March 2011

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From the President

AMCHP and the Affordable Care Act

By Stephanie Birch, RNC, MPH, MS, FNP 

As AMCHP’s new president, I am feeling both thrilled and challenged to take office at such an exciting time. The budget situations we collectively face are truly daunting, casting a long shadow over everything, including how we as MCH leaders look at the options, opportunities and challenges for state MCH programs included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [read more]


From the CEO

Health Reform: One Year Later

By Mike R. Fraser, PhD CAE

When our staff team met to plan the 2011 editorial calendar and decided that the March issue of Pulse would mark the one year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what we know as “ACA,” we had no idea the future would look like this! Efforts to stop, repeal and/or defund ACA seemed like idle threats a year ago. On the first anniversary of the most significant health legislation to be adopted by Congress in my lifetime I must admit I thought we would be well past celebration and well into implementation. I had no idea, however, that we would also be well into active defense of this important landmark in improving the health of America’s women, children, and families. [read more] 



Home Visiting - One Year Later

By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP

One year ago, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One of the most exciting and direct provisions in this law from an MCH perspective is the addition of a new section of the Title V statute that creates a Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. This program for the first time provides leadership and a dedicated mandatory federal funding stream to support the expansion of home visiting programs. [read more]       

Prevention and Public Health Fund

By Carolyn Mullen
Associate Director, National Center on Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided a historic opportunity to invest in prevention and public health through the creation of a Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Fund provides mandatory funding, over the fiscal year 2008 level, for programs authorized by the Public Health Service Act, for prevention, wellness and public health activities to reduce and combat a host of leading public health issues. [read more]

Innovation Center Established to Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

By Karen VanLandeghem, MPH
Senior Advisor, National Center for Health Reform Implementation, AMCHP

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was established under the Affordable Care Act (Section 3021) to test innovative payment and service delivery models for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs. Established in November 2010 as part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the mission of CMMI is to "produce better experiences of care and better health outcomes for all Americans and at lower costs through improvements." CMMI has a mandatory appropriation under ACA of $10 billion over the next 10 years. [read more]

Success Story

Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council

By Bonnie S. Birkel, CRNP, MPH
Director, Center for Maternal and Child Health
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

On March 24, 2010, the day after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, Governor Martin O’Malley created the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council with the purpose of advising the administration on policies and procedures to implement federal health reform as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Council’s focus was keeping Maryland among the leading states in expanding quality, affordable health care while reducing waste and controlling costs. [read more]


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View from Washington

Affordable Care Act - One Year Later

By Brent Ewig, MHS
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, AMCHP      

This issue marks the one year anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the past year, AMCHP has worked hard to help our members and partners better understand and begin to implement what is no doubt one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation we will see in our lifetime. This column looks back on significant implementation actions taken in the past year, shares AMCHP’s current priorities, and looks ahead to future opportunities and what you can expect from AMCHP. [read more]


Partner Updates

AMCHP Partners on Healthy Weight Collaborative 

By Lauren Raskin Ramos
Director of Programs, AMCHP

Rates of obesity and overweight continue to rise across the United States, and obesity is one of the top three leading causes of preventable death. To address this problem, the Affordable Care Act provided funding through the Public Health and Prevention Fund to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support a national Prevention Center for Healthy Weight. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading this effort, and has convened national organizations, including AMCHP to partner in this exciting effort. [read more]

Using Social Media to Make a Difference in MCH

By Allan Stamm
Chief Executive Officer
Go Beyond MCH 

The 2011 AMCHP Annual Conference was proof that the MCH industry has entered the era of Web 2.0. We no longer are separated from each other by county or state lines. Thanks to technology and social networks we are now a united front of MCH professionals who are sharing best practices and learning from one another. We now have the ability to come together and make a much more profound impact on issues that affect us all — such as legislation threatening the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reaching disenfranchised populations in our communities, or developing effective solutions to a variety of challenges we face each day. [read more]


Who's New

New MCH Leaders

See who is a new MCH leader. [read more]

AMCHP welcomes new staff: Kate Howe and Cristina Sciuto! [read more]


Get Involved

Call for Abstracts for the Western MCH EPI Conference
The 2011 Western Regional Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference organizers invite local, state and federal public health professionals working to improve the health of women, children and families to submit abstracts for the June 19-20 Conference. The abstract submission deadline is March 15. To submit an abstract, visit here

National Health Care Transition Center Webinar
This webinar will convene on March 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, presents findings from a January 2011 report, "Health Care Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs" published by Got Transition? The National Health Care Transition Center. The report authors, Peggy McManus and Katherine Rogers of the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, will discuss their analysis of national and state transition outcome data from the 2005-06 National Survey of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. McManus and Rogers will also present a preliminary summary of Title V State activities and initiatives addressing transition to adult health care. To register, visit here 

Call for Nominations for the Martha May Eliot Award
The Martha May Eliot Award honors a professional worker from the field of maternal and child health. This award is to recognize someone who is active in their fields, and their achievements, indicated by high quality and originality of contributions rather than longevity. Nominees are persons who have made unusual contributions to education, administration or research in the field of maternal and child health. The deadline for nomination materials is April 22. To learn more, visit here 

ODPHP Call for Proposals
The Office on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has issued an RFP – targeted toward states, territories, and tribes - to integrate Healthy People 2020 into their health improvement planning activities with an emphasis on multi-sector collaboration. The proposals are due April 1. To learn more, visit here 

New Resource for Substance Use during Pregnancy
The Indiana Perinatal Network has launched a web-based provider training program entitled, “Integrating Screening and Treatment of Substance Use into Prenatal Care.” The 54-minute program addresses tobacco, alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy and incorporates practical role-play scenarios with clinical and research-based materials and interventions. This unique, award-winning program features Dr. James Nocon, associate professor from the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Prenatal Recovery Clinic at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. It also includes helpful resources and detailed clinical presentations on substance use related topics. The program is approved for CME’s, nursing contact hours and social work CEU’s and was produced in cooperation with IN ACOG, IN AAP, the IU School of Medicine, March of Dimes, the Indiana State Department of Health and Indianapolis Healthy Start. To learn more, visit here or call the Indiana Perinatal Network at (866) 338-0825.  


Data and Trends

See a map of teen pregnancy prevention funding by state or territory here.  



View and download resources on Health Reform here.


AMCHP Annual Conference 2011 Highlights

See the highlights of AMCHP's 2011 Annual Conference here.