An Introduction to the HRSA/MCHB Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI) Webinar

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Online

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MCHB will introduce the funded programs that make up the HRSA/MCHB Combating Autism Act Initiative (CAAI).  Bureau representatives from the LEND program, the DBP program, the CAAI Physical Health and Behavioral Health Research Networks, and the State Demonstration grant program will discuss this new initiative.  Selected projects will be highlighted in each program to illustrate plans for CAAI funding during the three-year funding cycle.  The webcast will also include a presentation by representatives of the CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign.  The goal of the campaign is to teach parents what the normal developmental milestones for their children are and when they should be occurring. By learning the signs, parents will be much better equipped to detect signs of problems such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  A 15-20 minutes Q&A session will follow the presentations.         


  • Madhavi Reddy, MSPH, Public Health Analyst, LEND Project Officer


  • Laura Kavanagh, MPP, Branch Chief, MCH Training Program
  • CAPT Nanette Pepper Callahan, M.Ed., RN, Senior Nurse Consultant, DBP Project Officer
  • Hae Young Park, MPH, CAAI Physical Health Research Network Project Officer
  • Robyn Schulhof, MA, CAAI Behavioral Health Research Network Project Officer, LEND Project Officer
  • LT Deidre Washington, MPH, CHES, State Implementation Model Program Project Officer
  • Georgina Goebel Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Medical Officer-Senior Service Fellow, CDC/National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  • Katie Kilker Green, MPH, CHES, Health Communication Specialist, CDC, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities  



Sponsored by: the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)


Technical Assistance provided by the MCHB contractor: Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health (SPH) http://www.uic./edu/sph/cade.