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BOARD CORNER

The 2018 AMCHP Board of Directors Election began on Jan. 5, 2018, and will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 7, 2018. Voting for the next cohort of AMCHP leadership is a key benefit of AMCHP membership. Please exercise this important right. Read more.

AMCHP 2018 - KEY UPDATES

Discount Extended!
The early-bird registration deadline has been extended by one week! Invest in your professional development and save money by registering for the Annual Conference on or before Jan. 12 to receive the discount. Read more. 

Join AMCHP Business Meeting
All AMCHP members, partners, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend the AMCHP Annual Business meeting to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:45-9 a.m., in Salon H at the Crystal Gateway Marriott during the AMCHP Annual Conference. Read more. 

Hotel Registration
The guaranteed rate for the hotel is open until the end of Jan. 15 or until all the rooms are booked. Read more.  

NEW FROM AMCHP

AMCHP Awards Announced
Join us in congratulating the 14 winners of the 2018 AMCHP awards! These awards are presented at AMCHP's Annual Conference, an annual celebration of maternal and child health programs nationwide. Read about the winners and about the Annual Conference. Read more.

Learning Module: History of Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Programs
This interactive module aims to inform Title V leaders, health professionals, students, and other stakeholders about the evolution of Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs and the policies and efforts that helped shape where Title V CYSHCN programs are today. Read more.

LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CORNER                   

Congress Returns to Long To-Do List
Congress is back in session with a long list of time-sensitive issues to address. Read more.

Another Continuing Resolution, Another Short-Term Fix for CHIP
President Trump signed into law another continuing resolution (CR) on Dec. 22 that will keep the government funded through Jan. 19. The CR included a short-term funding patch for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers to keep those programs funded through March 31. Read more.

Cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund
Unfortunately, the most recent continuing resolution also included a $750 million cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund beginning in fiscal year 2019. Read more.

GET INVOLVED

Boost Workforce Skills and Capacity
Due to weather challenges in much of the country, the National MCH Workforce Development Center extended the deadline for its Cohort 2018 application until 12 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. Read more.

APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting Seeks Presentations
The American Public Health Association's annual meeting in San Diego Nov. 10-14 will bring more than 12,000 public health professionals to learn, network, and engage. Read more.

The NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award
This award recognizes outstanding published work from researchers furthering innovation in health care financing, delivery, and organization or the implementation of health care policy. The award carries a $10,000 prize. Read more.

Webinars

Medicaid IAP New Technical Support Opportunity for States: Value-Based Payment for Home and Community-Based Services
The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program's Community-Integration through Long-Term Service and Supports Program Area is launching an 11-month technical support opportunity for up to 10 states to design value-based payment (VBP) strategies for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Read more.
Jan. 16. 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET

Training the Next Generation of MCH Professionals in Eating Disorders Prevention
This e-module, "Who's Calling Me Fat? or, How Columbia Got Its Obesity Prevention Campaign Back on Track," engages learners in real-world dilemmas, problem solving, and teamwork to tackle high-impact issues in eating disorders prevention. Read more.
The Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health
Jan. 8 through Jan. 28, 2018

Innovative Medicaid Payment Models to Fund Community Health Workers Who Make Home Environments Healthy
The National Academy for State Health Policy is featuring case studies highlighting innovative community health worker (CHW) programs across the country; its latest study examines Medicaid payment models for CHWs who provide in-home services to improve healthy home environments. Read more.

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation
Highlights the Define Your Direction prescription opioid abuse prevention movement's components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes. Read more.
National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities
Jan. 25, 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 to help your health department champion transformative change to advance health equity. Read more.
Government Alliance on Race and Equity, the National Collaborative for Health Equity, and the National Association of County and City Health Officers
Feb. 15, 7-8 a.m. ET

PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Best Practices/Innovation Station

Best Practice Awards Announced
AMCHP's Best Practices Committee voted on the top 2017 submissions to the Innovation Station DatabaseRead more.

Workforce Development

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

Women's and Infant Health
CDC Releases New Vital Signs
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. Read more.

ON YOUR BEHALF

The Role of Title V Programs and Value-Based Purchasing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Presentations from AMCHP and the state Title V programs in Oregon and Colorado helped to define the role of Title V programs in relation to value-based purchasing (VBP) arrangements, discussed program examples and shared lessons. Read more.

FUNDING

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Synopsis 1
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Feb. 16
To reduce maternal deaths and severe maternal morbidity by engaging provider organizations, state-based health and public health systems, consumer groups, and other stakeholders within a national partnership to assist state-based teams in implementing evidence-based maternal safety bundles. 

Supporting State Maternal and Child Health Policy Innovation Program Synopsis 1
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Feb. 16
To support innovative state-level policy initiatives that improve access to quality health care for the MCH population. 

National Fetal, Infant, and Child Death Review Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Jan. 16
To reduce fetal, infant, and child deaths by improving the quality of fatality reviews and providing evidence-based prevention strategies. 

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