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AMCHP 2018 — KEY UPDATES


AMCHP CEO Search Underway
Following the resignation of Lori Freeman from AMCHP to assume the CEO position at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, AMCHP has retained Sterling Martin Associates to conduct the search for the organization's next chief executive officer. Interested applicants can view the position description here. Questions may be directed to Sterling Martin Associates, David S. Martin, Managing Partner. 

BOARD CORNER

Retired Colonel on an MCH Mission: Bring Lessons from Beijing to Public Health in Arkansas
"Global healthcare revolutionary" Dr. Alan Mease shares observations from a career that took him to Bahrain during the Gulf War, to pediatric practice in Beijing, and now to Arkansas as medical director for child and adolescent health at the state Department of Health. Among his lessons: "My experience training what used to be called barefoot doctors in China certainly applies to the addressing the problems here in rural Arkansas." [more]

NEW FROM AMCHP

 
New Practices in AMCHP's Innovation Station
AMCHP is pleased to announce that one new practice has been added to the Innovation Station Database following a recent review by the Best Practices Committee. [more]

Applications Open for 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Pre-Conference Trainings
AMCHP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and CityMatCH are hosting six one-day training sessions on Sept. 10-11, for those wishing to build their skills in applied Maternal and Child Health Services epidemiology, data visualization, quality improvement, policy engagement, public health program evaluation, and economic analysis. [more]

Implementation Road Maps
AMCHP has released Implementation Road Maps, an e-learning module to support implementation, adaptation, and innovation of best practices in maternal and child health (MCH). [more]

LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CORNER    
         

Big Week for L-HHS Appropriations
The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the fiscal year 2019 legislation for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) this week. [more]
 
AMCHP Statement on Family Separation at the Border
In response to the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border, AMCHP released a statement calling on the administration to reverse its policy and take immediate steps to ensure the well-being of affected children by reuniting them with their families. [more]

Markup of Maternal Mortality bill, PREEMIE Reauthorization Act

On June 26 the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions passed two bills that support maternal and child health: the Maternal Health Accountability Act (S. 1112) and the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early (PREEMIE) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (S. 3029). [more]

Rescissions Update
The White House proposal to rescind roughly $15 billion in federal budget authority from prior fiscal years appears to be dead. [more]

Get up to Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Thursday, July 5, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

GET INVOLVED

 Notice of Request for Nominations for Public Members
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations for public members to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Webinars
 
A Conversation on Models of Care Delivery for Children with Medical Complexity
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
June 28, 1-2 p.m. ET
Explores innovative care delivery models and discusses current literature for improvements in care delivery for children with medical complexity.

How the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration is Applying Your Feedback to Assess a Future Data Collaborative
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
June 28, 12-1 p.m. ET
Provides an update on the Quality Improvement/Innovation Data Collaborative, an ongoing effort to assess the feasibility of a collaboration that would give stakeholders data and analytical tools to support quality improvement initiatives and research.
 
Health Center Expansion Opportunities: Meeting the Needs of Your Community
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium
June 28, 2-3 p.m. ET
Outlines expansion opportunities for health centers to leverage resources, identify potential for growth, and work with patients and community partners to improve care.
 
Key Components of Integrated Care Roundtable Discussion
U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
July 12, 3-4 p.m. ET
Roundtable discussion for health centers on Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement for behavioral health integration services.

 Improving Post Birth Education: Effectively Educating Patients on Postpartum Complications
The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care
July 18, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses the leading causes, trends, and effects of postpartum morbidity and mortality and describes recommendations for standardizing the education all new mothers receive about the symptoms of the most common postpartum complications.

A Conversation on Meaningful Family Engagement, from Clinical Care to Health Policy
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health 
This recorded webinar shows how to meaningfully involve families at every level of health care systems and engage them as critical partners in designing policies that will improve care for all children.

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Child & Adolescent Health

Developmental Surveillance: What, Why, and How
This new video from the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights important developmental surveillance steps that clinicians should take during each health supervision visit. 
 
Families of Children with Medical Complexity: A View from the Front Lines
The article articulates why understanding the challenges that families of children with medical complexity face is vital to efforts to improve the system and the life course of vulnerable populations.

Building Systems that Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
A series of articles in a supplement to Pediatrics, sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, aims to clarify some of the difficult, systemic issues and challenges affecting health care for these children, and point the way toward their resolution.

Women's and Infant Health
 
Babies May Understand Words Before They Can Talk
This study from Duke University suggests that babies can understand language before they're able to speak.
 
Making Eye Contact with Infants Can Support Their Social Development
A study from University of Cambridge researchers found that babies' and adults' brain waves were more likely to sync when they looked directly at each other.

FUNDING

Newborn Screening New Condition Implementation:  Capacity Building and Quality Improvement through Data Harmonization
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: June 29
Aims to increase the number of states and territories with fully implemented newborn screening programs.
 
Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation program
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: June 29
Extends preventive health services to women who are participants of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Replicating Programs Effective in the Promotion of Healthy Adolescence and the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and Associated Risk Behaviors
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: June 29
Replicates and scales up programs that include the protective factors shown to be effective in the prevention of risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy.

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