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MCHB Call for Comments to Proposed Changes to the MCH Block Grant Application Annual Report
Please note that MCHB has published a notice in the Federal Register summarizing revisions and requesting comments on proposed changes to the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Application Annual Report guidance. AMCHP encourages Title V programs to review the Federal Register notice and provide feedback as appropriate. To learn more, visit here 

RFA for Act Early State Systems Grants
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), AMCHP will provide grants to state teams, led by either the Title V program or a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network, to support the collaboration of Act Early Regional Summit Project teams and to further activities initiated by state teams during the Summits. These funds are designed to be a catalyst for collaboration with stakeholders, as well as for implementing specific activities outlined in Act Early State Plans. AMCHP will provide ongoing technical assistance, disseminate resource materials, and link grantees to other states and experts in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Requirements: Approximately 10-15 state grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 each. All states and territories who have participated in an Act Early Regional Summit except for those who currently have received a State Implementation Grant for Improving Services for Child and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities are eligible to apply. The funding announcement will be released in mid-September 2011 and applications will be due in November 2011. 

To access your Act Early State Plan or find information about the Act Early Regional Summit Project, visit the AUCD website and click on the Learn the Signs. Act Early. icon.  

The funding announcement will be posted on the AMCHP and AUCD websites and will be distributed through relevant listservs, or you can contact AMCHP directly for a copy. For more information, please contact Treeby Brown or Melody Cherny. 

Webinar on the Life Course Perspective
The webinar, “The Life Course Perspective in Promoting Health in Aging,” will feature Diana Kuh, PhD, Director of the Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Director of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, and Principal investigator for HALCyon, on October 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. To register, visit here.

That National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services
It takes a system of services to support a child with special health care needs and sometimes that system seems like a daunting, endless maze. The National Center for Ease of Use of Community-Based Services is trying to understand how they can improve their system by identifying which services are easy or not easy to use. The National Center wants to help make service systems more accessible, affordable, universal, and valuable to children with special health care needs and their families.

They are looking for input from a variety of stakeholders, including families and providers. Your response will help them identify what’s working, what’s not, and how they can make it easier for children to get the health care services they need. Please visit
here to take the survey. For more information about the survey, please contact Jacquelyn Bialo