Best Practices/Innovation Station
Best Practice Awards Announced
AMCHP's Best Practices Committee voted on the top 2017 submissions to the Innovation Station Database. Congratulations to the winners, who will be recognized at AMCHP's 2018 Annual Conference:
• Promising Practice: Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (Wisconsin)
• Best Practice: Moving Beyond Depression (Ohio)
• Best Practice: BABY & ME-Tobacco Free (New York)
Learn more about best practices in MCH at AMCHP's Best Practices page.
Public Health Associates
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for the Public Health Associate Program. This is a two-year, competitive, paid training program for early-career, public health professionals. Associates are employed by CDC and work in state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments; nongovernmental organizations; public health institutes and associations; academic institutions; and CDC quarantine stations. The host site application period is open until Jan. 18. Sites must be able to host an associate from October 2018 to October 2020.
General & Maternal Child Health
Title V MCH Services Block Grant Application/Annual Report Guidance
The updated Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Application/Annual Report Guidance received clearance from the Office of Management and Budget for three years. It contains two documents: The Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to States Program Guidance and Forms, and an appendix of supporting documents.
Mark your calendars for the skills-building session hosted by the Division of State and Community Health on Saturday, Feb. 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the AMCHP Annual Conference. This session will feature an overview of the narrative and reporting requirements contained in the updated MCH Block Grant Application/Annual Report Guidance, as well as planned revisions to the Title V Information System for fiscal 2019. The TVIS project team will host a learning lab on Sunday and Monday at the conference to provide state/jurisdictional Title V program staff with an opportunity for enhanced group learning and one-on-one support.
Toolkit to Improve the Health of People Living with HIV
Collaboration between state Medicaid and health department HIV programs is integral to providing high-quality, comprehensive health care to people living with HIV so they can achieve virologic suppression, improve health outcomes, and reduce their risk of transmitting HIV. This comprehensive toolkit from the National Academy for State Health Policy gives states valuable tools and resources to help officials share and utilize data, collaborate with stakeholders, and make policy and program changes to improve the overall health of people living with HIV.
Child & Adolescent Health
New Mobile Game App on Concussion Safety
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the HEADS UP Rocket Blades mobile game app on concussion safety for children, which can be downloaded onto an Android or Amazon phone.
Women's and Infant Health
Vital Signs: Trends and disparities in infant safe sleep practices, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2009-2015
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Signs series addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month's edition presents latest findings on safe sleep for babies.