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New from AMCHP

National Collaborative Aims to Improve Managed Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Seven states have been selected to participate in a year-long learning collaborative, facilitated by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) in partnership with AMCHP, designed to assist state efforts to improve Medicaid managed care for children with special health care needs. [more]

Call for Applications: 2018 Leadership Lab
AMCHP is requesting applications for participation in the 2018 Leadership Lab. The Leadership Lab is built on peer-to peer collaboration. Participants will spend 10 months engaging in self-directed learning modules, creating an individual development plan, and participating in quarterly webinars. [more]

Legislative and Policy Corner

CHIP and Other Expiring Programs
On Oct. 4 the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed bills to extend CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) for another five years. [more]

Administration Rolls Back Contraception Coverage Requirement
On Oct. 6 the Trump administration announced that it was broadening the exemption for the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover contraception in their health insurance plans, by allowing virtually any employer to avoid the requirement based on religious beliefs or moral convictions. The ACLU as well as attorneys general for at least three states have filed suits against the administration to block the change. [more]

Impact of Halting CSR Payments
In an Oct. 12 Executive Order, the Trump administration announced it will no longer reimburse insurers for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). CSRs were created through the Affordable Care Act to lower out-of-pocket costs for individuals with low income who have Marketplace plans. [more]

AMCHP 2018 — Key Updates

Register for AMCHP 2018!
Registration is open for the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference — the perfect opportunity to connect and network with more than 800 public health officials who share an interest in maternal and child health. [more]

Get Involved

Essentials of Collaboration
This interactive course explores how to produce positive population health outcomes through collaboration. It uses a case study to share key concepts and gives directions on breaking down silos, aligning activities, and working productively together. 
National Institute for Children's Health Quality

Reaching Out, Coming Together Summit
Proposals are being accepted for workshops at for a biennial summit that re-energize the movement against sexual violence. The theme is Reaching Out (across disciplines, causes, genders, faiths, colors, etc.), Coming Together (connecting and discussing how to best serve survivors).
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Deadline: Nov. 17

Effective Communication in Public Health Emergencies—Developing Community-Centered Tools for People with Special Health Care Needs
Comments are invited on a study that will use a multi-tiered, mixed methods approach to data collection to study the communication needs of two target populations during disasters: families with children and youth with special health care needs, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Nov. 20

Warren H. Pearse Women's Health Policy Award
Supports research that explores an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of physicians to deliver health care to women in the general population or a specific area.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Deadline: Dec. 15


Family-Centered Care and Conversation Techniques
Discusses the importance of family-centered care in early childhood screening processes for developmental/behavioral concerns, maternal depression, and social determinants of health.
The STAR Center
Oct. 24, 2-3 p.m. ET

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review
Focuses on progress made towards the Healthy People 2020 family planning and maternal, infant, and child health objectives. [more]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Oct. 25, 12:30-2 p.m. ET

Communicating with Your Kids: Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities
Aimed at helping parents of children with disabilities discuss sexuality. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice direct communication skills. 
Family Voices of California
Nov. 1, 3-4 p.m. ET

Publications and Resources

Family & Community Engagement

Family Engagement Quality Improvement Toolkit
Developed by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, this web-based toolkit provides tools and resources for implementing family engagement quality improvement projects in clinical practice or through multi-site learning collaboratives.

General & Maternal Child Health

Tackling Domestic Violence
In honor of National Violence Awareness Month (October), the Health Resources and Services Administration released a strategy for collaboration at federal, state, and local levels to address intimate partner violence. 

Child & Adolescent Health

50-State Report Examines Medicaid Managed Care for Children with Special Needs 
The National Academy for State Health Policy has compiled a 50-state review of states' use of Medicaid managed care (MMC) programs, which are designed to improve the quality of care while reducing costs for the 20 percent of U.S. children and youth with special health care needs. [more]

State Medicaid Payment Reform Strategies Promote Improved Birth Outcomes
The National Academy for State Health Policy, in partnership with the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ), conducted a 50-state scan of Medicaid measurement and payment strategies designed to improve perinatal care, preventive care for women, and delivery.

Building Inclusive State Child Care Systems
This recent brief gives an historical account of the progress of policies supporting inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childcare settings, and provides strategies  to promote inclusion f.

From the Ground Up: Establishing Strong Core Policies
new resource from CLASP and ZERO TO THREE describes the rationale for investing in programs that support children's development in the earliest years of life and identifies 13 core policies to improving infant-toddler well-being.

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
Children and youth can face emotional strains after a traumatic event such as a car crash or violence. This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

Career Opportunities

Global Health Leadership Internship
Unite For Sight's internship provides undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health delivery programs. [more]


Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 14
Supports Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant programs and partners in accessing and effectively utilizing national, state, and community-level data to inform MCH policy and practice by publishing MCH data and providing related technical assistance and training.

CAPSTONE Centers for Multidisciplinary Research in Child Abuse and Neglect
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: Nov. 27
Will use the specialized research mechanism to call for multidisciplinary centers to serves as the CAPSTONE for research on child abuse and neglect and to serve as a national resource for the field.

Re-Competition of Global Network for Women and Children's Health Research
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: Nov. 27
Invites applications from Research Units (Rus) within the Global Network for Women and Children's Health Research at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. The Rus within the Global Network will participate in addressing the major causes of maternal, neonatal, infant, and early childhood morbidity and mortality through clinical research.

To view more funding opportunities, click here.