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AMCHP 2018 - Key Updates

AMCHP 2018 starts this week! Here is some important information and a peek at some of the insightful and powerful discussions that you can join. Read about all about the conference here.

Keynote Address: Dr. Lu on the Future of Maternal and Child Health
AMCHP is proud to announce Dr. Michael Lu, former director of the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will deliver the closing keynote at AMCHP 2018 about “The Future of Maternal and Child Health” on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

New from AMCHP

Replication Project RFA Now Open
Would you like to replicate an effective practice in AMCHP's Innovation Station? Consider applying for the Best Practices Technical Assistance Replication Project. [more]

Best Practice Submissions
Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you'd like to share so other states can replicate it? AMCHP is accepting submissions for its spring best practices review. All applications must be received by March 9. 

Legislative and Policy Corner

Current Funding Bill Expires Feb. 8, Negotiations Continue on Several Issues
The federal government is currently operating under a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that expires this Thursday, Feb. 8 at midnight. To avoid a government shutdown, Congress will need to pass another government spending bill between now and then. [more]

Alex Azar Confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services
On Jan. 23, the Senate confirmed Alex Azar as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In brief remarks at his swearing-in ceremony, Secretary Azar said he would focus on tackling the opioid epidemic and bringing down prescription drug prices.

Leadership Change at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Last week, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Anne Schuchat will serve as Acting Director of CDC until the Trump Administration appoints a replacement for Dr. Fitzgerald. Dr. Schuchat previously served as Acting Director of CDC from Jan. 2017 to July 2017.

Get Involved

Share Your Transition Story
The Transition Readiness and Self-Efficacy Study at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School is conducting a research study. They are seeking input from youth and young adults 15-30 with chronic medical conditions and their parents on the challenges they face in the transition from pediatric to adult health care. [more]

Public Health Associates
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for the Public Health Associate Program. [more]

Submit Your Abstract for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit!
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Office of Women's Health are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit. [more]

Submit Abstracts on Environmental Health and Chronic Disease
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is accepting abstracts for poster presentations for the 2018 Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference. [more]

Black Maternal Health Week
The Black Mamas Matter Alliance has designated April 11 to 17 as Black Maternal Health Week, which it plans to mark as an annual commemoration.

Submit a Proposal on Developmental Monitoring and Language
The Disability Research and Dissemination Center is accepting proposals from universities and state health departments, in partnership or separately, research institutions, non-profit organizations, healthcare entities, and other health professionals.

Get Training in MCH Epidemiology
The Health Resources and Services Administration, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CityMatCH are offering a training course in MCH epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies. [more]


Cultivating Our Roots: Leveraging a Gendered and Cultured Lens to Advance Community Strategies to Improve Population-Wide Mental Health and Wellbeing
Presents an overview an overview of community-driven efforts to improve mental health, including youth-focused strategies that include sport and play, urban and rural approaches, and the importance of food sovereignty to mental wellbeing. 
Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ET

Preconception Health Webinar Series
Discuss topics focused on improving the health of women prior to pregnancy and aiming toward better birth outcomes, including tobacco use, paternal reproductive health, equity and inclusiveness, and adverse childhood events. Download the first completed presentation.
March of Dimes North Carolina
Multiple dates

Framing Adolescent Health – Are You Sending the Right Message? Series
Borrow strategies used by commercial advertisers, leverage the best thinking of cognitive linguists, and apply findings from the latest communications research to reach adolescents and young adults. [more]
State Adolescent Health Resource Center
Multiple dates

Best Practices: Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Moms
Learn about implementing or furthering state/population level procedures for developing a statewide or regional telephone psychiatric consultation, care coordination, and training program that expands medical clinicians' capacity to screen, treat, and refer pregnant and postpartum women for mental health and substance use disorders. [more]
SAMHSA and the HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
Feb. 14, 3-4 p.m. ET

Championing Transformative Change to Advance Health Equity
Discusses why "transformative change" is essential to advancing health equity through examples from Omaha and Minnesota. The webinar will also discuss how Human Impact Partners and others are building a health equity movement and supporting innovation and will provide resources to help your health department champion transformative change to advance health equity.
Health Improvement Partners
Feb. 15, 1-2 p.m. ET

Title V Data Integration Toolkit: Examining and Applying the Use Cases
Discuss the new tool, the Title V Data Integration toolkit, which is a collection of resources that aims to assist states as they integrate Title V data into Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS). [more]
Feb. 22, 3-4 p.m. ET

Reverse Mentoring: Helping to Support a Multigenerational Public Health Workforce
Explore a possible solution to bridging the gap between different generations in the workplace. Please register here.
March 15, 2:30 p.m. ET

Publications and Resources

Workforce Development

ASTHO Releases State and Territorial Profile
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) just released the ASTHO Profile of State and Territorial Public Health, Volume Four. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes
The Center for Tobacco Products of the Food and Drug Administration requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convene a committee of experts to conduct a review the available evidence of the health effects related to the use of e-cigarettes and identify future federally funded research needs. [more]

Epidemiology and MCH

CDC Publishes New 2016 Zika Birth Defects Surveillance Data
This is the first report on the prevalence in the U.S. states and territories of birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection during pregnancy since the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas began. [more]

Child & Adolescent Health

Improving Chronic Care for Children in California: Learning from Medicare
As states continue the transition of children with chronic and complex health care needs into managed care plans, policymakers have an opportunity to improve services for these children by adopting policies proposed for Medicare, writes Edward Schor, MD, of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. [more]

Legislation and Policy in MCH

SNAP is Linked with Improved National Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have improved health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.


Healthy Weight Grant
Voices for Healthy Kids
Deadline: Feb. 9
To fund effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children.

Announcement of Anticipated Availability of Funds for Support for Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers, and Their Families
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health
Deadline: Feb. 12 (non-binding letter of intent)
To establish, maintain, or operate life-affirming services for expectant and parenting teens, fathers, and their families in high schools, community service centers, and institutions of higher education and to improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: March 29
To strengthen the nation's public health infrastructure; ensure a competent, current, and connected public health system; and improve the delivery of essential public health services through capacity-building assistance activities. 

View more funding opportunities.