PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 19

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 19

Welcome to PEI Grantee News!

Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines grantee resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities, and grant information. In this issue:

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Free Get Parenting Tips Calendars and Activity Books

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Order your 2022 Get Parenting Tips Calendars and Activity books today. 

The Get Parenting Tips Calendar 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. Calendars are shipped for free in quantities of 100 calendars per box. 

The Get Parenting Tips Activity Book features 28 pages of fun for every child. Download a copy here or order a box for the children in your community below. 


Order Today


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Youth and Domestic Violence Webinar


Youth and Domestic Violence: Needs, Services, and Impact

Date: January 27th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. CST
Register (1.5 CEUs will be offered for attending this online discussion)

Youth who have experienced domestic violence in their homes have many psychosocial needs. Community-based domestic violence programs help address these needs through programs like counseling, childcare, and mentoring which helping with family stabilization and healing, but more support is needed. Join the Center for Violence Prevention and the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing for an online discussion of our recent statewide study, "Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Understanding the Community Service Response and Needs in Texas." The research team and a panel of practitioners will discuss study findings and next steps to enhance the service response to youth and families experiencing domestic violence.


  • Dr. Leila Wood, Ph.D., MSSW - Director of Evaluation for the Center for Violence Prevention
  • Maggy McGiffert, MA - Senior Research Associate for the Center for Violence Prevention
  • Dr. Monica Faulkner, Ph.D. LMSW - TXICFW Director and Co-Principal Investigator
  • Anna Wasim, MSSW - TXICFW Lead Research Coordinator
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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

Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families

As a home visitor, building strong relationships that support each member of the family’s growth and development is essential to your job. Whether establishing a relationship between parent and child or home visitor and parent, the principles and best practices are the same. By establishing a long-term relationship with families, you can model ways to interact that parents can adopt with their children. This course offers practical ways you can relate to parents that will motivate them to stay engaged with you. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Reflective Supervision/Consultation: Best Practices

This 1-hour webinar is intended for anyone who is interested in expanding their exploration of reflective supervision/consultation. The training will begin by introducing and reviewing the newly revised version of the Best Practice Guidelines for Reflective Supervision/Consultation which describe the knowledge, skills, and practices that are critical to RSC. Then, the training will focus on three distinct ways that RSC may be provided: program supervision, group supervision, and virtual supervision. Those 3 modalities will be discussed using case examples and examination of common questions, barriers, and lessons learned.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Webinars

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Access the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars through the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. 

Use this link to register for any webinars from Start EarlyTM

Trauma for Supervisors: Putting the Pieces Together

Date: January 31st
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Register by: January 30th at 2:30 P.M. CST

As a supervisor, how can you support your staff and yourself in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar discusses the impact of trauma on multiple constituents – children, families, home visitors, supervisors and communities. We also identify common supervisory pitfalls as well as support strategies designed to improve the outcomes of each scenario.

Estar Presentes para las Familias

Date: February 2nd
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST
Register by: February 1st, 12:00 P.M. CST

¿Qué impacto tienen nuestros valores y experiencias personales en el trabajo que hacemos? Se tratarán las cualidades de no juzgar, de estar presente y de escuchar activamente, así como algunas barreras potenciales que impiden escuchar activamente. Nota: este ciber seminario complementa el curso autodirigido Fundamentos de las Visitas a Hogares.

Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing

Date: February 3rd
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Register by: February 2nd, 12:00 P.M. 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.

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Healthy Mothers Summit February 17-18

THCMB Summit

Registration for the 2022 Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) Virtual Summit is now open. The virtual summit will take place February 17-18, 2022. The theme of this year’s summit is “Addressing Patient-Centered Care in QI Work.” 

The keynote speaker for the 2022 TCHMB Summit is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI), Dr. Debra Bingham. Dr. Bingham will address some of the urgent issues that mothers and babies currently face.

In advance of the summit, TCHMB will host the Neonatal Evaluation and Outcomes Network (NEON) meeting on February 16, 2022. The theme for this year's NEON meeting will be “Transition to School.”

A total of 14 continuing education credits for CME, CNE, CHES, CPH, LPC, SW and Certificate of Attendance and 7.75 ethics credits will be provided for participation in both the NEON meeting and TCHMB Summit.

For more information regarding continuing education credits, visit the TCHMB Summit webpage

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3G Cell Phone Network Changes in 2022

Cell service providers will be shutting down 3G networks beginning in early 2022.

This will affect older devices made for the 3G network, including:

  • cell phones, tablets and smart watches using a 3G network
  • assistive technology devices with SIM cards (possibly older augmentative communication devices and braille note takers)
  • certain medical devices

Depending on the device, internet service may stop working on these devices. Shutdowns will begin in February 2022 and move through June. If your organization or people in your community are using older 3G-reliant devices, please make plans now. 

What you need to know

Visit the Texas Technology Access Program for detailed instructions

Learn more at

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Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium

Suicide Prevention Symposium

Date: March 1st through 3rd
Register Now

The Virtual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium is the largest gathering of suicide prevention stakeholders in Texas. This year, over 30 outstanding experts at the national and state level will be joining us to exchange important suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention information, resources, and expertise. 

What has historically been a one day event has been transformed into three full days of learning. The virtual Symposium format enables us to ensure Texans from across the state can participate in this outstanding learning opportunity. 

Visit the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative to learn more and register. 

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. An order contains four tests, and there's a limit of one order per residence.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

How to Order

  • Visit the website, or
  • Call 1-800-232-0233 (phone line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight ET seven days a week, and offers assistance in more than 150 languages).

The tests available for order:

  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

If you need a test now

  • Locate providers in your area using or texting your zip code to 438829 (822862 in Spanish) to find a nearby clinic. 
  • Residents can also call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000) for more information regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. 
  • Visit the Texas DSHS and HHSC websites for more updated statewide COVID-19 information and resources.
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