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New from AMCHP

Story Wall: Navigators Share Experiences Supporting Families of CYSHCN
AMCHP is happy to share an exciting update to the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) Family-Professional Partnership learning module webpage: the Family Navigator Story Wall. [more]

Improving Mental Health Service Delivery for MCH Populations: Perspectives of State MCH Leadership
AMCHP created this fact sheet based on key informant interviews with maternal and child health (MCH) leadership from nine states, representing five U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration regions whose states identified mental or behavioral health as a priority need in their 2017 Title V MCH block grant applications. [more]

Legislative and Policy

President Signs Sweeping Opioids Legislation with MCH Provisions
On Oct. 24, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, to further address the opioid crisis. [more]

Get Up-To-Date on Federal MCH Policy
The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call series will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 2-3 p.m. ET

AMCHP 2019 - Key Updates

Register for AMCHP 2019 
Registration is open for the 2019 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

AMCHP Awards: Deadline Extended
AMCHP has extended the nomination deadline for the 2019 AMCHP Awards, which honor excellence and leadership in maternal and child health, to Nov. 2! The awards will be presented during the 2019 AMCHP Annual Conference, March 9-12 in San Antonio, Texas. [more]


AMCHP Virtual Learning Events
AMCHP is hosting six virtual learning events focusing on partnerships and collaborations, featuring our diverse team of subject matter experts. Three of the seminars are part of the Collaboration Laboratory series, and the other three are in the Collaboration Science and Measurement series. [more]

NASHP Webinar: State Strategies for Using Shared Plans of Care to Improve Care Coordination for CYSHCN
National Academy for State Health Policy
Oct. 31, 3-4 p.m. ET
A national expert and panelists from Oregon and Iowa discuss how to use to comprehensive plans of care (called shared plans of care) to enhance patient- and family-centered care and overcome barriers for controlling costs and improving care.

Improving Our Approach: Better Conversations About Breastfeeding
National Institute for Children's Health Quality
Nov. 7, 3-4 p.m. ET
Provides information about the barriers facing breastfeeding mothers, methods to identify breastfeeding concerns and inspire behavioral change, and conversational approaches to better engage about breastfeeding concerns.

Learn How to Engage Families in Your Needs Assessment
Family Voices and AMCHP
Nov. 8, 1-2 p.m. ET
Discusses engaging families and understanding the value of the family perspective in the Title  V needs assessment. [more]

'It Takes a Village' to Address Birth Outcome Disparities
Utah Department of Health
Nov. 8, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. MT
Explores how data, community, and culture combine to address birth outcomes disparities in Utah's Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities.

Overcoming Barriers to Optimize Health Literacy Programs: Innovative Strategies from the Field
Community Science
Nov. 8, 2-3:15 p.m. ET
Provides practical strategies to improve the effectiveness of health literacy programs. [more]

Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness
Public Health Institute
Nov. 27, 2-3 p.m. ET
Creators discuss a new framework, Partnering to Catalyze Comprehensive Community Wellness: An Actionable Framework for Health Care and Public Health Collaboration, which outlines essential elements and key strategies for shaping effective, health-based collaborations among public health, health care, and community-based organizations.

Leveraging Medicaid Managed Care to Advance Value-Based Purchasing
Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP
Nov. 27, 1-2 p.m. ET
Looks at how states are using Medicaid managed care to drive the shift from volume to value, as payers turn to value-based payment to boost delivery system performance. 

Publications and Resources

General & Maternal Child Health

State Maternal Mortality Report Uses Data to Steer Change
The Illinois Department of Public Health released a Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report that might serve as model for other states. [more]

U.S. Fertility Rates Drop
A data brief from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trends in Fertility and Mother's Age at First Birth Among Rural and Metropolitan Counties: United States, 2007–2017, shows declines across rural and metropolitan counties and across races.

Developmental Tracker App Released in English & Spanish
The Milestone Tracker app, developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program, is now available in English and Spanish. [more]

Supporting Mental Health Essential for Healthy Schools
report from Child Trends finds that educators, students, and state-level policymakers view supporting mental health and cultivating interpersonal relationships as critical but overlooked elements to building healthy schools, and makes a case for investments in mental health and relationship-building initiatives.

Health Systems Transformation in MCH

ACA Outreach and Enrollment Info for Title V Programs
With enrollment set to open Nov. 1 for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace, AMCHP produced a fact sheet about informational resources and suggested steps for maternal and child health (MCH) leaders to support outreach and enrollment in their states and communities, and to help improve access to care and coverage for MCH populations.

Parents Need Insurance Coverage Too
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace open enrollment begins Nov. 1, and this flyer –  produced by AMCHP and the American Academy of Pediatrics – describes the importance of insurance coverage for parents/caregivers and explains ACA open enrollment season, as well as other ways that parents can get coverage.

Child & Adolescent Health

Chosen Name Use Linked to Reduced Depressive Symptoms, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Youth
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, concludes that for transgender youth who choose a name different from the one given at birth, use of their chosen name in multiple contexts affirms their gender identity and reduces mental health risks.

Disability Impacts All of Us
The Disability and Health Branch of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities released a data-based infographic about the individual and community impact of disability in the United States, including the role of health cares systems.

Case Studies Show Early Childhood Data in Action
The National Center for Children's Health Quality released a set of Early Childhood Data in Action case studies, which show how three communities are leveraging data as catalysts for early childhood improvement. 

Career Opportunities

State Title V MCH Internship Program Opens Applications
The National MCH Workforce Development Center will support up to eight, two-person teams of maternal and child health (MCH) students to participate in internships at state Title V programs in the summer of 2019. [more]

Virtual Job Fairs focus on Behavioral Health
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration
Employers from all over the United States gather in a virtual space to discuss health care job opportunities in rural areas.
Nov. 28, 6:45-10:15 p.m. ET


The Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Deadline: TBD
In early 2019, the Centers will release a notice of funding opportunity for state Medicaid agencies to implement the Maternal Opioid Misuse Model, designed to improve quality of care and reduce expenditures for pregnant and postpartum women with Opioid Use Disorder, as well as their infants.

Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program 
Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline: Dec. 21
To improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults (ages 16-25) who have a serious emotional disturbance or a serious mental illness.

Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge
Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline: Nov. 27
Will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to help prenatal care providers remotely monitor the health and well-being of pregnant women, as well as place health data into the hands of pregnant women themselves as a tool to monitor own health and make informed decisions about care.

View more funding opportunities.