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 Jan. 10, 2017

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Legislative & Policy Corner

AMCHP Releases 100-Day Agenda for New Administration
Last week, AMCHP shared with the incoming presidential administration a 100-Day Policy Agenda to improve the health of all women, children and families, including those with special health care needs. [more]

115th Congress Convenes
On Jan. 3, the 115th Congress convened and went straight to work to achieve an ambitious legislative agenda.  In week one, the Senate already set the stage for the series of actions that will be needed to move forward with repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though much remains in limbo. [more]

Congratulations to Christopher Dykton, New DSCH Deputy Director
Christopher Dykton has been named deputy director for the Division of State and Community Health (DSCH) in the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. [more]

Health Systems Transformation
State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants
In mid-December, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention released a funding opportunity announcement to address the opioid crisis. [more]

Get Involved

Earn Recognition as an MCH Scholar
The $3,500 Go Beyond MCH Emerging MCH Graduate Student Scholarship will again be awarded at the AMCHP Annual Conference in 2017! [more]

Strengthen Your System of Care for CYSHCN
AMCHP, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy and with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, is excited to announce a Request for Applications for state teams interested in receiving peer-to-peer technical assistance (TA) in adopting the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs to improve their state systems of care for these children. [more]

Get a Discount for AMCHP 2017!
There is no better way to begin the new year than to invest in your professional development and save money by registering for the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference. This is the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. Register on or before Jan. 26 to receive an early bird discount! [more]

Promoting Health Equity in the U.S.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release its report on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in a live event in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Enhance Your Understanding of Family Involvement
The Center for the Study of Social Policy will host a webinar on Jan. 11 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. [more]

Identifying Autism Risk Factors
The Autism Research Institute will host a webinar on Jan. 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET that will discuss how public health professionals can help improve autism risk factors during the perinatal period. [more]

Expand Your Knowledge on FASD
The American Academy of Pediatrics will host a webinar on Jan. 18 from 4:00-4:30 p.m. ET. [more]

Learn More about Workforce Pipeline Development Programs for Youth
The New England Regional Health Equity Council will host a webinar on Jan. 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
In January, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and its chapters across the country will highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV and the importance of early detection. [more]

Unique Challenges of Opioid Use Disorder in Women
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will host the next Public Health Grand Rounds installment on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. ET. This presentation will address the recent increase in overdose death, related to the misuse of opioids and heroin. [more]

Become a Leader in Public Health
The Kresge Foundation is seeking applicants for the Emerging Leaders in Public Health program. This is an ongoing leadership development initiative designed to equip local public health officers with knowledge and skills to lead in today's changing health care environment. [more]

Present Your Research in Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The U.S. Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting abstracts for the 2017 FYSB Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Grantee Conference in St. Louis, Mo. (June 27-29). [more]

CityMatCH is Accepting Abstract Submissions!
CityMatCH is accepting submissions for oral and poster presentations for the 2017 CityMatCH MCH Leadership Conference and Healthy Start Convention in Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 18-20). [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner
Zika Virus — Ten Public Health Achievements in 2016 & Future Priorities
As the emergency response to Zika approaches one year, a new report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights 10 critical contributions towards the fight against Zika in 2016. [more]

Increasing Access Contraception During the Zika Outbreak in Puerto Rico
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report that models the potential cost-effectiveness of increasing access to contraception in Puerto Rico during a Zika virus outbreak. [more]

Child and Adolescent Health
Observing National Birth Defects Prevention Month
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for 2017 is Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection. [more]

New Autism Transition Report Released
The U.S. Government Accountability Office released Youth Autism: Roundtable Views of Services Needed During the Transition into Adulthood. This report examines the types of services and supports transitioning youth with autism require to reach their adulthood goals. [more]

Social Support for Parents
The Journal of Medical Internet Research published a report that explores the role of digital parent-to-parent support. [more]

Legislation & Policy in MCH               
Asthma and Allery Policies for Schools
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America published the 2016 State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools. The report describes states with the best public policies for people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in elementary, middle and high schools. [more]

Women's & Infant Health
New Recommendations for Women's Health Preventative Services Guidelines
A coalition of national health organizations, led by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released recommendations for the updated Women's Preventive Services Guidelines. These updated guidelines, endorsed by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, address the preventive health care needs of adolescent and adult women and fill in gaps or address conflicts in the existing guidelines. [more]

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Seeking Child & Adolescent Health Program Associate
The program associate for child and adolescent health is a member of the program team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) programs by performing a variety administrative, logistic, and planning tasks that enable AMCHP program team projects to succeed. [more]

AMCHP Searching for Child & Adolescent Health Program Analyst
This position supports the child & adolescent health team, which resides within AMCHP's program division.  Specifically, this position participates in the planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation of initiatives related to the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) and to child health programs (including early childhood and healthy weight). [more]


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Implementation Center for HIV Clinical Quality Improvement
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration solicits applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Implementation Center for HIV Clinical Quality Improvement. The purpose of this program is to assist RWHAP recipients and subrecipients with implementing clinical quality improvement methodologies and concepts, as required by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, to improve HIV health outcomes for people living with HIV. For more information, click here.

Pilot Clinical Trials in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease Participating Clinical Centers
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
The National Institutes of Health funding opportunity will initiate and implement a network of participating clinical centers to perform pilot and feasibility studies of therapies to slow or reverse the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in children. These pilot studies will seek to optimize critical elements of a full-scale randomized control trial design. To apply as a data coordinating center, click here. To apply as a participating clinical center, click here.

Contraception Research Centers Program
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2017
The National Institutes of Health funding opportunity is to support and facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to the development of new and/or improved contraceptive methods for men and women. This opportunity expands the scope of the former program by calling for centers to inform contraceptive development and improve contraceptive use by integrating the biomedical research and development with behavioral and social science research. For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program National Training and Technical Assistance Programs for Resource, Dissemination, Improved Data and Organizational Development
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for a national training and technical assistance program to fund a series of activities to provide support to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients and subrecipient providers. These activities will support several program focus areas intended to enhance access to high-quality HIV care and support services for low income, underinsured, uninsured and underserved people living with HIV. For more information, click here.

Maternal and Child Environmental Health Network
Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting applications for the Maternal and Child Environmental Health Network. This programs seeks to decrease maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with pre- and post-natal environmental exposures. One organization will be funded to implement and support a network of national and regional teratogen information counseling centers. This program is intended to be a resource for women of reproductive age, their partners and health care providers, with an emphasis on vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. For more information, click here.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A Planning Council and Transitional Grant Area Planning Body Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2017
The goal of this Health Resources and Services Administration cooperative agreement is to provide comprehensive technical assistance to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part A Planning Council and Transitional Grant Area Planning (TGA) Bodies that will enable them to enhance their abilities to successfully meet legislative responsibilities. HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau will engage an organization with national reach to provide Planning Council and TGA Planning Body-related technical assistance to recipients, jurisdictional leadership and support staff. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.