PEI Provider News Volume 6, Issue 31

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 31

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities and grant information.

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Guidance from DSHS and the Governor is available online for all Texans as we respond to the pandemic. Information changes weekly; it's a good idea to bookmark this page for the most up-to-date, accurate information on current response efforts. 

Help and Hope COVID-19 resource page: Visit to find updated resources for providers and the general public.

Coronavirus Resources for PEI Providers: Information on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

TCHMB Seeking Focus Group Participants

The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) is forming focus groups to improve access to care for women in Texas. The goal of these groups is to develop a simple "cheat sheet" aimed at empowering frontline workers in Texas to counsel low-income, uninsured women on public healthcare coverage options.

TCHMB is seeking input from healthcare providers and staff, community health workers, pharmacists, doulas, WIC staff, and other health and social service providers. Participation will include two Zoom meetings (60-90 minutes on one day and a 60-minute followup meeting one month later). Fill out this interest form for more information

Early Childhood Intervention Survey due Sept. 3

The Texas Health and Human Services Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program is asking partners and referral sources to complete the ECI Child Find Assessment Survey for Referral Sources no later than September 3, 2020. The information collected will be used to identify strengths, areas of improvement, and gaps in child find efforts statewide.

If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Miller via email or at (512) 776-4326.

Articles of Interest from NICHQ

The National Institute for Children's Health Quality has published three articles around health and family concerns:

Upcoming Webinar

Date: Thursday, September 3rd
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Registration Link

This webinar will set the foundation for understanding the stress system and how stress contributes to parenting. All participants will learn practical skills to recognize and manage their emotions with children, and parents will pick up ways model healthy strategies for their children’s health and success.

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Examining the Social Ecologies of LGBTQ Youth

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth face a variety of stressors and risks due to victimization in within their social ecologies. This webinar will examine these social ecologies and explore ways organizations can create policies and programs aimed at providing support and decreasing these risks. It will also explore the recent impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ youth community. 

Manage Workplace Stress & Strike a Balance

Our lives can be filled with daily stressors. Learn techniques to manage stress & strike a better balance in your life.

To take these courses: Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub.

• Click on the course and select “request”
• On your transcript select “launch” to begin
• When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript
• Select "evaluate" to provide feedback

For questions, contact

PEIRS Application Cybersecurity Training

All users of the PEIRS application are required to complete the DFPS-approved cybersecurity training each year.  If you access PEIRS and have not already completed this requirement, please visit the DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page below:

DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page

Save the Date: CWLA Virtual Summit

The Child Welfare League of America will host their annual CWLA Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families on October 6th-8th. The summit will explore the following areas: 

  • Evolution of child welfare services, highlighting learning and innovations developed during the pandemic
  • Discussing solutions and goals to achieve racial justice, equity, and inclusion
  • Highlighting collaborative approaches for cross-system, cross-sector, and community engagement
  • Identifying system, policy, and funding changes needed for improved progress on family strengthening and child well-being

The summit will also feature a series of webinars leading up to the October event dates to provide context and supportive information in advance of the summit presentations. Register today.

Resources for Kids: Play With Your Food!

Cooking is one of the best ways to interact with children and develop skills like listening, time management, and following directions. For older kids, you can teach science, chemistry, and much more.