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New from AMCHP

Register for AMCHP 2018!
Registration is open for the Maternal and Child Health Federal/State Partnership Technical Assistance Meeting, hosted by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and planned in partnership with AMCHP. [more]

Call for Applications: 2018 Leadership Lab 
AMCHP is seeking applications for participants in the 2018 Leadership Lab – a wonderful opportunity to sharpen and build your skills, share best practices and strategies, and enrich the maternal and child health workforce. [more]

Legislative and Policy Corner

Get up to Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next even in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Oct. 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Members can register here.

Help Needed to Save MIECHV, CHIP and More
Although Sept. 30 was technically the funding expiration date for CHIP, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), Family to Family Information Centers and other health programs, Congress has failed to take action. [more]

Health Reform: What's Next
The recent Senate decision not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act means that this year's attempts at repeal/replace are effectively exhausted. [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

Nominations for 2018 AMCHP Awards! 
AMCHP prides itself on recognizing leadership in maternal and child health in various ways. During the 2018 AMCHP Annual Conference (Feb. 10-13 in Arlington, Va.), we will present awards to MCH leaders and honor excellence in the field. Nominations for the following awards will be accepted through Oct. 15. [more]

Health Equity Hero Award
This award recognizes exemplary achievement of individuals in region III (mid-Atlantic) who support community efforts to end health disparities and promote health equity.
Regional Health Equity Council
Deadline: Oct. 6         

Global Health & Innovation Conference
Abstracts are being accepted from professionals and students for research presentations, program presentations, and the social impact pitch presentations at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University in April 2018.
Unite for Sight
Deadline: Oct. 15

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. [more]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Nov. 20

Call for Applications: 2018 Trainee Ambassador Group
The Trainee Ambassador Group is a virtual trainee work group that fosters connections between trainees across MCH Training Programs and strengthens the link between trainees and the U.S. Maternal and Child Heath Bureau. [more]
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Deadline: Oct. 15

Warren H. Pearse Women's Health Policy Award
Supports research which 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


America's High Maternal Mortality & What Can Be Done
Examines what's behind the disturbingly high U.S. maternal mortality rates, looking for solutions in California, a state that has become a national leader in efforts to reduce deaths and improve pregnancy outcomes.
Center for Health Journalism
Oct. 4 from 2-3 p.m. ET

Next Steps to Adulthood: Planning for Transition
Free three-part series explores cutting-edge issues related to transition for youth with disabilities. Three experts provide insights on different components of transition planning, including health care, daily life, and employment. 
Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
Oct. 4 from 10-11 a.m. ET

Breastfeeding in the Community: Innovations to Advance Rural Health
Addresses how rural service agencies can leverage partnerships and resources to sustainably integrate and co-locate lactation support services into existing programs.
National Association of County & City Health Officials
Oct. 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Publications and Resources

Best Practices/Innovation Station

Deadline Nears to Submit a Practice to Innovation Station
Do you have an effective or innovative MCH practice you'd like to share and include in AMCHP's Innovation Station? [more]

Family & Community Engagement

Enhancing Family Engagement through Quality Improvement
Developed by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation, this fact sheet presents lessons learned from a nationwide family engagement quality improvement project. [more]

Zika Corner

Ensuring Coverage for Reproductive Health Services during the Zika Virus Outbreak: The Critical Role of Medicaid
AMCHP, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, is pleased to release a new policy brief on the importance of federal Medicaid financing during public health emergencies. [more]

Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Zika
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has updated its website resource, Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Zika ( [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Health Child Resources from MCHB
To commemorate Child Health Day on Oct. 2, Dr. Michael C. Lu, associate administrator for Maternal and Child Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration, highlighted these federal resources. [more]

Need for Paid Family, Medical Leave for People with Disabilities and Their Families
The Arc and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality released a paper outlining why paid family and medical leave is so critical for the economic security and stability of people with disabilities and their families.

CMS Announces Special Enrollment Periods for Americans Affected by Hurricanes
As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available special enrollment periods for all Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange.

Health Systems Transformation in MCH

Learn About Idaho's Statewide Health Care Innovation Plan
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, develops state profiles highlighting public health programs that advance the medical home model in pediatric populations. [more]

DHS Inspector Faults CMS Marketplace Oversight
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General released a report saying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not provide effective oversight to ensure that state marketplaces always properly determined individuals' eligibility for qualified health plans and insurance affordability programs.

Women's and Infant Health

Heat Exposure and Maternal Health in the Face of Climate Change
This systematic review in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health aims to identify recent literature that investigates how climate change – particularly increasing heat and extreme temperatures – will affect maternal and fetal health worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use
Use of progestin-only injectable contraceptives (including depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) by women at high risk for HIV has been changed from a U.S. MEC category 1 (safe for use without restriction) to U.S. MEC category 2 (benefits outweigh theoretical or proven risks).

Career Opportunities

Health Service Corps Job Fair
National Health Service Corps' Virtual Job Fairs connect qualified job-seekers with employers. Learn about job vacancies available now at NHSC-approved sites and talk with site representatives about the job and benefits package, clinical environment, populations served and local community. Learn more.
National Health Service Corps
Oct. 17, 6:45-10:15 p.m. ET


Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 28
One-year funding opportunity to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty.

Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy 
National Institutes of Health
Deadline: Dec. 13
For research addressing treatment of pregnant women with opioid use disorder and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies of medications used for maternal treatment.   

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Competitive Grant Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline: Dec. 13
Supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

View more funding opportunities here.