-informed decision making. As a requirement to implement HCP care coordination is lifted for agencies contracted through MCH with the start of FY22, local public health teams have an opportunity to get creative and expand their thinking about the work they do for the CYSHCN population. HCP care coordination is a longstanding program that has played - and continues to play - a critical role within a system of community supports. In order to ensure that responsive changes are made that lead to positive outcomes for families, our State team is calling upon the expertise of this diverse workgroup.

It’s been challenging to bridge the divide between our workgroup members, who each plug into this larger system from a different vantage point. Analogies have helped to bring people along. We are leveraging our breadth of expertise and dividing up responsibility by envisioning our collaboration as a construction project. Some of us are architects trained in the art and science of designing and utilizing public health tools. Others are engineers who ask, “How will the design work in the real world?” We challenge each other to think through potential unintended consequences of our decisions. Five dedicated members of this group meet more frequently to interpret the evolving design plans and put the pieces of our decision tool together. They are the builders.

The first draft of a decision tool put forward by the group included concrete yes/no logic and provided just two paths that local teams could take. It has since evolved to promote open, authentic communication - internally at local public health and externally with families and community partners. And it’s expanded to include multiple potential outcomes for local teams. No longer is this tool one that will be used only by agencies considering a move away from HCP care coordination. It’s becoming a resource to all those interested in critically assessing their role in their community and exploring how they can make the most of their MCH dollars in supporting CYSHCN.

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Resources from Tara
AMCHP Innovation Station

The Colorado MCH program recently had two “cutting edge practices” added to AMCHP’s Innovation Station Database
The innovation station database is a repository of effective practices that positively impact maternal and child health. Receiving the Cutting-Edge Practice designation shows that your practice addresses a community need, engages stakeholders, promotes health equity, and shows initial signs of success. Congratulations Isabel Dickson and Mandy Bakulski (SSDoH) and Shivani Bhatia (MMPP) for your amazing work!


  • 2021 Culture of Data Conference - Online, April 8-9, 2021. Registration is now open.
  • AMCHP 2021 Annual Conference - Virtual, May 24-27, 2020. Registration is open.


  • Upcoming AMCHP Webinar: Addressing Mental Health in BIPOC Communities: Key Cultural Considerations for MCH 
    This AMCHP event will help attendees understand cultural context and explore effective strategies when addressing mental health in BIPOC (Block, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. The event will feature Jabina Coleman, LSW, IBCLC, a community-based reproductive psychotherapist and co-founder of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color. The event is on April 8 from 2-3pm ET, register here.
  • Workshop Opportunity: Enhance Your Own or Your Team's Understanding of When Early Childhood Behavioral Concerns Necessitate Clinical Treatment
    Throughout the spring of 2021, Jane West, an early childhood mental health clinician with over 20 years of experience, will offer two-hour virtual workshops to a variety of early childhood and family serving professionals (e.g. early intervention providers, pediatricians/family physicians, judges, food assistance program managers, family resource center staff, home visitors, child welfare, and more). 

    These workshops will address how to spot the early signs of distress in young children as well as share information about the next steps in the referral and assessment process. Each workshop will be followed by office hours in which participants can bring questions and engage in deeper discussion. Learn more and register here.
  • Webinar Series: Strengthening Services for Youth by Using Evidence & Partnership
    This series provides child- and family-serving system leaders and other stakeholders the opportunity to develop a service array that best meets the needs of youth and families using evidence-based programs (EBPs). Join us to discuss strategies and tools for identifying and addressing gaps in an existing service array; assessing the fit of EBPs to fill gaps; and leveraging and aligning an EBP array with existing financial resources. Gain an understanding of how to improve the quality of efforts for positive impact and discuss strategies for developing partnerships and infrastructure for successfully implementing EBPs, including the role of intermediary organizations. 
  • Food Solutions 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
    From April 5th to the 25th join together with thousands of people on a shared journey of learning, expanding your knowledge, and charting a course of action to dismantle racism in our food system and our world!


  • Farm to ECE Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity
    The Colorado Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Coalition is pleased to announce a Farm to ECE mini-grant funding opportunity. The coalition seeks applicants who will explore community-based programming to increase ECE programs' use of local food purchasing, gardens, and nutrition/agricultural education initiatives. 

    Five - $4,000 mini-grants are available to increase access to Farm to ECE programming that carries the potential to increase nutrition security and promote healthy environments across the state for children in care. Local public health agencies, food growers and/or distributors, licensed ECE programs and family, friend and neighbor providers serving children in early care and education, child care sponsors, extension programs, Promotoras, community health connectors, early childhood councils, and others are encouraged to apply. This list is not inclusive of all available applicants. 

    Please act quickly! *Applications due by March 29* Application details and how to apply are linked here.



  • New Data Report on Postpartum Behavioral Health
    Colorado's MCH Program provides funding to support data collection for both Health eMoms and the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) to help us better understand the experiences of pregnant and postpartum individuals across Colorado. The newest data report is focused on postpartum behavioral health in Colorado through 18 months postpartum. A complementary slide deck was developed to assist partners in sharing the data with others. Explore additional data on the Health eMoms webpage. For more information on Health eMoms contact Sarah Blackwell or Becca Rees, or for PRAMS contact Erika Iisa



The Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH) works with statewide partners and local public health agency representatives to improve the health of Coloradans using population-based and infrastructure-building strategies. Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of mothers and children by employing primary prevention and early intervention public health strategies.
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