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Virtual Training Opportunity: Title V Five Year Needs Assessment
Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a state-wide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. Hard to believe that the time has come for Title V programs to prepare for the next comprehensive needs assessment! The needs assessment process can be a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision-making and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period. To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments, AMCHP is hosting a series of virtual trainings to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. The first webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will provide an overview of the needs assessment process with a presentation from Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, Dean for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Dr. Petersen will be presenting on the “Nuts and Bolts of the Five Year Needs Assessment,” followed by a state-in-action example from Massachusetts. The Massachusetts MCH team will share their strategies, resources and lessons learned from conducting the five-year needs assessment process.

Following this webinar, AMCHP intends to provide additional training on other topics related to the needs assessment (i.e., stakeholder engagement, strategic decision making) based on input provided by webinar participants. Please click here to register for this event and to let us know what additional topics related to the five-year needs assessment process that you feel are critical for AMCHP to address. If you have any questions about this event please contact Jessica Teel (jteel@amchp.org).

AMCHP RFA: ALC for State Title V CYSHCN Directors and Teams: Taking a Leadership Role in Transitioning CYSHCN into Medicaid Managed Care Arrangements
AMCHP released a request for applications (RFA) for interested state teams to join an action learning collaborative (ALC) to take place in late-April 2014. The ALC will focus on states currently transitioning children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) into Medicaid managed care arrangements, states planning to transition CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements, and states that have already transitioned CYSHCN into Medicaid managed care arrangements. With support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), AMCHP aims to provide targeted technical assistance for a subset of up to 10 state teams comprised of state Title V CYSHCN directors and their key partners. The application deadline is Mar. 7. For more information, please click here.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Releases Request for Participation
The National MCH Workforce Development Center at UNC Chapel Hill, in cooperation with MCHB, and in partnership with AMCHP and national experts in MCH innovation and quality improvement, will offer state and territorial Title V leaders training, collaborative learning opportunities, and technical assistance in implementing health care reform using a variety of learning platforms. In the current dynamic context, tools and resources to strengthen MCH capacity and skills in four core areas will be available through the National Center to move from evidence to action.

  1. Improving access to care
  2. Using quality improvement tools to drive transformation
  3. Fostering integration and harmonization within public health and across organizational boundaries and sectors including primary care, mental health, early intervention and community-based service delivery and financing systems
  4. Furthering effective change management, collective action and individual leadership skills that will lead to health improvement for MCH populations

The center will address the four areas above by providing three levels of training and technical assistance: 1) universal training for all Title V staff and MCH trainees related to the 4 core areas; 2) targeted training and technical assistance for self-selected Title V staff and partners; and 3) intensive training and technical assistance for an annual cohort of states/territories. The center is releasing a Request for Participation (RFP) for states that wish to participate in the intensive training and technical assistance described above. With this RFP, the center is aiming to engage eight to 10 states and territories where center support may create new opportunities for Title V involvement in health reform, expand and scale successful multi-agency partnerships, and supplement ongoing or planned work. Participation in the intensive training and technical assistance should complement existing or planned activities rather than create an entirely new project. Costs related to travel and training will be covered by the center; state teams need only plan for an investment of staff time as these intensive collaborative partnerships will last approximately six to 18 months. Due date for the RFP is Monday, Mar. 10. Additional information regarding the center and the RFP is available at www.amchp.org/Transformation-Station.

Webinar: Federal Efforts to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Data Capacity and Health Outcomes
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a webinar, “Federal Efforts to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Data Capacity and Health Outcomes,” on Monday, Mar. 3 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST. This joint federal webinar will feature presenters from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HHS is committed to improving the health of mothers, infants, and children nationwide. With this aim in mind, the CDC, CMS, and HRSA are working to build a stronger partnership to improve data collection, surveillance and maternal and infant health outcomes. To register, click here.