PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 20

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 20

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

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Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Resources for PEI ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

What’s Next with the COVID‑19 Vaccine in Texas: Texas continues to receive and distribute doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Use these graphics and messaging in your social media to help broadcast the most accurate information in your community. After the vaccine is received, it is still necessary to take all precautions to include wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and handwashing.

The Centers for Disease Control have issued updated guidance on allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University has developed a new toolkit to address mental health considerations for supporting students, staff, and parents in the transition back to school. These mental health considerations are divided into eight topics: Impact of Stress and Trauma; Re-engaging Disconnected Students; Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Violence; Bullying in the Classroom; Child and Mental Health Awareness; Non-Suicidal Self Injury; Substance Use; and Developing Resiliency.

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Prevention and Early Intervention Online Resources; A Virtual Tour

Date: January 26th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Description: In the digital age, human attention span has shrunk to 8 seconds, one second less than a goldfish. This two-part presentation will feature an exploration of what makes messaging effective and how to connect to your community members where they work, live, and play. We'll also host a virtual tour of the new family support website.

The Essentials of Home Visiting

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

Reflective Supervision

Date: Wednesday, January 27th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST (register by Tuesday, January 26th at 12:00 P.M. CST)

The reflective supervision model offers supervisors and staff an opportunity to engage in a collaborative process that involves shared power, clear mutual expectations, and free-flowing communication. This webinar examines the reflective supervision model as a process between the supervisor and staff member that differs from administrative supervision. Administrative supervision is about “the work you do,” and reflective supervision is about “what the work is doing to you.” As a result of this webinar, you will more prepared and confident when participating in reflective supervision with your staff. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors and Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors self-paced courses in the PEI Learning Hub.


Achieve OnDemand: Home Visiting Safety

Date: Tuesday, February 2nd
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 AM CST (Register by Monday, February 1st at, 10:00 A.M. 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 courses in the PEI Learning Hub.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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To take these courses: Type or paste the course names below 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

Working For Kids - Healthy Exercise and Nutrition

This webinar provides an overview of the Healthy Exercise & Nutrition module. As with all Working For Kids educational modules, Healthy Exercise & Nutrition uses story-telling and hands-on activities to engage families. You will learn about how different foods provides energy and the building blocks for muscle and bone, and how exercise strengthens muscles (including the heart) and bones and sends more blood to the brain to provide oxygen and energy that are needed for children to be alert and attentive. Pointers on how to incorporate healthy nutrition and exercise into everyday life are provided. 

Working For Kids - Healthy Sleep

Many young children do not get adequate sleep on a regular basis. Science shows that one of the most important predictors for children having good cognitive and social emotional development is that they get sufficient high-quality sleep. To help educate parents about the importance of sleep for children, Working for Kids has recently developed a Healthy Sleep educational program that is being offered to Working For Kids Master Coaches. This webinar provides an overview of the Healthy Sleep module. Learn about how much sleep children of different ages need, how to help families establish positive bedtime habits to allow them to transition from their daytime activities to healthy sleep, what to do when children wake up during the night to get them back to sleep, and how cheerful waking in the morning reflects sufficient sleep.

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Brain Builders Parenting Class

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The Child Health Policy Program at Rice University is offering its Brain Builders Parenting Class on Wednesday, January 27th. Participants will connect with other moms across Texas and discover supports to deal with parenting stressors. Register for the 90 minute class online.

TCHMB Virtual Summit February 2021

TCHMB Summit Promotion

Registration for the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) annual Summit is now open.

This year, attendees can expect to learn practical and actionable strategies for addressing health disparities through quality improvement efforts.  

The Summit will take place virtually on February 11-12, 2021. Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines is available.

To view the full agenda and to register, visit the 2021 TCHMB Summit website. Registration closes on January 25 at 5:00 P.M. CST. 

Baby Day's Celebration Feb. 7-13

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Register now for the third annual Baby Days summit. The event is a week-long virtual celebration, taking place entirely online from February 7th-13th.

The digital event will bring more than 100 partner-led activities centered around early learning child development, including infant & toddler yoga, music classes, dancing, curated art, storytime, and more.

Visit the Baby Day Registration Page for an agenda and registration details. 

TNOYS Call for Presenters

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TNOYS’ 38th Annual Conference on Service to Youth and Families is scheduled to take place virtually June 8-11 and is seeking presenters to lead engaging workshops for  attendees.

Led by this year's theme Rooted in Power, the conference invites young people and services providers to dig deep into the unique strengths that ground them, and develop new skills to grow and thrive. 

TNOYS will review presenter applications on a rolling basis until February 12, 2021. Presenters will be entitled to conference registration discounts and registration will be free for all youth and young adult presenters. Visit the TNOYS website for more information

2021 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest

The Texas Mental Health Creative Art Contest is an annual event hosted in
collaboration with the Texas System of Care, The Texas Institute for
Excellence in Mental Health at UT-Austin, and the Texas Health and Human
Services Commission.

The contest provides a platform for students and adults across the state to answer the prompt, "Why Does Mental Health Matter to You?" by submitting original creative content.

There are three categories for participants to enter: Original Art, Writing, and Photography. Texans of all ages are encouraged to submit their pieces now through March 1, 2021 in their respective age groups, which include elementary, middle school, high school, and adult. Learn more.

2021-2022 Prevention Resource Guide

The preorder for the new 2021-2022 Prevention Resource Guide: Thriving Children & Families is now available. The minimum order request is 50 guides (1 box). All order requests must be in multiples of 50.

The updated resource guide remains rooted in the protective factors to protect children, strengthen families, and promote well-being, and includes the following new content:  

  • Social-ecological model. This year’s Resource Guide expands upon the tradition of addressing prevention from the perspective of a social-ecological model. This approach acknowledges that there are many factors beyond the individual child and family that affect caregivers’ ability to nurture and protect their children.
  • New program examples. Throughout the guide, you will find an array of examples from numerous Federal partners, Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) State lead agencies, communities, and others achieving real change for children and families.
  • Conversation guides. New interactive guides replace the tip sheets found in previous editions of the Resource Guide and help users engage parents and caregivers in more personalized conversations about how they care for their children and themselves to create a stronger, more resilient family. Each guide is available in English and Spanish and targets one of the six protective factors.

Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway for more information.

Texas Substance Use Resource Flyers

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The Health and Human Services Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council has created new flyers promoting awareness of how to access public substance use services across Texas. Flyers are available in Spanish and English. 

Contact the Office of Mental Health Coordination for more information.

Research Corner - Childbirth during the Pandemic

Women who gave birth in communities with a COVID-19 outbreak were more likely to experience traumatic childbirth (symptoms of strong anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by childbirth) than those who gave birth before the pandemic, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The increased stress reported by the women—who did not have COVID-19—may hinder a woman’s adjustment to motherhood, mother-infant bonding, and successful breastfeeding. Read More

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Funding Opportunity: HOPES Request for Application

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

  • Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support programs in communities across Texas. The RFA can be found at the following link and closes January 29, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. CST.

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. 

Funding Opportunity: Texas Prenatal to Three Collaborative Mini Grant Application

The Texas Prenatal to Three (PN- 3) Collaborative seeks to award up to six mini-grants to city, county, or regional-level organizations that are interested in focusing on building increased support for healthy beginnings, supported families, and quality early care and learning for infants and toddlers. The mini grant application can be found at the following link and proposals are due by February 1, 2021.

Funding Opportunity - Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

The primary purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to award grants to support community-based efforts in tribal and migrant communities that prevent child maltreatment and to strengthen and support families. Examples of programs that may be funded include voluntary home visiting, respite care, parenting education, family resource centers, and other family support services. It is anticipated that three grants will be funded under this announcement. The funding period will be for 5 years. The closing date for applications is April 20th. Click here to access the complete announcement.

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