PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 10

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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 ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Latest statewide COVID-19 info and trends from the Texas Tribune using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. 

Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily WebinarsBe Strong Families is hosting a free series of webinars in English (12:00pm CDT) and Spanish (1:30pm CDT) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19.

Computational Propaganda and COVID-19: UTHealth School of Public Health and the Michael ad Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST) to explore the role of social media in perpetuating misinformation about COVID-19. In particular, Dr. Woolley will explore how different digital tools (bots, sock puppets, etc.) and new manipulation tactics (nanoinfluence, Instagram influence 'pods') are used to spread manipulative, often false, information about the disease and the pandemic.

2021 Prevention Calendars Now Available

Parenting Calendar 2021 Covers

This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed
by The Texas Pediatric Society.

Order while supplies last! Calendars are shipped for free and in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Questions? Contact us.

Order 2021 Calendars

Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee Seeks Qualified Applicants

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee is currently seeking applications for committee member positions.

The application period will close 11:59 PM on Friday, January 15, 2021.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee page on the DSHS website.

Participate in Virtual Violence Prevention Program

Sandy Hook Promise is partnering with the Texas School Safety Center to bring Say Something, a violence prevention program, to middle and high schools in Texas. Say Something is a no-cost, easy-to-implement program that helps school personnel and school-based law enforcement teach students how to recognize warning signs of potential violence or self-harm and how to intervene. Classes are filling up fast so register today!

Webinar: The Path Forward: The Digital Transformation in Social Determinants of Health

Dates: Thursday, November 12, 2020; Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

Lack of transportation can have a significant impact on one’s health and ability to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular physical activity, access to healthcare, ability to purchase healthy foods, and ability to maintain social connections. The AHA reports that each year 3.6 million people do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. Fortunately, the non-emergency medical transportation industry is going through a transformative period. This webinar joins a group of innovators and disruptors who are creating powerful technology-based solutions to move from screening for transportation needs to solving for them.

Webinars: Be Strong Families Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance

Be Strong Families host a series of Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance webinars for providers who participated in the PCTI trainings conducted in May – July 2020. Providers recently Certified as Parent Café hosts are strongly encouraged to attend. Register for one or all the webinars.

Webinar #1 - Calling ALL Parents!

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Parent recruitment strategies will be front, and center and tips will be shared how to get Parents to join the Cafe’ and come back time and time again!

Webinar #2 - Taking the Conversation Deeper

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - Noon

The success of the Parent Cafe’ depends on Room Host’s ability to take the conversation deeper while maintaining a safe environment. Learn some ways to accomplish this!

Webinar #3 - Creating Compelling Themes

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Join your fellow Cafe’ Hosts in developing themes that engage parents in conversations that matter! Learn how to match the Protective Factors to themes that will get parent’s attention!

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Negotiation and Influencing People

Life is one big, ongoing negotiation, especially in the workplace, where the need to negotiate and influence is so important. From agreeing to a salary, to everyday conversations about workload and responsibilities, you spend more time negotiating than you realize. The thought of it can be intimidating for some; this course will give you the confidence to negotiate.

Achieve OnDemand: Basics of Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

During this course, you will learn how your strengths and motivations will help you care for home visitors, who are committed to the best possible life for babies and their parents, and connect with families of all kinds. This course serves as an introduction or valuable refresher on fundamentals such as how to plan for home visits; set goals with families; and handle the unexpected challenges your job presents.

This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Full completion and/or attendance of the learning experience, a passing score on any post-test(s), and completion of the end of course evaluation are required to be awarded IACET CEUs.

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

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

For questions, contact

The Essentials of Home Visiting

Essentials Home Visiting

Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting portal to register for and attend webinars at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session.

Home Visiting Safety

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Register by Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 10:00 AM CST

What measures should you take to ensure your personal safety in your work with families? This webinar explores the importance of home visitor safety, how to identify safety risk factors, and appropriate actions to take based on various risk factors.

This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Register by Monday, November 16, 2020, 12:00 PM CST

Reflective practice is essential to providing high-quality home visiting services and engaging with families. The utilization of motivational interviewing in reflective practice can greatly enhance the effectiveness of services and improve relationships with families served. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This webinar identifies the fundamental elements of motivational interviewing and explores strategies for using motivational interviewing in home visiting.

This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Funding Opportunities: PEI Request for Applications

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division seeks applications to develop and implement:

All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA shall be made in writing to: 

Jennifer Kim, CTCD, CTCM
Health and Human Services Commission 1100 West 49th Street; Mail Code 2020 Building S Austin, TX 78756

All communications between Applicants and DFPS staff members concerning the RFA are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification of Applicant's Grant Application.