Healthy Texas Babies continuing education opportunities are planned through the TRAIN Texas Grand Rounds program, Texas Health Steps online provider modules and onsite training opportunities at university locations across the state.
TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network
TRAIN Texas is a free online portal for health care professionals, Texas state employees and others. You can use TRAIN Texas to:
- Search or browse a nationwide database for onsite or distance learning courses
- Sign up for e-mail about new courses
- Create a personal learning record of competency-based training
- Provide and view feedback about courses listed on the site
- Register online for many courses
- Earn CEUs (frequently at no cost)
Specifically, the TRAIN DSHS Grand Rounds program provides live events and webinar presentations on a variety of topics throughout the year. Each fall and spring, there is one Healthy Texas Babies-themed Grand Rounds. These have ranged from an overview of maternal mortality and morbidity to a discussion of the use of antenatal steroids. Past PowerPoint presentations can be viewed here.
Texas Health Steps
The Texas Health Steps program also provides access to more than 40 free online continuing education courses that cover a range of wellness and prevention topics. Two of these have been developed to support the learning goals of Healthy Texas Babies stakeholders, including “SIDS, SUID and Safe Sleep” and “Reducing Non-Medically Indicated Delivery at Less Than 39 Weeks.”
Additional relevant Texas Health Steps provider modules exist on topics including breastfeeding, newborn screening and cultural competence with more modules being planned.
Provider education on cultural competence
Providers have the opportunity to make a difference in preventing and eliminating racial disparities in health care. The National Center for Cultural Competence offers a variety of tools and training resources to enhance the cultural competence of practitioners. Learn more here.
Hospital-based quality improvement
Maternal mortality and severe morbidity have risen dramatically in Texas and in throughout the country over the past decade. For every one maternal death, there are an estimated 50 cases of severe maternal morbidity. Learn more about how you can create a culture of patient safety for women’s health in your practice by visiting the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care. You can download Severe Maternal Morbidity Reporting Forms, as well as find valuable educational resources.
The March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Resource Center offers a number of resources for clinicians to improve the quality of care in their practice settings. The site includes professional education, patient education tools, interventions for use in practice and toolkits for quality improvement.
The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative has a number of patient safety bundles and quality improvement toolkits that can be adapted for use in your facility. Quality improvement projects allow your staff to adopt best practices and adapt them for the culture of your facility while tracking rapid-cycle change.
The California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative has similar quality improvement resources and tools for neonatal and perinatal settings.
Expand your understanding of health equity and removing barriers to care by following this learning path offered by Georgetown University’s Maternal and Child Health Library.
The following resource is a brief from the MCH Library on culturally competent services.
Become more informed about the Infant Mortality Learning Path.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development offers resources, training and patient education materials to support your practice.
Our Men’s and Women’s Heath Tips card for Spanish-speaking audiences outlines simple tips for daily wellness.