Opportunities and Strategies for Improving Preconception Health through Health Reform (Jan. 2, 2013)
AMCHP hosted a webinar in direct response to member requests for more information on how states are navigating health reform and Medicaid to improve birth outcomes, particularly preconception health. The objectives of the webinar are: 1) Provide an overview of coverage for women's and reproductive care currently in the United States; 2) Briefly describe and define preconception health and its importance on improving birth outcomes and lowering disparities in the United States; 3) Highlight how health reform, both at the state and national level, can contribute to improving preconception care for women; and 4) Share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from a state that offers various levels of coverage for preconception health. Click here to view the recording on YouTube.
Social Media 101 (Mar. 27, 2013)
AMCHP hosted a webinar on Social Media 101. The purpose of this webinar was to help State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) grantees understand the basics of Social Media and provide a step by step demonstration on how to set up a Facebook and Twitter profile. The webinar also featured examples of how SPHARC grantees are using Facebook. The full webinar recording can be accessed here.
AMCHP/NICHQ Webinar: Promoting Healthy Weight in MCH Populations (April 26, 2013)
The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a long-recognized public health issue that has serious health and economic consequences, especially for children and families. This webinar, co-hosted by AMCHP and NICHQ, highlighted how states and communities are working to promote healthy weight for children, women and families. Presentations provided of state Title V program efforts to address healthy weight, and examples from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative to address obesity at the community level. Click here to download the recording and slides.
The ABCs of ACOs for MCH (May 30, 2013)
With all eyes on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially the insurance marketplace, Medicaid expansion, and health insurance reforms, states also are working diligently to transform the delivery of services. Among the many initiatives included in the ACA, provisions to establish accountable care organizations (ACOs) are significant because of the potential to help achieve the “IHI Triple Aim”-- improving patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. While significant focus is being placed on ACOs for the adult population the potential for pediatric populations, particularly children with special health care needs (CSHCN) remains unclear. The role of ACOs in population health and how they integrate with community-based systems of care, including public health agencies, on a range of issues, such as care coordination, is still unfolding. This webinar will highlight key considerations for maternal and child health populations, the role of public health in ACO implementation, and efforts to implement ACOs that have a focus on pediatric populations particularly CSHCN. Click here to view the recording on YouTube.
School Health Advisory Councils: National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs for Supporting Children and Adolescents (Jul. 30, 2013)
AMCHP and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) and education and health agency partners in Texas, presented a webinar on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs). The webinar provides an overview of the value of SHACs from the national, state, and local perspectives and the role they play in supporting healthy children and adolescents. The webinar featured a presentation from DASH with an overview of SHACs from the national perspective and presentations from education and health agencies in Texas that highlight SHACs from the state and local perspectives. Click here to view the webinar.
The True Meaning of Succession Planning (Jul. 24, 2013)
Succession planning is not just about identifying and grooming the next generation of leaders. It is an on-going part of workforce development efforts designed to sustain an organization or agency’s capacity. It is supported by activities such as recruiting and retaining a competent workforce by developing skills, knowledge, and building leadership capacity. Particularly in this time of great change in state Title V programs, succession planning is of critical importance to ensure that states have the qualified workforce with the needed expertise for ensuring the continuity and prosperity of maternal and child health programs. AMCHP hosted a webinar, The True Meaning of Succession Planning, to share successful succession planning strategies. During the webinar, Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, Director of Maternal and Child Health for the Tennessee Department of Health provided an overview of the concept of succession planning and shared his efforts related to workforce development in his state. Dr. Warren was also joined by Linda McElwain, RN, Section Chief of Maternal and Child Health for the Wyoming Department of Health, and Patricia Tilley, MS, MA, Acting Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Population Health and Community Services and Title V Director of New Hampshire’s Maternal and Child Health Program who shared their success stories and resources related to building a competent workforce. Click here to view the full webinar.
Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women (Aug. 28, 2013)
AMCHP along with National Health Law Program, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the March of Dimes, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center took part in the first of the Health Reform and Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women Webinar Series. This webinar series providing background and answering questions about insurance options for pregnant women and their families. The link to the webinar recording can be found here.
Leading in Changing Times Series: Great Leaders are Great Decision-Makers: The Importance of Decisiveness (Sept. 18, 2013)
The Leading in Changing Times Series is a year-long, three-part series of webinars blending principles of key leadership theory with real-world stories from senior-level MCH leaders. These 45 minutes leadership “conversations” are designed to share leadership ideas and inspiration. In part one, Karen Trierweiler, Director, Programs and Services, Prevention Services for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided an overview of the key concept, leadership and decision-making, followed by her personal experience in establishing priorities to commit to a course of action in her state. To view the webinar, click here. For the webinar materials, click here.
Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act (Dec. 16, 2013)
As a complement to the release of an issue brief in December, AMCHP hosted a webinar on Breastfeeding and the Affordable Care Act. This webinar provided states with tools and resources to assist with the development of benchmarks and benefits for breastfeeding lactation and counseling services as well as information regarding outreach to businesses for the compliance with the new federal law to create breastfeeding accommodation worksites for nursing moms. Access a complete (audio and visual) recording of the web event here.
AMCHP-CDC Skills-building Suite: Evidence-based Practice: Moving along the Continuum from Selection to Sustainability
This three-part virtual workshop was designed to increase state MCH program capacity to better understand evidence-based programs, dialogue about opportunities and challenges in implementing evidence-based programs, understand complexity in fidelity and adaptation, and consider evaluation and sustainability of evidence-based programs. To learn more about the suite and to view the webinars, click here.
Partnering to Promote Follow-Up Care for Premature Infants (Mar. 25, 2013)
This brief addresses the importance of NICU Follow-Up in premature infants by presenting series of case studies on five state models to support NICU follow-up programs.
Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V (Apr. 26, 2013)
This issue brief highlights how state Title V MCH programs are working to promote healthy weight in their states and communities by presenting an environmental scan of Title V activities and snapshots of several comprehensive state efforts.
Fact Sheet on ACA Navigator Grant Opportunity (April 2013)
In April 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced availability of new funding to support Navigators in federally facilitated and state partnership marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Learn what MCH leaders can do to get involved.
Connecting the Dots to Improve Birth Outcomes: Key Considerations and Recommendations from a National Meeting (July 2013)
While the United States has made some gains in improving infant and maternal mortality rates over the past several decades, nationally these rates remain high and significant disparities still exist. Fortunately renewed interest and public and private investments in improving birth outcomes have resulted in a groundswell of momentum, initiatives, recommendations, and activities at the national, state and local levels. These varied initiatives presented an important and needed opportunity for the leaders of these efforts to coalesce and discuss how to effectively coordinate and maximize the impact of these efforts, particularly for states and community groups. To this end, in July 2013, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AMCHP convened nearly 50 leaders representing federal health agencies, state departments of health and Medicaid agencies, professional associations, provider groups, nonprofit leaders, think tanks, private funders, and academia in Washington, DC.
Coordinating Toll-Free Services (August 2013)
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently established a consumer help center to support the enrollment individuals and families in new health insurance coverage options created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This fact sheet will help MCH leader in their state connect women, children and their families to health insurance coverage.
The Life Course Metrics Project (September 2013)
As MCH programs develop new programming guided by a life course framework, measures are needed to determine the success of their approaches. In response to this emerging issue, AMCHP launched a project designed to identify and promote a standardized set of indicators that can be applied to measure progress using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. Life Course Indicators Online Tool is available here.
Benefits and Eligibility for MCH Populations Explained in Three Easy Charts! (September 2013)
Open enrollment for ACA health insurance plans began on Oct. 1, 2013, with new plans beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. State Title V MCH programs can play a role in educating women, children and their families about projected eligibility levels for various health insurance coverage options as well as eligibility for minimum health plan benefit levels. State MCH programs also can begin to anticipate where there may be potential gaps in health insurance coverage and benefits for MCH populations.
AMCHP created a fact sheet designed to assist state MCH programs in these efforts. The easy-to-follow charts depict the federal minimum eligibility levels for each income scenario, including identified and potential gaps in eligibility for MCH populations both with and without Medicaid expansion. The fact sheet also is designed to be interactive with hyperlinks to direct readers to detailed resources as well as source documents. The fact sheet lays out the projected minimum or essential health insurance benefits for MCH populations, including children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), for each of the following coverage options or scenarios: Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), insurance purchased through the health insurance marketplace (aka health insurance exchange), and safety-net services for those remaining uninsured.
The fact sheet provides an overview of federal benefit and coverage requirements under the ACA. However, the actual benefits package, cost sharing and affordability for families will vary widely depending on the state.
Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment Fact Sheet for MCH Leaders (September 2013)
This fact sheet provide state maternal and child health (MCH) leaders with informational resources and suggested steps to support outreach and enrollment and help ensure improved access to care for MCH populations.
Who Will Be Covered for What in 2014? (September 2013)
This tool is designed to support your role in educating women, children, including those with special health care needs, and families about projected eligibility levels for various health insurance coverage options as well as minimum eligibility levels for health insurance coverage. State MCH programs also can use this to anticipate where there may be potential continued gaps in health insurance coverage and benefits for MCH populations.
State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act (December 2013)
Explore how states and communities can capitalize on the opportunities presented by the ACA to advance breastfeeding. In particular, this issue brief examines state partnerships; financing of breastfeeding support and counseling services; promoting worksite accommodations; utilizing the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to improve referral and tracking; and leveraging other funding opportunities. This issue brief also highlights some of the best practices of state Title V MCH programs and their partners and offers strategies for states interested in developing similar efforts.
State Infant Mortality (SIM) Toolkit: A Standardized Approach for Examining Infant Mortality (December 2013)
This toolkit is the product of the lessons learned from the SIMC, and the experiences and guidance of the five teams that provided the framework for the material contained within this document. The overall purpose of this toolkit is to assist with the analysis and interpretation of available perinatal-related data. It is envisioned that a standardized approach to the infant mortality assessment process presented here will help those concerned with infant mortality programs and data in their states, counties, urban areas, tribal regions, or other population-based areas to identify needs and tailor programs aimed at improving maternal, child, and infant health.
Transformation Station (Ongoing 2013-present)
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, coaching and consultation in implementing health reform using a variety of learning platforms. In the current dynamic context, tools and resources to strengthen MCH capacity and skills in the following four core areas will be available through the National Center to move from evidence to action: Improving access to care; Using quality improvement tools to drive transformation; Fostering integration within public health and across sectors including primary care, mental health, early intervention and community-based service delivery and financing systems; and Furthering change management, including effective collective action skills that will lead health improvement for MCH populations.