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AMCHP 2019 — KEY UPDATES

AMCHP Awards
AMCHP prides itself on recognizing leadership in maternal and child health in various ways. During the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference, scheduled for March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas, AMCHP will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. [more]

AMCHP Issues Call for Session & Poster Proposals – 2019 Annual Conference!
The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) invites you to submit a proposal (workshop, skills-building session, or poster) for the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference, to be held March 9-12 at the San Antonio Riverside Marriott in San Antonio, Texas. [more]

BOARD CORNER

Join the AMCHP Board of Directors!
AMCHP member delegates are encouraged to consider applying for one of several open positions on our board of directors. AMCHP is accepting nominations through Sept. 28 for elections to be held in December. Your help is needed to fill these important roles!

LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CORNER   

Senate Passes Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill with MCH Amendments
The Senate passed its fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS) bill on Aug. 23 as part of a combined package with Department of Defense appropriations. [more]

AMCHP Endorses New Maternal Mortality Legislation
Members of the U.S. Senate introduced two bills last month to address maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity: the Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act (S. 3392) and the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act (S. 3363). [more]

Hearing Scheduled for the ACE Kids Act
The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee scheduled a hearing on the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act (H.R. 3325) for Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. [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, Sept. 6, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

GET INVOLVED

 
Survey to Better Support Breastfeeding Mothers
The National Institute for Children's Health Quality will host a webinar in the fall on strategies health professionals can leverage to help families follow breastfeeding best-practices. [more]
 
Health Center Profiles
This program from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration highlights health centers whose work has led to significant improvements in increasing access to care. [more] 

Roots of Health Inequity Online Course
This online course and learning collaborative from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities is designed for the local public health workforce to explore the social determinants of health. [more] 

Webinars

Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Connecting People with Complex Needs to Community Resources
U.S. Center for Health Care Strategies
Sept. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Shares strategies for addressing social determinants of health through screening approaches [more]

Project ECHO: Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnant Women - Infant Treatment Options
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Sept. 11, 11-12 p.m. ET
Reviews assessment, management, and continuation of care for expectant mothers with opioid use disorder.

The Status of Infants and Toddlers in Philadelphia
Child Trends
Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET
Highlights key findings from a report on the status of infants and toddlers in Philadelphia, Penn. [more]

Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Pregnant Women and Infants: Data for Action
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sept. 18, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses how tracking birth defects and monitoring health outcomes can help in prevention and treatment efforts by providing real-time information through surveillance.

A Conversation on Protecting Rights of Children with Medical Complexity in an Era of Spending Reduction
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Sept. 20, 2-3 p.m. ET
Reviews what government and private health plans are doing and could do to promote optimal health. [more]

The State of the Data on Hispanic Children and Families
National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families
Sept. 20, 2-3 p.m. ET
Builds on a series of briefs and interactive data tools developed to assess the available data. [more]

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention via Telehealth for Children with Autism and Related Disorders
National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
Sept. 20, 2-3 p.m. ET
Discusses clinic-to-clinic and clinic-to-home pilot projects currently being carried out at Seattle Children's Autism Center. [more] 

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Best Practices/Innovation Station
 
Now Accepting Submissions to AMCHP's Innovation Station
Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you'd like to share and include in AMCHP's Innovation Station?  AMCHP is accepting submissions for its fall best practices review. [more]

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network Learning Session Resources
Resources from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems summer conference. [more]

Workforce Development
 
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program Compliance Manual Update
This document serves as a streamlined and consolidated resource to assist health centers in understanding and demonstrating compliance with the Health Center Program and Federal Tort Claims Act program requirements.

U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol Update
This tool for assessing compliance with health center program requirements during operational site visits is designed to provide the information necessary for the agency to perform its oversight responsibilities. [more] 
 
General & Maternal Child Health
 
U.S. Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) POLARIS Policy Portal Rural Health Page
This portal brings together CDC’s public health-focused trainings and resources on topics such as policy analysis and policy evaluation.

Experiences of Parents and Children Living in Poverty: A Review of the Qualitative Literature
This report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details a review of studies focusing on the experiences of poverty from the perspective of parents and their children. [more] 

Child & Adolescent Health
 
New Model to Address Impact of the Opioid Crisis for Children
This U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services model aims to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for children under 21 years of age covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. [more] 

Early Life Influence on Child Weight Outcomes in the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
This new article from the journal Autism uses data from SEED, the largest study in the United States to help identify factors that may put children at risk for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Women's and Infant Health

Creating a Safe Sleep City
This article from the National Institute for Children's Health Quality highlights strategies Mississippi is leveraging to mobilize efforts across Jackson. [more]

Earlier Autism Diagnosis Means Better Outcomes for Rural Children
This article from the University of Virginia highlights a new pilot program at the university that uses telemedicine to train primary care providers in rural areas. [more] 

FUNDING

Using Archived Data and Specimen Collections to Advance Maternal and Pediatric HIV/AIDS
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Sept. 13
Addresses the needs of the maternal and pediatric HIV scientific community for research data translation and sharing, and will support secondary data analyses using archived HIV/AIDS data and specimens to generate new research questions and findings.
 
State Technical Assistance Projects to Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind and National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Sept. 20
Promotes academic achievement and improves results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.
 
Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Sept. 24
Supports the creation of innovative solutions to empower low-income families to achieve healthy eating practices, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable changes within the home environment – within the broader context of their community.